by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
Scania R 09 SZ
Another novel series! This set consists of two house walls for the new Herpa single-family house transported on a Hochtief concrete component trailer. Further components to finish the building will follow at regular intervals. 
Hauling the trailer is a brawny Scania R HL. It is one of 469 model Scania vehicles offered by Herpa at the time of this review. Check back for more releases of this heavy load series.
Semitrucks dominate everything on the highway and they really make an impression when they are heavy duty types. Into this class Scania introduced their R HL. Scania AB of Södertälje, Sweden produces a range of large trucks. Scania advertises, with a wealth of choices and an array of modular configurations, the possibilities are endless. Scania R-series sets a new standard in long-haulage truck design and technology'. 
The R-series range of trucks was chosen as the International Truck of the Year 2010. The trucks are powered by V8 or inline engines. They can be built with a variety of cab, engine, transmission, chassis, 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-axle configurations.
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Scania R 09 HL
Your semitruck set is a 2009 Scania R440 Topline HL with a Hochtief concrete component trailer. These are mostly factory assembled. You can attach the four optional mirrors to the cab. There are several more parts to attach to the trailer: stabilizing clamps, braces and anchors, retaining stands and clasps. These are for the payload of two simulated concrete prefabricated house walls. Herpa includes two instructional sheets with photographs that demonstrate the animated components of the model.
Unfortunately, the bag with the clamps, braces and anchors was not present in this model's box.
The set is securely packed in a form-fitted tray. The tray is held inside a red Herpa carton with a plastic film window, and opens via tabs at each end. The tray has slots for optional parts, and slots your fingers to easily remove the tray from the box. The models are skillfully molded and assembled, mostly without blemishes or flaws. I say mostly, because there are some burrs where the parts were separated from their sprues.
The tractor features the Scania Topline cab for long distance travel. Doors, hoods, and access panel lines are defined with recessed lines, as is the grille. The door handles are recessed and are the retaining tabs for the cab interior. The windows are surrounded by black chrome. The windshield is detailed with wipers.
Soft tires with good tread detail mounted on detailed hubs support the model.
The Hochtief trailer is a model unto itself. This configuration has four positional components:
• Extendable fifth-wheel attachment
• Retractable six-wheel suspension
• Opening tailgate
• Extendable payload deck
That trailer is modeled to work like the prototype; the trailer can be lowered onto the ground and then be pulled away from the deck which holds the heavy payload. A very interesting system. Several of the photographs may appear to be duplicates--look closely, they demonstrate this system.
Detail and Trim
The model features headlights, tail lights, and warning lights of appropriately colored clear lenses. Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, consoles and seats; this detail can be seen through the windows.
The tractor features separately applied side view mirrors. Windshield wipers detail the windshield. The cab tilts forward to expose a detailed 440-hp Scania DC13 10 Euro-5 engine. All of this detail is mounted upon a detailed chassis. The suspension with front parabolic springs and rear airbag suspension is detailed underneath, as is the drivetrain, battery boxes and cylinders. Mud guards, tread plates, and a fifth wheel detail the top. The wheels are molded of a soft plastic or rubber and feature remarkable tread detail. The front axle can be equipped for steering.
Detail under the Hochtief trailer is basic. The tires have the same fine detail as those on the tractor.
Finally, the concrete walls are mounted via a cradle that fits into holes in the trailer deck. Four pins are inserted through the cradle to retain the walls. Clamps that fit into the trailer sides brace the payload laterally.
The model is molded in color with printed Hochteif logos. The blue finish is smooth and shiny. No decals are used.
Off the Lot
This HO scale semitruck and concrete payload is an interesting model of a modern heavy haul vehicle. It is certain to enhance any modern diorama or model railroad. Recommended.
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