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Kenworth K200 Prime Mover - Membrey's

Maker:  Drake Collectibles
Model No:  z01437
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2018


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Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 29
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 86%

Footnotes


Kenworth K200 Prime Mover - Membrey's  [Youku Video]
Kenworth branded box.
Excellent chrome detailing.
Impressive bullbar.
Tilting cab and detailed engine.
Impressive exhausts and intakes.
Towing hitch at the back.
Moderate steering angle.
Profile view.



The review model is a Kenworth K200 prime mover.  It is the heavy haulage version of the truck and includes numerous changes to the earlier version.

It is in the colours of Membrey's which is a Melbourne, Australia-based company specialising in cranes and heavy haulage services.

Packaging

The model was delivered in a cardboard outer shipping box enclosing a Kenworth branded box.  Inside, the model is contained within a pair of expanded polystyrene trays which have enhanced support for this version of the model. 

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

One brochure is supplied which is a reprint about the K200 range of Kenworth trucks and it has nice photos and also technical specifications.

As this model is one of the 'Fleet Series' a Certificate of Authenticity is included, and it is personally signed by Craig Membrey.

Assembly is limited to the attachment of door mirrors and towing hitch pins, and fitting the optional signs which are in three sets.

Detail

This Kenworth K200 prime mover is a 6x4 long distance heavy haulage tractor with a sleepover cab.  The chassis is very detailed underneath with the transmission and suspension fully modelled.  Many tanks and boxes are detailed. The tyres have a different tread pattern on the front and rear axles, and the wheels are detailed with flexible mud flaps.

The cab looks very authentic with detailed chrome work all round, including a stone guard on the windscreen.  There are many lights and horns on the roof. There is a bullbar on the front and the quality of the graphics used on the cab is exceptional. Under the cab is a detailed engine, with many separate coloured components.  The interior is very good with tiny graphics on the instrument cluster.

Behind the cab, the exhaust stacks are excellent and there are twin air intakes, but none have holes.  There are coiled lines for connection to the trailer and they have connection points on the deck so they do not wave about loosely.  There are excellent non-slip walking surfaces. 

At the rear the lights have plastic lenses and there is a towing hitch.

Features

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

The review model did not roll entirely smoothly.  Axle two was not fully grounded and the rear mud flaps were touching the ground.  However, these issues would not affect posing the model.

The cab tilts forward to a good angle.  The cab doors can be opened and inside the seats have an air ride action and can be moved up and down. 

The ‘ifth wheel has a spring loaded lever to secure a trailer in position.  It can also be adjusted longitudinally a small amount.

The air lines can be plugged into storage holes if not connected to a trailer.

Quality

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

The paint work and the graphics are excellent.

Price

It is pricey, but good value given the quality. 

Overall

This latest version of the Kenworth K200 has over 20 changes compared to the previous version.  It is exceptionally detailed and looks great on display.

Footnotes

This version of the model first appeared in early 2018.  The run in Membrey's colours was 450 models
The parts out of the box.
Smart wheels.
Excellent chassis.
Bullbar lowered.
Excellent graphics.
 
Opening door.
Air lines can plug into the deck and be kept tidy.