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Volvo FH4 + Nooteboom 4-axle EURO-PX +2-axle ICP - Cepelludo

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-1613
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2016


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Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)80%

Footnotes


Volvo FH4 + Nooteboom 4-axle EURO-PX +2-axle ICP - Cepelludo Video  [Youku video]
WSI box.
Volvo looks great.
Detailed Volvo chassis.
Tilting cab with Volvo engine.
Very detailed console on the gooseneck.
Highlighted bolt heads on the axle access panels.
Heavy load.
Deck posts.
Extended deck.
Configured without the dolly.
Rear module front wheels not fully grounded.
Comment on this model.

The tractor is a Volvo FH4 Globetrotter XL 8x4 and the trailer is a Nooteboom 4-axle EURO-PX + 2-axle ICP.  

It is in the colours of Transportes Cepelludo, a Spanish company founded in 1960.

Packaging

The packaging is the usual WSI-branded windowed box. 

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

An instruction sheet is included which is a welcome addition and it includes information about the real trailer on one side and the basics of assembling the trailer on the other, although not all aspects of the model are covered. 

Included with the model are two 'Convoi Exceptionnel' boards, but there is nowhere to clip these on to the model.

Detail

The Volvo tractor has a detailed chassis and the wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the front and rear axles.

The cab has windscreen wipers, orange beacon lights and light bar, number plate, and coloured door mirrors.

Under the cab is a detailed engine bearing the Volvo name.

The equipment tower is entirely plastic and contained between metal fairings.  It is very detailed including tanks and lights.  Coiled lines and anti-slip surfacing adds detail, and at the back the lights have plastic lenses.  The Cepelludu graphics look very good.

The trailer is made up of the gooseneck, a 2-axle Interdolly, the flatbed and 4-axle Pendel X module.

The gooseneck is a metal part.  The control console on the left side has tiny graphics and yellow reflective stripes run on each side.  At the rear a set of hoses / cables are ready to plug into the Interdolly or deck section.  Width markers can be clipped underneath.

The 2-axle Interdolly is a precision part.  The detailed wheels are supported on metal parts.  The authentic look is highlighted by the use of many tiny graphics, and on top the painting of the bolt heads around the access plates looks great. 

The 4-axle unit is similarly detailed.  It features a deep central trough which is an advantage of this trailer design so that the boom of a transported load can be folded low.  Graphics are used to provide the detail on the inner edges and tie-down loops are reproduced within the casting.  A width marker board assembly can be added on top. 

When assembled with the deck it was difficult to get the front axle of the 4-axle module to be fully grounded because the module/deck connection was not quite straight.

There is a detailed surface on the flat bed with plastic timber decking which has the screw pattern visible.  Tiny plastic outriggers for supporting timber edge extensions are modelled, and holes for deck posts are provided.  The metal posts are included with the model also.

Features

The Volvo has very stiff linked steering and only a small range of movement is possible.

The cab tilts forward to about 45 and can pose in the tilted position. 

The gooseneck has stiff working cylinders so different angles can be set.  It can be connected to the Interdolly, and a spacer piece is provided for use if connecting directly to the deck section. 

The dolly has wheels which can be raised or lowered.  The rear module has very good independent suspension and the steering is proportional on the 4-axle module and parallel on the 2-axle.  The steering angles are moderate.

The deck can be configured with deck posts and extra plastic timbers to extend the width. 

The deck is also extendible producing a model around 23 inches or 59cm long.  The mechanism works smoothly.

Quality

This model is high quality with plastic used appropriately. 

The paintwork is very good as are the graphics.

Price

The model is reasonable value.

Overall

In the colours of Cepelludo this model is very attractive, with the big Volvo looking especially good.

Footnotes

The model appeared in June 2016.

 
The parts and instruction sheet.
The model in basic configuration.
Smart wheels.
Big equipment tower.
Underside of the modules.
Detailed dolly.
 
Nice detailing at the rear.
Impressive heavy haulage.
Deck width boards.