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Volvo FH Pendel-X Semitrailer
Volvo FH 16 Pendel-X-Semitrailer With Load Max Bögl
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Volvo FH 16 Pendel-X-semitrailer with load
Company: Max Bögl
Item: 159661
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 05-06
Manufacturer: Volvo
Type: FH 16
Series: Construction vehicles, Heavy duty


Introduction

This Volvo FH GL XL semitrailer Max Bögl is a new release from Herpa. Herpa currently lists 6 Volvo FH trucks amongst their 161 Volvo models. This semi-truck is one of 262 offered in the Construction series. With the yellow tractor pulling the yellow and chromed lowboy, this is a real eye-catcher!

Volvo FH XL

The Volvo FH is a heavy truck range produced by Swedish Volvo Truck Corporation. Introduced in late 1993 as FH12 and FH16, production still continues with the now the second generation of FH range model lineup. FH stands for Forward control High cab where numbers denominate engine capacity in litres. The FH range is one of the most successful truck series ever having sold more than 400,000 units worldwide. [1]

The Volvo FH series are modular and offer many configurations on the chassis. Different combinations of cabs, engines, drivetrains, wheelbases and suspensions can be set upon a tractor or rigid frame. The Globetrotter XL cab has extra height providing more storage space and plenty of headroom. Two people can sleep comfortably.

In August 2008 Volvo launched an upgrade to FH series for driver comfort and usability. In 2011 the new 750 hp version of the D16 was presented to the market. This engine began delivery to customers around New Year 2012.

The FH16 truck is powered by Volvo's D16C,E,G(16.1 L) inline 6 turbocharged intercooled diesel engine which transmits power via Volvo transmissions. Four main and several subtypes are available: 12 speed semi-automatic (I-shift), 14- and 16 speed synchro manual, and the 6 speed automatic Powertronic systems. FH can tackle Gross Combination Weight of up to 100 tons. Volvo lists the following features for the series:

    * Wheelbase from 3 to 6.7 m
    * Rigid or tractor [2]

The Volvo FH can be specified with leaf springs of parabolic or conventional type. Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) features leaf springs and air suspension.

© Nooteboom Trailers B.V.

The Pendel-X Euro low-loader expands the flexibility of low-loader transport, combining the trough and easy operation of a conventional low-loader with the load capacity, steering and compensation of a modular trailer.[3]

The Pendel-X low-loader can be supplied with 2, 3, 4 or 5 Pendel axle lines and in widths of 2540, 2740, 2840 and 2990 mm. If extra payload capacity is needed the PXE low-loaders can be supplies with a 1-axle and 2-axle Jeepdolly and a 2-axle and 3-axle Interdolly. The height of the Pendel-X Euro low-loader axle assembly can be adjusted.[3]

Max Bögl

Founded by Max Bögl in 1929, the Max Bögl Group, headquartered in Neumarkt, Germany, boasts a successful company history of more than 80 years. With annual sales of Euro 1.6 billion and about 6,000 qualified employees, Max Bögl ranks among the top 5 of the biggest German building companies.
Today, continued by the third generation, the Max Bögl Group is also Germany‘s biggest privately-owned construction company.[4] Max Bögl is a leader in the field of wind power plants. The concrete tower parts, developed by Bögl itself, are assembled from two parts on-site. The parts are transported with Volvo flatbed semitrailers.

Volvo FH 16 Pendel-X-semitrailer with load Max Bögl

Since the passing of the popular semitrailer truck craze of the 1970's, tractor-trailer rigs usually don’t captured my imagination. However, heavy construction units with articulated trailers are very interesting and this is an appealing vehicle to behold !

This is an striking set made up of three individual models: the Volvo FH XL rigid tractor, the Nooteboom Pendel-X trailer, and a lead trailer dolly. Herpa securely packs this model set in a form-fitted plastic cradle inside Herpa’s red cardstock carton with a cellophane display window. Molded finger slots make it easy to extract the cradle.

Inside is the semitrailer truck and trailer, load, and two packages with several sprues of optional unattached parts:

    • Side view mirrors
    • Stakes
    • Warning flags
    • Dolly - bridge support part

The models are almost completely factory assembled except for the cab mirrors, and safety and laden items for the trailer. The molding is top-notch. Fine recessed lines demarcate doors and panels. The Volvo grille is recessed. The chassis is very detailed.

In several previous reviews I have complained of the lack of any instructions about how to access detail features, attach optional parts, etc. Some sets have included them but some have not. This set includes a small sheet with photographs explaining how to handle some of the interesting model trailer features. Thank you Herpa! However, eight separate stakes and four separate warning flags snap onto the trailer. Examining the carriage reveals several holes to hold these items. However, the flags are of two sizes, and it is not immediately obvious where two of the flags are mounted (at the front of the lowboy, below the bridge).

