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M-B Antos Trash Truck
Mercedes-Benz Antos S Municipal Compactor Truck
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Mercedes-Benz Antos S Municipal Compactor Truck
Item: 301428
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 11-12
Type: Antos
Series: Town vehicles

Antos was developed as a semi and as a rigid truck, both offering multiple axle configurations and other modular options. Smaller than the parallel developed heavy Actros, Antos is categorized as LKW, Lastkraftwagen, a heavy-duty truck designed for short distances. Herpa will release this model in many configurations.
    The Antos truck is a commercial vehicle manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz. It was announced in May 2012 with a formal launch scheduled for September 2012. The Antos is available as either a platform trucks or tractor units with the different axle spacing choices, and weights up to 18t. The Antos is available with a range of 13 power options from 175 kW (238 PS; 235 bhp) to 375 kW (510 PS; 503 bhp), all with Euro VI compliant 6-cylinder engines in three sizes: the OM 936 with 7.7 L, the OM 470 with 10.7 L, and the OM 471 with 12.8 L.[1]

Six cab designs are available in S and M styles. The S is for short duration trips.[2]
Herpa Antos Compactor Truck
Herpa debuted the Antos as their cover story Der Kleine Bruder (The little brother) in the August 2012 issue of DER MASS:STAB. Currently Herpa lists four Antos in their catalog.

This model is almost fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray. Indentations hold a bagged sprue of optional separate mirrors. The tray is secured in a light cardboard box with a cellophane display window and opening ends. One end displays a metallic holographic license label by Daimler.

The molding is almost flawless. The exterior of the cab features fine recessed lines for doors and panels. Door handles are flush and are the tabs that hold the cab interior in the cab shell. Cab components are molded in both glossy and satin parts. The cab superstructure sets upon a very detailed three-axle chassis. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior; it's worth popping the cab off to see. Clear lenses simulate the headlights. However, there are no brake lights or warning strobes at all.

Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model. The front wheels can be made to steer if you use Herpa’s extra steering set. Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. The underbody is very well done.

Herpa created a detailed model of the chassis: gearbox, frame, fuel tanks, differential, air tanks, axles, springs and suspension. The two rear axles have different details. The front axle can be made to steer if you buy Herpa’s steering kit. Clear lenses simulate the headlights; it is interesting that Herpa uses thin chrome strips behind the headlight lenses to simulate the actual lamps. Inside of the cab is nice detail: bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing.

The windshield wipers are part of the combing around the windshield. Holes and a slot are molded into the cab and doors to mount the optional side view mirrors and corner mirrors.

A separately attached sun visor sets atop the windshield like a brooding brow. You can detail the cab with the four optional mirrors. Attaching these small mirrors has challenged me on other Herpa trucks although these four go on tight and easy.

The compactor superstructure is sharply detailed. Separately attached parts include a length of multiple cables and a pole. The back area where the garbage is dumped does not move. However, steps can be folded down for the crew. Otherwise, there are no other positional parts.

Talkin' Trash
This model may have a engine under the cab but I did not try to expose it. The Antos rigid semi tractor reviewed here on RailroadModeling has a really well detailed 6-cylinder engine and radiator part nestled under the cab. The rear peaks out teasingly from under the cab. Many Herpa truck models are made with cabs that tilt to show off the engine. Unfortunately it is impossible to see without disassembling the model, and it is a bear to do and the steps to take it apart are not obvious.

Finish and Markings
Herpa made the model components with three colors: orange, black, and silver. The orange plastic cab is molded glossy smooth and has quite a reflective shine. The compactor structure is satin. Atop the cab is a hatch with slight texture that dulls it slightly. Black skirting complete the parts. The wheel hubs are silver. Markings on this truck are the Mercedes-Benz symbol, the Antos name, and warning stripes on the rear. The M-B and Antos markings are chromed. The warning stripes are red and white paint.

Getting to work
Overall I think this is an impressive HO Antos. It has a high level of well molded detail. The finish is impressive. The lenses for lights are very realistic.

I am disappointed with the lack of guidance to expose the nicely detailed engine -- trial and error can be more error and damage the model. I also wonder what happened to the brake lights--where are they?

Herpa has released a fine Antos garbage truck that I recommend to HO / 1/87 modelers and collectors and dioramaists of modern heavy duty semis.

[1]. Wikipedia. Mercedes-Benz Antos. [Web.] 3 July 2012.
[2]. Mercedes-Benz.co.uk. [Web.] n.d.

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Highs: Detailed and sharp molding. Clear lenses for headlights.
Lows: No rear lights. No instructions about the tricky process of revealing the engine.
Verdict: An fine new model of a new semi tractor type.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 301428
  Suggested Retail: $29 ( 22,50€ )
  Related Link: Antos series
  PUBLISHED: Nov 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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