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Volvo L50F Compact Wheel Loader 

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  816
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2012

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Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)78%


The Volvo L50F Compact Wheel Loader Video.
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Volvo branded box.
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Convincing tyres.
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Transmission is detailed.
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Loader mechanism is modelled well.
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Steering angle is limited.
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Loading a MAN halfpipe tipper.
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Tinted cab windows are good.
The Volvo L50F is a wheel loader and has an operating weight of just under 10 tonnes.  Bucket capacities range from 1.4 to 2,5m³.  It is the largest compact wheel loader in the Volvo range.


The box consists of shaped clear plastic formers held within an outer cardboard box. 

There is no information provided about the real machine or the model, and no assembly is required to display the model.


Underneath, the transmission is detailed with a jointed drive shaft to the front axle.  The wheels are excellent with realistic looking tyres. 

The operator's cab is very good and has textured steps leading up to it.  It features tinted windows, fine gauge handrails and a roof aerial.  The very thin wiper did not sit against the windscreen on the review model but the lights around the cab roof are very good.  The interior detail is of a high standard with a textured floor and good controls.

At the rear the engine cover is a nice casting with plenty of detail to add interest.  The rear lights are painted and the Volvo model designation is represented by very small graphics.  The engine under the hood is well detailed.

The pivot point looks good and small warning graphics above the wheel arches add detail.  The loader mechanism is very good with the use of tiny friction rivets making very unobtrusive connections.  Hydraulic hoses run to the tool connection point.

The general purpose bucket is metal with fine sharp teeth.


The pivoting rear axle has significant transverse movement to allow movement over rough ground.  Steering is achieved across the pivot point but the range of movement is only around 20°, which is half that of the real machine.

The engine hood opens high and can pose in an open position.

The loader mechanism raises the bucket to a good height but again perhaps not as much as the real machine, although it is good enough to pose loading a typical European tipper truck.

The bucket is fixed and tips to a good angle.


In keeping with other NZG Volvo models this is a high quality model.  There is little plastic used and it is finished well.


It is good value for what is offered.


This model has some very nice detailing and features that work reasonably well.  It is highly recommended.


The model first appeared as an NZG Summer release in Volvo colours in June 2010. 

Profile view.
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Lights at the rear are painted but look good.
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Small graphics on the loader arm.
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Detailed engine.
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Good hydraulics.
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Tipping height is good enough for a tipper truck.