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Liebherr TL 435-13 Telescopic Handler

Maker:  Brami
Model No:  unknown
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2008


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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)21
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)70%

Footnotes


The telehandler fitted with forks.
In the box, with window. 
Good steering.
Underside detail.
Booming out.
The Liebherr TL 435-13 Telehandler has a maximum lift height of 13m and a maximum lifting capacity of 3.5 tonnes which is obtained when the front stabilisers are used.  It is an all wheel drive machine with all axles steerable.  When travelling on roads, generally only the front axle is used for steering and the maximum speed is around 25 km/h (15mph).

Packaging

The box is slightly unusual for Liebherr in that it has a window for viewing the model.  In other respects it follows the typical Liebherr box design.  Inside the box, the model is held between clear plastic formers.  The review model was undamaged.

No instructions or other information is provided with the model.

Detail

Underneath, the model is fairly simple with the basic transmission elements visible and realistic looking steering linkages.  The tyres have a good heavy rough terrain tread and are mounted on plastic hubs.

At the front the mudguards and light holders are plastic, but the front stabilisers are of metal construction.  The cab is nicely detailed with a mirror, windscreen wipers, aerial, orange beacon light and floodlights. Inside there is a patterned seat, and pedals and a joystick can be seen in addition to the steering wheel.  At the rear, the light clusters are painted, there is a small warning sign and a non-functioning towing hitch.

The telescopic boom is three stage with the middle section being made of plastic, although the grey colour match is good so this hardly shows.  The lowest section of boom has some hydraulic pipe work within the casting.  At the boom head there is some plastic flexible hydraulic pipe work and a small warning sign.

The two accessories provided are a pair of plastic forks with pallet, and a plastic shovel.  The pallet has realistic wood graining and it is just a pity that it is not a more realistic colour.

Features

Each axle steers independently so all the steering modes of the real machine can be replicated.  A good lock can be obtained so the model can be posed turning sharply.  The fixing of the wheels on some of the axles is a little too loose however, so from some angles it can appear that the wheel is leaning.

The stabilisers work well with rotating pads, and they can hold the weight of the model realistically.

The boom raises and is supported by the two hydraulic cylinders without bleeding.  The angle is restricted to around 55 rather than the 76 that the real machine can achieve.

Telescoping of the boom is fine with the plastic intermediate section providing enough friction to be able to pose any extension.  At the boom head the attachment head swivels to allow the forks to be maintained level.  The two accessories provided clip simply and effectively to the attachment head.

Quality

The quality of the manufacture is good and the paintwork is good also.  There is some plastic on the model but this is used appropriately

Price

This model is reasonable value.

Overall

Although small in 1:50, it makes an interesting model for the construction model collector.  There is enough functionality built in to enable it to be posed in interesting ways with other models.

Footnotes

The model first appeared in 2007.  Although the model is sold under the Brami brand with both the box and the model being marked with the Brami name, it is often listed as being manufactured by Ros as model number 00197.8.
 
Parts out of the box.
Rough terrain tyres.
Picking up the pallet.
Fitted with the shovel.
Loading away a valuable treasure chest onto a Talbert Trailer.