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Nooteboom Ballast Carrier + Scania Topline - William Whyte

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  02-1152
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2012

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Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)77%


Nooteboom Ballast Carrier + Scania Topline - William Whyte Video
WSI box.
Scania tractor looks great in William Whyte's colours.
Coiled air lines.
Excellent detail underneath.
Impressive underneath.
Excellent steering and suspension.
Trailer detailing is great.
Very smart truck.
Loaded with ballast.
Parked up with a Liebherr LTM 1200-5.1.
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 6x4 Tractor and is in the colours of William Whyte, a Scottish crane hire company


The WSI branded box is their standard design.  It is shipped in a cardboard outer carton. 

Inside, the model sits in an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic lid.  The back of the equipment box of the Scania was loose in the box and had to be refitted.  One of the landing legs for the trailer was also loose as there was insufficient screw thread.

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 authentically reproduces the real tractor with accurate graphics, detailing and number plate.  The light bar and lights above the windscreen are very good.  Inside the cab, the detail level is also good.

Under the cab is a detailed engine.

The exhaust is really good and there are air lines and an excellent diamond plated walkway leading to the fifth wheel area.  At the back the rear light clusters are convincing.

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.  Some very small graphics are also added including a fleet number at the front.  The rear light bar is very good with many graphics.

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 with spare wheel. 

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.  The tyres and wheels are good, and 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 steering 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 and they 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.

Deck posts can be fitted if desired although some sit loose in their holes and so lean easily.


The overall quality level of the model is high with very good detailing and careful use of plastic.  The paintwork and graphics are very good.


The model is good value given it is a limited edition.


This is a very attractive model in the colours of William Whyte.  Despite the minor quality issues affecting the review model it is highly recommended.


This version of the model appeared in January 2012.

The parts including collector card.
The complete vehicle without deck posts installed.
Graphics all around.
Profile view.
The cab tilts well to reveal a detailed engine.
High detail.
Deck posts fitted.
Spare wheel holder opens and a spare wheel is included.
Proportional steering on the trailer.
On the road.