8. Driver's cab

driver's cab of the real vehicleWhile making a true-to-scale model of the overhead wiring maintenance vehicle is a very tricky task anyway, the following particular challenges were ahead of us when it came to the reproduction of the driver's cab:

1. Elevation and modification of the roof as well as creation of a small window above the windscreen;
2. Removing the rear of the HERPA cab to create access to the on-board workshop;
3. Extension of the cab so that it connects without a gap to the workshop.

Of course, all this could only increase our anticipation of reproducing the pretty interesting looking holder for two blue and two orange flashers as well as some other little parts... That would be the icing on the cake!

HERPA driver's cabBut let us have a look at the original cab of the HERPA miniature vehicle first. While collectors would have been pleased to spot some detailed, partly even bicolored prints, modellers usually want to get rid of them in order to achieve the perfect spray painting job. And while 20 years ago we would have used some imported Austrian nail varnish remover...

LUX-Modellbau's Print and Paint Remover DLE-90 beside HERPA's driver's cab whose prints have been successfully removed...the job can nowadays easily be done by applying a small amount of LUX-Modellbau's Print and Paint Remover DLE-90 (read about our general experiences with the product).

                                                     (chapter to be continued)

Table of contents
1. Brief presentation of the Berlin-based vehicle
2. Materials list
3. A suitable model vehicle for our project
4. Wheels
5. Front bumper and grille
6. Chassis with attached parts
7. Front mudguards with footsteps
8. Driver's cab
9. On-board workshop

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