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DER MASS:STAB - Herpa's Cars & Truck Model Magazine
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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DER MASS:STAB - Herpa's Cars & Truck Model Magazine is Herpa’s ambassador to the modeling world: an ideal magazine for all hobbyists. You will find lots of interesting information about Herpa and our new releases in this magazine designed for experienced collectors, model builders, and car enthusiasts. Diorama fans will discover intriguing articles as well. Entertaining and exciting stories about the original cars and trucks, and other interesting topics dealing with 1/87 scale models make this magazine a great treat for all Herpa fans. [1]

DER MASS:STAB is published six times a year. You can subscribe to it, or buy it from selected news stands in German railway stations, or from hobby shops around the world.[2]

Instead of reviewing each issue in the usual format, I will show you the main articles in the featured issue. You will find what particular information is available.


The issue opens with an editorial and current stories, specifically a memorial for former Herpa president Fritz Wagener, who passed away 2 January 2011. Next the magazine notifies the reader where Herpa will be presenting themselves in shows this year. Further, new developments are shown, such as the Herpa series Überraschungsbox -- Surprise Box.

The heavy conventional truck Zetros, latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz fire brigade program, was primarily developed for the military market and is available as two- or three-axle all-terrain vehicle. The vehicle, at the Interschutz fair displayed as Ziegler-fire engine TLF 30/90-5, is based on the Zetros type 2733 A 48.

For the toy fair, Herpa has scheduled a major new releases offensive. Included are the wind power plant, the Audi A1 special models of the Wörthersee Meeting 2010, the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, great classic vehicles and interesting and current car models like Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz SLK. This and lots more can be found on the following pages.

With some classics of the 60s and 70s already having been presented in 2010, Herpa has continued with a similar-sized program at the Toy Fair 2011. As early as for March and April, Herpa announced three classic vehicles – the Borgward Isabella as two-door sedan, the Opel Kadett B Coupé and the Skoda 1000 MB.

This issue’s feature story is about Mercedes-Benz Zetros conventional truck . Debuted at Interschutz 2010 in Leipzig, Mercedes-Benz premiered the Zetros as a fire engine. This version is an all-terrain fire engine for water supply and fire fighting in forest fires, an impressive 6x6 configuration for a marveling expert audience at the Mercedes stand in hall 2. In cooperation with Cursor, Herpa releases this extravagant vehicle in the Herpa program. Six pages of text and photos of different prototype and model Zetros showcase what an awesome vehicle this is.

1. Der Mars Macht Mobil… A feature of about an extraordinarily airbrushed heavy semi truck of Holger Morgenstern trucking company. Follow the operators as they perform their missions and see the Herpa model of the machine.
2. Mini Double Mini-Kit And Driving Pleasure: See the Mini Cooper and new kits for it.
3. Der Schöne Tscheche -- The Czech beauty, the Skoda 1000 MB.
4. SLT 50 – Die Elefanten Der Bundeswehr – The Elephant of Der Bundeswehr. The huge Minitank FAUN L 1212/50 tank transporter.

May / June Releases. Something old, something new. See these with the link RELATED LINK: Herpa Cars & Trucks News 05-06 2011 below.

A fascinating section showing innovations we will be seeing in the future, such as:
• Fiat Panda
• GAZ 69
• Schwalbe and Vespa motor scooters
• Volvo P1800
• John Deere 7920 Heavy tractor
And many more!

Die Innenstadt Modern Interpretiert--The Modern City Interpreted. This feature demonstrates what you can make with Herpa models and scenery and structure models from other companies.

ACHTUNG KONTROLLE! A Showpiece diorama of a customs and security highway station.

In The Smallest Detail A series of modified semi trucks in great detail.
Kloiber Transporte in 1:87 (Teil I), the MAN TGA and shipping container trailer
SAG Transport – Eine Spedition im Modell. Trucks of the shipping company SAG of Dresden.

Finally, a section on book reviews, upcoming events and DER MASS:STAB articles of the next issue, and Herpa Club news.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on Railroad Modeling.

[1], [2] (Herpa DER MASS:STAB, 2011)
Highs: Larger format magazine sharply printed on semigloss paper.
Lows: Almost entirely printed in German.
Verdict: Enjoy this preview of DER MASS:STAB 2/2011. Some excellent and inspirational content within!
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 065005 02
  Suggested Retail: 6.50€, $9.50
  Related Link: Herpa Cars & Trucks News 05-06 2011
  PUBLISHED: Apr 25, 2011

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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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