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Clark Michigan 475B Wheel Loader

Maker: BYMO
Model No:  25022
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2013


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)9
Overall   (max 100)72%

Footnotes


Clark Michigan 475B Wheel Loader Video
The box.
Chunky tyres with detailed plastic wheel hubs.
Simple underneath.
Radiator at the rear is plastic.
Very nice hoses across the pivot point.
Insides of the wheel hubs are flat.
Comment on this model.

The original Clark Equipment Company of Illinois was founded in 1916, and in 1954 it entered the wheel loader market under the Michigan name.  It continued to sell wheel loaders under the Clark name until its full acquisition by Volvo in 1995.

The 475B machine was manufactured during the 1970s and it had a bucket capacity of 10 to 22 cubic yards (7.7 - 16.8m³).  It had a weight in the 70 tonne class.

Packaging

The packaging is simple with an outer cardboard box containing a pair of expanded polystyrene trays.  The review model had a detached work light which was found in the box and re-attached.

The box cover includes a dimensioned graphic of the real 475B which is a nice touch.  The only assembly required is to fit two access ladders at the rear.  They are very loose fitting however and easily dislodged.

Detail

The detail underneath is relatively simple with plain plastic base plates and there is no transmission detail other than basic differentials.  The rubber tyres are soft with a tread pattern and the wheels are plastic.  The outside hubs are finely detailed but the inside are plain discs which does not look right but they will be rarely seen.

The engine compartment has the Clark name nicely rendered in relief and painted, and the panel doors are indicated within the casting.  The exhaust pipes are plastic and lack holes so they are not high quality.  The handrails are soft plastic with a reasonable colour match and there are two clip-on ladders.  The radiator grille at the back is plastic and not the best, but the Michigan name is nicely cast in relief above it.

Most of the operator's cab is plastic with only the part below the windscreen in metal.  The plastic does allow some finer detailing of the cab structure.  Detail inside is reasonable.  There are plastic work lights but they are solid black plastic with no detail, and there is no windscreen wiper.  Around the cab the handrails and ladders are plastic, and the anti-slip walkways are denoted by black graphics.

Under the cab there are thin hydraulic hoses which cross the pivot point and they add welcome detail as does the universal joint for the drive shaft to the front axle.

At the front the double plate boom design is modelled well and the hydraulic rams look good even though there are no hydraulic hoses.  The connection rivets are painted and discrete, so the model looks good.

The bucket is a good metal casting with reasonable teeth and a bar along the top adds to the appearance.

Features

The wheels roll freely and they are fixed to their common axles.

The rear axle has a good range of oscillatory movement.

Steering across the pivot point is very good with adequate stiffness and a good range.

The loader mechanism works very well.  The bucket lifts to a very good height and has a realistic tipping angle, with the hydraulics stiff enough to hold any pose.

Quality

This is a reasonable quality model with a fairly high plastic content.

The paint is satisfactory with some of the black highlighting paint roughly applied on the rear radiator but it was easy to carefully scrape off.  The few graphics are very good.

Price

It is on the expensive side given the number of plastic parts.

Overall

Although it has been a long time coming it is good to see the 475B finally appear and it is a good looking representation of the historic machine.  It is not top quality but is a worthwhile addition to a mining model collection.

Footnotes

This model was released in March 2013 after first appearing at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2010.

 
Profile view.
Large bucket.
Drop down ladders at the rear have to be fitted.
Bucket lift height is very good.
Cab is mainly plastic .
Overall visual effect is good.
Rocking along.