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First Look Review
HO scale
IFA G5 Dumptruck
IFA G5 Dumptruck Muldenkipper
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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IFA G5 Truck-Mounted Tipper (Muldenkipper) from Herpa is a new type in their series Nostalgia of GDR and Construction vehicles. It is item 307574. As Herpa tells us,
    New type! After a fire brigade variant we now release the offroad vehicle of the GDR vehicle manufacturer IFA as dump truck with single cab. Just like the original, the chassis matches the variant with the double cab.

Herpa currently catalogs 107 vehicles for fans of the GDR (DDR) (German Democratic Republic, or East Germany; Deutsche Demokratische Republik - DDR), and 331 in the Construction Vehicles range. This IFA G5 is a dumptruck of the former GDR / DDR with many authentic details.

The IFA G5 was designed as all-terrain vehicle with a five-ton payload. The G5 was also operated as TLF (Tanklöschfahrzeug, i.e., Fire Department) for military purposes[1].

Industrieverband Fahrzeugbau ('Industrial Association for Vehicle Construction'), usually abbreviated as IFA, was a conglomerate and a union of companies for vehicle construction in the former East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik - DDR).

IFA produced bicycles, motorcycles, light commercial vehicles, automobiles, vans and heavy trucks. All East German vehicle manufacturers were part of the IFA, including Barkas, EMW (which made Wartburg cars), IWL, MZ, Multicar, Robur, Sachsenring (which made Trabant cars) and Simson[2].

The G5 was developed and built in the DDR as a three-axis long-nosed truck. It was produced from 1952 (prototype) to 1964 in the VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk "Ernst Grube" Werdau. The work was part of the IFA and walked out of the 1945 resolution Schumann works in Werdau forth. The development of the truck began during World War II with Vogtländische Maschinenfabrik AG (Vomag). Under the Soviet occupation Vomag completely dissolve shortly after the end of the war and was dismantled; development in the Auto Union and at Horch continued.

The vehicle was also used in East Germany for the military. The "G" stands for terrain and the "5" for 5 tons payload. Compared with the three-axis Soviet ZIS 151, G5 all-terrain performance is inferior[3].

Herpa IFA G5 Dumptruck
They securely pack this almost fully assembled model 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, but not the typical slots for your fingers to easily grasp and remove the tray from the box. This package design is surprisingly durable; in the past some Herpa boxes arrived partially crushed in transit, and although a model box was mashed, the model was not damaged. Although not with this model, sometimes Herpa protects the model with a removable self-adhering clear plastic cover.

The molding is almost flawless. Reviewing the enlarged detail photos I found no burrs where parts were removed from their sprue.

The exterior of the cab features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods, panels and the grille. The cab and dump bed body sets upon a detailed six-axle chassis: frame; basic engine bottom and transmission; drive shafts; fuel tanks; separate exhaust system; differentials; suspension.

The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the spartan interior. Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model. It does not appear that the front wheels can be made to steer with a Herpa steering set. Ten soft plastic-rubber hybrid tires have nice tread detail.

Three optional parts are included with the model, a telescoping hydraulic ram to raise the dumper, and two side view mirrors. There are actually two sets of the mirrors. That telescopic hydraulic ram does not telescope. Instead it is molded as a single extended part. One end can be attached to the frame and the other to the bottom of the tipper.

Disappointingly, there are no individual clear and tinted lenses to simulate the headlights or brake lights. Only the headlights are simulated with paint, an unconvincing dull silver, which is very odd because the parts are clear plastic pieces. Unlike the G5 Firetruck, no paint simulates the tail lights or front and rear signals.

The model is molded with slots in the front of the cab doors where the optional side view mirrors are inserted. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process.

Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. They display good detail. Unlike most medium to large Herpa trucks, the front suspension does not seem to be molded to accept optional pivoting wheel hubs.

I don’t know what the inside of the G5 cab looks like but there is some detail in the model: bench seats and a steering wheel. I cannot see any console, stick shift, or dashboard detailing. Windshield wipers are molded on the windscreen.

Livery and Finish
The vehicle is molded in color. Chrome trim is painted along the windshield. Loading gauge markings and what I think is a license plate are painted on the front bumper but otherwise there are no other emblems or markings.

This pointy long nosed dump truck model delivers most of the high standards I have come to expect with Herpa models. It is a satisfying model with good plastic detail and great finishing. The exterior is detailed well, as is the detailed underbody. The lack of clear lenses for headlights or tinted plastic for brake lights and signals is disappointing. The mirrors also lack a reflective surface. A spartan interior details the cab, visible through the clear windows.

Aside from the head and brake lights this is an impressive model to have, whether for detailing an automotive or railroad diorama, or just to display. Highly recommended to HO fans of the DDR/GDR, dump trucks and construction vehicles, model railroaders, and dioramaists.

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[1]. Herpa.
[2]. Wikipedia. Industrieverband Fahrzeugbau
. [Web.] 4 August 2012.
[3]. Wikipedia, translated. IFA G5
. [Web.] 21 July 2012.
Highs: Great molding and assembly. A high level of detail and attached accessory parts.
Lows: Lack of clear and tinted lenses for the lights.
Verdict: This pointy long nosed dump truck model is an impressive model with good plastic detail and great finishing.
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  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 307574
  Related Link: Nostalgia of GDR
  PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2017

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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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Its a shame about the lack of tinted lights. It would make all the difference to the look of the model. tim
SEP 24, 2017 - 02:43 PM

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