Note: This feature is in the May TT&C 2017 issue.
At work, with a 74 cm maximum reach.
The cab with mirrors and the “Tirol” name.
Other stories in the May TT&C 2017 are:
• Vladimir Chekhuta pioneers technology to build models by Larry LeMasters
• Modelshow Europe in Ede, Netherlands by Larry LeMasters
• Always something NEW at Toy Fair by Mark Macreading
• New Zealand collector shares enthusiasm by Christopher Moor
The Schwing S 43 SX III is NZG’s premiere of a mobile concrete pump from this leading German manufacturer. NZG did an amazing job with functionality, details and especially the fully functional boom kinematics. The major dimensions were copied correctly, too.
Presented at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, were the standard Schwing livery in white and also the Weber company livery. Weber is an Austrian company located halfway between Telfs and Innsbruck, providing services regarding concrete transport and pumping.
Schwing was founded in 1934 and is now a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of concrete production and handling systems. It is headquartered in Herne, Germany, directly in the heart of the Ruhrgebiet area. Schwing Stetter, a leading company in making concrete transport vehicles, is a subsidiary of the Schwing Group.
In 2012, the Chinese construction company, XCMG, merged with Schwing. Today, Schwing still operates under its traditional brand and no products show a hint to the parent company, XCMG.
The company’s facility in Herne is right across where the whole region celebrates the Cranger Kirmes each August. Cranger Kirmes is a huge parish fair similar to the Munich Oktoberfest, but with a higher number of visitors. During this celebration, Schwing always shows a couple of fully extended pumps with Schwing flags, which visitors can see from the coasts.
The 1/50 scale Mercedes-Benz Arocs 8x8 carrier travels on four axles, with the front ones being steerable. The steering angle is sufficient and all wheels easily rotate and feature authentic tire rims. NZG also nicely copied the drivetrain with a crankshaft, fuel tank and sideways protection. Even the little yellow keys to stop the vehicle on slopes are a nice eye-catcher. All axles come with the dirt protection.
The Arocs cab cannot be tilted; the interior is nicely copied with seats and a steering column. The small steps look authentic in black, with anti-slip protection. Of course, detailed windscreen wipers and mirrors are included. The typical Mercedes star is clearly visible in the radiator grille. All lights are also integrated into the cab and bumper bar.
Really amazing on the Weber livery is the accurate printing of all the signs. The cab front shows the nice Weber logo, which is a white cloud with the name inside. Beside it, “beton-pumpendienst” and “beton-transporte” are printed. These are the German words for concrete pump rental services and transport of concrete. On the right and left side of the grille, “Tirol” is printed; Tirol is the region in western Austria where Weber is located.
On the cab side, the logo of Tirol is also nicely printed. Here, we can find the fleet number, “013,” as well as another Weber name on the door. Also, the carrier type, 3542, is printed on the door. NZG also included the registration plate. Here, the “A” indicates that the vehicle is registered in Austria and “IL” stands for “Innsbruck Land.”
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