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MB Actros 11 SZ
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2011 Gigaliner ''Kieserling''
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Mercedes-Benz Actros
Make and model: 2011 Gigaliner
Transport Company: Kieserling
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 01-02
Series: Shipping Company; Heavy Duty

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2011

Developed after 2600 hours in wind tunnels and after 10’s of millions of kilometers of testing on in real-life on the road, Mercedes-Benz 2011 Actros:
    …is the first and, to date, only truck which has been developed rigorously to comply with the Euro VI emissions standard.* The new Mercedes-Benz BlueEfficiency Power engine generation has been developed specifically for use in Europe and, from the outset, will meet Euro VI requirements. The first member of the new engine family to be in the spotlight is the Mercedes-Benz OM 471 six-cylinder in-line engine. **
Power is harnessed through a new twelve-speed transmission. For the driver a modular design allows seven different cabs and four roof designs.*** Largest is GigaSpace, 1.3 m larger than the current MegaSpace cab, with 2.13 m of headroom and a 2.5m wide flat floor.

Mercedes-Benz Actros is a heavy duty truck introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1996. There are 36 different Actros models, normally used for long-distance haulage, heavy duty distribution haulage and construction haulage.[1] Chassis available are 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 tractor or rigid, 4 x 6 haulage model, and a 4 x 8 version. It is available in weights starting at 18 tonnes and is powered by a V6 or V8 cylinder diesel engine with turbocharger and intercooler.[2] They feature the Telligent® safety system.[2]

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros was introduced by Mercedes Benz during the International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover and entered full-production in July 2008. This third generation truck was equipped with a choice of two BlueTec developed engines - 12L V6 diesel delivering a power range from 320 to 480 hp and 16L V8 diesel producing a power range from 510 to 600 hp - fitted with the further-developed PowerShift transmission. The truck also featured level & roll control systems, a new Telligent brake system & stability control and Telligent maintenance system. [3]

Technical Description. Actros have 5 different variants: Standard height, Low frame, Low Liner, Tipper, and Concrete mixer. Basic dimensions are:

Overall length -- 8790 mm (28.83 feet)
Wheelbase -- 5100 mm (16.73 feet)
GTW -- 18 - 44 tons.

All of that information may be unnecessary for this review but it was fun looking it up.
Kieserling Spedition & Logistik GmbH

Kieserling of Bremen has 12 national and 12 international locations in Europe and North America. Founded in 1927 Kieserling has a vehicle fleet of over 500 semi-tractors and semi-trailers. †

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2011 Gigaliner Kieserling

Herpa securely packs this almost fully assembled model in a form-fitted tray. The tray is held inside a red Herpa carton with a cellophane display window, and opens via tabs at each end. One end sports a holographic Daimler licensing tag. The tray has slots for optional parts, and slots your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. This arraignment is surprisingly durable. In the past some Herpa boxes arrived partially crushed in transit, and although the model boxes were mashed, the model was not damaged. Very nice!

With this model Herpa included a small sheet explaining how to unlock the cab so that you can tip it forward and display the engine.

I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The sharply molded exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods, panels and the grille. Door handles are flush and are the tabs that hold the cab interior in the cab shell. Cab components are molded in both glossy and satin parts. Both trailers feature restrained fabric covering and bungee detail, and other surface detail. Optional parts include three sprues, two of mirrors and one of chromed air horns.

The cab superstructure sets upon a detailed two-axle chassis. The windshield and windows are free of distortion and you can see the nice interior. It is worth popping the cab off to see. Soft tires mounted on detailed hubs support the model. The front wheels can be made to steer if you use Herpa’s extra steering set. Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. While the tractor and long trailer have 18 soft plastic (or rubber) tires with nice tread detail, all 8 tires of the short trailer lack detail.


Herpa created a detailed model of the chassis: gearbox, frame, fuel tanks, air tanks, axles, springs and suspension.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and cab beacons. But none of the brake lights are even simulated with paint.

Inside of the cab is detail worth popping the cab off for: bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing.

The windshield wipers are part of the combing around the windshield. Holes and a slot are molded into the cab and doors to mount the optional side view mirrors and corner mirrors. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process.

No mounting holes were prepared for the optional air horns. I attached them with UHU 4-minute glue.

Underneath the trailers is basic chassis detail. Only the short trailer has a spare tire. It also has extendible landing gear on the front and rear, while the big trailer only has landing gear up front.

Livery and Finish

The model livery is molded in color: Kieserling grün and weiß / green and white, with simulated black chrome. The surface of the cab is glass-smooth. The Mercedes-Benz emblem and Actros is chromed, not a decal. Herpa does not use decals.


Herpa has created a striking Mercedes-Benz Gigaliner double semitruck. It will make an impressive presence on your layout or diorama. It has very good plastic detail and a great finish. It has underbody and chassis detail, lenses for headlights, and a detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows. However, there are no lenses for the brake lights. Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RailRoadModeling.

* The new Actros: Welcome to a new dimension. Daimler AG. June 22, 2011.

** Powerful Euro VI Engines with Low Consumption. Daimler AG. June 22, 2011.

*** Daimler AG. June 22, 2011.

† Kieserling Spedition & Logistik GmbH. n.d.

[1], [2]. Wikipedia. Mercedes-Benz Actros. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_Actros. 21 August 2011.

[3] (MERCEDES-BENZ Actros 2008 - Present, 2012) http://www.autoevolution.com/trucks/mercedes-benz-actros-2008.html
Highs: Sharp and clean molding, assembly and paint. Lenses simulate lights; plenty of detail.
Lows: No mounting holes for optional horns. No tail lights.
Verdict: Herpa has created a striking detailed model of a M-B Gigaliner. With the optional parts added this already detailed model will gain a lot of attention.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 159395
  Suggested Retail: 34,50 €
  Related Link: Shipping Company Series
  PUBLISHED: Mar 29, 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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