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I’m Logan the 64th Gear Jammer Skeele and this is Toy Talk!
I’ve got yet another review today. It’s a DCP by First Gear, Freightliner Cascadia with dry van trailer for GP Transco.
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GP Transco was founded on June 28th, 2006 as GP Transportation Company in Darien, Illinois. It was founded by Gedas Poviliunas while he was still a college major in finance. He is the current president of the company.
Today GP Transco is one of the fastest growing trucking companies in the industry. Their fleet consists of 400 tractors and over 550 dry van trailers.
They keep the tractors no longer than three years and their fleet consists of Volvo, Peterbilt, and Freightliner trucks, just like the one that First Gear made. Their fleet provides transportation services to all 48 contiguous US States and to Canada.
In 2018, GP Transco transported over 2.5 billion pounds of cargo while their trucks drove over 35 million miles. They did it while delivering over 25,000 loads. That’s impressive for a trucking company.
Other companies under the GP Transco umbrella are OpenRoad TMS, GP Transco Logistics, and Truck RX.
Now let’s go on and look at this First Gear piece that they made in these beautiful colors.
This is the DCP by First Gear, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia, the redesigned Cascadia, with 53’ dry van for GP Transco. This is a beautiful paint job for a fleet truck.
The model comes in the standard Die-Cast Promotions box. It’s got the nice mural in the back with the two piece clam shell to hold the truck. And of course they tape the clam shell together. And for this video, I’ve already cut the tape so that it goes a little faster. It is item number 60-0754.
Officially licensed product by Freightliner. Also the Utility trailer is a licensed product.
So let’s go on and open them up and talk it.
Inside you can see that beautiful mural back. That makes it look really nice. Otherwise it just be brown cardboard which is not so nice.
The truck itself is in the two piece blister here where it’s cradled. It holds the truck very nicely. With the Cascadia, they don’t factory mount the hood minder mirrors. DCP put two sets though in the bag back there and they give you an extra set of the door mirrors in that bag, which is really, really nice.
Now let’s go on and open them up and take out the trailer first. Then take the truck out so I can get the clam shell out of the way. Their packaging does a real nice job of protecting the item.
Now let’s go on and start off with the trailer first.
This is the Utility 53’ dry van tooling that Diecast Promotions has. It’s also got the skirts underneath where it says, drivegp.com on them and an extra clearance light there. You can see the DOT striping down the trailer side. It says this trailer is disc brake equipped, which is coming new for trailers, disc brakes
Up near the top. You can see the trailer has its roof clearance lights, just like it should have. Where most trucking companies today are going to more boring, plain Jane colors, GP Transco has chosen a three color scheme for their trailers, which actually adds quite a bit to the looks of them. It’s got that turquoise; it’s got the dark blue and then the white in a pattern instead of just straight. The logo is really sharp with that G and P there for GP.
Now this trailer rides on black painted 10 whole wheels instead of chrome. And it’s got the black landing gear with the screw down type landing gear, just like you’d expect on a DCP.
Turning it to the back here. The mud flaps to start off with are all black. The doors have nice detail with the cam locks are all tampoed silver. The hinges are also tampoed silver. It’s got the reflectors there, roof clearance lights, trailer number, GP Transco information for drivers and customers, a recruiting sticker for other drivers, and then their logo.
The trailer has the DOT striping on the bumper. It’s got the little bumpers that are there for hitting the dock painted black. And it’s got your standard, a dual round brake lights.
The doors on this guy do open up to reveal a nice, nice interior. It actually looks more like the refrigerated interior than there a dry van interior. It’s got the white sides and nice detail on the floor. The trailer has a silver inside to the roof.
This trailer is a real nice all diecast trailer. The interior parts are plastic. The mud flaps are plastic. The wheels are soft rubber, and there’s some plastic parts on the suspension, but the rest of this trailer is all metal.
Turning him over here to the passenger side, you can see the same details that we saw on the driver’s side of the trailer. Very nice.
Turn him underneath. It says Utility 4000DX dry van and it’s got Die-Cast Promotions Made in China cast into the base of the trailer. It’s got the rib detail for the floor and it’s got the king pin right there. And then the landing gear. This Utility van trailer also has a spare tire carrier with a spare tire and wheel on it. Tandem axle detail has brake canisters, and it’s also got a decent representation of the rest of the suspension.
As I said, there’s very little plastic on this trailer. The tire carrier, this little bit of actual detail and the interior in the trailer, that’s it. The rest of it’s all metal. And then the tires are soft, rubber.
