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First Look Review
Magirus Semitanker
Iveco Magirus Flugfeld-Tank-Fzg.
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

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Collection: Minitanks
Iveco Magirus 320 D Flugfeldtankwagen (Magirus Aerodome Tank Semitrailer)
Item: 743716 (Roco number 366
Brochure: Collection Cars & Trucks
Series: Wheel Crafts

Minitanks were released by Roco about 50 years ago and are a favorite of wargamers, collectors, military modelers, and model railroaders. Herpa continues to add to the large Minitank series and releases this impressive Magirus fuel tanker. It features good molding and detail, separate detail parts, and rubber tires.

According to Herpa:
    Minitanks is a rich in tradition military series which was launched by the model railway manufacturer Roco in 1960. The brand name has stood for detailing, scale and precision in the model building world ever since. On October 1, 2007, Herpa has taken on the worldwide distribution of the military series Minitanks and will continuously advance and extended the program.

Iveco Magirus Flugfeldtankwagen
Feeding thirsty aircraft is essential for a modern military. With helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft burning tons of fuel per squadron, huge tanker trucks are required to keep them fueled. NATO adopted the Iveco Magirus as the new heavy bulk fuel storage and distribution system for the logistics train.
    This range of heavy equipment transporters were produced by IVECO-Magirus (now part of the IVECO group). Like many older companies the now IVECO-Magirus can trace its origins back a number of years and through a number of mergers, acquisitions and so on. A historical overview of the company, which has its origins in a fire brigade and accessories equipment company set up in Ulm by Conrad Dietrich Magirus in 1861.[1]

    A number of different military models were produced or proposed in (6 × 4) and (6 × 6) drive configurations, although all models were essentially similar in their base design and were built on a conventional C-section ladder-type chassis with a double articulated fifth wheel located over the rear axles.

Magirus 320 D tractors are powered by a 320hp Deutz F 10 L 413 F air-blown diesel engine and manual 2X4 gearbox (usually ZF 8-speed) transmission.
Herpa Minitanks Iveco Magirus Fuel Tanker
Your humble reviewer has enjoyed Minitanks for some 40 years. So it was with delight and great thanks to Herpa that RailRoadModeling received this model for review!

The model is packaged in a form-fitted clear cradle that securely holds the vehicle, and a tray for the parts baggie and instructions. This is held inside a medium weight card box that opens at the ends, with an integral mounting header and a cellophane display window.

Your model Magirus is a tractor-trailer set. Attached together this semitrailer truck is 6 ¾ inches/ 17 cm from bumper to bumper. Molded in traditional Minitank dark olive styrene, the surface is not glossy smooth like Herpa civil vehicles. It is an authentic matt finish. Roco is molded underneath the trailer. Rubber tires encompass plastic hubs. All roll freely.

The tractor and tank trailer are well detailed with recessed and raised detailing as appropriate. Molding quality is high, the parts sharp and crisp. I have not noticed any sink recesses. However, molding is not flawless. An ejector circle mars the crane behind the cab. Possible seam lines cross the right side battery box; its halves were not matched accurately in the molding process and the misalignment of the retaining straps is noticeable without being nitpicky. I noticed small amounts of flash on the tips of the windshield wipers. Otherwise, other flash and ejector marks and seam lines I found are in places you’d only find if you want to be unreasonably critical. However, not to be unreasonably critical, I do have to mention that quality control of separating parts from the sprues seems sloppy. It appears instead of cut off, they were broken off without any finesse. Twisted dark olive sprue ends are much lighter in color and therefore very noticeable. Herpa vehicles show far more care in removing component pieces from their molding sprues.
Iveco Tractor Setting upon free-rolling rubber tires encompass plastic hubs, your tractor is detailed with several bins and boxes, the spare tire, a crane, pivoting fifth wheel, and a host of other interesting items. Underneath is a nearly complete chassis. Suspension, frame, engine bottom and transmission case, axles, drive train and more detail the belly of this beast of burden. The front axle can be made to steer if you use a separate steering set. Atop the cab is molded detail; the grille features Magirus Deutz and exterior detail.

Inside the cab is a basic interior of a steering wheel and seats. Being dark it is difficult to see without a handy IPMS flashlight. Clear plastic simulates windows; I noticed scuffing marks on some of the windows. The cab tilts forward to reveal the nicely presented Deutz engine.

Unlike Herpa vehicles, no clear or tinted lenses are used for the headlights, running lights, or brake lights.

You can add details from the detail parts sprue. Side mirrors, snap into predrilled holes ahead of the cab side windows. What appears to be a spotlight attaches to the rear of the cab, although no mounting hole is provided.

Tanker trailer Also supported by rubber tires encompass plastic hubs, the big tanker packs a lot of detail. Factory applied separate piping, ladders , running boards and other appliances detail the unit. Molded filler hatches and vents detail the tank top. The rear wheel set is a position able articulated bogie. Up front the landing gear extend; a pair are also included with longer legs.

