Bucyrus 49HR Blasthole Drill
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:50th scale Bucyrus 49HR blast hole drill
rig. The model is very highly detailed throughout and is well
packaged in a rather large box. The drill motor housing and drill
mast is highly detailed with an access ladder added to the side
which goes all the way to the top of the mast, complete with safety
cage to prevent falling.
The drill mast can be raised and locked into the working
position. The drill motor is finely detailed with hydraulic hoses
and electric cables visible. Warning markings have also been added
for extra realism. The motor housing can travel the length of the
mast by using two provided winding keys.
The cab is exceptionally detailed inside with all the computer
screens and operators station controls reproduced. Both cab doors
can be opened and the roof window grill can also be raised. Ladders
have been added giving access to the roof where work lights and air
conditioning units are fitted. All the scaled handrails have been
painted yellow matching the authentic corporate colour scheme.
The rear of the model features the large electric cable drum
complete with flexible cable and sliding cable guide, along with
openings to the huge cooling fan and radiator. Walkways have been
added to one side of the machine with etched panels and an opening
door giving access to the main electrical distribution housing. The
functional ladders at the end of the walkway can be lowered and
there are four large stabilisers, two at the front and two at the
rear which lower to keep the machine stable while drilling.
The model is supplied with two drill shafts, one long one and
one short one. Both are mounted behind the motor assembly in the
swing out holders. There is also a small winch and hook which can
be operated with the supplied winding key.
The oposite side of the model has three opening doors revealing
more electrical systems and radiator. The undercarriage has highly
detailed individually linked metal track pads which can be rotated.
The main housing has three removable roof panels which reveal the
fully detailed interior, complete with electrical panels,
generators, distribution components and anti slip floor panel
The paint finish is high and authentic Bucyrus and warning
markings are added throughout. This is another stunning model from
TWH and is the perfect partner to the Bucyrus 495HR shovel