Drake Collectibles - Kenworth T909 Model Review

Drake Collectibles - Kenworth T909 Model Review

The review model is a Kenworth T909 Prime Mover.

The real truck is Australian engineered and built and includes the sleeper cabin version.
Presented in the Membrey's Crane Hire and Transport company livery,
which is a family-run transport and crane hire company established in 1952.
It is decorated in memory of Rowan John Membrey,
who took his own life at a young age.

Packaging
The model comes in a Kenworth branded box and is contained within a polystyrene tray, with the parts protected by clear film.
There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.
A reprint of a Kenworth T909 brochure is supplied, and it includes information and photos of the real truck.
Assembly is limited to the attachment of door mirrors and fitting the optional 'Oversize' sign.

Detail
The Kenworth T909 Prime Mover is a 6x4 configuration.
The chassis is very detailed underneath with an excellent representation of the transmission and suspension.
The tyres are different on the front and rear axles
but have slightly odd tread patterns.
There are soft mud flaps throughout the chassis.
The cab modelling is first class with a bullbar at the front and excellent chrome work all round, including bespoke exhaust stacks.
A highlight is the quality of the graphics which are precise and to a high standard, including a mural on the back of the cab
which only shows grain under close inspection.
Under the hood is a detailed engine with fan, a separate radiator, and there are various pipes and hoses modelled.  Inside, the cab is very good with a detailed instrument console.
Behind the cab, the detail continues with three coiled lines for connection to a trailer and excellent non-slip walking surfaces.  At the rear the lights have plastic lenses and there is the commemorative number plate of the real truck.

Features
The cab doors open and inside the seats have an air ride action and can be moved up and down.
The front wheels steer moderately, but the steering is 'notched' rather than variable.
Rubber tyres all round and working suspension on all axles.
The bullbar is diecast metal and folds forward.
The ‘fifth wheel’ on the tractor works and is operated with a spring loaded lever to secure a trailer in position.
It can also be adjusted longitudinally.

Quality
High quality model with very few plastic parts.
High quality pain finish and graphics are excellent.


Price
Great value for money and reasonably priced.

Overall
Drake Collectibles has produced an outstanding replica of a highly decorated Australian Icon Kenworth T909.

Footnotes
The T909 was produced in a number of different liveries and first appeared in 2014

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