by: Sean Hadfield [ ]
introductionThe Volvo FH16 750 semi truck tractor is an impressive machine. The name stands for Forward control, High entry model with a 16-liter engine, producing 750 horsepower.
PrototypeThis one is the pinnacle of the FH lineage, first released in 2012 on the 25-year anniversary of the start of the FH-series, and it incorporates every bit of technology that Volvo has. While this truck is large, powerful, and handsome, the prototype is currently available only in Europe. There are plenty of Volvo trucks on the road though, so if you’re like me, you wouldn’t notice it out of place on this side of the Atlantic.
This truck sports the “Globetrotter XL Cab”, Volvo’s largest, tallest over-the-road sleeper cab. The prototype also has various axle configurations, with up to 3 driving axles, but this example is the more common 2-axle for the widest variety of uses.
ModelThe Herpa model is packaged in a cardboard box, with a plastic sleeve inside to avoid any damage in handling. The mirrors are provided on two separate sprues, and must be affixed by the consumer.
The truck is finely detailed, in the promotional FH16 750 scheme, in Volvo’s black “Mystic Fjord” color. The grill has the tiniest of holes and is a work of art. The chassis has fine, sharp detail, including a spindly little scale driveshaft. The front axle even floats in its suspension, so the model should keep all wheels on the ground, wherever you place it on the layout.
The black color is molded, not painted. The windows are clear, and the tail lights are clear red. The tires are plastic as well, molded separately from the rims. The various subtle shades of gray are impressive.
Herpa makes a staggering variety of modern Volvo trucks. The barcode on the box indicates this model to be #303620, although the picture on the website is black but doesn’t include the “FH16 Globetrotter 750” graphics. The MSRP is 12,50 Euros on Herpa’s website, and major catalog company Walthers prices it at $22.95. Additionally, there are other colors in Herpa’s list, including red, orange, green, blue, white, and yellow, and axle choices are the two axle here or the heavy duty 4-axle type for a slightly higher price.
AssemblyThe mirrors are packaged on the sprue to avoid damage in handling. These parts are to scale and thus very tiny. The side mirrors are pre-painted with silver highlights on the front. No reflective material is attempted, but that is not easily visible on the completed truck.
There are no instructions in the package, but referring to internet photos, I see one mirror fits into a slot in the back of the windshield visor (for the driver to check along the front bumper), and the shorter mirror mounts to a hole over the passenger door (for the driver to check along that side). The rear view mirrors each have a triangular base that fits perfectly into the door molding, making it impossible to apply backwards or upside down. Be careful cutting from the sprue, because the attachment pins are extremely small. I took too much off my passenger top mirror, but glued it on successfully without the pin.
SummaryHerpa has been doing this subject for a while, and that experience shows in this most-modern truck. It is a beauty. Visitors to your layout will be impressed with its tiny details. I can’t wait to put this one on the streets of my own layout.
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