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DER MASS:STAB December 2015
DER MASS:STAB Issue 6 December 2015
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

DER MASS:STAB Model Car Magazine is Herpa's bimonthly flagship publication promoting their models as well as general modeling subjects. This is Issue 6/December 2015.
    A great magazine for all those who love our car and truck models: read all about Herpa, our new releases, and other interesting articles about diorama building, the big originals, and lots of other related topics. A great source of information for all 1/87 scale fans.
    - Herpa

MASS:STAB editor Oliver Kaschel pens an editorial which sets the agenda for the magazine. Next is an update of Herpa Car Club News announcing winners of the year’s specials, plus the new releases.

Herpa Goes Porsche: Herpa and Porsche have renewed their partnership to make models in 1/43 (O scale) and HO (1/87). Herpa is miniaturizing Porsche 911 models including Carrera Coupes, Carerra S Cabriolet and the Carerra Cabriolet. As well as showing off the new models, Herpa includes the story of their participation with Porsche going back to 1980.


1. Blitzblanker Baustoffzug / Gleaming Building Material Truck: construction company Sackmann Transporte and their fleet of semi-trucks with lift cranes. Featured is a Scania R ’13 Highline of Sackmann Transporte from Achern, near Offenburg, featureing a photo motif of the truck on both sides. The platforms are designed with a commercial of the partner Kronimus.

2. Mustangs of Europe / Mustang auf Europäisch: the classic Ford Mustang was popular in Europe, too. Herpa released models of them: 028509 and 038508, Ford Capri RS.

3. Auto-Mekka Frankfurt. The 2015 IAA show and the Herpa models inspired by it.

4. 25 Years of Mac-Franken: profiles a model club.

New From Herpa
From Minitanks to Military reviews Herpa's stewardship of the beloved MiniTanks line of models, and Herpa's integration of them into the proprietary series Military.

The January and February 2016 line up of new cars and trucks and accessories: Porsches; Mini Coopers; retro Heinkels, Eastern German Borgwards; modern police and fire department cars and vans; fire trucks and rescue vehicles; semi trucks ands tractors; heavy haul machines; Military; accessories.

Spedition Carazzo. Modeler Hans-Gunter Schlecht's heavy haul trucks for forestry and agriculture in a village diorama.

Schneezauber in HO / Snow Magic in HO: a frosty diorama of an electric railway in a rural village.

News from the Model Car Market
News from other model makers.

Herpa has published another wonderful magazine for models. It shows products, modelers, techniques, new ideas, new processes – who could ask for more? The only problem aside from it is a German language magazine and unless one speaks or reads German at a high level, some things will be missed. Also, some of the article titles in the table of contents are different from the titles of the article page.

Overall, a fine and useful magazine for models with an interest in subjects produced by Herpa, and for general modeling.

Please tell vendors and retailers that you saw this magaizine here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: High quality photography and subjects.
Lows: You must be fluent in German to understand it all.
Verdict: DER MASS:STAB is a high quality magazine with much to be enjoyed even if you do not read German.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 4013150207027
  Suggested Retail: $9.50, 6.50EUR
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2016

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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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