Herpa continues their CARS&TRUCKS Collection with the 2010 Volkswagen Sharan in beautiful blaumetallic (metallic blue). The model is available in schwarz (black), as well as in the original body style, and in a taxi version and a government variant. Herpa also issues a Sharan in 1:43 scale.
Volkswagen’s Sharan is a best-selling family van. Since its introduction is 1995, over 600,000 vehicles have been sold. The name Sharan is derived from a Persian word meaning "Carrier of Kings." In 2010, VW introduced the second generation of this family van at the international motor show in Geneva. Instead of the blended sloped nose and windshield, a stepped front hood redefines the profile. The Sharan also changed its side doors from hinged to sliding doors. The new model is 22 cm longer and 9.2 cm wider than the first version. The Sharan is currently offered with six different engine choices, and a greener model that can run on Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
In the Box
This model continues Herpa’s tradition of quality. The Sharan is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray, surrounded by a light card label, and secured in a light plastic box with opening ends.
The molding is flawless. The paint is thin, opaque, and glass-smooth. The chrome grill is hand painted, to a high standard. The rims of the low-profile tires are molded in color. The VW emblems are printed, not decals. Herpa does not use decals.
Details, ”It’s what’s inside that counts...”
Herpa’s interior is almost worth popping the body off for. Inside the van are seats, the steering wheel, console, cup holders, CD slots, dashboard detailing, and transmission shift!
However, there is no rear view mirror in the passenger compartment.
Look carefully at the photograph of the rear of the van, along the bottom of the rear window; the black chrome has the stippled pattern I have noticed on my car. Wow!
Herpa engineered the low-profile tires to slip over the rims and molded them in soft plastic.
Individual colored lenses simulate the headlights and tail lights. The parking lights appear to be painted-on.
I have not seen a VW Sharan underside but Herpa molded some basic detail under the van.
This is a high quality model that demonstrates why Herpa models are highly regarded. The finish, the interior and exterior detailing are second to none. It will enhance any present day HO model scene. Highly recommended.
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Highs: Flawless molding, assembly and finish, with paint that is thin, opaque, and glass-smooth, and a very detailed interior. The VW emblems are printed.Lows: No rear view mirror in the passenger compartment. Painted curb and parking lights.Verdict: A high quality model with a finish, interior, and exterior detailing second to none.
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!
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