Hitachi ZX470-5 Tracked Excavator
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:50th scale Hitachi ZX470LC-5 tracked
excavator from TMC Scale Models. Following hot on the heels of
their previously released ZX250-5, the new 470-5 has even more
attention to detail and realism with nothing missed.
The cabin interior has been authentically modelled and painted
in a two-tone grey with the Hitachi name printed on the seat back
and a side console housing the monitoring display screen. The
joystick controls are mounted to the integrated armrests, complete
with safety hydraulic shut-off lever while the flooring has a
ridged surface texture with foot controls and steering levers.
A service platform is fixed along the side of the upper carriage
with a photo-etched walkway for added realism while access steps
behind the cabin lead to the upper engine area.
All the safety railings and grab rails are produced in metal and
accurately scaled while fine metal handles are attached to the
engine covers and inside the opening cabin door.
The body casting highlights all the ridges of the door panels
and covers with two opening upper covers revealing the internal
engine compartment which houses the replicated diesel engine. The
side grill panel slots allow a glimpse of the internal radiator
panel with black highlighted anti-slip panels located on the upper
engine bay surfaces.
The rear counterweight is not detachable but does have lifting
eyes cast into the upper surface with recesses on the rear surface
and printed safety labels on the corners, complete with a rear view
camera housing. The panel handle detailing is particularly
realistic with contoured inner flaps and silver highlighted
The hydraulic hoses and piping throughout the model are really
well executed with all fixed piping raised from the boom with
armoured flexible hoses fitted to the stick and bucket
Unlike the ZX250-5, the bucket on the 470-5 has been riveted in
place, so it is not easy to replace the work tool.
The bucket itself has good side cutting and tooth detailing and
all pins have been painted orange, as have the ends of the
The stick has auxiliary hydraulic lines on both sides hinting at
a possible future model with powered attachment.
The undercarriage frame has the lower roller detailing cast into
the track frames with two access ladders fixed to each side,
complete with rigid anti-slip top surfaces. The idler wheels are
tensioned keeping the individually linked tracks taut while the
three upper rollers are free-rolling. The drive wheels have bolt
fixing details highlighted on the final drive housings with the
tracks also showing bolt head detailing on each dual grouser
The paint finish is excellent throughout with an even finish
showing off all the intricate casting details while the various
safety markings and Hitachi name is accurately applied. TMC Scale
Models have raised the bar on what is possible in 1:50th scale with
this true museum class replica. It is exceptional value for the