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Volvo FH5 + Palfinger PK 135.002 TEC 7 + Jib

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  04-2141
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2023

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Volvo FH5 Globetrotter+ Palfinger PK 135.002 TEC 7 + Jib Video. 
Palfinger branded box.
Impressive appearance.
Load box is detailed.
On the road.
Folded boom winch has a visible hinge.
Tilting cab.
At work.
Fully extended.

This truck is a Volvo FH5 Globetrotter + Palfinger PK 135.002 TEC 7 + Jib. 

The loader crane is rated at 109 tonne metres with a maximum lift of 30 tonnes. 

The model is generic and therefore does not have number plates.


The box is Palfinger branded and is in the standard WSI style.  Inside the model is contained within a tray with a clear lid. 

There were no missing parts on the review model. A small box was loose out of the box and was easily fixed back.

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


The chassis is an 8x4 arrangement and it is modelled in detail including the gearbox.  The wheels are decorated with different tyres on the steering and driven axles.

The cab has air horns and a light bar on the roof and the mirrors are colour-coded.  The cab is decorated nicely and looks attractive. At the front the grille is formed very well and there is a box which is for the front outrigger.

The load box is metal with details within the casting on the sides.

There are two-stage outrigger beams with metal pads, and they are positioned behind the rear axle. The pistons cannot be fully retracted, which detracts from the appearance in transport mode.

At the back the lights look good and there are small graphics.  There is also a towing hitch with pin.  

The Palfinger crane is very impressive.  The outriggers are two-stage, and the pistons are smooth.  The base section is detailed with many tiny graphics.  There is a non-functioning winch on the main boom.  It has a visible hinge when folded back which would have looked better in black.

The boom sections appear to be thin-wall metal, and they certainly have a stiff profile whilst being smooth in operation.  The final boom section has a small fixed metal hook.   A separate fly jib can be fitted although the modelling scale means the last sections are not telescopic.

Small square spreader plates are also included for the outriggers. 


The steering axles are linked with a limited range of movement.

The pin in the rear towing hitch is removable.

The fifth wheel position is adjustable.

The load box can be added, or left off.

The cab tilts to reveal a detailed engine.

The front outriggers have one stored in the upright position and can be telescoped out and rotated, and the piston lowered.  The other does not require rotation.  The rear outriggers can be extended and lowered. 
There is also a front outrigger with a limited range of extension.  The outriggers cannot support the model wheels-free.

The crane rotates smoothly and the boom unfolds with the rams being stiff in most extensions.  The boom has many telescoping sections which extend well and generally hold a pose. 

There is a winch mounted on the main boom which is hinged and can be rotated to the side.

The optional fly jib can be fitted, or left off.  It has an adjustable angle, and telescopic sections.


This model is well made with a high metal content. 

The paintwork is very good with excellent graphics.


The model is reasonable value.


This model has been produced to support Palfinger's marketing effort.  As such the truck is generic rather than reflecting a truck from a real fleet.  However, it looks really good and the detailing and features are to a high standard.


This model first appeared at Bauma in October 2022.

The parts and instructions.
Profile view.
Main boom droops a little in transport mode..
Detailed chassis.
Smart Volvo FH5.
Side bars are thin metal.
Holds a load.
The fly jib.