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Volvo FH4 + Tipper Trailer - Hilker

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  01-3183
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2021


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 82%

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Volvo FH4 + Tipper Trailer - Hilker Video.  [YouKu Video]
The box.
Terrific graphics.
Nice casting details on the back of the cab, with graphics applied over.
 
Volvo engine.
Trailer chassis is very good.
Attractive model.
Tarpaulin removed. The struts are removable.
Maximum angle that the review model could hold.
Very impressive.

The truck is a Volvo FH4 with a 3-axle AMT Tipper Trailer. 

It is a highly decorated truck run by the German haulage company Hilker, with the artwork produced by the Roland Just Airbrush Studio.

Packaging

It comes in a standard WSI-branded windowed box with the model contained in an expanded polystyrene tray with plastic formers. 

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

There are no instructions for the model, and no information about the real truck.

Detail

The Volvo FH4 is a 4x2 Globetrotter XL. The transmission and suspension are very good and the wheels are very detailed. There are different tyre types on the driven and steered axles. 

The cab is beautifully decorated.  It includes small aerials and a light bar on the roof, with the Hilker name above a decorated visor.   The Volvo grille is intricate with the graphics carefully applied. There is a realistic number plate and the interior detailing is good with Volvo on the seatbacks.

Under the cab is a detailed engine bearing the Volvo name, with different coloured components. 

On the back of the cab there are good casting details with the graphics applied very well.  The structure inside the side farings is modelled, although on the real truck these are air brush decorated rather than plain.  There are coiled lines and anti-slip surfacing.  At the back the lights have plastic lenses and Volvo is printed on the mud flaps.

The trailer also has a very detailed chassis and there are cables/hoses running the length of the trailer.  The suspension detailing is very good, as is the wheel detailing.  The structure is replicated well, and there is a spare wheel.

At the front, the landing legs have a winding handle and the side protection bars ahead of the wheels is plastic. At the back the lights and graphics are very good.

The tipper body is different from that of the real truck which slopes forward at the front.  The decoration is excellent, and the graphics are extremely sharp. At the front the access ladders and steps are metal, and the body sides are metal with panel grooves in the casting.   At the back the tailgate detailing is very good also.

A plastic cover representing tarpaulin has realistic texturing to imitate tarpaulin.

Features

The Volvo steers but with a reasonable range of movement.

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

The trailer has spring loaded suspension on the axles, and the landing legs can be screwed up and down.

The multi-stage ram elevating the tipper body elevates to about 40º although there was some looseness in the top section of the ram.

The tailgate swings open, but for bottom discharge only.

The trailer can have the tarpaulin cover fitted or left off, and the internal struts are removable.

Quality

It is high quality with appropriate use of plastic.

The paintwork and graphics are excellent.

Price

The model is good value for a limited edition.

Overall

This model has the usual WSI high detail and functionality. However, what sets this model apart is the excellent decoration.

Footnotes

The model appeared in January 2021.

 
Highly decorated Volvo cab.
On the road. 
Volvo chassis.
Wheel arches have graphics applied.
High quality artwork.
Standing on the legs.
Very sharp graphics.
 
Tailgate open.