01/16/10 155 W, 1 I - + 8 - 9 Hino Aerial Ladder

Got a new model yesterday. This is a 1980 Hino TC343 aerial ladder replicated in 1:64 scale by TomyTec, part of their Tomica Limited Vintage Neo series. Bought on eBay. The truck is similar to the European design of "appliance only," but adds a pump. And a crew cab. The trademark coiled suction hose is there, two sections, same on each side. Not sure if other hose is carried, maybe in the basket above the pump? No pre-piping on the ladder, but play pipes are carried. No ground ladders, but some irons are there. The ladder length is 35 meters, or 114 feet. Aerial ladders in Japan go as high as 50 meters, don't they? That's a 164 feet. The contraption atop the bottom of the ladder is an elevator/platform, that one (or two?) people can ride. To see actual apparatus photos, visit this site. It's a farm of links. Click to enlarge:

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