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Scania T143 bulk hauler

One of the trucks operated by a hauler nearby was this Scania T143 of '94. In about 17 years time it drove 2.3 million km. The driver was very proud with his bonneted 143. Hauler Jac. van't Kruis of Nieuwveen used to operate a couple of these combo's, all Volvo's except this 143. The 3-series T-cab still is an iconic truck in Europe. Maybe it doesn't have a big cult status as the Streamline but many haulers are trying to keep one as part of there heritage.

 

Other than most of my models this one is on scale 1:17. Ingmar Spijkhoven designed his T143 about three years ago and in a meanwhile you can build your own copy with his instructions (for sale) or even buy a genuine one at his online webshop.

But I always would like to put my own identity in a model and apart from the hood, many components of my T143 are rather different; it has another cab layout. I didn't put open doors in it as I wanted to get the shape of the cab right. The rear cab panel is constructed as such too. It has a full interior with a flat floor and double bunks. The 9V battery pack is put on the right hand side of the chassis. Of course the truck can drive (XL motor) and steer. Both are connected to an SBrick. The drive train is more like JaapTechnic's Actros and one single XL motor is powerful enough to keep the truck running.

Both bodies can tip over (both with one XL motor) and they're connected to the SBrick as well. Front and rear lights make it complete.

A great add are the metal chrome elements, like the rims, front bumper, grill, catwalks etc. It's a working class truck but with some show aspirations.

 

Special thanks to JaapTechnic and Dirk Klijn to design and print the decals on this model. It really gives the right looks to it. Please check the album to compare the model with the rear thing.

 

And not the forget a video made by the driver of the real thing at LEGO World 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMU8sWhNLF0&t=17s

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Uploaded on December 11, 2017