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FTF F Series + Ballast Box - Lastra

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  06-1034
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2014


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)78%

Footnotes


FTF F Series + Ballast Box - Lastra Video  [Youku video]
Standard WSI box.
Very smart cab.
Ballast box has subtle timber texturing on the sides.
Tilting cab.
Towing hitch at the front.
Metal grab rails on the cab.
Comment on this model.

The Floor Truck Factory (FTF) was a Dutch builder of heavy haulage that stopped production of tractor units in 1995.  This model is of an F Series tractor.

It is in the colours of Lastra-Breda of Holland.  Lastra was originally part of Alstom and was acquired by ALE.

Packaging

The packaging is a WSI branded box with the model resting in an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic lid. 

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

There is no information provided about the real machine or model and the assembly is limited to fixing the towing hitches and ballast box. 

Detail

The chassis has drive shafts, differentials and suspension modelled. The tyres have different treads on the front and rear axles, and are mounted on detailed wheels with smart trims.  The exhaust system is modelled but it does not seem continuous to the engine.

The cab is fully detailed.  On the roof is a gantry supporting the name board and beacon lights.   The curved FTF cab shape is captured well and the grille looks good with decent lights and a number plate.  There are metal grab rails on the cab sides and the door handles are highlighted. 

Inside the cab, the detail is reasonable and under the cab is a detailed engine.

Behind the cab the fuel tank and battery rack are detailed well. Coiled lines are available to connect into a trailer.

At the back, the lights are distinct and there is a number plate.  The towing hitch is detailed.

The ballast box is metal with a wood grain texture in the side panels which is very nicely done.  The tarpaulin cover is plastic with texturing.

Features

The steering has a moderate range of  movement.

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

The ballast box is removable and the fifth wheel can accommodate a trailer.   The cover is removable and a metal weight is provided which represents ballast for the grip of the rear axles.

The towing hitches at the front and rear have removable pins.

Quality

It is a well made model with a high metal content and plastic used appropriately.

The paintwork and graphics are high quality.

Price

It is reasonable value given the limited availability of the livery.

Overall

As a heritage truck this FTF from WSI hits the spot.  It looks really good and is highly recommended.

Footnotes

The model appeared in March 2014.

 
Steering angle at the maximum.
Profile view.
Smart wheel trims.
Detailed chassis.
Fifth wheel and air lines.
Heavy hauler.