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MAZ 5440 4x2 Tractor

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  04-1121
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2014


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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)76%

Footnotes


MAZ 5440 4x2 and 6430 6x4 Tractor Video  [Youku Video]
MAZ branded box.
Good side fairings.
Detailed chassis.
 Tilting cab.
A Dennison trailer attached.
Paired with a Nooteboom trailer hauling a MAZ 6430.
Comment on this model.

MAZ is the abbreviation in Belorussian for the Minsk Automobile Plant.  According to the MAZ website it was established in 1944 and is one of the largest truck manufacturers in Eastern Europe, and it also has factories in the Middle East and Latin America.

This tractor is a 4x2 5440.

Packaging

The packaging is in WSI's style but it is MAZ branded.  The model rests in an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic lid. 

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

There is no information provided about the real truck or model and assembly is limited to attaching side fairings if required. 

Detail

The chassis is optically similar to that used on WSI's DAF 4x2 models, with the arrangement of tanks being different and modelled in plastic.  Much of the chassis is modelled in metal and the transmission and suspension components are detailed.  The tyres have different treads on the front and rear axles and they are mounted on wheels with disc covers. 

The cab exterior is fully detailed with windscreen wipers and mirrors, and the roof has small lights.  At the front the grille is good with convincing MAZ logos.  The headlights have plastic lenses and there is a number plate and Belarus country plate.

Inside, the cab detail is reasonable.  Under the cab is an unbranded detailed engine.

Behind the cab the exhaust box has a fine mesh grille and there are coiled lines for connection to a trailer.  The metal side fairings are nicely modelled.

Plastic wheel arches cover the rear axle and at the back the lights have plastic lenses and there is a number plate.

Features

The steering is a little loose but has a reasonable range of movement.

The cab tilts forward to about 45 and can pose in the tilted position. 

It fits well with the WSI's Nooteboom and Dennison trailers tested.

Quality

It is consistent with the quality of WSI's usual tractor units with a high metal content and plastic used appropriately.

The paint is very good.

Price

The model is good value.

Overall

It is a nice truck model from the range of one of the less well-known truck companies.  Overall it is good enough to highly recommend.

Footnotes

The model appeared in August 2014.

 
Moderate  steering angle.
Profile view.
Plastic lenses on the rear lights.
 
Nice mesh grille on the exhaust box.
Without the side fairings.
Transporting steel beams.