by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
subjectThe MAN TGX XXL is a heavy duty tractor equipped for long distance driving. Kahl Schwerlast is a family owned heavy-duty moving and storage company in Germany.
Herpa produces many MAN trucks of different eras. This awesome model is of the MAN TGX XXL hauling a Kahl Schwerlast heavy-duty outsize tank or pipe cargo trailer. This extraordinary model features the new tube adapters mounted on Goldhofer undercarriages, for transporting large self-supporting tanks. The tube adapters are individually adjustable and fixable to the load’s height.
This impressive model comes in Herpa's signature red box with a plastic display window. The model is securely packed in a form-fitted vacuformed tray. Those the box card is not heavy, the box and tray did a good job of protecting the model. The mailing carton was crushed enroute. Though the box was partially crushed, the model was unharmed.
With the exception of the side mirrors, the model arrives assembled. It is predominately molded in color. The chassis plastic has a slight sheen to it. The tractor is owned by Kahl Schwerlast and decorated with the attractive company livery of deep green and red.
The printing is sharp. No decals are used.
Clear, and tinted clear plastic lenses are used for the various lights.
Dozens of tires support this transport system, and they are a soft plastic.
The load is a milled metal tube with plastic end flanges.
Oversized loads can not be safely moved without great attention to detail, so it is fitting that Herpa produces this vehicle with high attention to detail. There is cab detail in the tractor unit. The tractor unit features good underframe, chassis, and under detailing as well. The tanks and storage unit behind the cab have good detail.
The multi-articulated trailer is in three sections: leading semi-trailer with fore jack mast unit, aft semi-trailer section with jack mast unit, and trailing semi-trailer. These sections can be coupled and uncoupled:
1. The leading semi-trailer has a coupling pin (or king pin) to lock into the horseshoe-shaped fifth wheel coupling device of the tractor unit.
2. The aft semi-trailer section couples to the leading unit via frame mounted yokes joined by a metal pin. The fore and aft erection mast unit are joined by four staves. These staves are removable.
3. The trailing semi-trailer couples to the aft unit via frame mounted yokes joined by a metal pin.
Getting tanked up
To load the tube you first remove the four staves and uncouple the leading and aft sections. Each jack mast unit can be raised and lowered. The mobile part has two adjustable thick staves, and two adjustable thick staves are in the fixed section. These staves are positioned into the open tube ends, and the jack masts are raised until tight against the inside of the tube.
When the tube is attached, this is an impressive vehicle a little over 18 inches (45 cm) long--or 130 scale feet (40 meters)!
However, attaching the metal tube reveals a problem with a plastic model--weight and balance. The tube is too heavy for the plastic tractor-trailer to support. The tube rests on the ground and the tractor-trailer is in a perpetual wheelie! To display the unit with the tube, you will have to decide on a method of anchoring the vehicle.
Despite the loaded weight and balance issue, this is simply an exciting, awesome model! The molding, detailing, decorating, and operable features are excellent. Whether you display it with or without the load, this model is an eye-catcher. Heartily recommend!
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