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Nooteboom OVB-102-06 Ballast Carrier + Scania R(6)

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  02-1014
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2011

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Nooteboom OVB-102-06 Ballast Carrier + Scania R(6) Video
The Nooteboom box.
Scania tractor looks great although no number plate at the front.
Equipment tower is really good.
Excellent detail underneath.
Convincing details on the headboard.
Deck surface is authentic.
Trailer detailing is great.
Spare wheel holder opens but there is no spare with this version of the model.
Trailer steering works very well.
This is a model of a 6-axle ballast carrier designated the OVB-102-06 with standard double tyres.  The total capacity of the trailer is 102 tonnes and there are six rear axles.  It is typically used for carrying the counterweight of large mobile cranes.

This version of the model is paired with a Scania R(6) Topline 8x4 Tractor.


The Nooteboom branded box is standard for ballast trailers although it does incorrectly state that a container is included with the model.  The box is shipped in a cardboard outer carton. 

Inside, the model sits in an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic lid.  The equipment tower was loose (but not detached) and required some gluing.

No instructions are included.  The only assembly required is to join the tractor and trailer together and to fit the optional deck posts.


The tractor unit is high quality, with very good transmission and suspension features on the chassis.  The tyre tread patterns look good as do the detailed hubs.

The front of the Scania appears authentic with some tiny graphics including the Scania model number which is R730.  The colour coded door mirrors have the extra detail of painted indicator lights underneath.  The light bar and lights above the windscreen are good.  Inside the cab, the detail level is reasonable.  As a Nooteboom Red Line model the tractor has a unique number which is T-020. 

Under the cab is a detailed engine.

The equipment tower is really good with fine mesh sides and various cables and tanks detailed.  There are air lines and an excellent diamond plated walkway leads to the fifth wheel area.  At the back the rear light clusters are convincing although the number plate graphic on the review model was poor quality.

The trailer is very detailed with an excellent deck surface with plastic replica timber decking.  The main metal structure has diamond plating and a headboard at the front end.  Along the sides of the deck various tying points are present and a thin yellow stripe runs the length.  Some very small signs are also added and the unique trailer number is OPL-015 although this was not properly rendered on one side of the trailer.  The rear light bar is very good.

A set of manual controls for the trailer are represented forward of the first axle, and the cabling runs to this panel.  On the opposite side is a spare wheel holder although a spare wheel is not included with this version of the model. 

Underneath, the trailer structure is excellent and plastic lines extend from the front to each axle assembly.  Each axle is a fully detailed unit with suspension and hydraulic features, and wheel arches.  Tyres and hubs are good.  The pair of hydraulic landing legs have metal pads and smooth pistons.

A separate pack of metal deck posts are provided and these plug into holes in the deck edge.


The Scania has linked steering on the front axles but with very limited lock because the tyres become fouled.  It has a fully tilting cab which opens up to a good angle.

The trailer has an opening holder for the spare wheel.  The hydraulic landing legs can be screwed down with the pistons remaining smooth in appearance.

The trailer has very good steering with, counted from the front, axle 1, and axles 3 to 6 steering, with the rear four linked together.  Overall these give an excellent representation of the proportional nature of the steering with axle 6 steering the most. 

Each axle has independent working suspension powered by small springs. 

As an additional feature, axle 1 can be raised and clipped out of service.


The overall quality level of the model is high with very good detailing and careful use of plastic.  The paintwork and graphics are fine quality too.  Hopefully the small quality defects on the review model are uncommon.


The model is good value overall.


This model of a 6-axle Nooteboom trailer has been produced in a variety of liveries since its introduction.  The Scania tractor is very detailed and looks good notwithstanding the few quality issues on the review model.  Overall the model is highly recommended.


This version of the model appeared in May 2011.

Inside the box.
The complete vehicle with deck posts installed.
Very nice mesh on the equipment tower.
Rear view.
The cab tilts well to reveal a detailed engine.
Smooth pistons on the  landing legs and fine graphics on the deck edge.
Proportional steering.
Fine axle detailing.
Loaded with ballast weights from the Terex Demag CC8800.