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Liebherr TK 8 Tower Crane

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  1041
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2004


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)9
Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)80%

Footnotes


The model looks excellent with its silver paint job.
The cab is all metal (except for the windows!).
Superb quality casting with parts of the lattice work made up of angle sections.
A first class model with which to celebrate the Liebherr anniversary.
The TK 8 tower crane is a historic machine being one of the first products of the Liebherr Company.  This model was produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Liebherr in 1999.

Packaging

The anniversary version of the model is supplied in a simple wooden case.  The wood is lightweight and pale and the box is not varnished.  However, it still gives the feel that this is a special model.  Removing the lid reveals the model contained within a black foam rubber insert which contrasts with the silver colour of the model very well.  There is also a leaflet with the model, which although not uniquely numbered, is a nice touch.  It shows a copy of the original patent application, a picture of the original machine and a simple page of instructions.

The high quality packaging delivered an undamaged model.

Detail

The model is assembled and requires no rigging.  This crane runs on tracks and a short metal length is included with the model.

Turning to the crane itself the immediate impression is that extra care was put into this model.  The casting detail around the base is excellent.  The winding handles provided to control the hook and jib are metal.  The casting of the mast and jib is first class as close inspection of the lattice work reveals that the cross members are all tiny L-shaped angle sections.  This is very pleasing detail.

The cab is also very good and includes a roof section within the mast cross-section - another piece of close attention to detail.  The hook is a standard Conrad single line hook.  A capacity notice board is clipped to the mast.

Also provided with the model is a medal to celebrate the 50 year anniversary.

Features

The main crane functions can all be operated so the crane can be posed in any number of ways.  The control of the jib luffing is with a pin through a chain at the end of the luffing rope.

This means the luffing is not stepless and is more like a jib which can be fixed in a variety of positions, presumably as in the real machine.  The model is well balanced.

Quality

The casting and paintwork are of a very high standard.  The use of plastic is limited to the pulleys and cab windows.  This model looks exceptionally good under lighting when the silver paint glistens.

Price

This model is very good value in the wooden case version.

Overall

A very fitting model for Liebherr to celebrate its anniversary.  The excellent quality makes this a first-class model.

Footnotes

The model was produced in two versions of packaging.  The first was in the wooden case described above.  The second was in the usual Liebherr picture box style.  The model was withdrawn from Conrad's online model list in February 2006.
 
The medal that celebrates Liebherr's 50 years.
Excellent detail at ground level.
The crane travels on the provided set of tracks.