TYPE: Diecast / multi-material
Posted by Dan on 7th Jun 2012
A solid effort by NZG makes for a great looking model. The casting is good with a fair amount of fine detail. There are many nicely done little bits like metal grab rails and the plastic mirrors. The windshield wiper is particularly well rendered. The hydraulics are nicely done and add a lot of realism. The paint and decals are very good and look pretty authentic. There is absolutely no looseness anywhere in the movable parts. In fact almost too much the opposite. Slewing is stiff rather than smooth, and it's a bit of a challenge to open and close the very stiff crusher jaw as you have to be careful with not to accidentally damage the fine hydraulic lines when you put your hands on it to pull or push. The plastic safety screen on the front and top of the cab is fragile and very easily dislodged/broken, so care is needed when getting the model out of the packaging and handling it. Overall, it is good value for the money.