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Tomytec ‘The Truck Collection’ #3 review

‘The Truck Collection’ #3 has been released, and youy can blame it on either Japan or Australia Post for the fact I only just received it, so sorry the review is a little late 😦

truck3.jpg

The items are as follows (down LH side first, then down RH side) …

  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘Super Great’ 16kl tanker – Idemitsu Kosan (IDEMITSU)
  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘Super Great’ 16kl tanker – New Nippon Oil (ENEOS)
  • Nissan Diesel ‘Kuon’ 16kl tanker – Japan Energy (JOMO)
  • Nissan Diesel ‘Kuon’ 16kl tanker – Showa Shell Sekiyu (SHELL)
  • Nissan Diesel ‘Kuon’ 16kl tanker – private owner
  • Hino TC fire ladder truck – Tokyo Fire Department
  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘Super Great’ 2+4 large van – Sagawa Express (Transport Communication Sagawa)
  • Nissan Diesel ‘Kuon’ 2+4 large van – Japan Post (High-speed road mail – lower height version)
  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘Super Great’ 2+4 large van – Nippon Express Co Ltd (Nittsu)
  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘Super Great’ 2+4 large van – private owner (‘wing’ side version)
  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘FU’ large model truck – Nippon Express Co Ltd (Nittsu) 
  • Mitsubishi Fuso ‘FU’ large model truck – private owner

You can see more pictures od these on their Tomytec page

This is a nice set of varied items, and once more goes to show that Tomytec are 100% ahead of the Bandai ‘Working Vehicle’ range. The petrol tankers are so much better made, detailed and painted than those in the Bandai set, and the large vans with add-on side bumpers etc are also a lot better quality.

Of course these tankers (as well as the bogie tankers in ‘The Trailer Collection #1) match the brands of the 3 petrol stations that Tomix make, as well as the popular Shell brand, and a ‘no-name’ version.

The 4 large vans include variations of the popular and useful Nittsu and Japan Post already released, and the Sagawa Transport is the same as in the Kato ‘Super Rail Cargo’ train. Also included is a ‘no-name’ version.

The older Mistubish FU trucks include a ‘no-name’ van, as well as a Nittsu flat bed truck with canopy (which is removable). Good for earlier era layouts.

The Hino TC Fire Truck is a work of art and will look good in the Fire Station from ‘The Machinami Collection’ #5. The ladder assembly actually rotates and goes up and down. The ladder itself can extend with 3 sections to a length of about 13cm (that’s nearly 20m!!!).

I guess there are plain looking trucks driving around in Japan, so you could leave the ‘no-name’ versions as they are, or add decals to make a unique variation for your own compnay.

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May 3, 2007 - Posted by | model review, Tomytec

1 Comment »

  1. Gee…thanks 4 the tips..I had no idea the ladder assembly on the Hino TC is even movable at all, as I was afraid of breaking it, though I suspected that it was movable somehow, but I dare not to fiddle with it..till now.

    Comment by Bram | May 12, 2007 | Reply


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