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Mercedes-Benz Arocs + Ballast Trailer - Baldwins

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-2711
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2020

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Detail   (max 30) 24
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 80%


Mercedes-Benz Arocs + Ballast Trailer - Baldwins [Youku video]
WSI box.
Steering angle is good.
Detailed chassis.
Trailer chassis.
Rear steering.
Looks great with a Baldwins crane.
Loaded with crane parts.
Loaded with boom sections.

This model is a Mercedes-Benz Arocs BigSpace 6x4 with a six axle Goldhofer Ballast Trailer.

It is in the colours of Baldwins, the UK crane hire company.  Baldwins has a large fleet of Nooteboom trailers.


The model comes in the usual WSI branded box. Inside, the model sits in an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic former and lid. 

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

The only assembly required is to join the tractor and trailer together, and to fit the optional deck posts.


The Arocs chassis is very detailed, with the transmission, gearbox and tanks detailed. The tyre tread patterns are different on the steering and driven axles, and the wheels are detailed.

The Arocs cab is modelled well.  On the roof there is a beacon light bar. Inside the cab, the detail level is also good.  The Baldwins decoration has sharp graphics with a fleet number on the cab leading edges.  There is also am STGO plate.

Under the cab is a detailed engine.

Behind the cab there are coiled lines and a large textured walkway.  At the back the rear lights have plastic lenses.

The trailer has a detailed chassis and the wheels and tyres are smart.  The landing legs have smooth pistons but they cannot be posed fully retracted.

The trailer deck has plastic replica timber inserts.  Along the sides of the deck there is a yellow stripe.  The rear lights have plastic lenses.

A separate pack of metal deck posts are provided and these plug into holes in the deck edge. They can be stored in a holder at the front of the trailer when not in use.


The Arocs has a good steering angle. 

It has a tilting cab which cannot pose tilted.

The six axle  trailer has very good linked and proportional steering on axles 3 to 6.

Axles 1 and 2 can be clipped raised out of service.

Each axle has independent working suspension.

The landing legs can be lowered.

Deck posts can be fitted if desired although some sit loose in their holes and can lean, so careful posing is needed.


The overall quality level of the model is high with a high metal content and careful use of plastic. 

The paintwork and graphics are excellent.


The model is good value as a limited edition.


This is a welcome limited edition which poses well with Baldwins crane models.


This model appeared in November 2019.

STGO plate on the front.
On the road.
Under the cab.
Behind the cab
Landing leg lowered.
Deck posts fitted.
Looks good in a fleet.
Impressive Arocs.