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Freightliner Cascadia with 40' Container

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  71048
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2021


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 80%

Footnotes


 Freightliner Cascadia with 40' Container Video [Youku video]
Transport Series box sleeve.
Nice grille.
The rear end.
Tilting hood and opening cab door.
Trailer chassis.
 
Landing legs lowered.
Looks good.
Looks good.
Opening container doors.


This truck is a Freightliner Cascadia Sleeper Cab with a 40' Dry Goods Sea Container.

Packaging

The packaging consists of a cardboard outer shipping carton which encloses a very high quality drawer-style tray within a picture sleeve. 

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model. 

Included with the model is a towing hitch which can be fitted.  The box has some details of the real truck.  A Diecast Masters Transport Series mini brochure is included.

Detail

The chassis has the engine, gearbox and transmission detailed in plastic, but it looks good.  The chromed tanks and boxes have black highlights, and there are soft mud flaps.   The plastic wheels are detailed with unusual rear hub cabs.

The front grille looks impressive and there is a tiny Freightliner badge at the top.  The lights look good, although there is no number plate as this is a generic truck model.

Around the cab the mirrors are plastic.  The roof is a plastic part with an excellent colour match to the metal parts.  The windows are not modelled in the doors to allow them easy to open.  The interior detail is very good.  Behind the cab the farings are modelled well and there is a stepping plate, but no coiled lines.  Soft mud flaps have Freightliner on them.

The trailer is mainly metal with a good structure, and the axles are nicely detailed.  The wheels look good. Red and white highlighting is applied around the trailer edges.  The rear lights are painted.

The trailer has fixing points for a 40' container, but the casting does not provide the same for both ends of 20' containers.

The container is an all plastic part, and is therefore lightweight.  It looks good and has small graphics applied to add to the realism.  The rear door bolts are highlighted.

Features

An optional towing hitch can be fitted to the Cascadia.

The tractor steering has a moderate range of movement, and the model rolls well.  The wheels on the front axle were a little loose on the review model.

The fifth wheel has an adjustable longitudinal position.

The hood tilts forward to about 45 and can pose in a tilted position.  The engine underneath is detailed.

The cab doors open to a reasonable angle.

The roof can be detached to give a view inside.

The landing legs on the trailer can be folded down.

The trailer kingpin can be fitted into 4 different positions.

The container has opening doors and they open to an excellent angle.

Quality

This model is good quality with plastic used for the container and on the tractor chassis details. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.

Price

It is good value.

Overall

This Freightliner Cascadia model is very functional and looks impressive coupled with a container trailer. 

Footnotes

 

 
Out of the box.
On the road.
Clean lines.
Detailed chassis.
Roof removed shows detailed interior.
Nice trailer.
 
Without the container.
Container is plastic.