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Volvo F12 + King Trailer - Pickfords

Maker:  Corgi
Model No:  15501
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2013

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Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)66%


Volvo F12 + King Trailer - Pickfords Video.
High quality box.
Fully loaded up.
Detail behind the cab.
Detailing on the chassis.
Strong structure.
On the road.
Empty deck.
Middle baulks do not land on the deck.
Comment on this model.

This model is from the Corgi Hauliers of Renown series.  It is a Volvo F12 tractor with a five axle King trailer and resin load.

It is in the colours of the UK moving company Pickfords, which has a confirmed history stretching back to 1646.


The model comes in a high quality outer box packaging with a gloss finish and photo of the model.  Inside, the packaging is a plastic tray with a clear plastic former lid which is of a little lower quality than other recent Corgi models.  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 only assembly required is to attach the mirrors to the cab.


The Volvo F12 has a simple chassis containing a mix of metal and plastic parts.  The thin tyres are the same on all axles and the wheels are reasonable although the front wheels look a little plastic.

The cab appears simple like the real truck but on closer examination the detailing is good.  The radiator and headlamps are fine and the door handles are nicely marked and the quality of the graphics is good.  Inside the detail is good too with the instruments in the cluster delineated.

Behind the cab there are coiled air lines and the wheel arches are metal.  There is a number plate on the front but not the rear, and the lights at the back are coloured.

The King trailer is a heavy part which is almost completely metal.  The gooseneck has replica non-functioning rams and the casting has a reasonable detail level.

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

The deck has a nicely textured and painted surface to represent timbers, and there is a non-slip surface at the rear.  The paintwork along the deck edges is very good with the tie-down loops highlighted in silver.

The load is a heavy resin part which represents a machine piece covered in tarpaulin resting on timber baulks.  The texture and colouring of the tarpaulins is very good although there is an issue with the scaling of the load as the middle two timber baulks do not quite land on the surface of the trailer.  The photo on the side of the box seems to acknowledge the issue and shows extra packing under some of the timbers.  However from most viewpoints it is not much of an issue.


The tractor rolls well but does not have working steering. 

The trailer can detach from the gooseneck and there are a couple of fold-down ramps to facilitate loading.

The trailer can be loaded with the supplied load or other loads such as construction equipment, or left empty.


This is up to Corgi's normal standards of strength and robustness.   The graphics and paintwork are very good. 


The model is reasonable value.


Corgi has produced an interesting model in a famous livery although whether it is a realistic configuration is open to question.  Although the functionality is limited, it makes a good display piece and is recommended to collectors of historic trucks.


This version of the model first appeared in January 2013 and it was made in a run of 1000 models.
The parts out of the box including collector card.
Detailed graphics.
Metal wheel arches.
Simple axles.
Interesting load.
Air lines cannot connect to the trailer but can be stretched and posed.
Interesting tarpaulin design.
An alternative load - a Soilmec foundation machine.
Goose neck detaches to allow loading.