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Moebius trailer with reefer option

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Trailer with reefer option
Moebius No. 1302
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $59.95
Pros:
Easy assembly; beautiful decals; nice modern subject
Cons: Sink marks; poor plating on fixed rear doors; lack of decals for reefer

This is a grand accent to the Moebius Lonestar kit and its upcoming Prostar kit. It can be assembled with or without reefer, raised or lowered gear, and even has two decal options.

The first thing that gets your attention when you open the box is the length of this trailer! Before adding the reefer, and of course, a truck to pull it, this thing takes up a lot of shelf space.

The instructions start off with assembling the trailer box. The front bulkhead and the back wall containing the door are chrome. It is suggested to fully assemble the box, then mask and paint. Not knowing how well the chrome would stay put, I chose to paint the parts separately. I now believe the chrome would hold up quite well, despite a less-than-stellar chrome job on the rear doors. Other than a few sink marks in the sidewalls,
the only other disappointment is that the rear doors do not open.

The Hendrickson air-ride slider suspension’s slider frame assembly comes molded as one piece. My first thoughts were that it looked really bulky and simplified, but upon closer completion, it is really a nice unit. 38 pieces make up the suspension.

The wheels are also chrome and assemble quickly. While completing the undercarriage, I discovered a few parts numbers that were wrongly assigned, but they were easy to figure out.

The kit also comes with both large and small king pins, with no explanation as to how to choose one over the other. With the air reservoir tank in place, the suspension cannot slide. All lights came molded clear, and have to be painted according to their location.

What I thought was going to be the star of the kit, the modern reefer unit, is a simplified three-piece unit. But after painting and assembling, I relaized that three pieces are plenty. The lack of decals for the reefer should be addressed.

There are three large sheets of decals, including the reflector stripes down the sides and back, and nearly every warning label you could imagine.

I did run into some mold-release issues, so wash all the parts in a mild detergent before painting.

Assembly went smoothly and the trailer looks incredibly convincing. If you are into modern trucks, this kit is a must-have!

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