|14 (Q48 TFC) Scammell Crusader Recovery Truck
This was an ex-military vehicle, hence its Q registration, and
provided greater lifting capability than the Guy Warrior it replaced in 1991.
However, the improved reliability of modern vehicles, the complexity of
towing low floor buses, the high maintenance standards of Padbus and
the fact that the Padbus operating area stretches from London to
Worcestershire meant that it became increasingly unviable to operate a
dedicated recovery vehicle. The company, therefore, decided to use
specialist recovery contractors when needed and this Scammell was
withdrawn without replacement in 2006.
The model is based on a whitemetal kit of a 2 axle Scammell Crusader
tractive unit, the crane bodywork from a plastic kit of an American
WWII army truck and a scratchbuilt equipment locker.