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Western Star 4900 with McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixer

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  71075
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2020

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Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 83%


 Western Star 4900 with McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixer Video [Youku video]
Smart box sleeve.
Very attractive model.  Limited steering movement.
Detailed chassis.
Tiny detailed graphics.
Opening hood.
Impressive truck.
Folding access ladder.
Chute extended.

This truck is a Western Star 4900 with a McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixer.  It has both a pusher axle and a tag axle.

It is in a Western Star decoration.


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 defects or missing parts on the review model.

Included with the model are a few parts to add to the model.  The box has some details of the real truck.


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 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 truck.

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 mixer drum is metal and it shines with its metallic paint finish, and excellent Western Star graphics give the model a striking look. 

At the front of the mixer the motor and tank are modelled and tiny graphics add to the authentic appearance.

The long wheel arch has tiny graphics along the edges.

At the back there is a plastic access ladder and platform at the hopper and they have bars which are realistically thin.  The chute and extensions have detailed graphics.


The steering has a limited range of movement, and the model rolls well.

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

The pusher axle can be raised out of service and it also steers to a very good angle.  At the rear the tag axle can be lowered.

The access ladder to the hopper platform can be folded down.

The drum spins freely.

The chute has a small amount of up and down movement.  Up to three extension chutes can be clipped on, and the chute can be rotated from side to side.


This model is well made and relatively heavy.  Plastic is used appropriately. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.


It is good value.


This is a high quality truck model by Diecast Masters.  It has plenty of functionality to match the detailing, and it looks great in the Western Star decoration.



The parts.
Profile view.
Tag axle up, and chute extensions carried on the holder.
Nice chrome work.
Metal drum.
Travelling fully loaded with the tag axle and pusher axle down.
On the road.
At work.