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Scania R Topline V8 '1st ed.'
Scania R TL Topline V8 rigid tractor ''First Edition''
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Scania R Topline V8 rigid tractor "First Edition"
Mfg. ID: 110655
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Category: New release
Brochure: Specials 2013 / 07-08
Series: Private Collection


Introduction
This review is of the Herpa Private Edition of the new Scania R Topline V8 rigid two-axle tractor. It is in a clear display case and has chromed mirrors in addition to great detail.
    Scania has given its success model of the R series a facelift. The front body corners were changed, the sun shield slightly modified and the chassis adapted to Euro 6 norm.

Herpa has released versions with Topline, Highline, and standard cabs.

Scania R Topline V8
Scania R-series compete in the premium 44-ton class with competitors including the Mercedes Actros and Volvo FH. R-series have been successful for the company which has followed up with this newly refined model.
    The Scania R-series is designed to meet the highest demands in the world regarding fuel economy, driver appeal and reliability.*

Equipped with the Scania Opticruise electro-hydraulic automated gearchanging system - with or without a clutch - the updated R-series is powered by 16-litre Scania Euro 6 V8 engines of 520, 580 and 720 hp. Those powerplant and 8- and 12-speed gearbox powertrain packages are mounted atop frames of riveted steel construction with four height clearances. Three strengths are available: Standard duty, Heavy-duty and Extra heavy-duty frames. Brakes are applied with disc brakes, now standard, while drum brakes can be specified for more rugged tasks. Keeping the ride smooth are two- and four-spring air suspension or steel parabolic and multi-leaf springs. Those support 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-axle vehicles which boast a selection of front, rear and fixed and steered tag axles.

Large fuel tanks have integrated steps to the catwalk. To increase space and to enhance traction when not pulling a load the batteries are rear-mounted.

Several types of cabs are available: Short cabs, Day cabs, Sleeper cabs, Special cabs (Low-entry; CrewCab; Long CrewCab). The R Topline is on this model.
    This top-range Scania cab can be equipped to the highest standards for operators who demand the most practical and prestigious vehicle. Available with either V8 or inline engines.*

Additionally, Scania offers their Driver Support Systems: Active Prediction; Brake Assist; Driver Support; Lane Departure Warning; Adoptive Cruise Control; Camera System.

Private Collection Scania R Topline V8
This special edition is packaged in a red Herpa end-opening carton with a cellophane display window. Inside is the model held inside the special clear hard plastic display case with a black base. A plastic brace holds the model onto the base. Taped underneath the base are two sprues of four mirrors. Herpa even included a small instruction sheet showing how to tip the cab to reveal the engine - something usually absent in previous Herpa packages I have reviewed.

To the point, this model is expertly molded and assembled. Except for the optional mirrors the model is factory assembled. I did not find any noticeable flash, burrs, sink marks, ejector circles, or mold seam ridges. The passenger side window has a faint blemish curving from upper right to lower left; it is not a crack and can not be felt from the exterior. Surface finish is smooth and detail is both recessed and raised, as appropriate. On these special releases Herpa chromed the wheel hubs, grille detail, and mirror faces.

Herpa used clear and tinted clear plastic to simulate lenses for head and brake lamps and most signals. Under the model is a detailed chassis. In it is a detailed cab interior. Soft plastic tires hold the model up.

detail
Underneath this semi-tractor is a detailed chassis: frame; axles; suspension; drive shaft; transmission; engine bottom; battery box; fuel tanks; special exhaust pipe for the sideskirts. That pipe would look better if it were molded with a concave end, a minor characteristic yet noticeable. many modelers may choose to drill it out. The rear of the frame features the bright yellow caps of found on this truck. The front axle can be made to steer if you acquire an Herpa steering kit. Around chromed wheel hubs are soft tires with fine tread detail.

Above is the cab with a simulated Scania Black Brilliant grille reaching up to the combing around the windshield. Fine wipers are molded on. Black door handles are tabs holding the cab interior inside the cab shell. Low-drag sideskirts hide the fuel tanks between the axles. The interior features detailed seats, dashboard and consoles, steering wheel and control details.

Optional mirrors can be attached to the cab. Two side mirrors and corner mirrors fit into molded mounting holes. These pieces are very small and require finesse to attach.

What's inside?
Would you like to see the Scania Euro 6 V8 engine? The instruction sheet guides you to push open the lower grille from the inside. Then you can gently pull up and forward the rear of the cab, which unsnaps two stakes from the chassis. The cab can tilt forward and you can see the powerplant.

If you want to detail the cab interior with a driver and DOT stickers, you can unseat the cab hinge from the frame and unseat the interior from the cab shell. I have done this on several Herpa trucks and it takes some slow and methodical effort to do so without marring the exterior.

Finish
I hate to sound like a cheerleader yet it is rare to find a Herpa model without a beautiful finish. This one is no exception. The paint is smooth and opaque. Some components are molded in color. Some are chromed. Badges and emblems and logos are sharply printed on with paint or chrome. None are decals - Herpa does not use them. This First Edition is red-metallic/rot-metallic with silver trim. Herpa will release a cobalt blue/Kobaltblau version.

Closing thoughts
This is a special edition display model of the premier track of Scania. It is a beautiful model in a display case. Finish is exceptional with smooth paint and sharply printed markings. A detailed cab interior and engine is installed. Chassis detail is good and the soft tires have good tread detail. Herpa uses clear and tinted plastic to simulate lenses. This special model has chromed wheel hubs and reflective surfaces on the mirrors not typically found on standard Herpa models.

Criticism is difficult to find: the faint blemish in the window, stubbed end of the exhaust pipe.

Herpa Private Collection models are the top of their line and this model must be near the top of that product pyramid. I certainly recommend this model for modern HO railroad layouts, collectors of modern semis, an fans of Scania trucks.

Please tell vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoadModeling.
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Sources

. Herpa

*. Scania Group. R-series. [Web.] 2013.
SUMMARY
Highs: Finish is exceptional with smooth paint and sharply printed markings. A detailed cab interior and engine is installed over good chassis detail on soft tires with good tread detail. Herpa uses clear and tinted plastic to simulate lenses.
Lows: Criticism is difficult to find: the faint blemish in the window, stubbed end of the exhaust pipe.
Verdict: Herpa Private Collection models are the top of their line and this model must be near the top of that product pyramid.
Percentage Rating
97%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 110655
  Suggested Retail: 29.50 / $40.00
  Related Link: Private Edition collection
  PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Sweden
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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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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