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Atkinson Venturer + Low Loader - W.H. Malcolm

Maker:  Corgi
Model No:  12516
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2014

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Atkinson Venturer + Low Loader - W.H. Malcolm Video.  [Youku Video]
Typical Corgi style box.
On the road.
Profile view.
Painted lights at the rear.
Transmission and leaf springs represented.
Simple gooseneck with plastic donkey engine.
Distinctive Atkinson front.
Carrying a Ruston Bucyrus 22RB Face Shovel.
Comment on this model.

This model is from the Corgi Hauliers of Renown series.  It is a 6x4 Atkinson Venturer tractor dating from the 1970s, with a two axle low loader.

It is in the colours of the Scottish company W.H. Malcolm Plant which is part of the Malcolm Group.  The plant company was formed in 1965.


The model comes in the usual high quality outer box packaging with a gloss finish and photo of the model.  The lid describes the tractor as an Atkinson 'Venture' when it should be Venturer.  Inside, the packaging is a plastic tray with a clear plastic former lid which fits on poppers to the base tray. 

There was no damage or missing parts on the review model.

Included with the model is a Collector Card which gives some background to the livery and it also calls the tractor an Atkinson 'Venture'.  It also has the unique serial number for the model within the production run.

The only assembly required is to attach the mirrors to the cab.


The Atkinson Venturer has a simple chassis made of metal parts.  The transmission and leaf springs are modelled.  The thin tyres are the same on all axles and the wheels look very good.

The cab has some fine detailing starting with the thin lights on the roof.  The wrap-around windscreen and wipers are convincing and the distinctive Atkinson radiator is modelled well.  The headlamps are made of crystals.  The graphics on the cab are small and sharp.  Inside the detail is good too with the instruments formed in the cluster.

Behind the cab there are coiled air lines and the wheel arches are metal.  There are number plates front and rear, and the lights at the back are painted.

The trailer is a heavy part which is almost all metal.  The gooseneck has replica non-functioning rams and a plastic engine on top.

Underneath the deck the structure is simple and the suspension on the axles is simply modelled.  The wheels and tyres are fine.

The deck has a textured and painted surface to represent timbers, and there is a non-slip surface at the rear.  There are flexible mud flaps at the back and the rear light clusters are painted.


The tractor rolls well but does not have working steering. 

The trailer can detach from the gooseneck.

The trailer can be filled with loads such as construction equipment, or left empty.


It has a very high metal content and it is a strong model.

The graphics and paintwork are very good. 


The model is reasonable value.


Corgi has produced a typically good looking model but one that is basic in terms of functionality.  It will appeal to anyone interested in heritage trucks.


This version of the model first appeared in April 2014 and it was made in a run of 750 models.
The parts out of the box including collector card.
Old style tractor.
Air lines stretched out to reach the trailer.
Simple trailer structure.
Wood colour painted deck.  Flexible mud flaps.
Straight profile.
Good display with a suitable load.
A piece of history.