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MAN TGX + Livestock Transporter - Bowring

Maker:  Corgi
Model No:  15210
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2013

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MAN TGX + Livestock Transporter - Bowring Video.
High quality box.
On the road.
Sharp profile.
Wheel arches are metal.
Standing on the cams it is nearly level.
it would pose even better if the MAN had steering.
Comment on this model.

This model is from the Corgi Hauliers of Renown series.  It is a MAN TGX Tractor and Houghton Parkhouse Livestock Trailer.  The trailer is from the 'Professional' series and is four level.

It is in the colours of Bowring Transport Ltd, which is a privately owned company based in the East Midlands of England.  It was founded in 1951 and runs a fleet of 60 vehicles.  The tractor modelled is 'Sherwood Whisperer' from the Bowring fleet.


The model comes in a high quality presentation-style box with a photo of the model.  Inside, the model is contained within an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic lid.  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.  It also has the unique serial number for the model within the production run.  The box also has some information about the maker of the trailer and this is a good addition.

The only assembly required is to attach the mirrors and aerial to the cab.  Airlines can be fitted from the tractor to the trailer although it is hard to fit them in the limited clearance.


The MAN TGX 6x2 tractor unit is heavy and has very little plastic.  Underneath the transmission is detailed in metal and there is an exhaust pipe but the front end is basic.  The thin tyres are the same on each wheel, but the wheels do look good.

The cab paintwork and graphics are very good and the Bowring colour scheme is attractive.  The detailing is good with an aerial on the roof, colour coded door mirrors and headlights with lenses, but the interior detail is fairly basic.  Behind the cab, the wheel arches and fifth wheel is metal and there are black air lines.  There are number plates front and rear, and the rear light clusters are painted.  Mud flaps are rendered in very thin flexible plastic.

The livestock trailer is a solid feeling heavy model.  The chassis detail is simple but the small wheels look true to the real trailer.  A pair of landing legs have plastic cam feet.  At the rear is a box which is probably a slurry tank.

The front and sides appear to be plastic but the colour is consistent across the trailer so it does not show.  The Bowring graphics are particularly good, and there are very small but sharp Houghton graphics too.  At the rear the access ramp detail is nicely formed within the casting.  The rear lights are painted.


The tractor rolls well but does not have working steering. 

The trailer can stand on its support legs with the cam feet rotated down although it is not quite level as there is not enough adjustment in the feet.


The model is well made and strong.  The paintwork and graphics are to a very high standard.


The model is good value.


Corgi has produced a well-packaged and good looking model which captures the livery of the real truck well.  Although the feature count is low, it will please a collector wanting an attractive model.


The model first appeared in the Corgi 2012 catalogue and it was made in a run of 1000 models.
The parts.  There is also a collector card.
Very striking livery.
Mud flaps are flexible.
Tractor chassis is simple.
Impressive looking truck.
Graphics are very good.
Good rear door detail.