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MAN TGS M 8X4 Dump Truck
MAN TGS M 8X4 Dump Truck
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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MAN TGS M 8X4 Dump Truck
Manufacturer : MAN
Type : TGS M
Series : Construction Vehicles
Item : 158985
Price: 18,50 EUR
Collection : CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure : Herpa Cars & Trucks 2011 / 09-10

Herpa is updating their fleet of model construction vehicles and their first model is a red and silver MAN TGS M dump truck. A New type with a completely new designed 8X4 chassis and the new Meiller⃰ superstructure, it makes an impressive heavy hauler. Of the 799 MAN models Herpa currently catalogs, 32 are MAN TGS trucks of various types. Herpa Construction Series is also extensive with 245 models.

MAN produces a wide assortment of utility vehicles of varying classes, from transporting heavy loads to short-haul and distribution transport. The MAN TGS series was introduced in 2007. They feature 2-, 3-, and 4-axle configurations under several chassis configurations: tractor, rigid, etc. These vehicles feature various drive formulas for 18-41 tons. MAN advertises
    With the TGS you have optimum traction for every soil condition. Whether on the building site, on the road or on a slippery road surface. With the various drive formulas, for example all-wheel drive or MAN HydroDrive®, you can handle every requirement.

The TGS also offers the choice of three cab designs: L, LX, and M cab. The M cab is the short “day job” type, though it can be configured for a folding bunk.
The dump truck version is the TGS 8x4 Heavy Duty Tipper. With the M cab, a MAN Heavy Duty Tipper has a length of 8675 mm (342 in., or 28½ ft.), a 2490 mm (94 in.) width, and is 3191 mm (126 in.) high (without load), with a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of 35000 kg (38½ tons). Powering the MAN Tipper is either MAN’s D2066 EGR 360PS (PS = Pferdestärke = horse strength ) (264 kW) or 400PS/294 kW, D20 6-Cylinder in-line, 10.5 litre (Euro 5) engine. Power is transmitted to the axles via a MAN ZF 16 speed Synchromesh Overdrive, or the MAN automatic 12-speed Tipmatic.‡

MAN TGS M 8X4 K Dump Truck
Herpa securely packs 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, and slots your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. This arraignment is surprisingly durable—the shipping box was partially crushed in transit, and although this model box was mashed, the model was not damaged. Very nice!

I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The sharply molded exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods, panels and the grille. Door handles are flush and are the tabs that hold the cab interior in the cab shell.

The cab and tipper superstructure sets upon a highly detailed four-axle chassis. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior. It is worth popping the cab off to see. Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model. The front wheels can be made to steer if you use Herpa’s steering set. Twelve soft plastic or rubber tires have nice tread detail.

The business end is a rakish 36,000 kg, 17 m³ Meiller Classic H436 rear tipper that can be raised. It features a functioning scissor-type stabilizer. The tailgate opens, too. While the telescopic hydraulic ram does not telescope, it is molded as a single extended part. One end can be attached to the cylinder and the other to the front of the tipper.

Herpa has created a detailed model of the chassis: gearbox, frame, fuel tanks, air tanks, axles, springs and suspension.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights. But the brake lights are not even simulated with paint.

Inside of the cab is detail worth popping the cab off for: bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing.

The windshield wipers are part of the combing around the windshield. In the front of the cab doors are slots to mount the optional side view mirrors and corner mirrors. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process.

Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. They display good tread detail.

Livery and Finish
The model components are molded in color. The MAN herald and lion logo are chromed, not decals. Herpa does not use decals. The surface of the cab is glass-smooth.

This big MAN dump truck will make an impressive presence on your layout or diorama. It has very good plastic detail and a great finish. It has a detailed underbody, lenses for headlights, a detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows, and the working tipper. However, there are no lenses for the brake lights. Printing is sharp. Recommended.

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

Meiller of Munich was founded in 1850; a family company, Meiller produces innovative tipper bodies and tipping trailers, the worldwide proven MEILLER hydraulic systems, and high-quality lift doors.

†© MAN Truck & Bus. TGS – the power pack for construction and heavy-duty work. http://www.mantruckandbus.co.uk/en/Trucks/TGS/TGS.jsp

‡http://www.man-bodybuilder.co.uk/specs/pdf/tgs/TGS 8x4 Heavy Duty Tipper.pdf.


⃰MEILLER group. 2010. MEILLER Fahrzeug- und Maschinenfabrik-GmbH & Co KG. http://www.meiller.com/en/company.html.

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Highs: Good plastic detail and a great finish. It has a detailed underbody, lenses for headlights, a detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows, and a working tipper.
Lows: No lenses for the brake lights.
Verdict: This big MAN dump truck will make an impressive presence on your layout or diorama.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 158985
  Suggested Retail: 18,50 €
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 14, 2012

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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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