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Mack Granite Day Cab and Rogers Lowboy with Flip Axle - Black

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  33-2010
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2017

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Overall   (max 100) 81%


Mack Granite Day Cab and Rogers Lowboy with Flip Axle - Black   [Youku Video]
Standard WSI box.
The Mack Granite look.
Detailed chassis.
Opening hood with detailed engine.
Second axle raised out of service.
Many hoses on the rear axles.
Trailer axles.  The last line flipped up and the one next to it raised out of service.
Loaded with a Cat machine.
Nice heavy hauler.
Nice display piece when loaded.

This is a model of the Mack Granite Day cab tractor coupled with a four axle Rogers Lowboy Trailer. 

This version is in a black colour scheme.


The model comes in a standard WSI-style box with the model held within a plastic former lodged in an expanded polystyrene tray. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

Included in the box are small bags of parts to fit although there are no instructions.  Assembly is straightforward and most attachments are easy to work out.  It is nice to see that some spare door mirrors and a pointer tool are included to help the collector.


The tractor chassis is very detailed underneath.  There are prop shafts, differentials and suspension details, and excellent brake lines to each of the wheels.  The wheels have very good metal hubs with finely treaded tyres which have a different width to those on the rear axles.  Optional wheel arches or mud flaps can be fitted to the rear axles, although they are a little loose fitting.

The front of the tractor has a distinctive Mack Granite radiator.

The cab detail is excellent.  Inside, the seats and instruments look really good and the door mirrors and horns are metal parts.  The Granite name is printed on the cab doors.

Behind the cab, there are three coiled airlines for connection to a trailer, and sets of chains.

The trailer is very good indeed.  The gooseneck is well detailed with lines to the hydraulic cylinders and some very small graphics.  Lines run the length of the trailer from the gooseneck to the rear axles. 

The bed has a wood effect plastic surface with the structure of the trailer in metal and having some non slip surfaces.  An excellent detail is the tying down points along the side of the trailer which are extremely small and fine. 

At the rear, the lights and mud flaps are very good. 


The front wheels on the tractor steer, with a moderate range of movement.  The steering is notched rather than smooth.

The second axle can be raised out of service and there is working suspension on axle 1. 

The wheel arches to axles 2,3 and 4 are removable so the tractor can be configured to the collector's preference, and mud flaps are provided as an option.

The ‘fifth wheel’ on the tractor works and is operated with a spring loaded lever to secure a trailer in position.  It also has a degree of longitudinal movement.

The hood opens right forward and the cab doors can also be opened. 

The trailer has neatly folding loading ramps at the front, and the width of the bed can be extended by using fold out support brackets and one-piece extension boards on each side.  It is detachable from the gooseneck to facilitate loading, and the gooseneck has working cylinders providing a range of movement to the connection to the trailer.

The rear axles all have working suspension, and to save wear on the tyres the last two axles can be raised out of service when the trailer travels unloaded.  Axle 3 clips out in the raised position and axle 4 is a 'flip' axle which raises and rotates 180°.


The model is nearly all metal and the detail level is very high. 

The quality of the castings is very good, and the paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.


It is good value given the detail and functionality.


Although this re-release by WSI comes many years after its first appearance, it is still a very good model that compares well to newer models.


The model was released in 2009 under the Sword Models label.  This version was released in 2017 in a variety of colours.

The parts.
On the road.
Metal wheels and soft mud flaps.
Chains behind the cab.
Opening door.
The underside of the trailer.
Detailed tiny graphics.
The flip axle flipped.