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Scania Hauber '86 ZM
Scania 143 Hauber rigid tractor with 10 ft. Container ''Schausteller Zimmer Koblenz''
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Herpa has released this new series of models with Herpa’s new removable 10 ft. container. This model is of the very popular classic "Musik-Express", represented at almost all fairs nationwide and is operated by the carney Zimmer. For transport purposes, the company operates this classic Scania Hauber rigid tractor. It is one of 13 models in Herpa's Fun Fair Operator series, one of nine Scania 143 trucks, and one of 778 Scania models bu Herpa.

Scania 143 convertible rigid tractor
The Scania 143 is the Scania 2-series.
    Scania 2-series is a truck model range introduced in 1980 by Swedish truck manufacturer Scania. It is the successor of the 1-series. The 2-series came in a range of different engine sizes and horsepower from 8.0 litres to a 14 litre V8 engine. Production of the 2-series was stopped after the 3-series were introduced in 1987. The range was first shown in the spring of 1980 as the bonneted T-series (for "Torpedo", not to be confused with the 2004 T-series). The cabin, also featuring an all-new interior, was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The 2-series was also manufactured by Scania's Brazilian operations, beginning in 1982. In 1984, the 9 litre "92" series was added.

    Letter suffixes M, H, or E, relate to frame/suspension ratings - "medium", "heavy", or "extra-heavy" duty.[1] Prefixes used are as follows:

    G - rigidly mounted short, low cab
    P - suspended low cab, short or long (single berth)
    R - high cab, short or long (double berth)
    T - bonneted cab, short or long (double berth)

    Bonneted model (T). At the time of introduction, the 2-series "T" was available with either a 8, 11, or 14 litre engine. These were denoted 82, 112, or 114.

Scania Hauber '86 ZM
Herpa securely packs this almost fully assembled model set in a form-fitted tray. The tray is held inside a red Herpa carton with a cellophane display window, and opens via tabs at each end. The tray has slots for optional parts, and slots your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. This arraignment is surprisingly durable — past shipping boxes have occasionally been partially crushed in transit, and although a model box was mashed, the model was not damaged. Very nice!

Except for one exception, I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. There is a slight sink mark atop the air intake behind the cab. The sharply molded exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods, panels and the grille. Door handles are flush and are the tabs that hold the cab interior in the cab shell.

A pack of three sprues of optional parts is included. These are the side mirrors, bumpers, and stacking footers for the container.

Hauber rigid tractor
The cab is set upon a highly detailed two-axle chassis. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior. It is worth popping the cab off to see, but I did not. Under the hood there is an engine.

This small container has molded detail for the door detail and locking bars. While it is supposed to be removable, it is tightly affixed to the chassis and I could not remove it without fear of damage.

Underneath is the bottom of the engine and transmission. From it extends the drive shaft - detailed with universal joints - to the rear axle. Fuel tanks and air bottles are molded onto the frame. A muffler and exhaust pipe is separately attached. The front wheels can be made to steer if you acquire the optional steering set.

The hood raises so you can see the nicely detailed one-piece engine. Cab interior consists of two seats, a center console, shifts, dashboard, and steering wheel.

Atop the cab is a tinted clear plastic beacon light. Headlights are simulated with chromed faces, but nothing simulates the brake lights except that the chassis is red, and so are those lights. A separately applied air intake is attached to the right rear of the cab with ducting forward towards the engine compartment.

Soft rubber-plastic tires are fit upon styrene hubs. Those wheels are very detailed with rim bolts and tire treads.

Herpa molds the optional mirrors and accessories in a firm yet malleable plastic. They made preformed mounting holes to attach the parts into. The parts are fine and delicate yet usually not fragile with careful handling. All simply snap into place although glue will, of course, keep them permanently.

Herpa molded this vehicle in color. On the nose the Scania logo is chromed.

Markings are minimal: carney Zimmer emblem and informational text on the doors. These are crisply printed, opaque, and fully legible. They are paint, not decals - Herpa does not use decals.

Herpa's Zimmer "Musik-Express" 1986 Scania Hauber is a sharp little model. With excellent molding and several separately factory-applied or optional modeler-applied parts, it boasts a great deal of detail. Although I did not pop off the cab to reveal the detailed interior, I have done that enough with Herpa models to attempt it in confidence that I would not break anything. Finish is top-notch and printing is excellent.

That the engine is accessible under a tipping hood is a nice touch and affords modelers diorama potential. I appreciate the tinted clear beacon.

The chromed headlamps are not as convincing yet they look good. I think the model would look much better with some form of faux brake light lenses. The small sink on the air intake is unusual to escape Herpa quality control.

Overall the model is an impressive representation of a 10ft container on a rigid Scania 143 Hauber operated by Showman Zimmer of Koblenz. It should be welcome as part of any HO layout from the late 1980s, or as an addition to fans of these vehicles, and circus and fair and carnival enthusiasts. Recommended.

We thank Herpa for providing this model for review here. Please tell vendors and retailers that you saw it here - on RailroadModeling.
*"Scania 2-series." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Oct. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
Highs: Excellent molding and several separately factory-applied or optional modeler-applied parts. Finish is top-notch and printing is excellent.
Lows: I think the model would look much better with some form of faux brake light lenses. The small sink on the air intake is unusual to escape Herpa quality control.
Verdict: An impressive representation of a 10ft container on a rigid Scania 143 Hauber operated by Showman Zimmer of Koblenz.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 303828
  Suggested Retail: 22,50 EUR
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 04, 2014

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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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