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Komatsu PC8000-6 Mining Shovel - Electric

Maker: BYMO
Model No:  25026/1
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2017

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 18
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 79%


Komatsu PC8000-6 Mining Shovel - Electric Video  [Youku Video]
The huge box.
Metal hndrails are very good.
Massive track frames.
Detail in the cab.
Access stairs lowered.
Impressive BC 35 trench cutter.
At work.
Height of loading is fine..
Huge machine.

The Komatsu PC8000 is one of the largest hydraulic mining shovels in the world.  It has an operational weight of around 750 tonnes.

The version modelled here is the electric powered version.


The packaging is a huge size and consists of an outer sleeve enclosing two trays, with the model wrapped in a plastic bag inside.

There were no missing parts on the review model but a part was loose in the box and was easily re-glued.

There is no information about the model although the design of the upper tray looks like there was space provision for a brochure.    There is some information about the real machine on the box sleeve.


This is a large and extremely heavy model weighing around 7.8 kg.

The detail is fairly simple underneath, but the metal crawler track links have got very nicely cast individual links.  The track frames are of heavy build, but are fairly simple, and they do have working rollers.

Between the tracks at one end is a cable reel assembly for the electric power supply.  It has plastic parts but looks good as the colour match is fine.

At the rear of the body the counterweight is suitably massive with the Komatsu name crisply applied.  The many side grilles look very good, and a mixture of materials is used.  The access stair and the many handrails are all metal and they look good.  Mesh walkways are also nicely modelled.

The cab is a plastic part, but the colour match is excellent so it does not show.  Inside there are seats detailed, and there is a textured walkway surface outside.

The roof of the body has large plain areas because this is an electric machine, and the plastic covers to the engine compartment are slightly off colour.  A small telescopic winch is modelled in plastic.

To the side of the boom area there are some very nicely modelled grilles.

The boom and stick are very substantial pieces, and they impress because of the very good detailing of the hydraulics.  Flexible black plastic hoses are used, with yellow pipe runs adding a busy look.  The covers to the pinning points are also very nicely represented.  The lifting eyes are properly formed with holes. 

The beefy hydraulic rams have plastic jackets with hydraulics detailing.

The big shovel is a suitably massive part and the wear plate and tooth detailing is excellent.  However the inside back plate of the shovel is plastic and it shows as the colour match is a bit off.


The tracks were tight on the review model although they could be rolled by hand.  They may settle down if worked a little.

The electric cable reel rotates smoothly and a good length of cable can be run off.

Rotation is solid without any rocking, and just the occasional sticky patches.

The rams controlling the boom and stick are extremely stiff, but will hold any pose set, and the range of movement seems good.  The shovel splits open and this works well.

The small winch on the roof rotates and the jib can be raised up and down, but in other respects is non-functional.


This is a decent quality model overall with some aspects of the finish not the best.  Plastic has generally been used appropriately with a good colour match to metal parts in some places but not everywhere.

The paint and graphics are very good.


It is reasonable value given the huge size.


This is a long-awaited model from Bymo, and it is good that production versions have finally been released.  It is hugely impressive overall, and only some aspects of the final finish could have been better on the review model.  In reality, as a giant model, it dominates.


This model was produced in diesel and electric versions.

Profile view.
Cable stinger at the right.
Crawler tracks are very good. Cable reel also looks good.
Very nice hydraulics detailing.
Shovel impresses with the outside detail.
Inside plate of the shovel is plastic..