Scania R500 with Faymonville Pendelmax low loader
The Scania R500 of Van Elk Transport was already on my list even before the owner took the real truck into service. From the owner
I heard he ordered a Faymonville lowloader, a similar one as another Dutch hauler. Together with the new R500 unit this would be the
flagship of the company and a nice challenge to build. Unfortunately Van Elk doesn't exist anymore since 2009. The company is sold
to the Van Santen Group located in the same city of Haarlem.
One threshold I decided on beforehand was I would keep the old LS111 which I already have since 2004. My collection of blue parts
was quite huge before the project but I had to buy quite a lot of extra parts to fulfill it. An next to this the LS111 with lowloader wouldn't
supply me all the parts needed for the Faymonville. It's a totally different trailer.
The unit was already finalized in 2008. I built more or less in between because I wanted to postpone constructing the trailer. At the
moment I started with the tractor I still had JLM Intertrans' Scania R124. In general the unit is the same but at some points I changed
the R500. The boogie got some adaptations and there is, of course, a V8 engine underneath the cab which I built from scratch. The
engine also differs from the ones I created for the 4-serie quite a couple of years before. Since then new parts appeared and it gives
the possibility to get even more detailed models.
The cab is based on the one of the R124 but the new one got some changes. Because the cab on the R-series is placed higher on
the chassis the engine hub is a little bit lower. Next to this I built a new dash from scratch. The interior has some minor changes. The
biggest challenge was the front grille. The 4-series grille is to be opened in four sections but with the R-series it's one large grille.
Especially the hinges caused some headaches. Eventually I used to small plates hinges to connect the grille to the window posts.
Not very sturdy but close to the original.
The unit is supplied with a huge fuel tank behind the cab with toolboxes on both sides.
After the tractor I didn't start with the trailer immediately. I visited Van Elk a couple of times to have a look at their trailer and one time
I went with the driver for a haul to Rotterdam to see everything in practice. Start building the trailer already gave some difficulties. Not
really shortage of pieces but more because of the sturdiness and shape of the trailer. I started with the swing dolly and this one definitely
is different than the ones of Nooteboom. Towards the neck it's sloping but it's wedged as well. Next to this I wanted to show the relief of
the dolly as well by creating a U-profile. Something which I haven't done with the Nooteboom ones. I also started with the trailer itself but
I put the project aside for a couple of months and sometimes I worked on it. I wasn't making any progress and lacking inspiration as well.
At the end of 2009 I first decided to construct a Volvo NL12 because I had some ideas about it. I succeeded building this one in a six
months period and in a meanwhile the Faymonville was getting more and more dusty. My aim was getting it fixed before the 2010 edition
of the Mack & Heavy Haulage day but also this target I didn't reach. At the beginning of 2011 the project came to life again. The swing
dolly was more or less finished then and for the steering of the back axles I had some ideas. The pendulum axles are steered by arms but
it's not going very smooth and you can't ride with the trailer. You have to make a choice between constructing something which is
functional but doesn't looks like the original or the opposite. I always chose for the last option. The pendulum axles are connected to each
other with small axles and they all have a different angle. Between the axles is an eight studs wide grip.
The gooseneck also got its shape. Comparing to the previous models this one really is huge. It's used for a four axle unit with a tri axle dolly.
It gives a pressure of ... tons. Just like the dolly it's odd wide. It's more difficult to construct it in this way but it reaches the real thing more
closely. Many jumper plates are used to connect the deck to the frame. The gooseneck can be disconnected from the floor automatically
and its height is adjustable. It's partly mechanical and partly pneumatic.
The floor is a so called 'spine floor' and its width is adjustable. To give it a real wooden look I made the separate floor parts in brown. For the
carrying the Menck dragline I have to use these sections otherwise the undercarriage doesn't fit. The machine itself is supported by a few
blocks otherwise the wide sections will break.
Finally I've added some levers, connecting hoses, width shields, bars etc. to the trailer. To make it even more realistic I put some chains,
wood, bars etc. in the bins.
After a three year period it became a 212 cm long truck. Depending on the load to carry you can extend the floor. It took me quite a lot of
time (and money) to build it but I'm more than satisfied with the result. For the first time I have to complete trucks of the same hauler next to
each other. I really can't say goodbye to the 111 but I think I can't to the 500 as well.
27.1 cm (tractor)|
In a three year's timeslot|
May 2008 - April 2011 (tractor already finalized in 2008)|