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Scania R Flatbed Truck + Palfinger - E Helaakoski Oy

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-2237
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2017

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Scania R Flatbed Truck + Palfinger - Helaakoski Video.  [Youku Video]
WSI box.
Nice livery.
Detailed chassis with linked steering between axles 1,2 and 5.
Detailed rear end.
Container locks fitted and container on board.
Carrying steel sections and fitted with deck posts.
Tilting cab.
Impressive Scania.
Unloading crane parts.

This truck is a Scania R Streamline Highline 10x4 Flatbed with a Palfinger Loader Crane. 

The loader crane is not given a type designation on the model, probably because the real truck has a Hiab crane fitted.

The model is in the colours of the Finnish company E. Helaakoski Oy.  It was founded in 1958.


The box is a standard WSI style and inside the model is contained within a tray with a clear lid. 

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

A generic manual is included which explains the features of the Palfinger crane.  There is no information about the real truck.


The Scania chassis is a 10x4 arrangement and it is modelled with metal suspension and transmission parts.  The wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the steering and driven axles.

The cab looks very good with a beacon bar on the roof and the graphics are high quality and attractive.  There is a realistic number plate and two dummy stabilisers at the front.

The deck is high quality with plastic replica timber in part, and edge stripes are provided which were not perfectly straight on the review model.

There are two-stage outrigger beams with metal pads, and they are positioned in front of the rear axle. 

At the back the lights look good and there are small graphics.  There is also a plastic clip-type towing hitch.  

Small plastic container locks are provided which fit into the deck and allow a container to be posed on the deck without sliding about.

Also included are deck posts which can be fitted and mostly stay in a straight pose.

The Palfinger crane is a very nice piece of modelling.  The outriggers are two-stage, and the pistons are smooth.  A set of small square spreader plates is also included for the front and rear outriggers. 

The base section has a nice fuel tank and tiny graphics add to the realistic appearance.

The boom sections appear to be thin-wall metal, and they have a stiff profile whilst being smooth in operation.  The final boom section has a small fixed metal hook, and there is a lifting bar included.   A separate fly jib can be fitted although the modelling scale means the last sections are not telescopic.


There is linked steering on the front axles and rear axle, although only a very limited range of movement is possible. 

The cab tilts and stays tilted at a good angle.

Separate deck posts can be added to the load deck.
Container locks can be used to position a shipping container.

The front outriggers can be stored in the upright position and can be telescoped out and rotated, and the piston lowered.  The rear outriggers can be extended and lowered.

The crane rotates smoothly and the boom unfolds with the rams having a decent stiffness, although the boom will bleed down under long extensions, or with loads. 

The optional fly jib can be fitted, or left off. 

The separate lifting beam clips on to the headboard when not in use.


This model is well made with a high metal content. 

The paintwork is very good and the graphics are sharp.


The model is reasonable value.


This is a nice livery and as E Helaakoski run a big fleet of cranes perhaps more models will appear in their colours.  It is very detailed.


The model first appeared in November 2017.

The parts and instructions.
On the road.
Steering angle is very limited.
High reach with fly jib fitted.
Tiny graphics on the Palfinger.
Loaded with a crane section.
Impressive loader crane.