MAN TGS M Euro 5 Container Trailer 4-axle "Fire Department"
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2013 / 05-06
Series: Fire brigade
Herpa releases this new model of the MAN TGS M Euro 5 swap body trailer with a container.
With a new 8x4 chassis and the well-known swap kinematics, this MAN TGS M with the new fire brigade swap body will enhance the range of fire engines. The model is printed with the familiar yellow ornamental stripes. -Herpa
Herpa currently lists 47 MAN TGS M models and 448 models in their Fire Brigade series.
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. TGS is designed to offer optimum traction for every soil condition. MAN advertises:
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, which can be configured for a folding bunk.
This swap-body version is the TGS 8x4 heavy duty trailer. With the M cab, a MAN 8x4 body length can vary from 3,600mm (11.9-ft) to 6,700mm (29½ ft.), a 2490 mm (94 in.) width, and is 3191 mm (126 in.) high (without load), with a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of up to 41 tons. Powering the TGS 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.‡
MAN TGS M 8X4 Swap-body
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 but no slots for your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. This arraignment is surprisingly durable — several times the shipping box was partially crushed in transit, and although model boxes were mashed, most of the models were not damaged. Very nice!
I found no flaws in the molding or assembly except for one tiny burr on the rear of the cab. 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 trailer superstructure set 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.
Mounted behind the cab is the articulated and telescoping kinematic arm container loading and locking apparatus. It features a pair of telescoping hydraulic piston lifts that extend as the container cradle rises or lowers. This business end is an interesting apparatus that can be raised, extended and arched. To load the container it bends back over itself to hook a bar on the container end with a clamp. As the pistons retract, the arm straightens and pulls the container up to straddle and set upon the arm.
All detail on the container is molded on except two rollers under the rear, and the locking bar which the lading arm hooks to.
That mechanism is delicate. No instruction sheet is included with the model to explain how to operate it without damaging the parts. This is a foible of Herpa models – lack of “how-to” directions.
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. Individual tinted lenses simulate the emergency lights on the cab. 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. These lack simulated reflective surfaces for the mirrors although Herpa does chrome the mirrors on special releases I have examined.
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. A yellow strip is painted along the body. 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 swap-body container truck will make an impressive presence on your HO 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 kinematic apparatus.
The lack of any paint or lenses for the brake lamps and signals disappoints me. I am also disappointed that no instructions explain how to move the container arm without risk of damage.
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†. © MAN Truck & Bus. TGS – the power pack for construction and heavy-duty work. http://www.mantruckandbus.co.uk/en/Trucks/TGS/TGS.jsp