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Volvo FH Globetrotter XL Combi - Tholu

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-1358
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2014

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Packaging   (max 10)8
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)22
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)80%


Volvo FH Globetrotter XL Combi - Tholu Video [Youku Video]
WSI box.
Realistic Volvo cab.
Very nice graphics.
Tilting cab.
Coiled lines on the tow bar.
Excellent artwork.
Very detailed rear end.
Nice Combi.
Comment on this model.

This model is a Volvo FH Globetrotter Truck-Trailer combination and it is in the colours of Tholu b.v., a Dutch industrial packaging company.


The packaging is a typical WSI branded box which has the model contained within clear plastic formers embedded in an expanded polystyrene tray.

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

There is no information provided about the real truck or model, but unusually there is a collector card with the model which has the unique serial number in the run of 300 models.


The Volvo FH chassis is excellent with the transmission and suspension modelled in metal and plastic, and there is a coloured gearbox.  There are a variety of tanks.  The tyres have a different tread pattern depending on the axle, and the chromed wheels have blue centres like the real truck.

External cab detail includes colour-coded mirrors, and very good lights.  The cab paintwork and graphics are high quality and sharp, and there is a number plate.

Interior detail includes seats with Volvo printed on them.  Under the cab is a detailed Volvo branded engine with different coloured components.

Behind the cab the box is modelled in metal with plastic sides and very good paint and graphics.  At the rear the doors are also highly detailed. 

The trailer is of a similar high standard.  The towing bar is metal and has coiled lines attached.  Underneath the trailer the axles are modelled in detail.

The box is metal with plastic sides and very good quality paint and graphics which match the truck.


The Volvo has working steering which is loose but with a good range of movement. 

The cab tilts forwards and can be posed tilted.

The rear axle can be raised and clipped out of service, although the range of travel on the review model was a little restricted possibly due to an over-long adjustment screw.

The trailer has an adjustable length towing bar which can be pinned in different positions.  It connects to the truck.

There are three landing legs which can be unscrewed to lower them.

The forward axle can be raised and clipped out of service and there is working suspension on the rear axle.


This model is very high quality and is mainly metal. 

The paintwork and graphics are also very good.


The model is reasonable value having regard to the quality and limited edition status.


Once again WSI has produced a quality truck model which is finished to a high standard.  The addition of a numbered collector card adds to the collectability.


The model appeared in September 2014.  A version was also produced with an MAN truck.

Very good steering angle.
On the road.
High quality door detailing.  Rear axle clipped up.
Detailed chassis.
Rear axle can be clipped up out of service.
Three landing legs.
Impressive truck.