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MAN TGX XXL 41.680 + Ballast Box - Prangl

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  9982
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2010


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Detail   (max 30)22
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Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)75%

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The MAN TGX XXL with ballast box looks very sharp in Prangl colours.
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The box.
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A heavy looking truck.
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Equipment tower and air lines.
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Nice tarpaulin effect on the ballast box.
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The tarpaulin cover on the ballast box is removable.
Prangl is an Austrian company that was formed in 1965 in Vienna by K R Josef Prangl.  It has expanded since and now has branches in three Eastern European countries also.  The company operates in the arena of lifting, heavy haulage and access platforms.

This model is of a MAN TGX XXL which has a Prangl fleet number of 2204. 

WSI make the model for Heavy Transport Models.

Packaging

The model comes in a typical WSI Collectibles branded box which has a window allowing the model to be seen.  There was a loose part which had to be refixed and there were no other defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is no information supplied about the real machine or model.  A couple of small parts are supplied for the towing hitches.

Detail

The TGX XXL 8x4 looks great in the Prangl livery.  The graphics are sharp and applied well.

The chassis detail underneath is high with drive shafts, differentials and suspension modelled, and the gearbox is rendered in silver.  The tyres have different treads on the front and rear axle pairs, and are mounted on detailed hubs which have good wheel nut details.

The cab has the usual details such as windscreen wipers, colour coded mirrors, and orange beacon lights, and there is a towing hitch at the front which can have a supplied pin inserted, although the hitch is a slightly different design to that on the real truck.  Inside the cab, the details are simple and clean.

Behind the cab, the equipment tower is very detailed with various tanks and a fan on top which is covered by a realistic mesh screen.  A fine grab rail and twin exhaust pipes are also included.  A set of coiled lines is available to plug into a trailer.

Diamond plated surfacing extends to the fifth wheel, and plastic mud guards cover the rear three axles.  At the back, the lights have plastic lenses and there is an authentic number plate, and a towing hitch which can have a guide attached.

The ballast box is a metal piece with a plastic top which has been moulded nicely to represent tarpaulin.

Features

The steering of the two linked front axles wheels on the tractor works, but there is only a limited range of wheel movement possible.

The cab tilts forward by about 45 to provide access to the detailed engine. Pins are provided for the front and rear towing hitches.

The ballast box can be fixed or detached, and the tarpaulin cover is also removable.  A trailer can be fixed to the fifth wheel although it is not adjustable longitudinally so only certain trailers will fit.

Quality

The quality level is high with a sensible use of plastic to increase the detailing.  The paintwork and graphics are very good and enhance the model well.

Price

The model is reasonable value given the limited production run and rarity value.

Overall

This is a nice model to commence Heavy Transport Models catalogue and it looks very smart in Prangl colours.  It would pose well with other models in the same livery, or perhaps with suitable module trailers. 

Footnotes

The model appeared in July 2010 and was made in a run of 250 models.  It was made by WSI and numbered WSI 9982.

 
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The parts out of the box.
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Without the ballast box, a suitable trailer could be fixed to the fifth wheel.
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Good detail underneath.
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The Prangl livery looks very good.
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View of the engine, and the fan on top of the equipment tower.