Scania 143M

Saturday 8 August 2009
In 1987-88, Scania introduced the 3-series, awarded the "Truck of the Year" award in 1989. In the 3-series, Scania further refined its modular thinking. The company was able to manufacture "made-to-measure" trucks based on customer orders. In a dialogue with the dealer, each customer could specify individual demands. Together, they were able to design a truck - component by component and part by part. The result was a "made-to-measure" truck, with a unique combination of components and equipment. Computers broke down this unique truck order into its constituent elements. This immediately resulted in sub-orders for frame members, axles, a cab, transmissions and an engine from component manufacturers. These would be assembled a few weeks later on a predetermined date at one of Scania's chassis workshops.
The model kit comes from Italeri. It was initially meant as a salvage vehicle, but I have changed the concept to the current one, based on photos and blueprints of original truck.

Technical data:
- engine: V8
- capacity: 14000 cc
- horsepower: 470 HP
- gearbox: 16+2
- top speed: 90 km/h

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