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Kenworth C509 - NHH

Maker:  Drake Collectibles
Model No:  z01386
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2016

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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 C509 + Drake Steerable 7x8 Low Loader and 2x8 Dolly + Accessories Kit - NHH Video  [Youku Video]
Drake branded box.
Coiled lines are tucked in for tidiness.
Rubber mud flaps.
Opening engine cover.
NHH livery looks good.
Profile view.
Hooked up to a Drake 7x8 Steerable Trailer.
Comment on this model.

This review is of a Kenworth C509 prime mover.  It is in the colours of the Australian company NHH (National Heavy Haulage). 

The C509 has the nickname 'Big Banger'.  The Drake Swingwing trailer was first introduced in 1969 and is available in load carrying capacities from 65 to 120 tonnes, and depending on the version, the width can be expanded to 4.6m.


The model comes in a cardboard outer shipping container enclosing a paper wrapped Drake branded box.  Inside, the model is contained within a pair of factory sealed expanded polystyrene trays. 

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

A brochure is supplied, and it is a reprinted brochure of the C509 range of Kenworth trucks.


The Kenworth C509 prime mover is a 6x4 long distance tractor with a sleepover cab.  The chassis is very detailed with a very high metal content.  The tyres have a different tread pattern on the front and rear axles, and the wheels are detailed with flexible rubber mud flaps on all axles.

At the front is a nice metal bullbar and the radiator grille behind is excellent.  The cab has a mass of detailed chrome work.  Under the cab is a detailed engine, modelled with many separate components including hoses and cables.  The interior is also very good.

Behind the cab, the exhaust muffler has the National name and it looks great as do the fuel tanks.  Intricate detailing includes highlighted bolt heads on the sleeper section.  There are coiled lines for connection to the trailer and excellent non-slip walking surfaces.  At the rear the lights have plastic lenses.


The front wheels on the Kenworth steer, but the steering is heavily 'notched' rather than variable and  the range of movement is very good.  There is working sprung suspension on all axles.

The bullbar tilts fully forward and that allows the hood to fully open forwards. 

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 C509 has a spring loaded lever to secure a trailer in position.  It can also be adjusted longitudinally.


This is high quality model, with a high metal content. 

It has high quality paint work and graphics.


It is good value for the high quality. 


This is a very high quality model and it upholds the reputation of Drake Collectibles for making some of the best truck models manufactured.


This C509 appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2015. 
Good steering angle.
Excellent chrome work.
Very detailed chassis.
Opening cab doors reveal a detailed interior.
Hauling a heavy load.