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Volvo FH4 + Nooteboom 3-axle Low Loader - Sitca

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-1996
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2017


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 80%

Footnotes


Volvo FH4 + Nooteboom 3-axle Low Loader - Sitca  [Youku video]
WSI box.
Moderate steering angle.
Box behind the cab.
Tilting cab with Volvo engine.
Module steering is good.
 
Nice gooseneck details.
Rear detailing is very good.
Deck width extension.
Looks great.
Loading an excavator.
Excavator loaded.
Hauling a grader.


The tractor is a Volvo FH4 Globetrotter 6x4 and the trailer is a Nooteboom 3-axle Low loader.  

It is in the colours of Sitca, a French company.

Packaging

The packaging is the usual WSI-branded windowed box. 

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

Included with the model are a few parts to add in various configurations.

Detail

The Volvo tractor has a detailed chassis and the wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the front and rear axles.

The cab has windscreen wipers, orange beacon lights and number plate.  It has coloured door mirrors and the Sitca colour scheme is attractive.

Under the cab is a detailed engine bearing the Volvo name.

There is a small plastic tower behind the cab.  Coiled lines and anti-slip surfacing adds detail, and at the back the lights have plastic lenses. 

The trailer is made up of the gooseneck, the flatbed and 3-axle module.

The gooseneck is a metal part.  The control console on the left side has tiny graphics and yellow reflective stripes run on each side.  At the rear a set of hoses / cables are ready to plug into the deck section.  Marker boards can be clipped underneath.

The 3-axle module features a deep central trough which is an advantage of this trailer design so that the boom of a transported load can be folded low.  There is nice highlighting of the bolt heads on the access plates above the wheel sets.  A marker board assembly can be added on top. 

There is a detailed surface on the flat bed with plastic timber decking which has the screw pattern visible.  Tiny plastic outriggers for supporting timber edge extensions are modelled, and holes for deck posts are provided.  The metal posts are included with the model also.

Features

The Volvo has steering with a limited range of movement.

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

The gooseneck has stiff working cylinders so different angles can be set.  A spacer piece is provided for use when connecting to the deck section. 

The module has very good independent suspension and the steering has a good range of movement.

The deck can be configured with deck posts and extra plastic timbers to extend the width. 

The deck is also extendible.

Quality

This model is high quality with plastic used appropriately. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.

Price

The model is reasonable value.

Overall

This is another attractive heavy haulage model from WSI Models which represents a good balance of details and features.

Footnotes

The model appeared in February 2017.

 
The parts.
The model in basic configuration.
Sitca colour scheme is nice.
Detailed chassis.
Underside of the deck and gooseneck.
Tiny graphics.
 
Yellow stripe along the edges.
Extended deck.
Deck posts fitted.