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Framo Beer Pickup
Framo 901/2 Canvas Trailer with Beer Crates
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Framo 901/2 Canvas Trailer with Beer Crates is a new release of the Framo Pritsche 901/2 by Herpa. It is item 092579.
    For the 500th anniversary of the German purity law, this Framo is released loaded with 15 beer crates on the platform. - Herpa.

This Framo beer mobile is one of 12 Framo 901/2 models, in two scales, that Herpa catalogues. It is part of their Vintage Car series, one of 172 models in that range.

Framo 901/2
From 1957 until 1961, various variants of the Framo 901/2 were manufactured in the former GDR. As flatbed truck, it was utilized for various purposes, for instance as delivery vehicle for beer.

    Framo was founded by the Danish engineer Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen and two colleagues as a components supplier in 1923. At this time, the company was called Metall-Werke Frankenberg GmbH and located in Frankenberg, Saxony. Rasmussen had earlier founded DKW, and the Framo factory was created to produce components for DKW motorcycles. Rasmussen played an important role in the establishment of the Auto Union group, and DKW is represented by one ring of the four rings of the Audi brand today.

    In 1934, the company moved to Hainichen and was subsequently rebranded as FRAMO-Werke GmbH, Hainichen. Framo is a made-up word based on FRankenberg
    [sic] and MOtorenwerk (engine plant).**

Framo debuted a family of compact automobiles in 1934 beginning with the tricycle Stromer FP 200, and four-wheeled successors Piccolo VH 200 and Piccolo VH 300. Framo motorized freight trikes were more successful so in 1938 a new series of four wheel utility vehicles were built, the first being the V 500.

Framo produced vehicles in WWII. Post-war the Soviets relocated the factories to Russia for reparations.
    The factory restarted the assembly of the pre-war-model (V 501/2) in 1949. The newly developed postwar models V 901 and V 902 entered the market in 1951. The development of varying superstructures began in 1953.**

The Framo 901 was powered by a three-cylinder 50 hp Wartburg 1000 engine.

Framo 901/2 Canvas Trailer with Beer Crates
First, this model does not have a canvas trailer. Perhaps "trailer" should be translated as "flatbed" or even "pickup truck". Especallay since Pritsche is translated as "plank bed", a.k.a. a pickup truck. Herpa packages this neat HO model in a red end-opening carton with a cellophane viewing window. The model is securely held in a vacuformed form-fitting cradle. The cradle also has a depression to hold two small baggies. One holds tiny side view mirrors, one holds 15-each crates and beer bottle clusters.

This model is molded with great finesse: crisp detail; recessed panel lines; accurate raised detail per the prototype; thin license plates; sharp lumber and steel post cargo bed; hub caps. A finely molded chassis holds the body. It consists of a frame, axles, leaf springs, tail lights and plate mounts. Soft plastic/rubber tires support the vehicle. The model is almost completely, flawlessly factory assembled.

Herpa put a great detail of effort into this model. Finely molded detail enhances the cab and engine exterior: small door hinges; door handles; windshield wipers; grille detail. The cargo bed also sports fine molding for wooden slats and steel bracing.

Clear lenses simulate the head lamps. Unfortunately the rear lenses are simulated with paint, as are the signal lights.

Cab detail consists of seats and a steering wheel. The only separate parts are a pair of chromed side view mirrors. These plug into holes molded at the front top of each door. Use caution handling these tiny pieces as they are diminutive and slick. They are difficult to handle with my fingers.

Underside detail includes the chassis, exhaust, springs, drive shaft and underside of the Wartburg engine.

Herpa molded the beer bottles in a tinted translucent plastic that resemble glass.

Paint and markings
As keen a model as it already is, Herpa’s finish is exceptional. The model is coated with smooth paint or molded in color. Paint adds faux chrome to the grille and elsewhere. Paint was used on the license plate and to simulate the tail lights.

There are no markings nor insignia on the model.

Taking the road
Herpa has released another excellent model in their theme of older and East German vehicles with this light truck. Molding is top-notch, it has clear lenses for headlights, finish, and good detail. A link to an impressive site dedicated to Framo trucks can be found below at Click here for additional images for this review.

I think the rear lights could be better simulated with a sheet of clear plastic or even gloss paint. The side mirrors are very challenging to attach.

While Framos are of East German design, the design is very similar to Western pickup truck designs, thus this model can fit comfortably into North American layouts of the era. I think this is an exceptional model that will enhance your HO layout or 1/87 diorama if you model the late 1950s and later. I happily recommend this model!

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** Wikipedia

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Molding is top-notch, it has clear lenses for headlights, translucent beer bottles, and good detail.
Lows: Painted rear lights.
Verdict: I think this is an exceptional model that will enhance your HO layout or 1/87 diorama if you model the late 1950s and later.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 092579
  Suggested Retail: $21.75, 19,95 EUR
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 22, 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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