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Scania R6 Topline + Nooteboom 5-axle EURO-PX + 3-axle ICP

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  02-1382
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2013


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)83%

Footnotes


Scania R6 Topline + Nooteboom 5-axle EURO-PX + 3-axle ICP Video
Nooteboom box.
Big Scania.
Fifth wheel is fixed in position
Detailed chassis.  The steering movement is limited.
Tilting cab.
Detailed control console on the gooseneck.
Details at the rear.
Width extensions added.
Heavy haulage.
Hauling a road-rail machine without the Interdolly.
Looks great.
Comment on this model.

This model is one of Nooteboom Trailers Red Line Series.

The tractor is a Scania R6 Topline 10x4 and the trailer is a Nooteboom 5-axle EURO-PX + 3-axle ICP.  The model tractor has a fleet number of T-031 and the model trailer is OPL-026.

Packaging

The packaging is a high quality Nooteboom-branded windowed box with the model held in an expanded polystyrene tray with clear plastic tray and lid. 

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

An instruction sheet is included and it includes information about the real trailer on one side and the basics of assembling the trailer on the other, although not every aspect is covered.  A collector card is also included.

Detail

The Scania is big 5-axle truck.  The transmission and suspension is detailed really well and the exhaust is fully modelled too.  The wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the steering and non-steering axles.

The cab looks really smart.  It has windscreen wipers, and beacon light and headlight bars on the roof.  The door mirrors are colour-coded.  The cab interior is fairly plain but under the cab is a detailed engine.

The equipment tower is entirely plastic but this allows it to be very detailed.  Tanks and hoses are modelled.  Coiled air lines and anti-slip surfacing extends to the fifth wheel, the wheel arches are plastic, and at the back the lights have plastic lenses and there is a number plate.

The trailer is made up of the gooseneck, a 3-axle Interdolly, the spine beam, and 5-axle Pendel X 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 Interdolly or deck spine.  Two spare wheels are fitted at the front and plastic width markers can be clipped on.

The 3-axle Interdolly is a precision part.  The detailed wheels are supported on metal parts with the sprung suspension neatly modelled with the spring inside the ram.  The authentic look is highlighted by the use of many tiny graphics, and on top the painting of the casting highlights bolt heads around the access plates. 

The 5-axle unit is similarly detailed.  It 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.  Graphics are used to provide the detail on the inner edges and tie-down loops are reproduced within the casting.  A width marker board assembly fits on top.

The spine beam is a metal part with some inlaid plastic deck surfacing.  The edges are detailed with painted tie-down loops.  Plastic extension beams hold the replica timber deck width extensions.

Features

The Scania has very stiff linked steering which works on axles 1,2 and 5.  However only a small range of movement is possible.

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.  It can be connected to the Interdolly, and a spacer piece is provided for use if connecting directly to the spine beam. 

Both modules have very good independent suspension and the steering is proportional on the 5-axle module and parallel on the 3-axle.  The steering mechanism works reasonably well and a decent angle can be obtained.

The deck can be configured with just the spine beam or with the width extensions. 

Quality

This model is high quality with plastic used appropriately. 

The paintwork is very good with many very small graphics adding detail and they only lose sharpness at closest inspection.

Price

The model is reasonable value for the flexibility offered.

Overall

This latest version of the Nooteboom Euro Low Loader is of a high standard and it is matched by an impressive Scania tractor.  It makes an outstanding display piece when loaded with a suitable piece of equipment.

Footnotes

The model appeared in March 2013.

  
The parts, collector card and instruction sheet.
The trailer in basic configuration.
Excellent detailing on the cab.
Plastic lenses on the lights.
Equipment tower is plastic but detailed.
Underneath the axle modules.
The 3-axle unit has great details.
Width extensions.
Loaded with a Caterpillar 988K.