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MB B-Klasse
HERPA Miniaturmodelle GmbH MB B-Klasse
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by: Randy Harvey [ HARV ]

Mercedes-Benz (MB) B-Klasse (B-Class), silver metallic
Series: MPV
Item: 034845
Price: 10,50 EUR
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 /01-02



History
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class sports tourer features a new four-cylinder petrol engine featuring direct injection and turbocharging, a new diesel engine, a new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission and new assistance systems and the front-wheel-drive. It features a wide grille, extending headlamps, a wide rear window, two-piece tail lights and a large tailgate. The new four-cylinder petrol engines mark the launch of a completely new engine series. The combustion process is based on the third-generation Mercedes-Benz direct injection system which was introduced with the BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 engines. The new four-cylinder engines have been designed for both transverse and longitudinal installation. The new four-cylinder diesel engine is a further development of the OM651 deployed in the C- to the S-Class, a common rail direct-injection engine. This is the first time that the compression-ignition engine has been mounted transversely in a Mercedes-Benz car. The new 6-speed manual transmission designed as a three-shaft transmission is extremely compact with seven gears. Mercedes-Benz describes this vehicle as a Compact Sports Tourer instead of hatchback or multi-purpose vehicle, like its R-Class model, which is called a Grand Sports Tourer.

The Box and Packaging
The Herpa Mercedes-Benz (MB) B-Klasse comes packed in a clear plastic form fitting carrier which sits in a paperboard insert which is inserted a light plastic box that opens on both ends.

The Car
Herpa’s Mercedes-Benz (MB) B-Klasse comes fully assembled and painted. I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior is smooth and shiny and features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. Its chassis has basic molded details, the tires have no tread detail, and the windshield, and all other glass is free of distortion and scratches. Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and red tinted clear lenses are used for tail lights. The wheels have black plastic tires and chrome/silver rims. There is a single chromed exhaust pipe extending from under left side of the rear bumper. There are two side view mirrors and a rear view mirror. None of the mirrors have a silver color to them to simulate reflective glass. The interior looks nice and features bucket seats, steering wheel, console, stick shift, emergency brake handle and nice dashboard detailing. The windshield wipers are part of the black molding at the base of the windshield.

Finish
The model body is painted in a thin smooth glossy finish of silber metallic / silver metallic. The molding, the interior are molded in grey color and the underside is molded in black. The Mercedes-Benz logo is chromed upon the detailed chrome and black grille. There are no decals in place on this car as Herpa does not use decals. The other color choice available for this model is weiß / white.

Conclusion
This Mercedes-Benz (MB) B-Klasse is a nicely done model with fine plastic detail and great finishing. It has clear lenses for headlights and brake lights and detailed tires. The underside is modestly detailed. All the same this model should please modern model railroaders, railroad diorama builders, and scale car collectors. I would have no hesitation recommending this model to others.


Thanks to HERPA Miniaturmodelle GmbH for the review sample. Be sure to mention that you heard about it here when ordering.

REFERENCES:
Herpa web site:
http://www.herpa.de/
Mercedes-Benz web site
http://www.emercedesbenz.com/autos/mercedes-benz/b-class/2012-mercedes-benz-b-class-world-premiere/

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SUMMARY
Highs: Nicely done representation of the actual vehicle. Nice finish on the vehicles color. Plastic lenses for the headlights and taillights.
Lows: Only two color choices. Mirrors lack a reflective surface.
Verdict: A nicely done model with fine plastic detail and great finishing which represents the Mercedes-Benz (MB) B-Klasse nicely.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 034845
  Suggested Retail: 10,50 EUR
  Related Link: Mercedes-Benz B-Class series
  PUBLISHED: Mar 04, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 91.62%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.46%

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About Randy Harvey (HARV)
FROM: WYOMING, UNITED STATES

I have been in the modeling hobby off and on since my youth. I build mostly 1/35 scale. However I work in other scales for aircraft, ships and the occasional civilian car kit. I also kit bash and scratch-build when the mood strikes. I mainly model WWI and WWII figures, armor, vehic...

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