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Seagrave Rear Mount Ladder FDNY #43

This is Amercom's version of the Code 3 model of the FDNY Ladder 12740.  It's the second model in their Giganty series of Fire engines.  From a distance it looks like a reasonable facsimile, however upon closer inspection, you'll notice a number of differences.  The extending ladder and rotating turret still work, but are made of flimsy plastic instead of diecast.  Best to be very careful as the ladder does not move easily.

On the real Code 3 model, the hydraulic stabilizers extend out from the body and lower, whereas the Amercom model does not.  The tampos and graphics are fairly decent except the flags behind the front doors are a little fuzzy and some of the details are already starting to rub off.  I do appreciate the fact that the body is all die-cast while the chassis is plastic.

There are certainly some paint flaws on the right side of the vehicle towards the front roof line, and the light bezels are sloppily added on the front of the the vehicle.  However, you have to consider that the retail price of the actual Code 3 FDNY ladder was $109.99 whereas this model was about $14, a huge difference.

The Code 3 reference model can be found here:

Brand: Amercom
Series:  FireTrucks Giganty #2
Model:  Seagrave Rear Mount Ladder
Year Issued: 2012
Scale: 1/64

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