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M-B SL Cabrio Convertible
Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse Cabrio with Roof
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse Cabrio with roof
Item: 034838
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 09-10

Herpa debuts the new Mercedes-Benz SL class generation model in white and red-metallic. The model also features the appropriate separate roof.

Mercedes-Benz SL
The Mercedes-Benz SL is a grand tourer manufactured by Mercedes since 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sport Leicht, or Sport Lightweight — and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing' named also after its gullwing or upward-opening doors.

The term SL-Class refers to the marketing variations of the vehicle, including the numerous engine configurations spanning six design generations. In December 2011 Mercedes-Benz announced the all new SL-Class and was formally launched at the North American International Auto Show in January 2012. The new SL (R231) has been produced for the first time almost entirely from aluminium. The new aluminium bodyshell weighs around 110 kilograms less than it would using the steel technology from the predecessor. Although the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has more assistance systems on-board than its predecessor and therefore does actually sacrifice some of the weight saved through the aluminium bodyshell, the scales show some better figures: the SL 500 (1.785 kg) weighs around 125 kilograms less and the SL 350 (1.685 kg) is 140 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.

New features include adaptive windscreen wipe/wash system MAGIC VISION CONTROL, which supplies water from the wiper blade as required and depending on the direction of wipe. The R231 is also available with two different suspension systems: semi-active adjustable damping as standard. The optional active suspension system ABC (Active Body Control) is available as an alternative. Both suspension variants are combined with a new electromechanical Direct-Steer system featuring speed-sensitive power steering and a ratio that can be varied across the steering wheel angle and it also reduces the amount of steering required when parking and manoeuvring. Compared with its predecessor, the new generation of the SL is much longer and wider.

SL-Klasse Cabrio with roof
Herpa currently catalogs 1651 Mercedes-Benz models of all types including 11 SL-Klasse models, and 61 convertibles. The model is almost fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray secured in a light plastic box. The convertible roof is sealed in a plastic bag and packed in the label. A holographic Daimler license tag is on one end.

I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. Fine hexagonal detail extenuates the lower grille. The rakish windshield is free of distortion. Except for concave dual exhausts the underside has only basic molded detailed, and the tires have no tread detail.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and tinted lenses simulate the tail lights.

Separate side view mirrors are attached. Soft plastic tires encompass detailed rims. Herpa molded the top separately and it attaches to the body. However, it is tricky to mate against the windshield. It took quit a bit of fiddling to get the front lip onto the top of the windshield smoothly.

The interior features bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, rear-view mirror, stick shift and dashboard detailing. The rear view and side mirrors lack reflective surfaces.

Paint and Finish
This model is beautifully finished with a glossy rot metallic / red metallic exterior. It is also available in Schwarz / black and zirrusweiß / zirrus white. A chrome Mercedes-Benz logo emblazons the grille and another is stamp- painted on the hood and back. These emblems and markings are sharply printed and not decals. Herpa does not use decals. The paint is thin, glass-smooth, and opaque.

Herpa has released another super model of a beautiful Supercar. This M-B SL is an impressive model with fine plastic detail and excellent finishing. It features lenses for headlights and brake lights, a detailed interior, and applied side view mirrors. Printing is sharp. I happily recommended this model for collectors, model railroaders, and diorama makers.

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[1]. Wikipedia. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. [Web.] 2 August 2012.
Highs: Beautifully finished with a glossy exterior. Excellent detail inside and out. Separate top, and clear lenses for the lights.
Lows: Rear view and side mirrors lack reflective surfaces.
Verdict: This M-B SL is an impressive model with fine plastic detail and excellent finishing for collectors, model railroaders, and diorama makers.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 034838
  Suggested Retail: 11 €
  Related Link: Herpa SL-Klasse series
  PUBLISHED: Aug 09, 2012

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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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