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Scania Flatbed + Palfinger + Trailer - Van der Sluis

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-1391
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2015

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Scania Flatbed + Palfinger + Trailer - Van der Sluis Video.  [Youku Video]
The box.
Very nice colour scheme.
Great looking Scania.
Textured deck panels.
Trailer chassis
Very smart model.
Detailed drawbar.
Unloading a section.
Palfinger extended.
Palfinger fly jib.
Comment on this model.

The truck is a Scania R Highline 8x2 Flatbed with a Palfinger PK 65002 SH Loader Crane.  The trailer is a 2-axle extendible version. 

The crane is rated at 62 tonne metres with a maximum lift of 22 tonnes. 

Van der Sluis is a Dutch haulage company.


The packaging is a WSI-branded windowed box with the model contained in an expanded polystyrene tray with plastic formers. 

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

An instruction brochure is included and this covers all the versions of WSI's Palfinger model range.  It explains the features of the crane well.  There is no information about the real truck or crane.


The Scania chassis is a 8x2 and the transmission is fully modelled and that includes the gearbox.  The wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the steering and driven axles.

The cab has beacon lights and horns on the roof and the rest of the cab is highly detailed.  There is a realistic number plate and the Van der Sluis decoration is very striking.  The cab interior is reasonable.  Under the cab is a detailed engine with different coloured components. 

The flatbed deck is metal with inlaid plastic replica timber sections.  At the back the lights are coloured and there is a plastic clip-type towing hitch.  The rear two-stage outrigger beams have separate circular metal pads.

The Palfinger looks very good as many small graphics enhance the detail.  The outriggers are two-stage with graphics on each part.  The pistons are smooth, and small separate spreader plates are supplied for the front and rear outriggers.

There is a control console with tiny levers.  The base section has various boxes modelled. The boom sections are thin-wall metal, with a stiff profile.  The final boom section has a small fixed metal hook.  Also included is an optional fly jib.

The trailer has detailed axles with the suspension being detailed and the wheels and tyres are fine.  The drawbar is particularly nice and has small springs.  The deck is of the same standard as the truck.  At the rear the lights and graphics are convincing.

Metal deck posts can be fitted to both truck and trailer.


The Scania has linked steering on axles 1, 2 and 4 which is stiff with a very limited range of movement.

The cab tilts forward to about 45 and can be posed in the tilted position. 

The front outriggers travel in the upright position and can be telescoped out, rotated and pinned, and the pads lowered.  The rear outriggers can be extended and lowered.

The crane rotates fairly smoothly.

The boom unfolds with the rams being reasonably stiff. However they will not hold a loaded pose and pins are supplied which can be used in the ram jackets to fix the ram extension. The boom telescoping sections extend well and generally hold a pose.  

The optional fly jib can be fitted by removing the last boom section.

The trailer has sprung suspension and the steering axle has an excellent range of movement.

The trailer is extendible.

Both the trailer and truck can have deck posts fitted.


This model is a typical high quality truck model by WSI.  It is detailed so it needs care in handling so as not to damage the more delicate parts.

The paintwork and graphics are very good.


The model is on the pricey side, however it is a limited edition.


As a heavy haulage model this one is complex and functional, and the Van der Sluis colour scheme makes it very attractive.


The model first appeared in March 2015.

The parts and instruction book.
On the road.
Impressive Palfinger graphics.
Tilting cab.
Detailed chassis.
Extended trailer.
Loaded with tower crane sections.
Loaded with containers.
The Palfinger holds a load at short radius.