New Holland E215B Backhoe Loader with Shear
By: Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:50th scale New Holland E215B tracked
excavator from Motorart. This is one of three versions which have
been produced and features a standard digging boom and stick with a
concrete pulverising attachment. The opening engine cover is a nice
addition on the model, revealing the moulded engine block which has
highlighted piping and printed markings.
The concrete crusher attachment is an interesting design and
Motorart have tried to capture the essence of the device although
the result is more of a grab than a crusher, mainly due to the
hollow nature of the jaw components.
While the result is a little disappointing compared with other
model manufacturers who have produced realistic looking crusher
attachments, Motorart should still be credited with trying
something a little different.
The hydraulics fitted to the boom, stick and linkage have a
stiff feel allowing the model to be fully positioned as required
and flexible plastic piping has been added to the boom and stick
for added realism, including the auxiliary circuit for the
One of the nice features on the model are the grill cut-outs on
the body panel, constructed by applying a photo-etched panel on top
of the base casting, allowing the internal contours to be seen.
The cab has a replicated interior with controls visible through
the clear windows. The front and roof protection screens are a nice
addition on the model but the slots are fairly narrow and look a
little oversized. Front facing work lights and grab rail with
integrated rear view mirror have been added to the cab frame.
The rear of the model has safety warning markings printed on the
counterweight and the engine cover has a photo-etched mesh section
for added realism.
The undercarriage has linked track pads with triple grouser and
bolt head detailing visible on each link with the track frames
having accurate safety label placement and integrated steps giving
easier access for the driver. Both the drive and idler wheels are
fixed so the tracks actually sag a little. This is not a big deal
but it is noticeable, especially when compared to excavator models
that have tensioned track frames.