Herpa 1:400 Scenix Series Airside Catering Vehicles Set of 2 – 562485
First of all you have to say this is one desperately needed set of vehicles for anyone with a diorama. Working, quality catering trucks in 1:400 are few and far between, especially to a European rather than Japanese or US general appearance. There is of course always a downside and in this case it’s the expense – £11.85 ($18.06 US) for a set of 2 is pretty pricey. One has to remember however that development costs and production costs are high and it’s not like these will be made in vast numbers. Most have gone never to be seen again in a few months. Herpa stockists rarely have anything like this in 12 months after release.
The tiny 5x5x2cm boxes have the two trucks neatly ensconced in clear plastic.
I have to say I was actually quite pleased with the overall quality of them. They have a solid, firm feel to and they seem to slide nicely on the runners to allow the lift to work. The graphics are neatly done and although the black paint is a bit imprecise along its edges around the radiator, the detail on the chassis is far better than anything Dragon Wings or Gemini have produced.
Now I have 8 of the Gemini trucks from 4 sets of their airport vehicles sets. 6 of them have had to be glued into place after the lifts either broke, or simply wouldn’t hold the lift in position any more. There is one of the very solidly built Dragon Wings types, but its colours in yellow and red have always been a bit Lego!
There is no question that the Herpa ones overall are quite the best, not as well made as the Dragon Wings version, but far better and more solid than the Gemini – and they have more detail than either. The only downside is I hoped they might just be able to reach the upper deck of the A380 – one thing airport dioramas really need is an A380 triple air bridge kit and catering trucks to reach the upper deck!
Hopefully the images convey adequately the words above. One thing is certain, they look great servicing the Lufthansa A380 (Gemini) at RLSI…
If I had to rate these as models, and models alone, bearing in mind the scale, 9.5/10 as the black print isn’t so good to the naked eye.
Value for money? 5/10 You have to be a devotee of dioramas to fork out this kind of money on two tiny plastic trucks!
If I had seen them in person before buying would I have? Yes, they are just the sort of detail thing you want on your diorama, despite them being nearly £6 each!!
Do they improve the overall diorama and fit in? YES