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Wartburg 353 Sedan and Wagon
Wartburg 353 '84 Sedan and Wagon
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

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Introduction
Herpa continues to release East German vehicles with these new Wartburg 353 84 automobiles. This review looks at the new Wartburg 353 84 sedan, item 420396, and Wartburg 353 Tourist, brown, item 420402. These models are two of 10 Wartburg models currently offered by Herpa; other Wartburgs are in the series Nostalgia of GDR.

These are new models and Herpa describes them thus:
    In the course of the model change from the Wartburg 353 of the design of 1966 to the 1985 series, the first modifications already took place in 1984. This vehicle still has the front part of the 66 series with its radiator grille in black, as well as the bumpers of the 85 series, also in black. The model is initially released in cream white.

    Also the Tourist of the Wartburg 353 was produced in 1984 with first features of the 85 series. Also with this vehicle, the bumpers, and the still old radiator grille were kept in black. The Herpa model is first realized in copper brown.

The Models
Each of these 1/87 Wartburg 353 '84s are packed in a form-fitted cradle held inside a carton with a clear film window. Assembly is first-rate. I found no noticeable flash, ejector marks, seams nor de-sprue burrs. The models are made of injection molded plastic, with plastic-rubber hybrid tires.

The crisply molded exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods, panels and the grille.

The clear plastic of the windows are free of distortion, allowing a good look into the interior.

Detail
The headlights and brake lights feature clear plastic lenses, tinted red for the brake lights. The headlights are cloudy. Also, while parking lights are molded to the bodies, there is no attempt to replicate the color. Those tires have no detail except for tread along each edge.

The interior has basic detail like seats and a steering wheel, although the wagon has a rear view mirror mounted to the windscreen. The sedan does not.

Raised and recessed detail is molded on the exterior. Each vehicle has a sideview mirror on the driver side; they appear to be separately applied.

Each underside of the models features low molded token detail.

Finish
The models are molded in color, cream white for the sedan and copper brown for the wagon. Chrome wheel hubs and and black trim parts appears to be molded in color.

Conclusion
Like Herpa's models of Trabants and other Eastern European nostalgic subjects, these neat Wartburg 353s are very nice examples of family cars. They feature excellent molding and good detail. Modelers can remove the bodies and put figures inside if desired.

Cloudy lenses for the headlights and unpainted parking lights detract some from the overall effect.

Overall these are more wonderful models for modelers of the GDR, be it as part of a model railroad layout, or a standalone diorama. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Herpa that you saw these models here - on Railroad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent molding and good detail. Tinted clear lenses for the brake lights.
Lows: Cloudy lenses for the headlights and unpainted parking lights detract some from the overall effect.
Verdict: Overall these are more wonderful models for modelers of the GDR, be it as part of a model railroad layout, or a standalone diorama.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 420396
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 20, 2019
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.46%

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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...

Copyright 2019 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. All rights reserved.



   

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