by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
Originally published on:
Introduced in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the basis for several types of light emergency vehicles. The second generation Sprinter was introduced in Europe in 2006. The Sprinter is a light commercial vehicle built by Daimler AG of Stuttgart, Germany as a van, chassis cab and minibus, and sold as a Mercedes model. Sprinters are widely used by fire departments, rescue services, and hospitals.
The first generation (VA Chassis) North American Sprinter was launched in 2001 in the U.S., and originally branded as a Freightliner. Units sold to the rest of North America were badged as Mercedes until 2003 when they received Dodge branding.
Herpa Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 06 RTW "Johanniter Hamburg"
Herpa securely packages the model in a form-fitted plastic cradle. The cradle is formed with notches for easy gripping when extracting it from the box. The cardstock end-opening box has a clear film window to display the model. Herpa’s Sprinter is manufactured under license by Daimler, as indicated with a holographic sticker affixed to one end.
Herpa currently lists 147 Sprinters in different styles and liveries. The model is almost completely factory assembled and ready for your layout. Herpa includes separate accessory sprue for the optional side view mirrors. These delicate pieces fit snugly into holes molded into the cab side windows. The model is otherwise molded and fully assembled without a blemish. Fine, shallow recessed panel lines demarcate the doors, hood, and other body detail. The rear bumper features a separately applied step with a tread pattern. The model features a single-piece underbody of simplified molded detail.
Clear and tinted lenses are used for the headlights, taillights, and emergency beacons.
Paint, Markings and Livery
The smooth and glossy body is molded in color with the colorful livery of Die Johanniter (St John's Ambulance Association) service printed upon it. I am amazed at just how legible the fine lettering is, sharper than my old eyes can make out without magnification! The vehicle sports the Die Johanniter emblem, a web address, emergency telephone information, and the Mercedes-Benz logos. All are faithfully printed onto the model by Herpa. Herpa does not use decals. The paint is smooth, sharp-edged, and does not obscure the fine recessed details. Fine black chrome edges the windshield, side windows and rear windows. The accompanying photographs highlight the sharpness of this detail.
Details, details. . .
Herpa’s interior is almost worth popping the cab off for. Inside are two bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, dashboard detailing, and door interior details!
The underbody is a single part featuring molded-on detail.
The wheels are soft plastic tires with a good tread pattern.
Individual clear and tinted lenses simulate the headlights, emergency running lights in the grill, tail lights, and emergency lights.
Kits are available to animate this model. Operating Sprinters can be seen in action at the huge Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany.
Flashing lights, flashy livery, and blaring sirens make emergency vehicles popular and they capture the imagination of children and appreciation of adults. I ran to catch a glimpse of every siren shrieking vehicle that raced by. This model captures the feel of these exciting vehicles. The engineering and decorating are extraordinary. My only complaint is that there is no detail inside the medical compartment. The clear windows afford reasonable viewing into this area. This MB Sprinter is a fun model to have, whether you intend to display it, use it to detail a modern layout or diorama, or equip for animation. Recommended!
Click here for additional images for this review.