Hitachi Zaxis ZX210-5 Excavator Gold
By: Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:50th scale Hitachi Zaxis ZX 210-5
tracked excavator from The Mercandise Company, and what a stunning
model this is. Replicas are not known for producing models of
construction equipment and the ZX210-5 is an exceptional replica
with many fine details seldom seen on such a small model.
The undercarriage has good detailing of the lower rollers which
are cast into the lower section of the track frames with tensioned
idler wheels giving enough tension on the individually linked track
pads to keep them taut, while still allowing smooth movement. The
drive sprockets are nicely detailed and small markings are printed
on the front faces of the frames along with two access steps.
For a small model, the cabin interior has been authentically
captured in great detail, from the two tone colour scheme, complete
with coloured roof panel and textured flooring to the contoured
seat with printed Hitachi name across the seat back. The hydraulic
safety lever is highlighted and the shaped consoles on each side of
the seat are topped with the joystick controls. Even an accurately
scaled handle has been inserted on the inside of the opening door
for total realism, with all the glazed windows having printed
The engine compartment on the model is equally well replicated
with the diesel engine and cooling systems visible beneath the
opening engine cover, which again has an intricate metal handle.
The upper deck has excellent and crisp casting of the anti-slip
safety panels which are highlighted in black. Crisp printing of the
warning labels are found on the counterweight along with the
Hitachi name while the rear view camera housing is centrally
The excellent levels of realism continue on the boom where the
fixed hydraulic pipework is raised from the surface with connection
valves highlighted in silver and flexible hoses connected to the
main hydraulic housing.
Piping has also been added between the boom and stick for the
bucket cylinder and this has an intricate armoured hose which
really looks authentic.
The range of movement of the boom, stick and bucket linkage are
excellent with smooth operating cylinders allowing the model to be
posed as desired.
The bucket has been connected with metal bolts which allows it
to be removed and replaced with another work tool and this is a
nice addition. All the other connections use rivets with painted
ends to make them blend in.
A small bag is found inside the box which contains two mirrors
which need fitting to the model. There are no instructions on where
these should go, so reference to the specs of the full sized
machine were used in the placement. Both clip onto the accurately
scaled safety grab rails connected to the cab frame and on the
opposite side of the body.
Another nice feature on the model is the hydraulic pump housing
which has been replicated and sits centrally behind the boom. The
paint finish on the model is excellent throughout with an even
coating allowing the casting details to show through. Printing of
the machine's designations and the Hitachi logos are all excellent
and the model is surprisingly heavy for it's size, with most of the
parts made from metal with plastic only used where needed to add
the extra detailing.
It is clear from looking over the model that a lot of
engineering work has gone into the development and production and I
can only hope further construction models are forthcoming from
Replicars to this very high standard. While the cost for the model
is a little on the high size, I certainly believe it is worth the