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Volvo FH4 Flatbed Truck + Palfinger - Kari Polvela Oy

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-2236
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2017

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Volvo FH4 Flatbed Truck + Palfinger - Kari Polvela Oy Video.  [Youku Video]
WSI box.
Nice livery.
Detailed chassis with linked steering between axles 1,2 and 5.
Replica timbers on the deck.
Container locks fitted and container on board.
Loading a vessel.
Small graphics on the Palfinger.
Load on board.

This truck is a Volvo FH4 Sleeper Cab 10x4 Flatbed with a Palfinger PK92002 SH Loader Crane. 

The model is in the colours of the Finnish company Kari Polvela Oy


The box is the standard WSI type for a truck model. 

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

A generic manual is included which explains the features of the Palfinger crane.  There is no information about the real truck.


The Volvo chassis is a 10x4 arrangement and it is modelled with metal suspension and transmission parts.  The wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the steering and driven axles.

The cab has an excellent front grille and there is a realistic number plate and two dummy stabilisers at the front.  The graphics and colour scheme is very attractive.

The deck is high quality with plastic replica timber in part, and edge stripes are provided.

There are two-stage outrigger beams with metal pads, and they are positioned in front of the rear axle, although they cannot be raised fully and sit too low in a transport pose. 

At the back the lights are tidy and there is also a plastic clip-type towing hitch.  

Small plastic container locks are provided which fit into the deck and allow a container to be posed on the deck without sliding about.

Also included are deck posts which can be fitted and mostly stay in a straight pose.

The Palfinger crane is a very nice piece of modelling.  The outriggers are two-stage, and the pistons are smooth.  A set of small square spreader plates is also included for the front and rear outriggers. 

The base section has a nice fuel tank and tiny graphics add to the realistic appearance.

The boom sections appear to be thin-wall metal, and they have a stiff profile whilst being smooth in operation.  The final boom section has a small fixed metal hook, and there is a lifting bar included.  

A separate fly jib can be fitted although the modelling scale means the last sections are not telescopic.


There is linked steering on the front axles and rear axle, although only a very limited range of movement is possible. 

The cab tilts and stays tilted at a good angle.

Separate deck posts can be added to the load deck.
Container locks can be used to position a shipping container.

The front outriggers can be stored in the upright position and can be telescoped out and rotated, and the piston lowered.  The rear outriggers can be extended and lowered.  However they do not raise enough for a realistic transport pose.

The crane rotates smoothly and the boom unfolds with the rams having a decent stiffness, although the boom will bleed down under long extensions, or with loads. 

The optional fly jib can be fitted, or left off. 

The separate lifting beam clips on to the headboard when not in use.


This model is well made with a high metal content. 

The paintwork is very good and the graphics are sharp.  However aspects of the finish of the review model were not to the best standard.


The model is reasonable value.


This is another attractive limited edition model with a very functional loader crane, and just the rear outriggers need a fix to allow them to be raised higher.  It poses well with loads on the deck.


The model first appeared in November 2017.

The parts and manual.
On the road.
Rear outrigger pads cannot be raised enough.
High reach with fly jib fitted.
Volvo engine.
Profile of the boom is very good.