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Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster, metallic
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster, metallic
Item: 034814
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2011 / 07-08

New type! The completely revised Mercedes Benz SLK with enclosed hardtop in red and silver metallic is released in third generation.

This is Herpaís completely revised third generation M-B SLK with an enclosed hardtop. Herpa currently lists 1,504 Mercedes-Benz models, including 10 variants of the SLK series.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster
The SLK is a compact roadster manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in three generations; R170 launched in 1996, the R171 in 2004 and R172 in 2011. In 2000 M-B redesigned the front end. The designation SLK derives from the company's design mission to create a roadster that was at once sporty, light and short ó in German: Sportlich, Leicht und Kurz. SLK features an innovative retractable hardtop roof. Powering and driving the SLK are 2.0 L I4, 2.3 L I4 S/C or 3.2 L V6 engines with automatic or manual 5-speed, or 6-speed manual transmissions.

Kickin' the Tires...
This roadster 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. A holographic Daimler license label adorns the box.

I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. Underneath the chassis has basic molded detail. The windshield is free of distortion.

Each of the four wheels has rubber tires with nice tread detail, and detailed hubcaps.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights, signal lights and tail lights.

On each door is a factory applied mirror, and the rear view mirror is mounted on the windshield. The windshield wipers are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield. The model has cooling louvers in the hood, side panels, and grille.

Herpa molded a detailed interior complete with dash and instruments and console, stick shift, seats, headrests, steering wheel, and more.

Livery and Finish
The model and components are black and silber / silver. The paint is thin, glass-smooth, and opaque. It is also available in rot / red. Mercedes-Benzís logo is stamp painted on the rear and chromed on the grille. Herpa does not use decals.

This Mercedes-Benz SLK is an impressive model with good plastic detail and great finishing. Though it lacks a detailed underbody, the lenses for headlights, signals, and tail lights are impressive. An impressive interior is easy to see. Printing is sharp. Recommended.

Please remember to let vendors and manufacturers know that you saw this model here, on Railroadmodeling.
Highs: Clear lenses for headlights, signals, and tail lights. An impressive interior that is easy to see.
Lows: It lacks a detailed under body.
Verdict: This Mercedes-Benz SLK is an impressive model with good plastic detail and great finishing.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 034814
  Suggested Retail: 10,50 Ä
  Related Link: M-B SLK Series
  PUBLISHED: Nov 26, 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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