Translation of pages 28 – 29
Volvo L350F from Wiking in 1:87
It is not every year that Wiking introduces a new wheeled loader and what better reason to take a closer look.
by Daniel Wietlisbach
olvo has been building wheeled loaders since 1957 and the L350F is the largest model in the current production line, weig- hing in at 50 to 56 tons. The design of the model took into considera- tion the most difficult demands of the construction industry and has a standard issue rock bucket with a fill capacity of about 7 cubic meters. The power plant packs a punch using a Volvo D16E LAE3 six cylinder diesel engine with a maximum output of 394 kilo watts or 535 hp. The automatic power gear box has electronic controls for the four forward and backward ge- ars along with two pump circuits in the hydraulic power set up with the possibility of adding a third one for attachments if required. V
Well executed model
The new Wiking model of this wheeled loader leaves a good ove- rall impression. This is confirmed
by checking all the dimensions of the model. The front wheel assem- bly has all the important details of the prototype and the standard hy- draulic cylinder for the lifting me- chanism is able to hold the bucket at any desired height and reaches the maximal height extension just like the real thing. In this position, naturally, the inside of the wheels can be viewed but unfortunately, this detail has not been modeled and so compromises the overall look of the model. The tires are ex- tremely well detailed and show the correct profile. The standard bucket with the wear blades from Volvo was selected as a prototype for the model. This is a nod to the model railroad fraternity as construction model collectors would have wis- hed for a construction waist bucket with prongs.
The safety cage is modeled as a solid piece and not as single pieces. The massive back axle has many details and the radiator can be seen behind the radiator grill. The steps are very fine and delicate. The same can be said for the exhaust stack and air filter intakes which are mounted at the right place and are correct to scale. The railings, without them a model today is un- thinkable, really show off the ad- vances in today’s plastic injection moulds to the maximum.
Unfortunately the rear axle is not moveable in this model. This does
not distract from the fine model if it is only put in to a display case. If posing in a construction scene on a diorama this lack of pose-ability is a drawback. The ladders that lead to the cab are a bit simplified de- spite the very finely executed de- tails on the rear axle unit that show what can be done.
The cab is, like the prototype, almost completely glassed in. The walkways are painted black show- ing off the model to its advantage. The warning beacon and rear view mirrors are packaged separately and have to be attached by the coll- ector. The cab has a complete inte- rior and includes a driver to bring the model alive.
In conclusion: A very welcome addition for all Wiking model coll- ectors. A couple of hours invested to make the rear axle unit movable would result in a superior model for the construction machine mo- del collector.