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Mercedes-Benz Actros 8x8 + Scheuerle Trailer - ALE

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  02-2880
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2022

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Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 85%


Mercedes-Benz Actros 8x8 + Scheuerle Trailer - ALE video.
Mammoet branded box.
The Actros tractor with ballast box.
All wheel drive chassis.
It sits high on its wheels.
Tilting cab.
Underside of the Scheuerle units.
Detailed gooseneck.
Heavy transformer load.
Big load.

This model comprises of a Mercedes-Benz Actros 8x8 tractor with Ballast Box, paired with 14 lines of Scheuerle InterCombi modules.

It is in the colours of ALE.  ALE (Abnormal Load Engineering) was acquired by Mammoet in 2020.


The model comes in a Mammoet branded box.  Inside the model is held within stiff black foam.

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

Included with the model is a Mammoet collector card with a unique serial number in the run of 600 models.

There is no information provided about the real truck and no instructions for the model.  There are a number of small parts and some instructions would assist an inexperienced collector.


The Actros has a detailed chassis with the 8x8 transmission modelled. There are different tyres on the front and rear axles.

The cab is detailed with windscreen wipers, orange beacon lights, and an authentic number plate. There is a towing hitch at the front.. 

The cab interior is very good and includes the Mercedes-Benz logo on the steering wheel. 

The ALE decoration is attractive and the graphics are to a high standard. 

Under the cab is a detailed engine bearing the Mercedes-Benz name.

Behind the cab, the equipment tower is very detailed.  At the back, the lights are nicely detailed and there is an authentic number plate.  The rear towing hitch has a guide and pin.

The ballast box is a metal part and includes a modelled non-functioning winch.

The trailer is made up of three Scheuerle modules, and either a gooseneck or drawbar can be configured.

The gooseneck is a metal part with some very good details such as banks of hoses and the cabinets on each side have excellently detailed handles.  Two boxes sit in the load storage area, and two warning boards can be fitted.

The Scheuerle modules consist of two 4-line units and one 6 line unit.  The wheels are nice and the structure of the trailers is modelled in an authentic way.  The steering linkages are metal and diamond plated metal cover plates provide the protection. 

Detailing of the module edges includes maximum speed signs and yellow stripes.  Clip-on light arrays can be added to the rear of the trailer.

A drawbar is provided which has two springs which maintain a horizontal position when not attached to a tractor.

The model fits together well although because of modelling tolerances it can be tricky to pose the model with all wheels fully grounded when it is unloaded.


The Actros has linked steering which has a limited range of movement.

The cab tilts but will not pose in a tilted position.

The gooseneck has working cylinders so different angles can be set.  It connects to the other components using the sliding locking pin system.  Two supports are provided which can be used when the gooseneck is not connected to a tractor.

The Scheuerle modules have excellent independent suspension and the steering is proportional.  The steering is configurable by adjusting the position of the metal steering bars, although no information is provided on this aspect. 

The drawbar can be fitted and can be linked to the module steering although this is fiddly to do.


This is well presented high quality special transport model with a high metal content.

The paintwork and graphics are of a very high standard.


This is moderate value for a limited edition.


It is interesting to see this heavy haulage model released in ALE livery.  It looks great when carrying a suitable load.


The model first appeared in October 2022 and was made in a run of 600 models.
  The set has Mammoet model number 410284.
The parts.
The model fully configured with drawbar.
Smart ALE livery.
Ballast box has a dummy winch.
At the rear.
Full trailer.
Gooseneck configuration.
Hoses run from the gooseneck.
Another impressive display.
Great display.