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Trabant 1.1 Universal
Trabant 1.1 Universal
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Trabant 1.1 Universal
Item: 027359
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 05-06
Series: Nostalgia of GDR
Vintage car

Herpa continues their Nostalgia of GDR series with this 3-door Trabant 1.1 station wagon. It was manufactured in small numbers as from 1990. Herpa releases the Trabant with modified front and rear part in grey.* Herpa currently offers 20 Trabants of different types in HO (1/87) and 1/43 (O scale). These are part of the Nostalgia of GDR series of 81 models.

After the Reunification in 1989, the Trabant 1.1 station wagon was released with modified front and rear part as well as new bumpers. Trabant is the former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Zwickau, Sachsen. It was the most common vehicle in East Germany, and was also exported to countries both inside and outside the communist bloc.[1]

The Trabant was a steel monocoque design with roof, bootlid/trunklid, bonnet/hood, bumpers/fenders and doors in Duroplast, a form of plastic containing resin strengthened by wool or cotton. This helped the DDR to avoid expensive steel imports. The Trabant was the second car to use Duroplast, after the "pre-Trabant" P70 (Zwickau) model (1954–1959). The duroplast was made of recycled material, cotton waste from Soviet Union and phenol resins from the East German dye industry, making the Trabant the first car with a body made of recycled material.[2]

Herpa Trabant 1.1 Station Wagon
This model is announced in Herpa CARS & TRUCKS NEWS 05-06 & COLLECTION 2012 (see NEWS here)and featured in DER MASS:STAB 3/2012 (see "Link to related item" below. The model is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray, surrounded by Herpa's signature red paper label, and secured in a light plastic box with opening ends. Though the plastic is flexible and the packaging appears quite flimsy, the Kūbel did survive the perilous international postal journey, arriving in a crushed box and package unscathed!

Molding is mostly flawless and the model is assembled without any blemishes or flaws. Doors, hoods and panels lines are defined with fine recessed lines. The door handles are slightly raised. Side view mirrors are molded on both sides. The grille indentions are shallow and closed - the real Trabant grille is noticeably open.

The windshield is free of distortion.

Underneath the car is a single-piece chassis with wheel mudguards and basic molded detail.

Soft tires with sidewall detail around detailed hubcaps support the model. The tires suffer horrible mold seams.

Detail and Trim
Brake lights are colored lenses. Uncommon for Herpa, the headlights are painted on and not clear lenses. Signal lights are also painted on.

Also painted are the windshield wipers. They are just broad black streaks and look horrible!

Detail inside the passenger compartment is basic: a dashboard, steering wheel, and seats. This detail can be seen through the clear windows.

Some exterior detail is painted on, like the gas cap, and what seem to be vents near the rear windshield.

Finish and Markings
Released in weiß / white the finish is smooth and shiny. The bumpers, license plate and underbody is molded in black. A Trabant logo is printed on the front and rear hoods and legible. Herpa does not use decals.

Trabant autos were the most numerous vehicle in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. With clean molding and sharp printing, it is a nice model. I appreciate the clear brake lenses but am baffled why the headlights are not clear lenses. The grille could have been molded open, or at least deeper. The painted windshield wipers and seams around the tires look awful.

Overall this is a neat and well molded model of an important vehicle for modelers of the GDR and unified Germany.

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


* Herpa
[1], [2]. Wikipedia

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Highs: Good molding and sharp printing. Tinted clear brake lamp lenses.
Lows: Painted headlamps, signal lights, and windshield wipers. Grille molded closed; mold seams on the tires.
Verdict: A neat model of an important vehicle for modelers of the GDR and unified Germany.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 027359
  Suggested Retail: 9€
  Related Link: DER MASS:STAB 3/2012
  PUBLISHED: Jul 22, 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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