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Western Star 4900 SF Dump Truck

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  71067
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2021


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 23
Features   (max 20) 15
Quality   (max 25) 19
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 76%

Footnotes


 Western Star 4900 SF Dump Truck Video [Youku video]
Transport Series box sleeve.
Impressive appearance.
Chassis details.
Tilting hood.
Loaded.
 
On site.
Maximum tipping angle.


This truck is a Western Star 4900 SF Dump Truck.

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 are two exhaust pipe extensions which have to be added.  The box has some details of the real truck.  A mini brochure for the Diecast Masters Transport Series is included.

Detail

The chassis has the engine, gearbox and transmission detailed in plastic, but it looks good.  The chromed tanks and boxes are shiny, and there are soft mud flaps.   The plastic wheels are detailed and there are different tyres on the various axle types.

The front grille is very good and there is a tiny Western Star badge at the top.  The lights and front bumper look nice also, although there is no number plate as this is a generic model.

Around the cab the chrome work is very good and the mirrors are plastic. The steps are textured.  The exhaust stacks are very detailed and inside the cab the seats have the Western Star logo printed on.

There is an array of lights and horns on the roof.

The lift ram for the dump body is multi stage with two of the stages modelled in grey tough plastic which does not look so good.

The dump body is metal with plastic ladders at the front, and red and white graphic highlights along the bottom edges.  The timber top edging is modelled in plastic.  The tailgate has the grain hatch modelled in a simple non-functional fashion.

The easy cover mechanism is modelled including the cover material, but it is non-functional.

Features

The front steering has a limited range of movement, and the model rolls well.  The pusher axle has excellent steering and it can be raised out of service.

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

The dump body can be raised but the mechanism is very stiff.  The maximum angle appears a little less than the real truck can achieve.  The tailgate opens but it is not free swinging and has a limited opening angle.

Quality

This model is nice quality with plastic used on the smaller parts of the Western Star chassis. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.

Price

It is reasonable value.

Overall

This is a good utility dump truck model which poses well in a diorama with other models.

Footnotes

 

 
Very nice grille, but restricted steering angle.
On the road.
Pusher axle raised.
Chrome work.
Tipping.
 
Posed with a Peterbilt truck behind.