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Volvo FH4 + Goldhofer 5-axle Ballast Trailer - S.E Levage

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-2026
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2017

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 23
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 79%


Volvo FH4 + Goldhofer 5-axle Ballast Trailer - S.E Levage  [Youku video]
WSI box.
Nice Levage graphics.
Tilting cab.
Excellent detail underneath.
Replica timber inserts.
Deck posts fitted.
Posts in the storage holder.
Loaded with crane parts.
Loaded with heavy sections and hook.

This model is a Volvo FH4 6x4 with a Goldhofer SPZ-DL5 Ballast Trailer, and is in the colours of S.E Levage, a French crane hire company


The WSI branded box is their standard design. Inside, the model sits in an expanded polystyrene tray with a clear plastic former and lid. 

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

The only assembly required is to join the tractor and trailer together and to fit the optional deck posts.


The Volvo is high quality, with very good transmission and suspension features on the chassis.  The tyre tread patterns differ on the steering axle, and the wheels look sharp.

The Volvo front grille looks really good and the lights and graphics are very nice.  On the roof there are horns, a light bar, beacon lights and stub aerials.  Inside the cab, the detail level is also good.

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

Behind the cab the exhaust is really good and there are coiled lines and an excellent diamond plated walkway and tanks.  At the back the rear lights have plastic lenses.

The trailer has a detailed chassis and there are tanks and a spare wheel.  The side bars are plastic. The wheels and tyres are smart.

The trailer deck has plastic replica timber inserts.  Along the sides of the deck there are white stripes which were not perfectly straight on the review model.  The rear light bar is very good and there is a large stiff plastic mud flap.

A separate pack of metal deck posts are provided and these plug into holes in the deck edge. They can be stored in a holder at the front of the trailer when not in use.


The Volvo has steering but with very limited lock because the tyres become fouled. 

It has a fully tilting cab which poses tilted.

The fifth wheel has some longitudinal adjustment.

The five axle  trailer has very good linked and proportional steering on axles 2 to 5 steering.

Axle 1 can be raised out of service.

Each axle has independent working suspension.

Deck posts can be fitted if desired although some sit loose in their holes and can lean.


The overall quality level of the model is high with a high metal content and careful use of plastic. 

The paintwork and Levage graphics are very good.


The model is good value as a limited edition.


WSI has produced an attractive model with very nice detailing and functionality.  It would look very good paired with a crane in Levage colours.


This model appeared in March 2017.

Front grille is very good.
The truck without deck posts installed.
Detailed Volvo chassis.
Steering angle is limited.
Side bars are plastic.
White edge stripe was not perfectly straight on the review model.
Axle 1 raised.
Counterweight slabs on board.