Below the front of the tank is piping. On the sides of the tank are two large cabinets. Each is enclosed by a panel anchored by four pegs that fit into holes in the cabinets. Remove these panels to view the relief molded motor, pump, and valve detail within. Use caution removing the panels, the fit is tight and the pins break easily! Although the back of the tank appears to also have a removable panel, it is not referenced in the instruction sheet. Without risking damage I cannot work it open enough to tell if there is detail behind it.

No clear or tinted lenses are used for the brake lights. However, four tinted lenses are supplied for the warning beacons.

You also have detail parts to add to the tank:

    • Pump apparatus
    • Four individual warning beacons and fittings
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Landing gear (longer struts)
    • Rear spot lights
    • Cylindrical item

These greatly enhance the model but no mounting holes are provided. Being modelers we are clever enough to drill mounting holes, or carefully attach the pieces with glue. Some parts are fairly small so use care in handling them.
Paint, Markings, Instructions and Decals
All parts are molded in color. Those the styrene is not shiny, perhaps a further shot of matt clear coat will enhance it. Certainly weathering can. Herpa left the model unmarked. No decals are provided. Quite a few aftermarket decals sheets exist for 1/87 NATO vehicles so you should be able to mark the machine for your favorite aerodrome.
The instruction sheet is a small paper with simple drawing depicting where the detail pieces are to be attached on the tractor and trailer. It is printed in English, German, and French.
This big semitanker makes an impressive model. The model has plenty of detail, including optional separate parts. Among the drawbacks are ejector marks and flash, and except for warning beacons it lacks clear plastic lenses for lights. Regardless, it makes a nice model of a modern heavy-duty fuel tanker. Recommended.

1, 2 IVECO-Magirus 330-32 ANWTM/320 D 34 AS (6 x 6) tractor truck and associated models (Germany), Heavy equipment transporters. © 2009 Jane's Information Group. http://articles.janes.com/articles/Janes-Military-Vehicles-and-Logistics/IVECO-Magirus-330-32-ANWTM-320-D-34-AS-6-x-6-tractor-truck-and-associated-models-Germany.html.
Highs: Plenty of detail, including optional separate parts.
Lows: Ejector marks and flash, sprue attachment marks. Except for warning beacons it lacks clear plastic lenses for lights.
Verdict: A nice model of a modern heavy-duty fuel tanker.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 743716 (Roco 366)
  Suggested Retail: 29 €
  Related Link: Roco Minitanks Reviews
  PUBLISHED: Feb 19, 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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An interesting little kit, and this company makes a lot of interesting subjects. BUT, how does this relate to model railroading? It would look cool in a scene of say a refinery, or highway. BUT, what scale is 1/87th - I'm new to anything but HO, and really have no idea what scale that is. Some mention, like right up front, of the relevant railroad scale would be helpful.
MAY 27, 2012 - 04:13 PM
Hi Illini, Good questions. I'll start with question no.2: what scale is 1/87th? Get ready for a wild ride! What scale is 1/87th 1/87 is HO. HO literally means "Half - O scale" per our model railway cousins across The Pond. In England, O scale is 7mm is 1/43.5 scales. HO is 3.5mm (but by some, technically 1/87.2 scale). Here is the USA O scale = 1/48, e.g., quarter (inch) scale. But in the USA (or anywhere else for that matter) HO is not 1/96, which happens to be a standard model ship scale. So what's up with all of this Standard vs Metric tomfoolery? Well, aside from the international Metric vs Standard argument, it has to do with the difference between scaling model railroads as scale or gauge. Gauge only refers to the distance between rails. Scale only refers to size ratios. The modelers of yore decided to make the track size and then make everything else centered around it, i.e., 7mm gauge track; 3.5mm gauge track. Then somebody else decided to do something sensible and create an actual scale that every component was scaled to, i.e., 1/48, 1/76, 1/87, etc. This creates some interesting idiosyncrasies. HO scales out to 7.25-scale-feet per inch. US O scale = 4-scale-feet per inch. The common 'braille scale' of Europe, 1/76, is known as OO scale in railroading and is 4mm gauge, or an inconvenient 6.333333333-scale-feet per inch. However, 1/72 is an even 6-scale-feet per inch. Oh yeah, and in Germany and some other places O scale is 1/45! Welcome to scale vs gauge within the international Metric vs Standard argument! How does this fuel tanker relate to model railroading? Well, kinda by association. This model is 1/87 / HO. Herpa and many other companies make model vehicles in HO because people like to mix and mingle them with their train layouts. Your humble host decided that this, and other, HO vehicles are as much model railroad accessories as, say, trees and other scenery items, track, buildings, figures, lighting, figures, etc. Roco Minitanks (now released by Herpa) were made in 1/87 to fit in with model railroaders and the Minitank series is huge, and still very popular. As for the scales: Jim S. is working on adding model railroad letter scales to the scale choices in the review drop-downs. Hope this clarifies things. :-)
MAY 30, 2012 - 11:19 AM

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