by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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Color: dolomite brown metallic
Mfg. ID: 038287
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2013 / 11-12
This review looks at Herpa's new Mercedes-Benz S-class. This Herpa model is initially released in the body colors white and dolomite brown metallic.
The Mercedes-Benz S-ClassThe Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a series of luxury sedans produced by German automaker Mercedes-Benz, a division of German company Daimler AG. The S-Class has served as the flagship model for Mercedes for over fifty years in its various incarnations. The S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems.*
Dealer floorThis new model type joins over 1,880 other M-B models by Herpa, including 21 S-Class models. The model is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray secured in a light plastic box. A holographic Daimler license label adorns the box.
I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors, hoods and panels. The tires are rubber or soft plastic. Herpa includes an interior easily seen through distortion-free windows.
DetailingI will start off with the most impressive item: Herpa assembled this model with an attached photo-etch metal emblem of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star emblem! (The emblem represents M-B's dominance on the land, sea, and in the sky.)
Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights, signal lights and tail lights.
On each door is a factory applied side mirror and a rear view mirror is mounted inside on the windshield. All three featured chromed surfaces simulating mirrors. The windshield wipers are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield. The model has a chromed grille. Twin wide flat exhausts peak out from under the rear bumper. Recessed door handles are molded into the sides.
Herpa includes a detailed interior complete with a dash and console, shifts, seats, headrests, and steering wheel.
Finely detailed hubs fill in the soft tires. The tires have no tread detail except for the very edges. Underneath the body is a better-than-basic underframe molded with both recess and relief detail.
Finish lineThe model is dolomitbraun metallic / dolomite brown metallic. The paint is thin, glass-smooth, and opaque. This model is also available in weiss / white. Mercedes-Benzís logo is stamp painted on the rear in chrome. Also smothly chromed are the exhaust ports, trim around the side windows and on the trunk, and the grille. Herpa does not use decals.
off the lotFor HO modelers of present day layouts, Herpa's 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class is an exceptional model with superior plastic detail and finish. That photo-etch emblem is superb. Though it lacks a detailed underbody, the lenses for headlights, signals, and tail lights are impressive. An impressive interior is easy to see. Printing is sharp. Happily Recommended.
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* Wikipedia. Mercedes-Benz S-Class. [Web.] 5 December 2013.