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Simson KR 51/1
Simson KR 51/1
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

The classic two-wheeler of the GDR, the legendary Simson KR 51/1 is released as miniature model featuring a seat for two. The yellow bike is delivered on a detachable stand.

Simson KR 50 Schwalbe
Simson produced their first moped in 1964. It was christened Schwalbe (Swallow). The KR 50 (KR = Small Roller) carried two people with a robust 3.4 hp that allowed up to a top speed of 60 km / h. It had a cooling fan that let it run up mountains without overheating. At the suggestion of the plant 60 km / h by the legislature as a new speed limit was set for this vehicle class. This derogation from the international standard allowed for a smoother flow of traffic and the moped was not an obstacle to traffic. The Swallow was produced for nearly 30 years and updated and upgraded.

It was a popular bike and women liked it because its design protected the rider from dirt spray.

The Schwalbe was produced in three versions, KR 51, KR 51 / 1 and KR 51 / 2. The KR 51 / 1 S had an automatic clutch.

The Model
Herpa’s release of this HO model of the KR 51 Schwalbe gives modelers of the 1960s and 1970s an iconic moped. It was featured in DER MASS:STAB 2/2011.

Your KR51 is factory assembled. It’s 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 molded with simple molded detail and assembled and painted with no blemishes or flaws .

This is a simple model of the KR51. The tiny handlebars and kickstand are slightly out of scale but are probably within the limitations of injection molding. The chrome exhaust is separately applied, as is the chromed storage rack.

The KR51 had spoked wheels. How does one simulate spoked wheels in 1/87? Herpa found an ingenious way! The wheels are molded in clear plastic and the spokes are printed on. Clever indeed!

The seat and taillight are painted on. It looks like the headlight is a clear lens.

In Closing
A very simple, very small, nicely done model of an iconic moped. Recommend.

Herpa also makes an HO Piaggio Vespa 50 R scooter -- the silver scooter shown with the KR51.

Please tell vendors and manufacturers that you saw this model here -- on RAILROADMODELING!


Highs: Ingenuous wheels spokes. Separately applied exhaust and rack.
Lows: Soft detail. Overscale handlebars.
Verdict: Nice model of a popular moped.
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  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 053136
  Suggested Retail: 900 €
  Related Link: Herpa Vespas
  PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 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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