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Bauer MC 96 Crane + BC 35 Trench Cutter

Maker: BYMO
Model No:  25027
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2014

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 24
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 17
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 76%


Bauer MC 96 Crane + BC 35 Trench Cutter Video  [Youku Video]
The box.
BC 35 tray and instructions.
Access steps can be lowered.
Textured walkways on the sides and top.
Rigged as a crane.
Impressive BC 35 trench cutter.
Cutter frame is metal with plastic detailing.
Cable guides at the front.
Detailed cutter wheels.
Hose wheels.
Transport load.
Realistic headroom profile.
Comment on this model.

The MC 96 is a duty cycle crane optimised for repetitive foundation activities.  Depending on configuration it weighs around 120 tonnes.  When used as a crane it can have a maximum capacity of up to 130 tonnes at 4m radius.

The BC 35 Trench Cutter is configured to a width of 1.2m with 1.5m cutting wheels and there are no extension plates.  In this configuration the real cutter weighs around 33 tonnes.


The packaging consists of an outer sleeve enclosing two sets of trays, one of which holds the MC 96 and one holds the BC 35, which potentially allows the two models to be released separately in the future.

There were no missing parts on the review model although the counterweight parts of the MC 96 had some chips on the paint.  The mirror on the cab was broken in the box but easily re-glued.

A very good instruction book is included with the model and it has parts lists, written instructions in German and English, and reasonable annotated photos.  There is no information about the real machine which is a pity.


The MC 96 has good quality metal crawler tracks with detailed pads but there are no working rollers on the track frames.

The cab appears to be plastic but the interior is good with the joysticks clearly modelled.  The crane body is metal with the exception of the plastic removable side panel which allows access to the winches.  Casting detailing on the body is good with grilles and panel handles, and small graphics add to the look. 

The model features the optional walkways of the real crane and these are metal although they seem a bit too high.  Each side has an add-on access ladder and these are soft plastic.  The handrails around the top of the body are metal, but their plug-in connection to the body is weak so it can be fiddly to get them aligned straight.  The plastic exhaust pipe seems a bit too thin, but there is textured walkway on the roof.

At the rear the counterweight is a single large block with six smaller blocks which can be optionally added.  They are easy to knock off however and some collectors will prefer to insert a central pin (not supplied) through the holes in the blocks.

The A-frame is metal with metal pulleys.  On the review model there was not quite enough thread on the luffing drum to allow the A-frame to fully take up a transport load position, and the connection to the boom foot is not modelled.   The pendant connection has the equaliser modelled but it is not functional which is a pity as it would have evened the tension in the two pendant lines.  The wire ropes are good though, with interlocking connectors and nut and bolt connections. 

The boom sections are all metal.  They are nicely cast with riveted walkway mesh and tiny black bolts to make the connections.  Two boom heads are supplied.  One is for crane operation and it is a very nicely made metal part with big pulleys.  It would have benefitted from a better pendant connection however as they just bolt directly to one side of the supplied lugs.  A large metal hook is supplied with two pulleys.

The other boom head is for trench cutter operation and is an entirely plastic part. 

The BC 35 Trench Cutter is a large detailed model.  The rigid cutter frame is modelled in metal with discrete bolt head details and sharp graphics.  The steering plates and cutter heads are plastic but they are detailed and have a reasonable colour match to the metal parts.  Inside the frame the detailing is very good including the inclinometer box and mud pump which are in plastic. 

The hoses look good although the large hose in particular really needed a much more flexible material to allow it to hang more naturally, and a heat source such as a hairdryer is needed to help straighten the big hose out.  The hose guide wheels are plastic, with the lower support frame being metal. 


The tracks roll well and are mounted on extendible frames.  The extensions are fairly loose so care has to be taken to align the tracks in parallel.

The crane rotates smoothly.

The three winches are operated by plastic keys which are stored behind the removable panel.  They do not have positive brakes but there is enough friction to hold moderate loads, and the trench cutter can be held on two winches even though it is relatively heavy.

The boom can be raised and lowered although because of its weight it soon unbalances the model, so a fairly upright pose is required.

The crane counterweight is detachable as are the walkways so it is possible to pose the MC 96 as a transport load, although there was not enough thread on the luffing winch to allow the A-frame to be fully lowered with full reeving.

The walkways feature folding stairs at their ends.

The BC 35 has rotating cutters.  The hose wheels can also be lowered using winches to simulate the cutter going underground.


This is a reasonable quality model overall with some smaller aspects less good.  Plastic has generally been used appropriately with a good colour match to metal parts.

The paint and graphics are very good.


It is good value given the complexity and flexibility of the model.


As a foundation engineering model this is a welcome addition as it it poses impressively because of its complexity.  Some aspects of the quality could be improved and some more flexible hoses would enhance the look significantly.  Overall it is good enough to highly recommend.


This model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2014 and became available in August 2014.

Profile view.
MC 96 tray.
Walkway railings seem a bit over scale.
Crawler tracks are good.
Cab is mainly plastic.
High quality pendants.  Boom sections have mesh walkways and black bolts are good too.
Crane at work.
Hoses are too stiff to hang straight.
Mud pump and inclinometer box.
Impressive complex model.