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VW Golf
VW Golf I
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Introduction
Herpa has released this VW Golf I in 1/120. It is item 066617. At the time of this review, Herpa catalogues 180 Volkswagen models, including 26 Golf models, in scales 1/43, 1/87, and 1/120.

Herpa tells us;
    From 1977, a total of 10,000 vehicles type Golf I were delivered from the Federal Republic of Germany to the GDR within a compensation transaction. This makes the vehicle an enhancement of model railways since the TT track has primarily especially been popular in the GDR.

Let's take a swing at this Golf.
The Model
This factory assembled model is packed in an end-opening carton with a clear window. It features a holographic licensing placard on a side. The model is securely held in a form-fitted light plastic cradle; these don't look like much but several Herpa models I have received arrived in boxes crushed in shipping and yet the models were not damages. Well done Herpa!

The model is plastic and mainly molded in color. The plastic is smooth with no injection molding flaws, no flash, sink holes, seam lines nor visible ejector circles. The parts were snipped off their sprues without any burrs. It was assembled with no glue marks.

The clear plastic of the windows has distortion and cloudiness, preventing a good look into the interior. That is unusual as other 1/120 and N scale Herpa models, i.e., Barkas B Police Van, have clear windows. Herpa uses a hybrid plastic-rubber for the tires.

Detail
Those tires have no detail.

The cabin has basic detail like seats and a steering wheel.

Raised and recessed detail is molded on the exterior.

While the underside of the model also features molded detail, at this scale is it very convincing and looks good. The overall model does.

Finish
The model is molded in color, marsrot / martian red. Chrome trim and black trim is painted on. Headlights, brake lights, and parking lights are painted on. Herpa also printed the VW emblems and type name.

Conclusion
Herpa's TT scale-1/120 Golf I should be a welcome arrival for modelers of the scale and era. It features good convincing detail. The cloudy clear windows are disappointing but there is not much to see inside the cabin.

I posed it with TT figures from NOCH. Overall this is a nice little model. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Good convincing detail.
Lows: The windows are uncharacteristically cloudy and disappointing.
Verdict: Herpa's Golf I should be a welcome arrival for modelers of this scale and era.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: Other Scal
  Mfg. ID: 066617
  Suggested Retail: 11,95 EUR
  PUBLISHED: Feb 17, 2018
  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...

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