Kenworth T800W 4 Axle DC with Rogers Flip
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the Kenworth T800 4-axle tractor with Rogers
4-axle lowboy trailer. The cab has been authentically modelled both
inside and out. The roof sports two air horns and five amber lights
with a chromed sun visor across the front of the cab and a half
width Amber light bar mounted high up at the rear of the cab.
The front window has painted rubber seal detailing with metal
wipers and rear view mirrors which need adding to the model by
inserting into the holes in the cab frame. The upper deck of the
chassis has a diamond plate texture with chromed headache rack
fixed behind the cab.
Chains hang from the rack and the service lines appear from
below which are terminated in small connectors. Large chromed fuel
tanks are located on both sides of the chassis with black painted
fixing rings and tiny printed warning labels. The distinctive air
filters are present outside the engine bay and the bonnet can be
tilted forward to reveal the engine compartment with the large, red
coloured engine block at it's heart along with the radiator,
cooling fan and exhaush pipework all visible. The chromed battery
compartment has been populated with batteries and replicated
electrical connectors and the cover slides into place.
The opposite side of the chassis has an opening storage
compartment fixed to the chassis and both also double as access
steps into the cab. The large and distinctive bonnet houses a large
photo-etched front grill with prominent Kenworth logo located
centrally and a large chromed bumper which has a hole cut in the
center where the collector can choose to connect either the wide
load warning panel or a pintle hitch.
The gooseneck of the Rogers trailer can be coupled to the fully
functional fifth wheel which slides along the truck chassis and has
a working king pin connection bracket which is activated by moving
the handle, just like on the full sized truck. The coiled service
lines have connectors which fit into the holes in the gooseneck but
they are not a stiff enough fit to remain in place. The gooseneck
is removable from the trailer and uses a plastic clip to lock into
Three flexible hoses are located on the side and need connecting
to complete the connection ot the rear axles. The bed of the
trailer utilises plastic panels which have a simulated wooden
appearance with two small fold up ramps ar the front of the
trailer. The sides of the trailer frame have tiny fold out bed
extension brackets and the model is supplied with two plastic
extension planks. These extensions rest on the top of the fold out
brackets to extend the bed for wider loads.
The underside of the trailer is highly detailed with working
suspension and service lines all visible. The tread pattern on the
tyres has been intricately moulded and looks incredibly realistic.
Other details include flexible rubber mud flaps fitted to the rear
frame and flip axle frame.
The rear of the Rogers trailer feature a single flip up axle
along with three fixed axles, the rear of which can be raised off
the ground leaving only the front two axles on the ground. The flip
axle locks into place with a metal pin and all four axles have
accurate service line and suspension detailing.