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Volvo FH16 + Goldhofer 6-axle Ballast Trailer - S.E Levage

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-2554
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2018

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Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 24
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 81%


Volvo FH16 + Goldhofer 6-axle Ballast Trailer - S.E Levage  [Youku video]
WSI box.
Very detailed front grille.
Detailed chassis.
Landing legs lowered.
Nice detailing.
Carrying ballast with deck posts fitted.
Impressive looking Volvo.
Loaded with large boom sections.

This model is a Volvo FH16 8x4 with a six axle Goldhofer SPZ-DL6 Ballast Trailer, and is in the colours of S.E Levage, the French crane hire company.


The model comes in the usual WSI branded box. 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 chassis is highly detailed, with a coloured gearbox and an exhaust box.  The tyre tread patterns are different on the steering and driven axles, and the wheels look smart with their highlighted hubs.

The front grille is excellent and the lights and graphics are very nice.  On the roof there are horns, a light bar, beacon lights and stub aerials.  The light bar sits high compared to the real truck.  Inside the cab, the detail level is also good.  The Levage graphics on the cab are excellent.

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

Behind the cab there are chrome tanks and boxes, and there are coiled lines and a diamond plated walkway.  At the back the rear lights have plastic lenses, and there is a large Volvo branded mud flap.

The trailer has a detailed chassis and the wheels and tyres are smart.

The trailer deck has plastic replica timber inserts.  Along the sides of the deck there are white stripes.  The rear lights look 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 very limited linked steering. 

It has a tilting cab which poses tilted.

The six axle  trailer has very good linked and proportional steering on axles 3 to 6.

Axles 1 and 2 can be raised out of service.

Each axle has independent working suspension.

The landing legs can be lowered.

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 excellent.


The model is good value as a limited edition.


This is a particularly attractive limited edition ballast trailer model with the detailed Levage graphics on the Volvo.  It would look very good paired with a crane in Levage colours.


This model appeared in October 2018.

Excellent graphics.
On the road.
Volvo engine.
Nice steering on the trailer.
Chrome boxes behind the cab.   Deck posts stored in the holder.
Axles 1 and 2 raised out of service.
Carrying a heavy crawler crane track.
Very nice trailer steering.