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M-B Zetros Rosenbauer Buffalo
Mercedes-Benz Zetros Rosenbauer Buffalo
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Mercedes-Benz Zetros Rosenbauer Buffalo "fire department"
Item: 049856
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012/05-06
Manufacturer: Mercedes Benz
Type: Zetros
Series: Fire brigade; Model railway

Herpa released a Zetros fire truck last year and now offer this Zetros with a Rosenbauer superstructure. This new superstructure has many details on the roof load. Herpa currently lists 13 Zetros models including one in 1/43 - O scale.

Mercedes-Benz Zetros...
...is a conventional truck debuted at Interschutz 2010 in Leipzig. Mercedes-Benz premiered the Zetros as a fire engine. The heavy conventional truck Zetros, latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz fire brigade program, was primarily developed for the military market and is available as an two- or three-axle all-terrain vehicle. This version is an all-terrain fire engine for water supply and fire fighting in forest fires, an impressive 6x6 configuration, is a Ziegler fire engine TLF 30/90-5, based on the Zetros type 2733 A 48.

Zetros runs on a 326-horsepower 7.2-liter inline-6 turbodiesel engine. There are two transmission choices: a standard nine-speed or an optional six-speed Allison 3000 automatic transmission. The Zetros also gets three mechanical differential locks as standard to tackle the toughest terrain.

Zetros feature a reinforced frame:
    Optimum frame conditions for off-road assignments. Based on the Actros Bau straight frame, a sturdy, durable ladder-type frame with open C-section longitudinal members and bolted C-section transversal members was designed. Inner reinforcements ensure maximum load-bearing capability. The frame front end, too, was redesigned to enable attachment of equipment for towing or lifting the vehicle. In addition, the frame concept enables a high degree of flexibility for implement attachment. The Zetros offers numerous individual body and superstructure variants (available in PDF).

    The new Zetros is available in a two-axle version, the Zetros 1833 A 4x4, with a 4800 mm wheelbase, and a three-axle version, the Zetros 2733 A 6x6, with a wheelbase of 4750 mm 1450 mm. Chassis weights are 8.1 t and 10.5 t, respectively, with permissible gross vehicle weights of 16/18 t and 25/27 t, respectively. The standard platform reaches a length of 5.1 m (2-axle version), or 6.2 m (3-axle); other vehicle dimensions can be provided on request.

Zetros Rosenbauer Buffalo
Rosenbauer launches a new air transportable response vehicle with off road capability for crisis response operations.

Airport dispatch of vehicles during a crisis represents a difficult challenge for most response organisations. Particularly in troubled areas, fire services are frequently confronted by substandard infrastructure and tough road conditions. Rosenbauer’s new Buffalo Zetros emergency response vehicle is designed in such a manner that it can be flown directly to any crisis area by Hercules C130 so it can sustainably support the work of response agencies on any terrain.

As well as passing all the endurance testing procedures, the new Buffalo Zetros 6x6 can be built to the client’s exact requirements, being highly bespoke and adaptable. The cab can be custom-made to match the size of the crew (1 3 is standard), ranging from one driver to up to three extra persons. The seats can be moved back to create extra legroom, and the vehicle has the option of pump and roll switching. The ergonomically designed control panel for the roof and front monitor provides a simplified operation of all the extinguishing media.

The truck is equipped with a Rosenbauer N35 pump which delivers 4,000 lpm at 10 bar from a 6,100 litre watertank. The foam tank contains 750 litres, while the foam system – Rosenbauer FIXMIX – can proportion at a rate of 3 and 6%. Other extinguishing media include a PLA 250 powder system, which carries 250kg of B and C powder.

The roof turret is a Rosenbauer RM25C, and delivers 2,500 lpm at 10 bar, while the front turret is a 15c monitor – also made by Rosenbauer – which delivers at 1,500 lp, at 10 bar. Both monitors are remote controlled, and the vehicle also features a quick attack hose reel (30m) with a 32mm radius, as well as a cable winch with a towing capacity of 4,000kg.

Herpa Zetros
Herpa released the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6x6 and introduced it as the cover story in
. This model is produced by Cursor-Modelle – the company utilizes Herpa components.

This Zetros is mostly factory assembled, you must attach the optional mirrors to the cab. It’s securely packed in a form-fitted tray. The tray is held inside a red Herpa carton with a plastic film window, and opens via tabs at each end. The tray has a slot for the mirrors, and slots for your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. A holographic Daimler licensing label is on one flap.

The model is skillfully molded and assembled without any blemishes or flaws. Doors, hoods, and access panel lines are defined with recessed lines. The grille is not molded open. Sprouting over the right fender is the air intake; the cap has a dimple molding flaw.

Corrugated metal doors are simulated with paint on the sides and end of the Rosenbauer superstructure. Its top features filler and tool box detail, an extendable traversing nozzle, rails, and ladders.

Rubber tires with sharp detail mounted on detailed hubs support the model. Michelin is molded on the sidewalls. The front wheels can be made to steer if you use Herpa’s steering set.

The warning beacons are of appropriately tinted clear lenses. The model does not feature any clear lenses for headlights, running lights, or tail lights; the last two are painted on. Zetros headlights are mounted behind the heavy grille and in the holes in the front bumper, but not simulated on this model.

Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, console and seats; this detail can be seen through the distortion-free windows; the side windows have rubber gaskets painted on.

Exterior detail includes separate side view mirrors. The grille sports a chromed Mercedes-Benz emblem and Zetros. Windshield wipers detail the windshield. Underneath the vehicle is a chassis of simplified detail and a spare tire.

Topside are separately attached ladders, rails, and the rotating Rosenbauer RM25C water cannon. Be careful with the RM25C: it rotates with difficultly and I suspect is not sturdy enough to play with.

Finish and Markings
The model is molded in color and unmarked as to any owner. Rosenbauer is sharply printed upon the model, as is Zetros on the grille. Herpa does not used decals.

Finally, the detail of the roller doors is also printed.

Hitting the Road
Zetros are big vehicles. This imposing model captures the brawny character of the vehicle. Overall the detail is sharp. I appreciate the rubber heavy tires and the detailed cab. The attached ladders and other detail is great.

Lack of clear lenses for driving lights is disappointing. As is the simplified underside. And the dimple on the top of the air intake cap.

Overall this model captures the look of the heavy duty fire truck. Recommended.

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[1]. hemmingfire.com. New Rosenbauer truck designed for air transport . [Web.] 12 September, 2011.

[2]. "Unimog and Zetros." n.p. Mercedes-Benz UK. n.d. 19 Mar. 2012.

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Highs: Detail is sharp. I appreciate the rubber heavy tires and the detailed cab. The attached ladders and other detail is great.
Lows: Lack of clear lenses for driving lights is disappointing, as is the simplified underside. There is a dimple on the top of the air intake cap.
Verdict: Overall this model captures the look of the heavy duty fire truck.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 049856
  Suggested Retail: $50 (39,50 €)
  Related Link: Zetros Video on Herpa.TV
  PUBLISHED: Sep 08, 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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