1:50 Scale Model MERCEDES BENZ Actros 8x4 tractor with GOLDHOFER 10-axle Tube Transporter
Presented here is the 1:50th scale Actros 8x4 prime mover with Goldhofer
10-axle modular trailer and tube transporter attachment in Schaumann
livery from Conrad. The model is supplied in a foam lined box with all
the separate parts of the trailer securely packed. There is a small bag
of fixings which are used to build the model in one of several different
The adapter plate which connects to the tube load has a number of holes allowing different sizes of load to be connected.
The silver metal walkway with integrated safety rails are separate and push into the holes on the adaptor.
Conrad have supplied small connection pieces in the box allowing the
model to be displayed in a transport configuration without load by
linking the two main adaptors together.
The adaptors have hydraulics to extend the telescopic frame to grip the
tube load. The adaptors can also be connected directly to the trailer
modules using the supplied plastic pins to give an
The rear module consists of 6 axle lines which have linked steering of
each axle. The supports that connect the wheels to the frame pivot to
represent the suspension found on the full sized modules and the width
of the frames are a little wider that the previous Goldhofer modules
produced by Conrad. The adaptor plate clicks into place on the centre of
the module and a rear panel, complete with Goldhofer markings, lights
and printed warning markings pushes into place on the rear module.
The two adaptor plates have holes where the shaped plastic brackets with
threaded pins can be inserted and fixed with small nuts to secure them
into position before connecting the plastic tube load. The large tube
load has a rim on each end where the plastic brackets locate. Extending
the adaptor frame causes the brackets to grip the tube and the main
hydraulics connecting the adaptors to the modules can then be adjusted
to raise the tube load off the ground.
There is a metal wire supplied with the model which connects between the
front and rear frames with four small clips that allow the service
lines to run allong the side of the tube load and assembling this can be
a little tricky (Not shown in the pictures). It is included to give a
little more detail and realism.
The front module has four steerable axle lines with a gooseneck
connecting up with the fifth wheel of the Actros 8x4 tractor. The
tractor has accurately reproduced road tread tyres with finely detailed
silver and red wheel hubs with silver guards connected to the chassis.
The front and second axle feature linked steering although you cannot
achieve much movement before the wheels foul the chassis.
The frame has a pintle hitch mounted at the rear with the plastic fifth
wheel connected to the top of the frame. The large fuel tank and cooling
system is mounted into a frame located behind the cab which has
streamlined side panels with printed Schaumann logos. The cab features a
replicated interior with two amber beacons fixed to the roof and rear
view mirrors which need fixing to the cab's frame.
This is another good release from Conrad with a striking orange paint
finish and accurately reproduced Schaumann logos. The addition of
various fixings and pins allows the model to be assembled in several
different configurations which is a very welcome touch.
The Schaumann Heavy Haulage Fleet
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