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Nooteboom ADU Drawbar Trailer and Scania L60

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  629
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2011

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Nooteboom ADU Drawbar Trailer and Scania L60 Video
Smart classic box.
Distinctive front end and good steering.
Underneath the truck. 
On the road.
Deck posts fitted.  The pin which retains the extendible bed has a painted head.
Link bar for the swing axles is in place.
The 22RB climbs on board.
This is a model of a classic Nooteboom trailer, the ADU, which first appeared in 1953.  Before this trailers had to have the rear axles removed in order to load them and this was a time consuming job.  To reduce this effort Anton Nooteboom developed the distinctive swing out rear axles and these appeared on the ODU low loader and ADU drawbar trailer.  It was a popular design sold until the late eighties. 

ADU stands for: Aanhanger Dieplader Uitschuifbaar, or Drawbar trailer Lowloader Extendible.  The ADU-32-VV had a permissible axle load of 16 tonnes on its pendulum axles and around 15-17 tonnes on the kingpin making a gross weight of 32 tonnes.  The deadweight was around 10 tonnes but owners often overloaded the trailers with up to 30 tonnes.

The model is paired with a classic truck, the Scania L60 and the whole set is presented in Nooteboom red. 


The model comes in a high quality box sleeve which is branded Nooteboom Classics.  It has some photos of the trailer but no other technical details.  Inside the box are two expanded polystyrene trays and there were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There are no instructions supplied although most collectors will work out the model fairly easily.


The Scania L60 truck has decent chassis detail with the main suspension and transmission elements modelled in metal, and the tyres are mounted on metal hubs which include the wheel nuts detailed within the casting.  The rims of the hubs are painted silver which looks smart, and this detail is repeated on the trailer too.

At the front there is a Dutch number plate and the big nose and large headlamps recall a bygone age.  There are some excellent tiny Scania badges on the engine hood, and there is some fine detailing of the chrome parts on the doors.  The rest of the truck is modelled simply with the carrying deck entirely of metal but with a wood grain effect visible in the finish and tiny rivets details on the structural frame.  At the rear there is a towing hitch and the lights are painted.

The ADU trailer is metal with the exception of the plastic replica timber decking.  The casting details are good with the deck width extenders formed within the metal.  The twin wheel axles have the leaf springs modelled by the metal casting.  A nice touch is that the pins used for fixing the extendible deck have painted heads which means they are not obtrusive. A 'NL' badge and hazard triangles are applied graphics at the rear, and the Nooteboom logo is nicely applied at the front.


The steering on the Scania L60 can be set to a reasonable lock.

The trailer can be hitched to the truck although it is fiddly and the connection detail is not great.

The model engineering on the trailer is very good and it is extendible and can be pinned to different lengths.  Deck posts can be fitted to the trailer bed if desired.

At the rear the rather quaint loading mechanism is implemented with the two independent rear axles swinging sideways to allow a load to travel onto the deck.


As usual for NZG there is little plastic used and the paint finish is very good.


The model is reasonable value for what is offered.


Models of oldtimer equipment are always interesting and NZG have produced a nice product for Nooteboom.  It looks good carrying a suitable load and is recommended.


This model was new in the NZG 2006 catalogue and has been produced in different liveries.  The Scania L60 has been sold separately as NZG 584.

The parts out of the box.
Very nice chrome work on the door.
High quality casting details - rivets.
Underneath the trailer.
The swinging axles opened out to allow loading.
Carrying an old 22RB excavator although the Cranes Etc team should have the headroom lower.
The bed extended to carry a Weserhutte dragline.