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Demag AC25 Mobile Crane

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2089
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2004

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)6
Detail   (max 30)17
Features   (max 20)11
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)61%


Small but perfectly formed.
The box.
The boom cannot lower fully onto the carrier which is a pity.
Details are sparse on the underside.
Outrigger beams are plastic.
The AC25 is the smallest Demag 'City Class' crane.  It is a 2 axle machine.


The model is contained in a box which has pictures and technical details on the outside and inside is a two piece polystyrene tray.  No instructions are provided and none are needed as there is no assembly.  The review model was undamaged.


The carrier of the crane is cast with steps, grab rails on the leading corners, and fender bars front and back.  Lights are painted raised areas within the casting.  Front and rear wheel chocks are fixed and unusually the rear end sports an 80km/h speed limit sign.

The crane superstructure is simple as are the cab details.  An orange beacon light is fixed on the cab roof although there are no windscreen wipers or mirrors.  A spare wheel is stowed behind the cab.  The boom is a four stage telescope and the winch is fixed on top of the lower boom section.  At the boom head the pulleys are plastic and are free-rolling.  Fixing holes for a folding jib and offset runner are provided, but neither is provided with the model.


Both axles of the crane steer, and a good lock can be obtained.  The main crane functions are all replicated so a variety of poses are possible.  The plastic outriggers pull out and can be screwed down.  A transport 'fender' piece (made of plastic) is provided which clips onto the lowered boom.  The winch is operated by rolling the winding drum directly and a single line metal hook is provided.

On the front end there is a loop for attaching the hook in transport mode.


The model has good casting details although they are relatively simple.  The paint and lettering is also good.


The model is relatively good value for money if perhaps lacking the details found in some newer models.


The AC25 is a good looking model which looks at home posed rigged for lifting in a confined space i.e. on a display shelf.  A folding jib would have enhanced the model more, as would metal outriggers.


The model was introduced in 1998.  The model was initially sold as an AC75 in accordance with the Demag numbering at the time and this was later changed to AC25 in line with revised Demag model numbering.  When the crane was uprated to 30t by Demag it was classed as the AC30 and the model was revised to this numbering.  Many versions were produced in company liveries including Scholpp and Wiesbauer.
The model in the tray.
All wheel steering.
It struggles a bit as a handling crane in real life but in the scale model world it lifts fine.