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Mercedes-Benz Arocs + Nooteboom 7-axle Ballast Trailer - Mammoet

Maker:  IMC Models
Model No:  410202
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2020


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 15
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 81%

Footnotes


Mercedes-Benz Arocs + Nooteboom 7-axle Ballast Trailer - Mammoet Video  [Youku Video]
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High quality Mammoet box. 
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The parts.
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Smart Mammoet colours.
 
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Tilting cab with plastic engine.
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Number plate at the back.
Detailed chassis.
Very good trailer steering.
Goes well with a big crane model.
An alternative but probably unrealistic load- a precast beam.


This model is of Mercedes-Benz Actros 6x4 GigaSpace with a Nooteboom 7-axle Ballast Trailer.

It comes in the colours of the Dutch heavy lifting and haulage specialist Mammoet.

Packaging

The model comes in a high quality outer shipping carton.  The model box is high quality, with Mammoet branding.  The model is held within black foam which is fairly stiff so care is needed getting the model out. 

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

There is a small booklet which has interesting information about the real trailer, and it also describes the features of the trailer model.  A Mammoet collector certificate is included.

There are a number of small parts to fit to the Arocs but there are no instructions.  Also included is an alternative fifth wheel which will allow the tractor to accommodate trailers with a thicker king pin.

Detail

The Arocs is a 6x4 and it is nicely detailed with the transmission, suspension and tanks modelled.  There is Tekno branding on the chassis.  The tyres are different on the steering and driven axles, and the wheels are highly detailed, with red hubs.

The Mammoet decoration is impressive and the graphics are very sharp, and includes a fleet number and realistic number plates.  There is a light bar on the roof and the Arocs grille looks convincing. 

Under the cab is a detailed plastic engine.  Behind the cab is a plastic cabinet and coiled lines. At the rear the wheel arches are plastic.

The ballast trailer chassis is detailed with the axle sets nicely modelled.  The fat super single tyres look good on the detailed wheels, and the hydraulic steering system is modelled.  A stand out aspect of the detailing is the load floor with the aluminium beams represented really well, both top and bottom.

The deck edges have a yellow stripe, and there are highlighted tie-down loops and tiny graphics.

At the back there is a beacon light and a number plate.

The container is metal and simply detailed.  It has sharp graphics and a door modelled at one end.

Features

The Arocs has very good steering and poses realistically.  The cab tilts and it can maintain a tilted pose.

The trailer axles have sprung suspension which is very good, and the many wheels are grounded, particularly with a load on board.

The linked steering on axles 1,2, and 4-7 is very good and works smoothly.

The landing legs can be lowered and are locked in position with tiny pins.

The spare wheel holder opens, but the large hinge on the flap prevents the wheel being removed.

The model can be posed with either a metal headboard or Mammoet container.

Quality

This is a very well presented high quality model with a high metal content. 

The paint finish is very good, and the graphics are sharp.

Price

It is reasonable value for a limited edition.

Overall

A 7-axle ballast trailer is an impressive vehicle and this model looks great and goes well with a heavy crane model in the same Mammoet colours.

Footnotes

The model first appeared in September 2016.
 
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High quality foam.
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Very good steering angle.
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Detailed chassis.  
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Cabinet behind the cab is detailed.
 
On the road with the included container.
Metal container.
Excellent deck surface.
Impressive with a load of crane parts.