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Volvo FM Tipper - Pete Harrison

Maker:  Corgi
Model No:  12431
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2010

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Features   (max 20)10
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Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)62%


The Volvo FH Tipper in Pete Harrison livery.
Typical high quality Corgi box.
Tailgate details are good as the part is plastic.
Detail underneath is simple, and the front wheels do not steer.
Tipping angle is pretty good.
This version of a Volvo 8x4 Tipper is an FM12 Globetrotter 440 and it is in the colours of an owner driver, Pete Harrison.  The real truck has won awards for its decoration.


The model comes in a high quality box sleeve and inside it nestles in a polystyrene tray and is held with a clear plastic former.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

Included in the box is a high quality collectors card and a unique serial number, with a little information about Volvo trucks.  The only parts to fix are the door mirrors.


The chassis is fairly basic with the main transmission elements modelled, and the tyres are the same on all wheels.

The cab detail looks good, with lights, horns, wipers and mirrors modelled but it is the paintwork and graphics which are its strongest point with some of the graphics being very small and legible.

The tipper body is metal, with a plastic cover moulded to represent tarpaulin which looks quite good.  At the rear the plastic tailgate affords some fine detailing of bolt heads, and the lights have plastic lenses.


The body tips to a good angle and the tailgate can be opened.


This model is mostly metal with high quality good looking decorations.


The model is very reasonably priced at many retailers.


Corgi have produced a model which looks very nice on display.  However the detail level is not up to the best of modern standards and the feature count is low.


The model first appeared in 2010 and was released in a run of 1000 models.
The livery looks really good.
Mirrors are fixed on by the collector.
The profile appears realistic.
The tailgate opens.