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International HX520 Tandem + 53' Flat Bed Trailer

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  71041
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2020

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 14
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 78%


International HX520 Tandem + 53' Flat Bed Trailer Video [Youku video]
Box sleeve.
Limited steering angles can be achieved.
Detailed chassis.
Opening hood.
Metal headboard.
Replica timber deck.
With a large crane part on board.
Heavy concrete sections as a load.
Rear lights.

The tractor is a International HX520 Tandem Tractor, and the trailer is a 53 foot Flat Bed.  

The model is part of Diecast Master's Transport Series.


The packaging consists of a cardboard outer shipping carton which encloses a high quality drawer-style tray within a picture sleeve. 

There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

The box sleeve includes some information about the real tractor.  A Transport Series mini brochure is included.  Two types of exhaust pip extensions are included, straight and bent, and an Oversize Load sign can be fitted.


The HX520 chassis has the engine, gearbox and transmission detailed in plastic.  The fuel tanks are modelled in plastic and there are soft mud flaps.   The plastic wheels are detailed and the tyres are different on the steering and driven axles.

The front grille is very good and there is a tiny badge at the top.  The lights are very good with nice chrome work at the front, although there is no number plate as this is a generic model.

The mirrors are plastic, and the steps are textured.  The chrome exhausts look realistic, and the filler caps on the tanks are coloured.

There are no coiled lines, and the rear lights are painted.

Inside the cab the dashboard is highly detailed.

The flat bed trailer is almost all metal chassis and is relatively heavy.  The axles are detailed with decent wheels and tyres, and there are soft mud flaps at the back.  The landing legs are plastic.  The rear lights are painted.

The deck is painted to replicate timber and there are red and white graphics down the edges.  There are tie down holders modelled on one side.


The tractor achieves a limited steering angle.

The hood tilts forward to about 45 and can pose in any tilted position.  The engine underneath is detailed in a number of coloured components.

The trailer has fold-down landing legs.


This model is well made and is very good quality. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.


It is reasonable value.


This is a useful model of a US Flat Bed and can be used to display parts of other models.  As usual for Diecast Masters, it is well presented.


The parts.
On the road.
Convincing grille.
Nice details.
Wheel arches are plastic.
Detail underneath.
Tie down holders are modelled.
On the freeway.