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Bauer MC 96 Crane + DHG V/HDSG Hydraulic Grab - Malcolm

Maker: BYMO
Model No:  25027/6
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2023

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 6
Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 82%


Bauer MC 96 Crane + DHG V/HDSG Hydraulic Grab - Malcolm Video 
The box.
DHG V / HDSG tray.
Posed as a load. The A-frame sits high.
Attractive Malcolm colour scheme.
Metal hook.
Excellent teeth on the grab.
Plastic hose reel has an excellent colour match.
Heavy hydraulic grab.
At work.

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 has a maximum capacity of up to 130 tonnes at 4m radius.

The DHG V Grab System is designed for excavating underground panels for applications such as diaphragm walls for basements or slurry walls.

This model is in the colours of Malcolm, a US foundation engineering company.


The packaging consists of an outer sleeve enclosing two sets of trays, one of which holds the MC 96 and one holds the DHG V / HDSG Hydraulic Grab and Hose Handling System.

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

An 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, or the particular grab system modelled here which is a pity.

There is no information about the real machine.


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 variable so it can be fiddly to get them aligned straight.  The plastic exhaust pipe is good and there is textured walkway on the roof.

There is a cover plate for the hydraulic connections which can be used in foundation mode.  The Malcolm decoration and graphics are excellent

At the rear the counterweight is a single large block with six smaller blocks which can be optionally added for use in crane mode.  They are easy to knock off however.

The A-frame is metal with a solid pulley block and so is not free-running.  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.  The boom head is a very nicely made metal part with metal pulleys.  Out of the box it has two pendants fixed.  A large metal hook is supplied with two pulleys.

The DHG V grab is an impressive large part which is mainly metal.   The frame is modelled in metal with the steering plates being plastic but they are detailed and have a very good colour match to the metal parts.  Inside the frame the detailing is very good including the hydraulic ram that drives the grab. 

At the top the swivel motor is modelled.  The grab is metal with very nicely highlighted teeth.

The cable drums are plastic parts with an excellent colour match.   The hoses are a little on the stiff side but good looking poses can be obtained.  They run over metal guide wheels mounted on plastic fixing brackets.  Hydraulic lines run to the connection plate at the front of the MC 96.


The tracks roll well and are mounted on extendible frames. 

The crane rotates reasonably smoothly.

The boom can be luffed but the range is restricted by the amount of rope on the luffing winch drum at one end, and by a restraint on the A-frame at the other end.
The model is stable within the range of allowable boom movement.

The crane counterweight is detachable as are the walkways so it is possible to pose the MC 96 as a transport load.  However, the A-frame cannot be posed accurately.

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 grab can be held and raised and lowered although this means adjusting the three winches and two hose reels so it requires some co-ordination.

The grab opens and closes in a precise manner.

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


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

The paint and graphics are very good.


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


This model looks great in the colours of Malcolm.  It is a great combination of detail and functionality, with the lack of instructions being a negative point.


This version of the model first became available in October 2023., with other colours also produced.

Profile view.
MC 96 tray.
On the road.
Metal handrails.
Rigged as a crane.
Looks impressive.
Textured walkways and grilles on the roof.
Impressive foundation machine.
Looks great.