The Duck is Back

What a legend of a truck and what a great looking model! This is a release from IXO Models in 1:43 scale. I’m sure you all know the film, but the truck is of course the one and only Rubber Duck Mack R Series. What an iconic truck, so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on one.

Now if like me you’d like one, the IXO contact in the UK is a very helpful man by the name of Andy Mills and can be found in various model groups and of course on the Convoy film group. You better be quick, for £42 delivered to a UK address, Andy will post worldwide, they are selling fast as you would imagine! I’ll post a couple of photos of the actual model when it arrives.

While we are at it, feel free to post your favourite Convoy film quotes!!


Personalize a miniature model? That is now possible! Tekno Gifts – part of Tekno Collectables – launches a special tool in the webshop that allows you to create and order the trailer of a blank miniature model completely according to your own design.

The truck designer offers you the opportunity to have a DAF or Scania 1:87 trailer designed and printed according to your own ideas. You can add your own photos as well as text in an endless number of colors and symbols to your design via the truck designer. How exciting is it to surprise your best friend or fellow truck lover with a self-designed Tekno model?

The birthday of a nephew, a colleague who is retiring or the birth of a first (grand)daughter: with the truck designer you can design their dream trailer.Of course the truck designer also makes it very accessible for business customers to create (a larger volume of) a truck from their own fleet to scale. Tip from us: a unique, self-designed model is a good alternative for a business gift or as a token of appreciation to the staff.

The truck designer is not to be missed in the menu bar in the webshop or can be reached via this link: After you have given your creative mind free rein and we have received your order, your unique, self-designed print will be applied to the miniature model by hand by employees of the Tekno team in De Lier, The Netherlands.

Have fun designing your own miniature truck!

Essex Models Seek new Home

Thought you’d missed out?

Every one needs a bit of Essex in their life. There are only a few of these models left up for grabs. A nice box set made by Tekno in 1:50 scale. There were less than 50 sets left at the time of writing so be quick and get your order in.

There were only 250 of these Essex International sets produced and most have gone, these are the last few sets available. They will of course be a collectors item set and will be sure to appreciate in value. If you’re keen then they are up for £175 posted to a mainland UK address or you can collect from Russell Oliver at Truckfest Peterborough this coming bank holiday weekend.

You can contact Russell by direct message on either of the following platforms;

Instagram = diamondgeezer1974

Facebook = Russell Oliver


Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are pleased to announce the release of a 1:50 scale Volvo FH XL 25 Year Special Edition (6×2) truck with fridge trailer, customised in the new eye-catching livery of Northern Ireland based operator Adams Transport. The models have been produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles as a certificated Limited Edition (175 pieces).

 Adams Transport took delivery of the Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition (the first to be ordered by a Volvo customer) to commemorate the life of John Adams late wife, Gillian Marie, who sadly passed away in 2015.  Dedicated to his wifes memory, the unique new 25 Year Edition flagship truck is especially poignant to John  as 2019 would also have seen the couples 25th wedding anniversary. Based in the village of Armoy, Co Antrim, Adams Transport was established in 2007 by John Adams.  With a passion for trucks from an early age, John had been driving rigid trucks since he was first legally able to do so and he quickly moved onto driving artics from the age of 21.  After some years of driving for other companies, however, John found he was increasingly spending extended periods away from his wife and young family and so he began to think of ways of changing his lifestyle so he could spend more time with his family. With a view, therefore, to taking back control, he made the decision to set up on his own and so Adams Transport was born.

Sheer hard work and dedication, supported by a team of loyal staff, has seen the business grow solidly and successfully over the last 12 years.  The Company specialises in the delivery of agricultural goods throughout Ireland, as well as undertaking general haulagework.  With a fleet of 15 trucks (almost exclusively Volvo) and a similar number of trailers (a mix of fridges and curtains, plus one flat bed), Adams transport trucks can be seen regularly on the roads throughout Ireland and also over on the UK mainland  from Scotland down to the Midlands and beyond.  

 With the exception of the new flagship Volvo, the other trucks in the fleet run in Adams Transports smart corporate red livery. Thus far, fridge trailers have usually been plain, with livery applied just to the back doors  but all of that may soon be changing!  The arrival of the new Volvo also led to a rethink about corporate branding and this resulted in a decisionto design a smart new trailer livery.  The first fridge trailer in the new design will be arriving in the fleet very soon  so keep an eye out for it!  When coupled with the Volvo 25 Years Special Edition truck, it will certainly make for a very classy combination.

 Models, available from Search Impex, are priced at £149 each (including UK delivery & VAT). For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at or call them on 01332 873 555.


Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are pleased to announce the release of a 1:50 scale Volvo FH Globetrotter (6×2) tractor unit with 3 axle, curtain trailer, customised in the eye-catching, centenary livery of W.H. Bowker Ltd. Produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles, the model is a certificated Limited Edition (205 pieces) and has been commissioned by Bowker to celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2019.  It is based on their real life Volvo FH units and curtain trailers bedecked in the special 100 years anniversary livery – two of which have recently joined the Bowker fleet.  

 W.H. Bowker Limited was established in 1919 in Blackburn – Lancashire, when William Bowker used his £75 war gratuity to buy his first vehicle.  Hard work and sheer determination saw the business grow rapidly from its origins as a local haulier to become one of the UK’s leading transport specialists with a reputation for an innovative approach to the needs of industry.  Expansion into European haulage came during the early 1960’s when UK manufacturers became increasingly successful in exporting their goods and Bowker saw the opportunity to introduce a reliable service to the Continent by conventional trailer.  The first continental cargo movements began in December 1961 and continue to form an important part of the business.

