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HO scale
Scania CR 20 ND Rigid Tractor
Scania CR 20 ND Rigid Tractor, red
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Scania CR 20 ND Rigid Tractor is a new HO model from Herpa. This red version is item 307659. Herpa currently catalogues 423 Scania models and 11 CR ND types.

CR 20 ND ZM
Scania R-series is their high forward control cab semi-tractor.
    The entire range is modular, giving a wide range of different configurations for different types of trucks. The trucks are available with engines ranging from a 9-litre I5 to a 16-litre V8, with the V8 only being available in the R-series (and formerly T-series). A successor to the range was launched in August 2016 with new R-series and flat-floor S-series sleeper cabs.

All of those letters designate particular characteristics of the truck. "C" designates a cab vehicle and "R" is Scania's high forward control cab. "ND" is a Normal chassis height of a truck designed for Distribution. Next "ZM" is the suspension and duty type, Z: leaf-spring suspension front and rear; M: Medium duty, for transport on even surfaces. Finally, "20" is the distance between the front and rear wall in decimeters.
    Scania use different model designations for different contexts. A simplified truck model designation is used for marketing and is visible in the grille. Another complete designation defines the characteristics of the chassis and the drivetrain, and a third designation defines the cab configuration.*

The Model
Scania CR 20 ND Rigid Tractor is securely packed in a form-fitting plastic cradle which holds the truck and the optional pieces. (Herpa molds it with finger grips on the ends to help you remove it from the carton.) The cradle is held inside an end-opening carton with a large cellophane window.

This model is a fully assembled semi-tractor with four separate optional mirrors. The model features excellent molding with no visible flash, seam lines, sink holes or ejector marks. Surface texture is smooth and features fine raised and recessed panel lines. Herpa further equips the model with hybrid plastic-rubber tires and transparent or tinted clear lenses for the lights. The model is molded in color.

Let's look at the detail.

Detail
This tractor is a 4x2 tractor. Six detailed tires carry the chassis. That chassis is very detailed with axles, springs and shocks, fuel tanks and battery boxes, drive shaft, and transmission and engine parts. The front axle can be made to allow the wheels to steer with Herpa's optional steering kit. The chassis is streamlined with aerodynamic skirts and fairings. Safety tread plate spans the chassis between the cab and the rocking fifth wheel. That fifth wheel has a fine molded release handle.

Transparent and tinted clear lenses simulate the lights.

Riding on that chassis assembly is the cab body. It is crisply molded with smooth plastic. The grille and front bumper are a multi-part assembly. Herpa models are designed to be assembled without glue. The parts are interlocking: the windshield clear part snaps into the cab body, held in place with help from the interior piece which is itself held in place by tabs that represent the door handles.

That cab interior is a piece sporting a lot of detail - seats and crew bed, console, cup holders, levers, steering wheel, and dash.

Under the cab interior is a model 16-litre (Euro 6) Diesel/HVO engine. It is molded as one part. Many of the Herpa trucks I have reviewed have cabs that tip to expose the powerplant. Some tip easily but some do not at all, requiring a great deal of effort removing grille or bumper parts to release the cab for tipping. But this model does not tip at all.

To expose the engine and cab interior of this model I had to pry off the grille, headlamp strip, and many other parts. Then the cab shell must be unsnapped from the interior. That allows the cab to come off but that interior remains as an anchor for the engine and part of the chassis.

Outside the truck are four optional mirrors. Herpa made mounting holes for them along the windows and under the sun shade. Their plastic is flexible and their pins are a tight fit into the truck body. Yet they require finesse or they can be damaged.

Wrapping it up, as mentioned earlier, Herpa used clear and tinted lenses to simulate the head and brake lights.

Instructions
I have only had a couple of models with which Herpa included instructions for adding the mirrors or opening the cab to reveal the engine. This model has a small sheet of instructions.

Finish
This model has little paint as almost everything is modeled in color. Paint was used to simulate lights on the exterior visor and near the rear bumper. Herpa paints the chrome and Scania emblems.

The model has a very glossy finish for the cab and skirts while thew rest of the parts are muted.

Conclusion
Herps's new Scania CR 20 ND Rigid Tractor is an impressive model. It features excellent detail, finish, molding and assembly. The clear lenses for the lamps and lights are great, and the optional separate mirrors afford even higher detail.

If I have anything to complain about it is the difficulty in accessing the cab interior for detailing with a driver and accoutrements. Herpa's magazine Der Mass:Stab often features articles with trucks with highly detailed interiors.

Modelers of modern HO railroads or 1/87 dioramas, and collectors of moderns semis should be delighted with this model. Another excellent Scania from Herpa. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
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Sources

* Wikipedia. Scania PRT-range. [Web.] 7 August 2017, at 11:39.

SUMMARY
Highs: It features excellent detail, finish, molding and assembly. The clear lenses for the lamps and lights are great, and the optional separate mirrors afford even higher detail.
Lows: If I have anything to complain about it is the difficulty in accessing the cab interior for detailing with a driver and accoutrements.
Verdict: Modelers of modern HO railroads or 1/87 dioramas, and collectors of moderns semis should be delighted with this model. Another excellent Scania from Herpa.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 307659
  Suggested Retail: 14.95 EUR
  PUBLISHED: Nov 17, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Sweden
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

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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