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Scania R Highline Semitanker
Scania R Highline tank semitrailer ''Roos''
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Scania R Highline Tank Semitrailer "Roos"
Item: 302661
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Specials 2013 / 07-08
Manufacturer: Scania
Type: R 2013
Series: Shipping company

This review is of a Herpa New Release - a rigid two-axle new Scania R Highline semitanker for transport company Roos.
    Scania has given its success model of the R series a facelift. The front body corners were changed, the sun shield slightly modified and the chassis adapted to Euro 6 norm.

Herpa has released versions with Topline, Highline, and standard cabs.

Scania R Highline
Scania R-series compete in the premium 44-ton class with competitors including the Mercedes Actros and Volvo FH. R-series have been successful for the company which has followed up with this newly refined model.
    The Scania R-series is designed to meet the highest demands in the world regarding fuel economy, driver appeal and reliability.*

Equipped with the Scania Opticruise electro-hydraulic automated gearchanging system - with or without a clutch - the updated R-series is powered by many engines of 9-, 13- and 16-litre displacement. Those powerplants can be paired with gearbox powertrain packages of 8 1-speed range-change, 12-speed range-splitter, 6-speed automatic. Those systems are mounted atop frames of riveted steel construction with four height clearances. Three strengths are available: Standard duty, Heavy-duty and Extra heavy-duty frames. Brakes are applied with disc brakes, now standard, while drum brakes can be specified for more rugged tasks. Keeping the ride smooth are two- and four-spring air suspension or steel parabolic and multi-leaf springs. Those support 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-axle vehicles which boast a selection of front, rear and fixed and steered tag axles.

Large fuel tanks have integrated steps to the catwalk. To increase space and to enhance traction when not pulling a load the batteries are rear-mounted.

Several types of cabs are available: Short cabs, Day cabs, Sleeper cabs, Special cabs (Low-entry; CrewCab; Long CrewCab). The R-series sleeper cab Highline is on this model. The R Highline is the largest of the Highline series and is available with either V8 or inline engines.*

Additionally, Scania offers their Driver Support Systems: Active Prediction; Brake Assist; Driver Support; Lane Departure Warning; Adoptive Cruise Control; Camera System.

Roos Spedition
Headquartered in Durmersheim, Germany, Roos Spedition is a freight forwarding company specializing in the chemical industry. Roos' fleet consists of 790 units with all semitankers certified for the transport of dangerous goods (ADR).

Scania R Highline tank semitrailer "Roos"
This New Release is packaged in a red Herpa end-opening carton with a cellophane display window. Inside a custom plastic cradle holds the model safely, plus two sprues of four mirrors. Herpa even included a small instruction sheet showing how to tip the cab to reveal the engine - something usually absent in previous Herpa packages I have reviewed.

This model is expertly molded and assembled. Except for the optional mirrors the model is factory assembled. I did not find any noticeable flash, burrs, sink marks, ejector circles, or mold seam ridges. Surface finish is smooth and detail is both recessed and raised, as appropriate. Herpa chromed the wheel hubs.

Herpa used clear and tinted clear plastic to simulate lenses for head and brake lamps and most signals. Running lights atop the cab are printed on. Under the model is a detailed chassis. Atop the chassis is a detailed cab with interior. Soft plastic tires hold the model up.

The tank trailer has a tab that locks in the fifth-wheel. The trailer does not have any "action" parts, not even the landing gear can be extended when the trailer is off the tractor. Like on the tractor model the wheels of the undercarriage are soft plastic with chromed hubs. A nice spare tire and cage are included. Topside are safety tread walkways with a ladder and along the flanks are piping and placard signs.

Underneath this semitruck is a detailed chassis: frame; axles; suspension; drive shaft; transmission; engine bottom; battery box; fuel tanks; exhaust pipe. That pipe would look better if it were molded with a concave end, a minor characteristic yet noticeable. Many modelers may choose to drill it out. The rear of the frame features the bright yellow caps of found on R-series semitractors. The front axle can be made to steer if you acquire an Herpa steering kit. Around chromed wheel hubs are soft tires with fine tread detail.

Above is the cab with the Scania grille reaching up to the combing around the windshield. Fine wipers are molded on. Black door handles are tabs holding the cab interior inside the cab shell. The interior features detailed seats, dashboard and consoles, steering wheel and control details.

Optional mirrors can be attached to the cab. Two side mirrors and corner mirrors fit into molded mounting holes. These pieces are very small and require finesse to attach. It is difficult to attach the corner mirror to the sunscreen. - so far I am 1-for-3 in my attempts to seat the mirror stem into the mounting slot.

It's what's inside...
Would you like to see the Scania Euro 6 engine? The instruction sheet guides you to push open the lower grille from the inside. Then you can gently pull up and forward the rear of the cab, which unsnaps two stakes from the chassis. The cab can tilt forward and you can see the powerplant. What engine is it? See below in Livery & Finish.

If you want to detail the cab interior with a driver and DOT stickers, you can unseat the cab hinge from the frame and unseat the interior from the cab shell. I have done this on several Herpa trucks and it takes some slow and methodical effort to do so without marring the exterior.

livery and finish
This Herpa model finish is top-notch. It is mainly molded in color with chromed parts. Painted markings are smooth and opaque. Running lights atop the cab are printed on. Badges and emblems and logos are sharply printed on with paint or chrome. None are decals - Herpa does not use decals. However, the large sheet of cargo identifiers and hazmat signs are pre-cut vinyl stickers. They actually look good!

Scania identifies the model and power output of a vehicle's engine with chromed alphanumerics on a black base placed at the lower right of the grille. The emblem on this model is R420 signifying an R-series engine of 420 hp. However, my research on the Scania website did not find a 420 hp R-series engine for the 2013 models.

Hammer down!
This new Scania R Highline tanker Semitrailer "Roos" is an impressive model. It features excellent molding and assembly. The level of detail is very high. A detailed cab interior and engine is installed. Chassis detail is good and the soft tires have good tread detail. Herpa uses clear and tinted plastic to simulate lenses.

Except for the wrong engine badge on the grille, criticism is difficult to find: the stubbed end of the exhaust pipe and difficultly with attaching the corner mirror to the sunscreen. Running lights atop the cab are printed on.

This new model is very impressive. I recommend this model for modern HO railroad layouts, collectors of modern semis, an fans of Scania trucks.

Please tell vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoadModeling.

. Herpa

*. Scania Group. R-series. [Web.] 2013.

Roos Spedition GmbH. http://www.roos-spedition.com. 2011.
Highs: Excellent molding and assembly with a very high level of detail, a cab interior and engine is installed. Chassis detail is good and the soft tires have good tread detail. Herpa uses clear and tinted plastic to simulate lenses. Excellent livery.
Lows: Running lights atop the cab are printed on. The stubbed end of the exhaust pipe is not hollow and the engine badge is wrong.
Verdict: I recommend this model for modern HO railroad layouts, collectors of modern semis, an fans of Scania trucks.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 302661
  Suggested Retail: 29.50EURO
  Related Link: Scania R 2013 series
  PUBLISHED: Nov 04, 2013

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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