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MAN TGX XXL + Nooteboom MCOS Semi Lowloader

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  76230
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2017


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 23
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 12
Overall   (max 100) 81%

Footnotes


MAN TGX XXL + Nooteboom MCOS Semi Lowloader Video.  [Youku Video]
Nooteboom branded box.
Axle 2 raised out of service.
Smart red line cab.
 
Axle 2 up.
Proportional rear axle steering.
Number plate included.
Deck texturing and marker board.
Gooseneck ramp raised.
Hauling a grader.
Loading, with the rear stabilisers down.
Access plant on the road.



The Nooteboom Multitrailer MCOS Semi Low Loader has hydraulic steering and a hydraulically-adjustable load bed. 

This version of the model is one of the Red Line series.  The MAN tractor has the fleet number T-201 and the trailer is OPL-201.

Packaging

The model comes in a high quality Nooteboom branded box which holds the model within black foam. 

The review model had no defects or missing pieces.

Assembly is limited to attaching door mirrors and roof aerial to the MAN cab, and marker boards and a cover to the trailer.  Included with the model is a Nooteboom Collector Card, although it is not uniquely numbered.  A small manual describes the real trailer with photos included, and it also describes features and assembly of the model.

Detail

The tractor unit is a 6x2 MAN TGX XXL.  Underneath, the suspension components are detailed in plastic, and there is no transmission shaft.  The tyres are mounted on good looking wheels. 

The cab is detailed with colour-coded door mirrors, windscreen wipers, aerials, light bar and beacon lights.  Number plates are included, and the red colour scheme is very attractive.

Behind the cab there are metal tanks and the wheel arches on the rear wheels are plastic.  The rear lights have plastic lenses. 

The MCOS semi low loader is three axle unit and the tyres are mounted on small plastic hubs which look reasonable.  There is some detailing underneath including tanks and the front and rear landing legs are grey plastic.  The deck has a nice textured surface, and the headboard at the front has a spare wheel fitted.  There is a yellow stripe on the deck edges.

The two ramps at the rear are nice looking whilst also being robust, although there are no securing chains.

Features

The MAN tractor front axle steering works very well, and a very hard lock can be obtained if desired.  Axle 2 also steers although it is not linked to the front axle.

Axle 2 can be clipped up out of service and the height of lift is good. 

The cab tilts to reveal an engine block inside, but the range of tilt is restricted before resistance is felt, and the tilt cannot be maintained in a pose. 

The axles on the trailer all steer together in an impressive way which is also proportional in that the rear axles steer more than the front ones, and this works very well with the rear axle achieving around a 30 angle. 

The axles have fully sprung suspension. 

The model features the hydraulically adjustable load floor of the real trailer, and this has been implemented very well. 

The side of the gooseneck box are removable to facilitate the loading of longer loads.

The cover on the gooseneck toolbox is removable and the winch appears to be modelled inside.

The ramps fold down easily and they are also adjustable sideways to suit different loads.

Marker boards can be pulled out from under the gooseneck, and a separate pair can be fitted at the rear.

Quality

This is a very nice quality model which maintains the usual standard of robustness for Conrad. 

The paintwork and graphics are mostly very good.

Price

The model is good value for the quality and features offered.

Overall

It has been many years since Conrad has produced a model for Nooteboom, and this trailer and truck combination is a very nice model with high functionality.  It is also very well presented.

Footnotes

The model was announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2017 and became available in March of that year.

 
The parts in the box.
The MAN has very good steering movement.
No transmission shaft. 
On the road.
 
Engine under the cab.
Trailer.
Nooteboom Red Line number.
Yellow edge stripe.