Review: PIKO G 37916 Tank Car ‘Liqui Moly’ DB IV

Published: 11 June 2014
Latest update: 9 June 2016


Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: PIKO
  • Article Number: 37916
  • Product Description: Tank Car w/Brake Platform ‘Liqui Moly’, DB IV
  • Year of Introduction: 2012
  • MSRP (2012): € 74,99

Other tank cars from PIKO (as of 2014):

  • 30017 Tank Car ‘OMV’
  • 37915 Tank Car ‘Shell’
  • 37917 Tank Car ‘Aral’

Review:

In the box is a DB (Era IV) tankcar in Liqui Moly livery. The rendered image on the box suggests the tank is white…

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

… but it’s grey!

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

A set of single buffer beams is supplied.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

First impression: this thing is big!

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

I’ll do a size comparison with the well-known LGB Harz passenger coach later in this review.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

A brakeman’s platform on one end.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

The other side looks boring.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

The platform and railing on the roof.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

The lid on the right can be opened to fill the tank.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

Sharp lettering.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

“Liqui Moly” is a sticker. I’m wondering how long it will last, and if the colors won’t fade away too quickly in the sun.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

The chassis.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

Plastic wheels, unfortunately. The wheels are 35mm, not the standard 30mm!

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly

As promised, here’s a comparison with an HSB passenger coach from LGB. This should give you an idea of its size.

PIKO G 37916 Tank Car Liqui Moly


Conclusion:

Although not very detailed, the tank car looks good. The possibility to fill the tank with fluids is great, but I wonder how the tank can be emptied. Similar LGB tank cars feature a tap on the side, which this one doesn’t have. All in all, a rake of ten of these tank cars would look mighty! You know you want it.


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