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Volvo F12 + Broshuis 4-axle Trailer - O'Neill

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  15-1021
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2017

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Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 83%


Volvo F12 + Broshuis 4-axle Trailer - O'Neill Video. [Youku Video]
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The box.
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Smart looking Volvo.
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Excellent graphics.
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Detailed engine.
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Simple gooseneck.
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Excellent Globetrotter cab.
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Impressive pose.
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Access plant on the road.
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Nice display.

This is a model of a Volvo F12 6x4 Globetrotter with a four axle semi-trailer.   The Volvo F12 was sold between 1997 and 1993.  This model has a number plate suggesting the real truck was registered in April 1992.

It is in the colours of the Irish heavy haulage company Richard O'Neill, which later became John O'Neill. 


The model comes in the WSI Models branded box with a window and it is held between plastic formers. 

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

There are quite a few parts supplied for the trailer, but no instructions.


The tractor is a Volvo F12 6x4 unit.  It has a very detailed chassis, with the suspension and transmission modelled in metal. There is a spare wheel attached.   The wheel hubs are nice, and there are different tyre tread patterns front and rear. 

The cab is a stand-out piece of modelling. The lights have lenses, and the grille is particularly good.  There is a realistic number plate, and the graphics are very high quality. 

Behind the cab, there are coiled lines, and a chromed plastic exhaust.  The wheel arches have feint diamond plating graphics and they look very good.  The rear lights have individual plastic lenses.

The trailer is highly detailed.  Underneath, the structure of the trailer is modelled well, with the axles having the suspension fully represented, and there are hoses running to each wheel.  At the front there are a couple of landing legs.  Rear legs for the loading ramps are modelled but are not functional.

The surface of the trailer is very good with the screw holes modelled in the replica timber deck.  Details include some detailed 'micro' graphics on the gooseneck.  On one side there is a control console box.

The loading ramps have a good structure and the rear lights are mounted on them.  Fine gauge chains connect to the ramps.  There is a number plate also. 

The trailer width can be extended with boards and there are also parts for securing a container.

A pair of width markers loosely attaches at the rear end of the trailer if required, and a couple of pull-out ones are stowed under the gooseneck.


The Volvo has a steerable axle with reasonable movement for posing purposes.  The model rolls nicely in a straight line.

Under the tilting cab is a nice engine.

The trailer has plenty of features.  All the axles have effective working suspension with good movement, and the rear two axles are linked with self-steering and can adopt a reasonable angle. 

The loading ramps can be lowered to make a good landing on the ground.

At the front the landing legs can be screwed down with smooth sided pistons being revealed, and the marker boards stowed under the gooseneck can be slid into position. 

The trailer bed can be extended to almost double its length.  For wider loads the trailer has a load floor width adjustment and this works with tiny extension beams which can be pulled out and then replica timber beams can be laid between them.

Other configuration options are provided by the gooseneck storage.  Locks for attaching shipping containers are also supplied, as is a transverse support beam.

Loading plates for the gooseneck are also included.


This is a very high quality truck model.

The paintwork and graphics are of a very high standard.


The model is good value as a limited edition.


The historic Volvo F12 has been modelled really well and the O'Neill graphics are excellent.  The trailer is of a more modern vintage and is highly functional.


The model appeared in July 2017. 

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On the road.
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Moderate steering angle.
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Detailed chassis.
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Patterning on the wheel arches.
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Detailed trailer chassis.
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Nice ramps.
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Loaded with beams.
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Deck posts, width extension and container lock.