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Kenworth T880 SFFA with McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixer

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  71081
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2020


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 24
Features   (max 20) 18
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 82%

Footnotes


 Western Star 4900 and Kenworth T880 with McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixer Video [Youku video]
Smart box sleeve.
Limited steering movement.  Pusher and tag axles not deployed.
Detailed chassis.
Tiny detailed graphics.
Opening door.
   
Impressive truck travelling fully loaded.
Chute extended.
On site.


This truck is a Kenworth T880 SFFA with a McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixer.  It has both a pusher axle and a tag axle.

It is in a plain white decoration.

Packaging

The packaging consists of a cardboard outer shipping carton which encloses a very 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.

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 and there are different tyres on the various axle types.

The Kenworth front grille is very good and it has a logo at the top.  The lights and front bumper look nice also, although there is no number plate as this is a generic truck.

The cab has clean lines and the mirrors are plastic. The steps are textured.  The exhaust stack is very detailed and inside the cab the seats have the Kenworth logo printed on.

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

The mixer drum is metal and it includes a detailed access hatch. 

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.

Features

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 and bears the Paccar name.

The cab features opening doors which achieve a reasonable angle.

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.

Quality

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

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.

Price

It is good value.

Overall

This is a high quality concrete mixer model by Diecast Masters.  It has plenty of functionality to match the detailing, and the plain white colour scheme would make it easy to add some customised graphics.

Footnotes

 

 
The parts.
Profile view.
Tag axle up.  Mud flaps are runbberised.
Nice chrome exhaust stack.
Chute extensions clipped on.
Opening hood.
 
On the road.
Smart model.