Containers. Strong. Stabile. And spacious. Yet easy to handle. But they have to be transported. You can see them stacked on the railways and cargo ships. Huge trailers are needed. So here it comes. A rock-solid 10 wheeler on its way to deliver two containers.
Lego 2149 is a special set. It is made for a scandinavian cruise-company. The Color Line. The set is brand new for 1997, but can only be bought if you are travelling with the Color Line. When I went from Norway to Denmark this summer, I bought a few sets. One I have assembled. It is a blue and white semi-traier. The truck itself has got 6 wheels and the semi has 4. The set is, in my opinion, on account of the containers, of great current interest in connection with the Lego sets 4555 (Freight Loading Station) and 4549 (Road 'N Rail Hauler).
I like the realistic design. I also recognice the resemblance to the 2148 (Semi Rig). The 2148 and 2149 should be lined up, side by side. The designers have every reason to be satisfied.
The silver exhaust pipes of the truck are the same as on the 2148, and I like the the V-shaped hood. The driver have a white upper body before he gets his Color-line logo. This logo is a decal.
The two sets of rear wheels of the bogi operate independently. This means that all the 4 wheels will roll, even if the road is uneven. The semi is attached to the main truck with a king-pin. On the underbody you find a support that can be lowered. With this the semi is easily put into position for connection and unhooking. The semi are also equipped with a spade and a broom.
The two containers are white, a length of 12 studs, and have doors on the short wall. The Color Line Cargo decals covers 3 pieces of the longitudinal walls.
It gives a unique feeling to assemble a special set from Lego. They are rare and I think of it as a priviledge to be one of the few owners.