by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
MAN TGX XXL Euro 6 Rigid Tractor "First Edition"
Type: TGX XXL
Series: Private Collection
IntroductionWhen the new MAN TGX Euro 6 was premiered worldwide at the IAA in Hannover, it was also a very special moment in the small Central Franconian village of Dietenhofen. Because parallel with the “big truck”, its respective “little brother” was produced there in the 1/87 scale based on the original plans and in cooperation with the designers and developers of MAN and – of course - in utmost secrecy.† Herpa released these high-quality models of the new MAN TGX XXL Euro 6 in autumn 2012, one of 881 MAN models, 153 TGX XXL types, and 254 Private Collection models.
MAN TGX XXLRolled out to the public at the 2007 European Transport Road Show the MAN TGX is the flagship of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Trucknology® Generation series. Declared the most powerful truck in Europe, the TGX is designed to carry the heaviest loads over the most challenging terrain for long distances.
MAN TGX series is a family of rigid and articulated trucks. The vehicles were powered by 4 or 6-cylinder MAN engines of the D20 or D26 series generating from 264 KW (360 HP) up to 397 KW (540 HP), connected to an advanced MAN transmission. MAN constructs the frame in a ladder design supported by 4X2 and 6X4 axle configurations. This Herpa model is of the TGX 18.480 with a D2676 Common Rail 353 kW/480 hp engine. Transmission is the MAN TipMatic® with ZF Intarder.‡
For driver comfort MAN offers the option of the XLX or XXL cab. The XXL cab is designed for long haul with high-class standards.
MAN TGX XXL Rigid Tractor 4x2 This special display model is in a display case. It is almost fully assembled and packed in a light cardboard box with a cellophane display window and opening ends. You can attach the four optional separate external mirrors.
I cannot find any flaws in the molding nor assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. The chassis is very detailed with the frame, battery box, fuel tanks, transmission, drive shaft, differential, axles, and suspension. The front axle can be made steerable with a Herpa steering kit. Topside is a fifth-wheel and the detailed cab. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior. Each of the six wheels has rubber tires and plastic hubcaps.
Detailing Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and tinted clear lenses detail the tail lights. The windshield wipers are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield. Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the detailed rims and they display good tread detail.
The model has slots in the front of the cab doors where the optional separate side view mirrors are inserted. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process if you are careful. Each mirror face is chromed to simulate a reflecting surface. One has some of the chrome rubbed off.
Inside of the cab is detail almost worth popping the cab off for, with bucket seats, a steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing. The cab freely tilts forward to expose a single-piece D2676 Common Rail engine with basic detail.
Livery and FinishThe model features a high quality finish in dark metallic blue, chrome, and black. Components are molded in color; painted; and chromed. MAN’s logo is chromed as are the battery boxes and fuel tanks, wheel hubs and rims, and grille detail. MAN emblems, logos, and markings are sharply printed, not decals. Herpa does not use decals.
Display CaseEncasing the TGX is a single piece clear plastic box. It locks via tab-and-slot into a textured black base with beveled edges. The model is held in place by the front axle fitting between retainers; it also has a clear plastic “cradle’ that presses the TGX against the base. MAN TGX XXL Euro 6 Zugmaschine First Edition is printed in silver on one side.
Conclusion This MAN TGX is a beautifully finished and detailed model. It features good plastic detail. It has a detailed underbody, lenses for lights, a detailed interior which is visible through clear windows, and a tilting cab to reveal the D2676 engine. Paint and chrome is flawless. Printing is sharp.
The only negative is the mirror with chrome rubbed off.
I think this is an impressive HO model of a modern heavy semi-tractor. Collectors of MAN TGXs will be very pleased with the display case. This model will be very popular on modern railroad layouts and for modern dioramaists. Highly recommended.
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‡. MAN Group. MAN TGX 18.480 4x2 BLS. http://iaa2012.mantruckandbus.com/en/truck-en/man-tgx-18-480-4x2-bls. 2012.