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Volvo A40F Articulated Hauler

Maker:  Motorart
Model No:  300020
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2013

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)10
Quality   (max 25)16
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)69%


Volvo A40F Articulated Hauler Video
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Volvo windowed box.
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Mirror frames are thin flexible plastic.
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Maximum steering angle.
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Handrails are thin soft plastic and one is leaning over.
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Small graphics on the dump body.
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Hauling rocks.
Profile view.
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Comment on this model.

The Volvo A40F is an articulated hauler with an unloaded weight of 31 tonnes and it is capable of carrying a payload of 39 tonnes giving a total weight of 70 tonnes.

The real A40F won a reddot design award in 2012 and this is declared on the model box.


The packaging is a windowed Volvo-branded box with a good photo of the real machine on the back.  The model is contained between a pair of clear plastic formers. 

There were no missing parts on the review model.  One plastic handrail was leaning over, probably due to careless gluing on the review model.

There is no information included about the real machine or model.


The chassis of the dump truck looks good with metal transmission components at the rear, and at the front the detailing is a little simpler.  The oscillating rear axle mechanism is modelled but is not functional.  However the rubber tyres look very nice and they are mounted on detailed wheels which are composite with very good metal exteriors, and plastic interiors.

The shape of the front of the machine is captured well and the lights have nice small plastic lenses.  There is a tiny Volvo badge on the front.  Under the engine cover is a detailed plastic engine with different coloured components.

The cab looks good although the quality of the plastic mouldings used for the handrails and mirrors is not the best.  A nice touch is the textured surfaces on the steps to the cab.

Behind the cab the exhaust system looks good and a hydraulic hose crosses the pivot point. 

The dump body is modelled well with some small graphics to add detail.  On the review model there was a small but perceptible difference in the paint colour on the inside faces compared to the rest of the model.  The red stoplights at the rear are nicely painted and there is a reversing light too.


The wheels roll easily.

Steering at the pivot point is good with reasonably stiff rams but, compared to the real machine, a reduced angle is obtainable.  A degree of rotation is possible at the pivot point.

At the front the engine cover opens up and a separate part folds forward. 

The tipping angle of the body is unfortunately restricted to around 45º which appears to be due to poor detailing of the hinge connection.


The model has a high metal content but the grade of some of the plastic parts is not high quality. 

The paint is good, if not consistent, but the graphics are sharp.


The price is a touch on the high side for the quality offered.


This is a nice enough model of the A40F and it is only a pity that the tipping angle of the body is restricted.  However the detailing is good and it is a recommended model to Volvo collectors.


The model appeared in September 2013.

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Overall look is good.
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Tyres are good.
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View underneath.
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Detailed engine. 
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Maximum tipping angle.
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It makes a good load on a Doll trailer.
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On the road.