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First Look Review
HO scale
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Bus
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013 Bus High Roof
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Mercedes-Benz sprinter 2013 bus high roof
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2014 / 01-02
Mfg. ID: 091121
Series: Autumn-specials


This review examines the new Herpa release of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz high roof Sprinter bus. It is one of 211 Sprinter models and more than 1,880 M-B models currently offered by Herpa.

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 The first generation Sprinter was launched in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van.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]

Dealer showroom
This Merecedes-Benz Sprinter is factory assembled and ready to go. 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, opening via tabs at each end. On one end is a metallic holographic license label by Daimler.

The model is skillfully molded and except for the side view mirrors, fully 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 body and wheel hubs are molded in color. The Mercedes-Benz logos are painted with chrome.

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

Detail and Trim
Herpa’s interior is almost worth popping the cab off for. Inside are bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift and dashboard! Nine passenger seats are in the back.

The underbody is a basic representation molded with low recess and relief detail. All detail is molded on.

Herpa's tires are soft plastic tires slipped over the plastic rims. The tires have no tread detail.

Individual clear and tinted lenses simulate the headlights and tail lights.

Paint and markings
This model is molded in color. I can not find any part of this model that is painted other than the Mercedes-Benz logos.

Drive on!
Collectors of modern minivans and model railroaders of this era will appreciate this model. It is skillfully molded without any blemishes or flaws. Separate side view mirrors and a good interior are impressive. However, the underbody is a single part featuring molded-on detail and there is no tire tread detail.

Overall this is a nice HO scale modern M-B Sprinter bus. Recommend.
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References
[1] © 2010 HERPA Miniaturmodelle GmbH
SUMMARY
Highs: The model is skillfully molded without any blemishes or flaws. Separate side view mirrors and a good interior.
Lows: The underbody is a single part featuring molded-on detail. No tire tread detail.
Verdict: Overall this is a nice HO scale modern M-B Sprinter bus.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 091121
  Suggested Retail: 12€, $15
  Related Link: Herpa Sprinter series
  PUBLISHED: Dec 12, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  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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