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Bauer MC 96 Crane + BC 35 HDS-T Trench Cutter

Maker: BYMO
Model No:  25027/1
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2018


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 83%

Footnotes


Bauer MC 96 Crane + BC 35 HDS-T Trench Cutter Video  [Youku Video]
The box.
MC 96 tray.
Access steps can be lowered.
Underneath.
 
Tough looking machine.
Detailed track frames.
Impressive model.
Detailed hydraulic connections.
Impressive boom head with metal wheels.
Extra counterweight in crane mode.
Rigged as a crane.


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 HDS-T Trench Cutter is configured to a width of 1.2m with 1.5m cutting wheels and has a hose drum system.  This version also has a rotation device for the cutter and so has the ' T ' designation.

Packaging

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 HS-T.

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

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.  However it does not cover the MC 96 in crane mode. 

There is no information about the real machine.

Detail

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

The cab is plastic but the interior is good with the joysticks clearly modelled.  The crane body is metal including the removable side panel which allows access to the winches.  Casting detailing on the body is very 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.  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 is good and there is textured walkway on the roof.

This version of the model lacks a separate cover plate for the hydraulic connections which can be used in crane mode.  One is included and permanently fitted to the cutter system.

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 a solid metal pulley block.  Separate pulleys would be much better.   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.  Out of the box it has two pendants fixed.  A large metal hook is supplied with two pulleys.

The BC 35 HDS-T trench cutter comes with a special boom head for the MC 96.  It is an impressive large metal part.  

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 good 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 connection of the hoist ropes to the cutter is an issue because the rope cannot be reeved through the cutter top so the ropes have to be directly knotted together which does not look so good.

The hose and cable drums are metal metal parts with really good detailing.   The hoses and cables have a nice softness and they pose realistically.   A length of hose runs away from the machine and it has a modelled valve.  Hydraulic lines run to a connection plate which fixes to the front of the MC 96.

Features

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 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.

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.

The hose and cable drums of the BC 35 HDS-T rotate smoothly.

The trench cutter can be held and raised and lowered on two winches even though it is relatively heavy.

The cutter rotates on its connection so that panels which are angled to the crane can be excavated.

The cutter wheels rotate.

Quality

This is a nice quality model with a high metal content. 
Plastic has generally been used appropriately with a good colour match to metal parts.

The paint and graphics are very good.

Price

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

Overall

This is another interesting Bauer foundation model.  It looks great on display and the overall quality is improved compared to previous versions.

Footnotes

This model first became available in September 2018.

 
Profile view.
BC 35 HDS-T tray.
Parts list inside the manual.
Crane as a load. The access steps stick out.
Removable panel gives access to the winches.
Large cable and hose drums are metal.
 
Detailed cab.
The profile of the hoses and cables is very good.
Detailed boom and pendant connections.
Impressive cutter.
Slight flexing of the boom at the connections.