Mercedes-Benz Sprinter "THW Kitzingen"
Collection: CARS & TRUCKS
At the time of this review Herpa offers 150 Sprinter and 42 THW models.
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 The first generation Sprinter was launched in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van.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.
The German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
THW, The German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, represents an integral part of the German disaster control system. The organization is a part of the German Home Office. With more than 76,000 volunteers and roughly 850 full-time employees throughout Germany, the commitment of the THW volunteers serves as a model for civic responsibility. THW is organized in 665 local sections with 6,000 vehicles of various types at its disposal. THW is involved in an increasing number of humanitarian missions throughout the world. 
Herpa THW Mercedes-Benz Sprinter TSF
Factory assembled and ready to go, Herpa presents an excellent model of the Sprinter TSF. It’s 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, and opens via tabs at each end. On one end is a metallic holographic license label by Daimler.
This model continues Herpa’s tradition of quality. It is a Sprinter box wagon emergency response vehicle. The superstructure is a Ziegler design and is a new development. The model is skillfully molded, and except for the sideview mirrors, assembled without any blemishes or flaws. 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 molding is almost flawless. The cab, superstructure components, and wheel hubs are molded in color. The paint is thin, opaque, and mainly glass-smooth. The Mercedes-Benz logo is hand painted.
Side view mirrors are boxed attached to their sprue. The model has slots where these are inserted, and it is a simple process.
The model features headlights, tail lights, and warning beacons of appropriately colored clear lenses. Herpa’s interior is almost worth popping the cab off for. Inside are five bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, dashboard detailing, and door interior details!
The underbody rear portion is well done. It even has a spare tire. The front portion is molded detail.
Exterior detail includes the optional side view mirrors. The black grille sports a chromed Mercedes-Benz emblem and a pair of strobes. Windshield wipers detail the windshield. Black chrome surrounds all windows. Atop the roof is the emergency beacon. The service box has safety tread on the top, corrugated sides, and a corrugated rear door.
The wheels are of a soft plastic or rubber.
Finish and Livery
The model parts are molded in color. The finish is smooth. THW and information is printed razor sharp. So are the safety reflector dashes outlining the cargo box. No decals are used—Herpa does not use decals. Much of the text is smaller than I can read without magnification.
This HO scale Sprinter can enhance any modern diorama or model railroad. With sharp exterior molding, sharp printing, a detailed interior, and lenses for lights instead of paint, this is a fine model. Recommended.
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Highs: Sharp molding, finish, and markings. The nice interior can be seen through the windows.Lows: Molded detail for the front chassis.Verdict: This HO scale THW emergency vehicle is certain to enhance any modern German diorama or model railroad.
About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
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