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HO scale
M-B Sprinter 'Fire Dept'
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Fahrtec RTW 'Fire Department'
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Fahrtec RTW "Fire Department" is a new model of the popular 2018 M-B Sprinter from Herpa. This one is a fire department support box van. It is item 095037.

This model is one of 620 Mercedes-Benz and 178 Sprinter types currently offered by Herpa. Herpa introduces this model as:
    New shape! The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is now also available in the Herpa range with a single cabin. It starts with a Fahrtec ambulance for the neutral fire service series.

Sprinter
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a light commercial vehicle, built by Daimler AG of Stuttgart, Germany, as a van, chassis cab and minibus, and sold as a Mercedes model, except in the U.S. where it is built from complete knock down (CKD) kits and sold by Freightliner. The first generation Sprinter was launched in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van. The second generation Sprinter was introduced in Europe in 2006. The first generation (VA Chassis) North American Sprinter was launched in 2001 in the U.S., and originally branded as a Freightliner. Units sold to the rest of North America were badged as Mercedes until 2003 when they received Dodge branding.[1]

The Model
This Merecedes-Benz Sprinter is factory assembled and ready to go. Itís securely packed in a form-fitted tray that also has a space for optional parts. The tray is held inside Herpa's red carton with a plastic film window, opening via tabs at each end. On one end is a metallic holographic license label by Daimler.

This ambulance is skillfully molded and except for the side view mirrors, and fully assembled without any blemishes or flaws. Cab doors, hoods, and access panel lines are defined with fine recessed lines, as is the grille. The door handles are raised. Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model.

The rear compartment features door detail that is raised. I can not tell if it is thick paint or molded lines. I looked at photos of real Sprinter box vans and can not discern if the model is true to the prototype or not.

The molding is almost flawless. The body and wheel hubs are molded in color. The Mercedes-Benz logos are painted with chrome.

Side view mirrors are included attached to a sprue. The model has slots where these are to be inserted, and it is a simple process.

Detail and Trim
Herpa's fire department ambulance interior is worth popping the cab off. Inside are bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift and dashboard! Modelers can remove the cab to add figures but I suspect they will have to be the legless models.

The underside is a mixed bag but improved over Sprinters I reviewed a couple of years ago. Under the cab is a flat area with low bas-relief detail. Under the bed is excellent detail: chassis frame; rear axle and driveshaft; leaf springs; muffler and exhaust pipe; spare tire; bumper.

In front is the grille and clear lenses for the headlights. The cab is crowned with blue emergency lights. Happily, Herpa uses red-tinted clear lenses for the brake lights.

Herpa uses tires of soft plastic-rubber hybrid tires slipped over the plastic rims. The tires only have detail along the shoulder but not on the tread.

Paint and markings
Herpa uses colored plastic and paint to decorate this model. Paint is used for the black chrome and door handles. Even hair-sized window trim is painted on. Herpa details the Mercedes-Benz emblem on the grille with chrome silver paint. Herpa does not use decals.

Conclusion
Collectors of modern fire and rescue emergency vehicles will appreciate this Herpa model. It is skillfully molded without any blemishes or flaws. Headlights, brake lights and emergency lights are simulated with clear and tinted-clear lenses. Separate side view mirrors and a good interior are impressive. The underbody is an improvement over Herpa Sprinter released in previous years but the tire tread detail has not been improved.

Overall this is a sharp HO scale modern M-B Sprinter fire truck. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on Railroad Modeling.
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References
[1] ©2018 Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. Sprinter. [Web.] 2018.
SUMMARY
Highs: The model is skillfully molded without any blemishes or flaws. Separate side view mirrors and a good interior, and clear lenses for lights.
Lows: No tire tread detail.
Verdict: Overall this is a sharp HO scale modern M-B fire-rescue Sprinter for collectors, modelers, dioramaists, and model railroaders of the current era.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 095037
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 31, 2020
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.46%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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