Also, if you want to see the D16 inline 6 turbocharged intercooled diesel engine, you have to tilt the cab forward. That is easy enough to figure out but which pieces need to first be disconnected is trial and error. My experience with other Herpa semi tractors helped me figure it out: you must remove the upper grille to allow the cab to tilt forward. The grille anchor pins will break if you force the cab open without first removing the grille.

Tractor Detail!
The cab interior is a single molded piece featuring detailed seats, dashboard and console, a separate steering wheel, and two-person bunk area. It is visible through the large cab windows. The windshield is detailed with wiper blades.

The cab is detailed with Volvo’s aerodynamically rounded design and styled grille. Not applied by Herpa are four individual mirrors: a pair of side view mirrors and two mirrors to reveal the blind areas in front of, and to the side of the vehicle. These are delicate parts on their own sprue. The plastic is slightly flexible. Cut them from the parts tree and carefully fit them into the specific pre-made holes and slots. These holes are very small and while some are obvious, mounting the front mirror is not readily apparent.

All of this sets atop a detailed four axle chassis. The soft plastic (or rubber) tires have fine tread detail. The hubs are also detailed. It appears this model can be fitted with a separate optional steering set for the front and mid axles.

The chassis is nicely detailed. Note the tread pattern plate behind the cab, the fuel tanks, rear suspension, and the fifth wheel detail.

Herpa uses clear and tinted lenses for their lights.

Next, your Nooteboom Pendel-X trailer. Disappointingly, only the rotating beacon is tinted clear plastic; the taillights and flashers are painted on. That's my only complaint. The fifth-wheel bridge is articulated and features hydraulic jacks underneath, connecting the bridge with the lead dolly. The rear dolly bogies can steer is very impressive. However, the motion on this model is very tight and I did not risk damage by moving the bogies.

The cargo deck is made to telescope along girders attached to the front dolly. It is supported at the rear by girders linked to the rear dolly. What also makes this deck is impressive is the simulated wooden planking center portion. Anchor and wood grain detail is printed on the planks. Separate side planks are provided and these arrived attached to the sides of the deck.

Remember my comment about lack of an instruction sheet? Eight separate stakes and four separate warning flags snap onto the trailer. Examining the carriage reveals several holes to hold these items. However, the flags are of two sizes, and it is not immediately obvious where two of the flags are mounted (at the front of the lowboy, below the bridge).

Livery and Markings

Max Bögl livery is bright with subtle corporate logos.

While it is impressive in the box, upon magnification I was engrossed with the subtle markings and designs. Herpa really does an excellent job reproducing these markings. They do not use decals, all lettering is printed on. There is a great deal data on the models and it is all sharp and legible.

Herpa chromed the Volvo grille emblem and a stripe along the top of the upper grille. They even printed “Volvo” and “FH” above the grille.

The trailer is also well detailed except for the Nooteboom logo.

All the decorations are top notch.

Conclusion

If you miss this set on a layout or display shelf then you need to have your eyes checked, and not just because of the bright yellow color!

The assembled semitruck is a foot long and with all of the interesting components and details, you wouldn't want to miss it. Whether you consider the model components as a set or as individual models, these are impressive. Sharp molding, detailed parts, lenses for lamps, positionable features, excellent printing, all this makes an impressive set. My criticisms are the lack of tinted lenses for the trailer lamps, no reflective surfaces on the mirrors, the grilles are not molded open, and Herpa doesn't include directions for mounting the details parts nor exposing the engine.

Regardless, this is a very impressive set. Recommended for HO modelers of modern heavy duty haulage.

Please remember to let vendors and manufacturers know that you saw this model here, on Railroad modeling.


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References

[1]. Wikipedia

[2]. VOLVOGROUP.COM. Volvo FH. [Web.] n.d.

[3] Nooteboom Trailers B.V. Pendel-X Euro Low-loaders. http://www.nooteboomgroup.com/nooteboom/en/our_products/trailer_programme/low-loaders/pendel-x_euro_low-loaders. n.d.

[4]. MAX BÖGL Group. Company Profile. http://www.max-boegl.de. n.d.
SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp molding, detailed parts, lenses for lamps, positionable features, and excellent printing.
Lows: Lack of tinted lenses for the trailer lamps, no reflective surfaces on the mirrors; grilles are not molded open, and Herpa doesn't include directions for mounting the details parts nor exposing the engine.
Verdict: Very impressive model set for model railroads or dioramas.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 159661
  Suggested Retail: 45,00€
  Related Link: Volvo FH series
  PUBLISHED: Jun 01, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Sweden
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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