Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial - New London

The "New London" decorated Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial is the first release in a new range of highly detailed fire and rescue replicas of Seagrave equipment by TWH Collectibles. The model is 1:50th scale and captures every detail from the actual "in-use" truck with the New London fire department.

The marauder II chassis and cab have been meticulously replicated in fine detail. The roof sports an air conditioning system, complete with painted fan blades along with a clear, full length light bar and three flexible radio antennas. Other details on the cab exterior include the proportionately scaled grab rails, diamond plate foot wells and front fender, complete with diamond plate surface and small coloured light lenses.

The chromed metal, self fit rear view mirrors are fitted into the holes in the cab frame. What makes this model so impressive is the detailed paint work. Tiny markings, covers, fasteners and trim have been highlighted perfectly creating an amazing level of realism throughout.

The fine textured photo etched front grill is amazing with replicated Seagrave logo and silver painted surround. The large front windows, complete with wire windscreen wipers allow the cab interior detailing to be appreciated. The console mounted cooling fan, grab handles and steering wheel are prominent with contoured seats, complete with seat belts and driver's console all accurately reproduced.

The cab can be tilted forward to view the fully detailed engine and transmission at the heart of the chassis. The front wheels have working suspension and steering with accurately moulded rubber tyres fitted to the hubs. The battery housing has moulded batteries with flexible wires visible on the underside of the chassis. A small arm pivots up to hold the cab in the raised position, allowing a good view of the engine block and exhaust pipe work.

The decking of the tractor uses accurate patterned diamond plate throughout with photo etched grill panels giving a true life-like appearance.

The cab interior has been fully replicated and is visible through the glazed windows. The rear wall of the cab has breathing air tanks fitted with the fire crew seating facing rearward.

The underside of the tractor shows the exhaust and transmission, complete with driveshaft to the rear axle. TWH Collectibles are well known for the level of detail added to each model and the Tractor Drawn Aerial is no exception, showing the incredible amount of engineering that has gone into this replica.

The rear chassis is amazingly heavy and this was a surprise when picking the model out of the box. The weight alone gives the model a sturdy feel when the ladder is extended which is further enhanced by the H-pattern stabilisers at the front which pull away from the chassis with screw down pads. A nice touch on the model are the two small plates which are stored in the holders on the underside of the chassis and are placed under the stabilisers to give a larger surface area. Even the rope handles have been added, demonstrating the extra level of detail TWH adds to each model.

The rear of the chassis is again constructed of diamond plate panels with accurate placement of the chromed storage door handles. The rear wheel has a steering linkage which would be controlled by the fireman in the tiller cab and the degree of steering is pretty good. flexible rubber mud guards with printed logos are fitted to the wheel arch and the tyres have a detailed tread pattern.

The rear panel prominently displays the unit number of 25 with very realistic light clusters integrated into each if the access ladders up to the tiller cab. The lenses are contoured and really add to the realistic appearance. There are also red beacons on each side of the cab along with rear facing work lights.

The tiller cab has been meticulously recreated with the detailed interior visible through the glazed windows. Large grab rails are added to the cab sides and access steps and the chromed rear view mirrors are supplied in the box and need fitting. On the sample model, the fit was very loose so a touch of PVC wood glue has been used to keep the mirrors firmly in place.

The turntable is mounted to the tip if the chassis with an angled base panel with safety rails and chains fitted. The hydraulics that raise the ladder are nice and stiff allowing the ladder to hold the position chosen at any angle.

The four stage ladder is highly detailed with an all metal construction. The tip of the ladder is painted orange with silver lights and several tools fitted to the sides. Below the ladder is the water spray nozzle which extends as the ladder is extended.

The side plates display the name of the fire department and also act as storage for the removable ladder

The ladder can be extended smoothly and the large, mult-stage silver tube mounted below the ladder extends with each ladder section to the tip where the detailed nozzle is located.

The ladder rungs have been nicely replicated and have an authentic pattern and structure cast into them. When extended, the steps line up, just like the full sized machine

The Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial replica is an amazing piece of engineering and has fully captured all the detail and realism of the full sized ladder. Each new release from TWH Collectibles raises the bar a little further with the sheer attention to detail and finish and I think this is one of the most realistic looking models that has been released to date.

The model is securely packed in a two section polystyrene carton with printed outer cardboard box. The box has graphics and photo of the full sized TDA and several brochures are supplied in the box giving details on the TDA design along with a history of the New London Fire Department. Assembly instructions are also supplied.

Seagrave TDA "New London" Model Specifications

Versions produced - TWH094-1151, New London Engine No 25 (1500 pieces)

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