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Scania + Nooteboom MWT 3+7 - McFadyens

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-1971
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2017

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Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 83%


Scania + Nooteboom MWT 3+7 - McFadyens Video  [Youku video]
The Nooteboom branded box.
Scania looks great.
Detailed chassis.
Diamond plated surfacing at the rear.
Underneath the jeep dolly.
Trailer standing empty.
Control consoles.
Load on the road.
Poses well as part of a wind turbine diorama.
Overall vehicle is long with the Vestas nacelle on board.

This version of the Mega Windmill Transporter (MWT) uses a 7-axle Nooteboom trailer with 3-axle dolly. 
The tractor is a Scania 8x4.

This model version of the MWT is in the colours of the Scottish company McFadyens which was founded in the 1901.


The packaging is a presentation Nooteboom box. 

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

There is no information provided about the real vehicle.  It is a pity there is no instruction sheet for the model, as the model is complex.


The Scania tractor looks great.  The chassis has the transmission and suspension fully modelled.  The tyres have different treads on the front and rear axle pairs, and are mounted on detailed wheels.

The cab detail includes windscreen wipers, mirrors, and orange beacon lights, and a nice light bar.  Inside the cab the detail is reasonable.  The McFadyens graphics are complex and excellent.

Behind the cab, the equipment tower is a cabinet with detailed panel handles.  Coiled lines are provided.  Diamond plated surfacing extends to the fifth wheel.  At the back, the lights have plastic lenses and an authentic number plate.

The Mega Windmill Transporter is made up of two components, the jeep dolly at the front, and a self-steering dolly at the rear. 

The three axle jeep dolly has a finely modelled chassis with suspension and steering components.  Small rubber tyres are mounted on detailed hubs with plastic wheel arches covering each wheel.  The standard of the detailing on the jeep dolly is very good with a tiny Nooteboom logo impressing as do the small controls and signage.  

The upper structure carrying the lift adaptor continues the high quality.  A nicely rendered generator, hydraulics box and fuel tank are stowed at the front and the main lift adaptor cylinder has hydraulic lines running to it.  There are excellent diamond plated walking surfaces at the lift adaptor gantry and a tiny remote control unit is positioned below the lift adaptor.

The self-steering dolly is a seven axle unit and it replicates all the high quality detailing of the jeep dolly with the addition of a McFadyens sign at the rear. 

A cable links the front and rear adaptor although the grade of plastic used does not seem quite so realistic.  A set of four clip-on marker signs is included.


The Scania has a very limited amount of movement of the linked steering axles.

The cab tilts forward to and can pose tilted. 

The jeep dolly has steering on axle three but the range of movement is small.  Axles 1 and 2 have working suspension. 

At the front there are a couple of support legs which can be rotated and used to park the jeep dolly when not connected to the tractor. 

The lift adaptor structure has a range of horizontal movement which is achieved by disconnecting a pin on each side.  The connection to windmill components is adjustable through hydraulic cylinders both vertically and fore and aft.  The main cylinder has a pin hole to set the position of the lift adaptor and pins are included with the model.

The self-steering dolly has the same functions as the jeep dolly.  However the steering is different with the front three axles linked together, and the rear three axles also forming a linked group.  The steering is proportional and is very effectively represented.  A mechanism to force rotation of the upper structure is also replicated on the model. 

To display the transporter in a short coupled travelling configuration the recommended way is to put the hooks of the rear lift adapter on top of the hooks of the front one, and the vertical cylinder of the rear lift adapter is completely retracted.  The top part of the front lift adapter is put down on top of the top of the rear lift adaptor to interlock the pins.

Marker boards can be added if the trailer is carrying a load.


This model is high quality with a high metal content, and an appropriate use of plastic. 

The paintwork and graphics of the McFadyens livery are excellent.


The model is good value.


This is another high quality Mega Windmill Transporter which looks great in the limited edition colours of McFadyens. It is particlarly impressive with a suitable load.


This limited edition model appeared in early 2017.

High quality packaging.
The Mega Windmill Transporter travelling empty.
Detailed cabinets.
Excellent graphics.
Engine under the cab.
Underside of the rear trailer.
Nice detailing and graphics.
Detailed generator.