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Kenworth T909 Prime Mover - Membrey's

Maker:  Drake Collectibles
Model No:  z01370
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2014

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Detail   (max 30) 28
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 23
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 87%


Kenworth Prime Movers Video [Youku Video]
Kenworth branded box.
Steering is notched.
Very detailed chassis.
Graphics behind the cab.
Opening door.
Detailed engine.
Profile view.
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The review model is a Kenworth T909 Prime Mover. The real truck is Australian engineered and built, and it includes sleeper accommodation for long hauls.

It is in the colours of Membrey's which is a family-run transport and crane hire company established in 1952.  It is decorated in memory of Rowan John Membrey, who took his own life at a young age, and also beyondblue, which is an Australian organisation focussing on depression and anxiety.  The original truck with this decoration was a Kenworth T904.


The model comes in a Kenworth branded box and is contained within a polystyrene tray, with the parts protected by clear film. 

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

A reprint of a Kenworth T909 brochure is supplied, and it includes information and photos of the real truck.

Assembly is limited to the attachment of door mirrors and fitting the optional 'Oversize' sign.


The Kenworth T909 Prime Mover is a 6x4 long distance tractor with a sleepover cab.  The chassis is very detailed underneath with an excellent representation of the transmission and suspension.  The tyres are different on the front and rear axles but have slightly odd tread patterns. There are soft mud flaps throughout the chassis. 

The cab modelling is first class with a bullbar at the front and excellent chrome work all round, including bespoke exhaust stacks.   A highlight is the quality of the graphics which are precise and to a high standard, including a mural on the back of the cab which only shows grain under close inspection. 

Under the hood is a detailed engine with fan, a separate radiator, and there are various pipes and hoses modelled.  Inside, the cab is very good with a detailed instrument console.

Behind the cab, the detail continues with three coiled lines for connection to a trailer and excellent non-slip walking surfaces.  At the rear the lights have plastic lenses and there is the commemorative number plate of the real truck.


The front wheels on the Kenworth steer moderately, but the steering is 'notched' rather than variable so the wheels can only be posed in one position when pointing left or right. 

There is working sprung suspension on all axles.

The bullbar folds forward and the hood opens in a very easy action. 

The cab doors can be opened and inside the seats have an air ride action and can be moved up and down. 

The ‘fifth wheel’ on the tractor works and is operated with a spring loaded lever to secure a trailer in position.  It can also be adjusted longitudinally.


This is a high quality model with plastic used to a very  limited extent. 

The paint work and graphics are excellent.


As a very high quality model it is not cheap, but it delivers good value. 


Drake Collectibles has produced an outstanding replica of a highly-decorated and special-looking Kenworth T909.


The T909 was produced in a number of different liveries and first appeared in 2014.
The model, brochure and parts.
Superb mesh radiator grille.
Extreme detail.
Coiled lines and good wheel arches.
Exhaust stack is bespoke for this version of the model.
Chrome work is mirror-like.
Hood and bullbar tilted.
Great heavy haul.