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Potain MDT 809 Tower Crane

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2036
Scale:  1:87
Review Date:  April 2024

Conrad Index
Tower Crane Index

Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 14
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 79%


Potain MDT 389 Tower Crane video.
Potain branded sleeve.
Metal blocks stabilise the bottom of the tower.
Detailed trolley and hook.
The cab deck.
Heavy counter jib.
Detailed machinery deck.

The MDT 809 is a range of topless cranes from Potain, and it was launched at the Bauma Exhibition in 2019.

It has a maximum jib length of 80m and can lift up to 40 tonnes, depending on configuration.


The model box is a Potain-branded sleeve enclosing a pair of expanded polystyrene trays. 

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

The model comes as a kit and has to be assembled.  Very good assembly instructions are provided.  It is straightforward to build the model.


The cruciform base has a plastic access ladder and platform and the separate ballast blocks are metal and painted to represent concrete. 

The mast sections are made up as triples of the 5m sections of the real crane, but without distinct detailing of the section joints.  Plastic ladder sections and platforms are included.  The mast sections join together using a clipping system which provides rigid and effective joints. 

The slewing ring assembly is modelled particularly well and includes a proper opening in the middle. 

The cab has a windscreen wiper, and inside the seat has joystick controls.  It is mounted on a metal deck which includes equipment cabinets.

The counter jib has the distinctive Potain profile, and it looks very good, with the Potain name signs looking particularly good.  The counterweight block is a single metal casting although it is made to look like separate concrete slabs.  The machinery deck is impressive and is modelled in metal.  A maintenance lifting beam is a nice touch.

The jib is made up of four metal sections which interlock to make the full jib, which scales as a maximum 80m jib.  It has a very good profile and includes a mesh walkway along the jib length.  A trolley motor and winch platform is a separate metal part.  The trolley winch drum would have looked nicer with some rope wound on it.

The trolley frame is plastic, and the hook block is metal.  It looks good because it also has stands for when the block is on the ground.  Small metal pulleys are used throughout the model.


The tower is made of three sections so the model can be built to a variety of heights.  

The crane rotates very smoothly.

The trolley can be positioned anywhere along the jib.

The hoist can be operated using a supplied key, but the machinery deck is only slotted in place so it can be easily dislodged.   The hook does not have enough weight to lower smoothly when the drum is unwound, so a small load helps.  The hook can be reeved in 2-fall or 4-fall modes.

The model cannot effectively be shown in short jib configurations and most parts are too large to be used as realistic transport loads on 1:87 scale trucks.


This a very good quality model having regard for the small scale and large size.

The paintwork is very good.


It is fair value.


This is an impressive model due to its large size with the real crane having an 80m jib.  Conrad has combined excellent model engineering with a very nice level of detail.  It would have been even better if Potain had required that the model was made in the same sections as the real crane to give more display flexibility.


The model first appeared in July 2023.
Inside the box.
Chains on the hook are not included.
Very good profile.
Looks impressive.
Profile view.