by: Steven Downes
The marauder II chassis and cab have been meticulously
replicated in fine detail. The roof sports an air conditioning
system, complete with painted fan blades along with a front light
bar with both clear and red tinted lenses with two small warning
lights with red lenses fitted to the sides.
Other details on the cab exterior include the
proportionately scaled grab rails, diamond plate foot wells and
front fender, complete with diamond plate surface and small
coloured light lenses. Floodlight housings have been positioned
around the cab for extra illumination and these have white painted
lenses while underside lights have also been added for true
The underside of the tractor shows the exhaust and
transmission, complete with driveshaft to the rear axle. TWH
Collectibles are well known for the level of detail added to each
model and the Tractor Drawn Aerial is no exception, showing the
incredible amount of engineering that has gone into this replica.
The chromed metal, self fit rear view mirrors are fitted into the
holes in the cab frame while a safety mirror which fits above the
front windscreen also needs fixing.
What makes this model so impressive is the detailed
paint work. Tiny markings, covers, fasteners and trim have been
highlighted perfectly creating an amazing level of realism
throughout. The configuration of the tractor is different to the
previously released TDA versions with a larger rear compartment,
topped with a yellow painted stretcher board.
The fine textured photo etched front grill is amazing
with replicated Seagrave logo and silver painted surround. The
large front windows, complete with wire windscreen wipers allow the
cab interior detailing to be appreciated. The decking of the
tractor uses accurate patterned diamond plate throughout with photo
etched grill panels giving a true life-like
The rear coupling is securely fixed and rotates
smoothly, requiring two small pins to be fitted to lock the rear
section into position. The large fuel tank is mounted on the rear
with flexible rubber mud guards, complete with Seagrave printed
logo. The cab can be tilted forward to view the fully detailed
engine and transmission at the heart of the chassis.
The front wheels have working suspension and steering
with accurately moulded rubber tyres fitted to the hubs. The
battery housing has moulded batteries with flexible wires visible
on the underside of the chassis. A small arm pivots up to hold the
cab in the raised position, allowing a good view of the engine
block and exhaust pipe work.
As with the previous TDA releases, The rear chassis is
amazingly heavy and gives the model a sturdy feel when the ladder
is extended which is further enhanced by the H-pattern stabilisers
at the front which pull away from the chassis with screw down pads.
A nice touch on the model are the two small plates which are stored
in the holders on the underside of the chassis and are placed under
the stabilisers to give a larger surface area. Even the rope
handles have been added, demonstrating the extra level of detail
TWH adds to each model.
The chassis is constructed of diamond plate panels with
five large simulated roller shutter doored compartments along the
side. The top of the chassis has some simulated wooden planks with
painted tie-down straps along with housings for the side facing
floodlights. The rear wheel has a steering linkage which would be
controlled by the fireman in the tiller cab and the degree of
steering is pretty good. flexible rubber mud guards with printed
logos are fitted to the wheel arch and the tyres have a detailed
The rear panel prominently displays safety and keep
clear markings. Accessories have been fitted to the storage
locations on each side of the chassis which is different from the
previous TDA releases, including fire extinguishers, step ladders
and folded floodlight tripods which really does add to the
The ladders on each side have very realistic light
clusters integrated into each with contoured lenses that do look
the part. There are also red beacons on each side of the cab along
with rear facing floodlight. The tiller cab has been meticulously
recreated with the detailed interior visible through the glazed
windows. Large grab rails are added to the cab sides and access
steps and the chromed rear view mirrors are supplied in the box and
On the sample model, the fit was very loose so a touch
of PVC wood glue has been used to keep the mirrors firmly in place.
The turntable is mounted to the tip of the chassis with an angled
base panel with safety rails and chains fitted. The hydraulics that
raise the ladder are nice and stiff allowing the ladder to hold the
position chosen at any angle.
A breathing air tank is fitted to the base of the ladder
with fixed piping leading up the ladder to the nozzle at the tip.
The four stage ladder is highly detailed with an all metal
construction. The tip of the ladder is painted yellow with several
tools fitted to the inside surface. Below the ladder is the water
spray nozzle which extends as the ladder is extended. The ladder
can be extended smoothly and the large, mult-stage silver tube
mounted below the ladder extends with each ladder section to the
tip where the detailed nozzle is located. The ladder rungs have
been nicely replicated and have an authentic pattern and structure
cast into them.
When extended, the steps line up, just like the full
sized machine and the side plates display the designation of the
unit. The Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial replica is an amazing piece
of engineering with numerous differences between the New London and
Redwood City variants keeping things interesting.