by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
MAN TGL Euro 6 wrecker with platform and crane "ACE"
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2013 / 01-02
IntroductionThe partner companies of the Autoclub Europa, ACE for short, operate accordingly labeled vehicles. The new MAN TGL 2012 with the new, distinctive radiator grill is released as tow truck with loading crane. - Herpa
ReviewThis is an unconventional review for RailRoadModeling. Earlier this year another Kitmaker member was kind enough to offer to review this model. These wonderful photographs were made yet the text disappeared. Until the text can be recovered, I submit these photographs as the review of this model which Herpa was kind enough to provide for the benefit of HO modelers.
I did look the model over before sending it off and noticed the crane and platform were the same as on the Herpa model Mercedes-Benz Atego wrecker with platform and crane "Colonia". That review can be found at the bottom of this review via the link Click here for additional images for this review..
crane and platformAtop the rear chassis is the towing platform. Herpa engineered it to slide back along a center frame to a tipping point. Then you can tip the platform to touch the surface. Underneath are two hydraulic cylinders that pivot and extend as the bed tips and moves. To steady this is that articulated rear bumper/stabilizing base with extendable tow stirrup frame. To keep the truck from tipping over on its side is and extendable outrigger landing gear unit behind the cab. These legs can be pulled down to support the truck from the side, and they slide in and out from the chassis, too. Lots of action so far and more to come: the Palfinger crane!
Herpa equipped this model with a Palfinger knuckle boom crane. This knuckle boom crane appears to be a PK 9001-EH High Performance system. The crane is used to grab illegally parked cars squeezed in between other cars. To snatch a car a strong H-frame is hooked to the crane. Dangling down from the H-frame are four stirrups that, presumably, are slid under the wheels, or possible the chassis frame, to support the car. The powerful Palfinger crane lofts the car out of its enclave and onto the truck bed, to be spirited away to the impound lot! No doubt this system is also used to clean up accidents.
Herpa made the crane model to articulate and extend and swivel. A separate swivel pintle eye hook is provided to connect the H-frame to the crane hook. All four stirrups are separate and snap into holes in the H-frame.
While a basic control panel is molded onto the crane base, and components of the crane have simulated actuators, the crane lacks the few hydraulic hoses seen on the machine.
RailRoadModeling thanks Herpa for sending this model for review. We apologize for the delay in publishing this review.
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