Despite being one of the oldest UK companies specialising in national and international logistics, the business has most certainly kept pace with the times.  Nowadays, Bowker runs a state of the art fleet comprising more than 160 vehicles (predominantly Volvo) and around 300 trailers and the Company also operates more than one million square feet of warehousing and storage at its seven sites across the UK.

 Models, available from Search Impex, are priced at £149 each (including UK delivery & VAT).  For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at or call them on 01332 873 555.

Designed for Little Truckers

I saw one of these little rigs in Holland last weekend and I have to say I want one. Being slightly too old and with a risk of overloading the front axle I think I better not take the risk. That being said if I was still as small as most aunts and uncles claim I was the last time I last saw them, then I would be getting one of these bad boys.

An acquaintance of mine, Ben Lord, and his company many of you will know, Speedbird Promotions, are an Authorised Exclusive Distributor for Scaled Rigs ride-on trucks. Scaled Rigs ride-on Scania truck is a premium quality product for kids, designed to ignite their imagination and passion for trucks. Manufactured in Ireland sourcing components within Europe. These little trucks are fully specced up too;

  • Battery powered 24V unit with chain driven transmission.
  • Functioning fifth wheel allowing for coupling/decoupling of trailers.
  • Pneumatic 6-ply tyres .
  • Sturdy plastic moulded cab and rear valance.
  • Functioning tail lights.
  • Scania V8 engine noise .
  • Forward/reverse.
  • Variable throttle speed.
  • Safe top speed of 6km/h.
  • Safety shutoff/cooldown built into the ECU to prevent damage in case of overloading.

If you’re keen and you want to give the kids the best thing since the BP Mercedes-Benz racing truck, Call Ben’s Sales Team on +44 (0) 1359 232667 for more information on how you could have your own Scaled Rigs Ride-On Truck.

ACH Model Now Available

Here it is, the ACH model is now available through Anglo Dutch Truck Models. I have to say I did have a little hand in getting it released but Steve at ADMT did the hard work and what a belter it is. Based on one of ACH’s F12 Globetrotters, F81 HFC, the model is well detailed with a matching tri-axle tilt. There are only 200 models all with their own certificate’s available and I know over a third of these are already reserved, so now they are on general release you better get in quick!

Get onto ADMT and get your ordered while you can, click the link to order yours HERE & NOW.

Thanks Steve and WSI for creating another awesome model. If your free Steve and ADMT will be at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend and he will have the mode with him if you want to get your hands on one super quick.

ACH Model Released for Pre Order

Finally the ACH model is available for preorder from the amazing Anglo Dutch Truck Models. This has been on the cards for a while but as you can imagine there is a lot of planning, checking and making sure colours and liveries are correct. The truck is F81 HFC, a genuine ACH truck (see photo below) that is actually still on the road in Ireland. The Volvo F12 Globetrotter tractor unit is well matched to a classic tri-axle tilt in ACH’s famous livery. I have to say Steve at Anglo Dutch has excellent himself with this one, it is very very realistic!

The model can be preordered by clicking the following link: PREORDER ACH TRUCK MODEL.

The model is likely to be physically available around October and I am reassured it will definitely be out way before Christmas. The production run will be between 170 and 200 units depending on how well they sell, so get ordering!….then we may be able to get a second one commissioned!!

If you are a genuine ex ACH employee then please can you register your interest on the ACH Facebook page, or through myself or Tony Giddins as names have to be checked to qualify for something extra.

To the rest of you then you can preorder on the Anglo Dutch Truck Model website. While you’re there have a look at the other highly detailed models that are expertly created by Steve along with WSI. I have to say I’m so pleased this model was done as a WSI rather than any other manufacturer as I think they do just pip the rest on the fine detail. The details is what makes them realistic for me.

Anyway get ordering by clicking above or click HERE.

New Anglo Dutch DAF

Anglo Dutch Model Trucks are fast becoming the go to guys for top quality small run UK and European model trucks. Boss man Steve is passionate about truck models and what I like is that he is passionate about the small details that set his models off from the rest, bumper and GB stickers and the like. The latest model ready to pre-order is an ARGS DAF drawbar. It looks a real belter and looks so 1980’s it’s amazing. Get ordering as with all ADMT models it’s a small run of top quality trucks. Details as follows; 

Make: WSI Models Holland

UK Classics 200 series 

Country: UK London
Scale: 1/50
Quantity: Certificated 200 Pcs
Model Details: Diecast metal model of a Daf Spacecab Drawbar outfit in the livery of ARGS london England.
Estimated Release Price : £165  

WSi ACH Model 

One of the best retro companies in the UK for me, Aston Clinton Haulage or ACH are sadly consigned to the great truckstop in the sky. I have a close affiliation to ACH and because of that I started and still run the ACH Facebook page, seemingly with the blessing and backing of ex drivers and also owners. The idea of an ACH model truck isn’t a new one but it is one that is getting a lot closer to reality. With the expertise and persistence of Steve Bowden, the owner of Anglo Dutch Model Trucks Ltd, Steve now has permission from the Fowler family and is ready to start finalising the model. This is crunch time. The most likely model will be a 1/50 scale WSI and the most likely combination is a Volvo F12 Globetrotter with a rear bogie lift, hooked up to a blue tilt trailer, much the same as the photo above.  The main problem for Steve Bowden is knowing how many to make and also how much to sell for. They will be produced in a limited one off production run and will end up (hopefully) around the £130 mark. Steve is looking for guidance from you all to see if it’s all plausible. The truck is very likely to be a Volvo as I said, so please comment and say “yes please” if your keen and would like to get your hands on one. All feedback is likely to end up in the production of this model, so please have your say and make this model happen!