Scania 124c 470 8x4 truck transporter 1/24 scale
By Erik Fontein
This typical Danish truck is used by FALCK in Denmark for transport of a range of vehicles. For not drivable cars, campervans, trucks, forklifts, 4x4, agricultural vehicles etc. But of origin is it intended for the transport of broken and stranded agricultural vehicles. Many farmers in Denmark are connected to the FALCK organization. So if there's an agriculture vehicle with technical problems or stuck, than FALCK will help. During a holiday in Denmark I have been given the opportunity to take photos of a similar vehicle and trailer. Also I could take the measures of both.
The truck is a mixture of Italeri kits, resin parts and scratch building. For the chassis I have used two incomplete Scania kits that I found on the internet and parts from the spare box. The resin day-cab is from JC in Belgium. The front bumper, steps and the crane are from KFS from England. Everything behind the crane is scratch built.
The chassis was extended to a wheelbase of 5.76 mts. From both kits I used the front and rear axles. I adapted the differential from the 1st rear axle to fit the prop shaft to the 2nd rear axle. Both axles were also equipped with a Scania hub. The front axles were linked through rods and both were made steering. On both axles wider tires were fitted. Left-hand side of the chassis is the fuel tank, the ad-blue tank and the battery box mounted. On the right-hand side are the exhaust, toolboxes and the air tanks mounted. For the correct dimensioning I used a Scania specification sheet. In place of the standard bumper there is a steel version placed with open steps. These bumpers are stronger than plastic bumpers with spoiler. At the front bumper a hitch was mounted to pull or push a vehicle with a tow bar. Behind the rear axles the chassis was bent at an angle of 10 degrees. Then there is a sub-frame made of Evergreen profiles. The loading floor and crane were mounted on this sub-frame.
To make the cab I’ve used a resin conversion kit from JC in Belgium. This kit consists only of a roof and the two side panels of the cab. The rest of the cab comes from the Italeri kits. It took some time and effort to fit the parts of the cab neatly together. This also applies to fit the cab to the chassis. Unfortunately the dimensioning of the conversion kit was not quite well. The HIAB crane is a resin /plastic kit of KFS from England. It is fully operational and well detailed. For the loading floor I used plastic diamond plate. The loading floor was made according to the drawings and dimensions of the real vehicle. Due to the bent loading floor and the long (folded) ramp, the entrance angle is very small. In the front of the loading floor is a tool lockers with in the middle a big winch. This winch can move from left to right so a vehicle always can be pulled straight on the truck. In the tool lockers chains, pulleys, belts etc are stored. On the top of tool locker a lifting frame is stored. The lifting frame is used to lift a wreck with the crane on the loading floor. Under the loading floor are two lockable boxes and an open box. These contain also the necessary tools and recovery equipment.
The trailer is also measured by FALCK. For the model I have used the chassis of the Revell lowloader.
This also was an incomplete kit I found on the internet. Because this is a 1/25 kit I have made a wider floor from diamond plate and also widened the axles. The loading ramps are standard from the Revell kit. In the front of the loading floor a winch was placed. This winch is also used to pull a vehicle on the loading floor. Left and right there are two boxes placed for chains, wooden blocks, belts etc. The drawbar is extendable. This has two reasons. First: when the cargo is a bit to long, the trailer can slightly extend. And the load will fit within the ramps. Second: If extended the ramp of the truck can be linked to the trailer. So you can drive via the trailer to the truck. The extendable part can be replaced for one which contains a higher hitch. This makes it possible to use the trailer behind a truck with standard hitch height or behind a Unimog winchtruck. Falck owns many of these Unimog winchtrucks.
The painting was not too complicated. Falck makes all vehicles all red with some black details and with white letters/stripes. The decals I have made on the computer and printed on clear decal sheets.