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First Look Review
N scale
NSU SportPrinz Set
1/160 NSU SportPrinz Set
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

Herpa adds another classic two-seat coupe to their big (171 models) Vintage Car series: The Sport Prinz, which NSU introduced in 1958, was called cygnet. It is a classic two-seat coupe. It is a classic coupe with two seats. The rear seat is only a thin board with equally thin upholstery, the so-called rumble seat. It resembles the Wankel-Spider but has a fixed roof which could be equipped with a sun roof. Contrary to the Wankel-Spider, it doesnít feature the typical air inlet vents because the Prinz engine isnít water-cooled like the Wankel-engine. The chassis and the engine were taken from Prinz I/II, from 1961 from Prinz 4. Originally, the increased power-rated 30 HP engine was scheduled exclusively for the Sport-Prinz, but after a few months only, it was also offered in the Prinz 30 sedan. We now release a Herpa model in the N 1/160 scale as double set including a blue and a red model.

NSU SportPrinz
NSU Motorenwerke AG was a German manufacturer of cars, motorcycles and pedal cycles, which was founded in 1873. It was acquired by Volkswagen Group in 1969. VW merged the company with Auto Union, to eventually evolve into Audi as it is known today.※ The first post war NSU car appeared in 1957 accompanied by the advertising slogan Fahre Prinz und Du bist Koenig ("Drive a Prince and you're a king").※ The Sport Prinz was built between 1959 and 1967 with approximately 20,831 manufactured. Initially the SportPrinz had the Prinz 30 straight-2 engine (583 cc), yet claimed a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Later, the Sport Prinz acquired the 598 cc engine of the Prinz 4.※

Prinz and SportPrinz were built under license or as unlicensed copies by the Soviet manufacturer ZAZ, PRETIS in the then Yugoslavia, and Argentina and Egypt.

Herpa N Scale NSU SportPrinz
Herpaís release of this N model of the NSU SportPrinz gives modelers of the 1960s and 1970s an important coupe. It is also available in HO scale.

Your NSU SportPrinz is factory assembled. Itís securely packed in a form-fitted tray held inside a clear plastic carton with end opening flaps. A red Herpa label decorates the packaging. My model sample is skillfully molded and assembled with any blemishes or flaws. Doors, the hood, and the grille have recessed lines. The door handles are raised. The underside is a single piece with simple molded detail. Soft tires support the model.

Detail and Trim
The model features bug-eyed headlights and cathedral window tail lights but they are not Herpa's typical appropriately colored clear lenses. All are simulated with paint.

Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a simplified interior. Not much can be see through the small windows.

The automobile is trimmed with silver paint representing chrome strips. Underneath the dual exhausts peek out from under the rear bumper.

Finally, a representation of the NSU logo is printed on the front grille. On the rear hood is what appears to be the company name and 'SportPrinz' in script; these are not legible.

The model exterior is painted. The finish is smooth. Chrome combing around the windows is painted on.

Off the Lot
With appreciable detail, the stylish N scale NSU SportPrinz is a pleasing little model of a classic European sports coupe, c. 1958-1970s. A number of them can enhance any model railroad or diorama of the period. Recommended.

Please remember when contacting retailers and manufacturers, to tell them you saw this model here -- on RailRoadModeling.net.

※ Wikipedia
Highs: Sharp molding and finish.
Lows: The interior is difficult to see through the small windows. The headlights do not have the chrome housing.
Verdict: NSU SportPrinz is a pleasing little model that can enhance any period model railroad or diorama.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: N Scale
  Mfg. ID: 065757
  Suggested Retail: 14,00 Ä
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 02, 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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