Turning them to the front. It’s got some nice fancy graphics for the GP, Transco logo, another trailer number. Can’t find your trailer? Pull this one. sticker, Apply for gp.com and then this Utility trailer has a real nice extra part. This is a plastic extra part that has the hookups for your electric lines and your brake airlines here. Also for a little extra flash. This trailer has the chrome corners right here. I can also see roof clearance lights tampoed on the front.
Here my friends is the tractor. Isn’t that sharp. I just love that paint job, white lettering on the turquoise color. It’s just beautiful. It’s got chrome plated steps here. The door handle is black surround with silver handle. The black fuel filler there. The tractor has white lettering that says GP Transco, GP Transportation Company with USDOT number and VIN number there.
The tractor has the two windows for the sleeper, just like all the Cascadias have, and it runs the full skirts. It’s got black quarter fenders, black aero covers on the rear wheels, soft rubber tires and the rest of the aero kit here. The front wheels are chrome. The only chrome wheels on the truck.
The Cascadia tooling has an opening hood, which shows off a detailed Detroit DT-12 engine, which is the standard engine in the Freightliner Cascadia.
Closing the hood. You can see the air intake grille here, and it’s also got that place where those mirrors mount for the minder mirrors that aren’t factory installed. The door mirrors though are already installed.
Turning around to the front. He’s got a beautiful chrome grille, individual jewel style headlights with the turn signal painted amber. This guy does not have the visor, but it has the roof clearance lights right there on the cab. A lot of these Cascadias don’t run visors. It’s got the hard plastic windows that are clear, so you can see the beautiful interior, which is all gray and features driver and passenger seat and steering wheel. Nice detail for the dash and a gear shift lever in there. Sleeper details are kind of forgotten. But with those two tiny windows, you can’t see in there anyway. Diecast Promotions also put the big GP up on top of the sleeper.
The tractor has the black painted lower air dam, which is normally just a dark gray fiberglass piece under the front bumper faces. It’s got your driving lights tampoed on and it’s got the beautiful body match bumper.
Over the passenger side, it’s got the same details that you would expect to see and the same details that were on the driver’s side. Only it’s got this extra mirror here that’s above the door pointed down so the driver can see what’s beside him.
This truck features, positional steering, not steerable it’s positional. It clicks in place and stays there, which is okay. We can show it off with wheels straight or turned.
Turn them around to the back. The tractor has the fifth wheel. It’s got the mud flaps. You got your two brake lights with a single backup light, which is standard. The sides of the aero kits are actually attached to the mudflap brackets, which they are on the real truck. It’s got a chrome ladder in there to get up onto the chrome deck plate. It’s got a chrome grab bar, so you can lift yourself up and it’s got a chrome bar up here, which the brake airlines and electric lines hang off of. Plus, it’s got the airlines and electric lines. It’s got a light there for a work light on both sides, kind of hard to get to that other one, because it doesn’t want to show, but it’s in there. And then they got the truck number painted right up there, which is kind of funny because, oh, they’ve got the truck number up on the front quarter fender as well.
Now let’s turn him underneath. It’s obvious he’s got the underbody exhaust, cause I didn’t see any stack on the back. So, there’s the SRC complicated exhaust system with the underbody tail pipe, the chrome fuel tanks. There’s the ladder. There’s your battery box, which is chrome. And there’s also your chrome air tanks. The rest of the under detail is painted black except for one little part on the engine, which is painted silver. The tractor has front suspension and it’s got rear suspension with differentials on the axles and drive shafts, connecting them all.
Overall DCP does an amazing job and First Gear is keeping them up. So I’m very happy with the way things are going. Now let’s hook this guy up and to do so. I’m going to have to lower the landing gear a little bit, or raise the landing gear, I should say so, they will hitch you up.
There we go, all hitched up, oops got to go on and close the back doors. You can see what she looks like.
There it is. The 2018 Freightliner Cascadia high roof sleeper with 53 foot Utility dry van trailer for GP Transco. Isn’t that paint job sharp. I know most guys aren’t really into fleet trucks, but these fleet trucks are the bulk of the trucks that run up and down the highway. And whenever we can get a fancy paint job on one that’s even better.
First Gear has done an amazing job on making this model. They used all DCP toolings, which were phenomenal. They’re probably the best all diecast truck toolings that have been made in 1:64th scale.
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I’m Logan “the 64th Gear Jammer” Skeele
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