IntroductionPorsche Carrera 4
, item 028646
, is a new model from Herpa
. Herpa and Porsche have renewed their partnership to make models in 1/43 (O scale) and HO (1/87). Herpa is miniaturizing Porsche 911 models including Carrera Coupes, a Carerra S Cabriolet and the Carerra Cabriolet. As well as showing off the new models, Herpa includes the story of their participation with Porsche going back to 1980 in the December 2015 issue of DER MASS:STAB
, linked below.
New type! The Porsche model family is enhanced with the new all-wheel powered Carrera 4. Striking on this variant is the continuous back light band. Details like the multi-colored Porsche logo are also replicated in the 1/87 scale. - Herpa
Herpa's Carrera is one of 119 Porsche models Herpa catalogues, as well as 75 911s, and 72 Coupés. This new model is factory assembled. It features fine recessed and raised lines, as appropriate. Distortion-free clear plastic simulates the windows.
The model is beautifully molded and free of flash, mold marks, and glue smears. The body plastic is glassy smooth. It has rubber-plastic composite tires.
Herpa uses clear and tinted clear lenses for the headlights and brake lights. Side mirrors are attached, as is a rear view mirror inside the cabin. That cabin is very detailed with thin seats, dash board, consoles, and a steering wheel. Speaking of wheels, only the edges of the low profile tires have any tread detail.
It looks like the body is assembled by snapping it to the chassis. Crisply defined grille and window trim are surrounded by openings in the car body. Dual exhausts poke out from under the rear bumper.
Sharply detailed rims hold the tires. But there is virtually no detail on the underside.
It appears that each component of this model is molded in color. Only the Porsche emblem and logo are painted on. The body color is indischrot
/ indisch red. The finish is excellent.
The results make a striking Carrera.
Judging by this model, Herpa has created and released an excellent new HO scale series of Porsche Carreras. The excellent finish compliments the quality molding and surface detail. The clear lenses and attached mirrors enhances the molded detail. The interior is exceptional.
My minor criticism is the lack of meaningful detail under the car.
This new HO Carrera is very detailed and expertly molded and assembled. It should enhance any model railroad layout or 1/87 diorama. Recommended.
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