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Terex AC40-1 Mobile Crane

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2093
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2009

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Detail   (max 30)18
Features   (max 20)12
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)64%


The Terex AC40-1 Mobile Crane.
The Terex style box.
The parts out of the box.
The hazard board at the end of the boom is removeable.
Setting up the crane.
Detail of the fitted boom extension.
The Terex AC40-1 is a 3 axle 'City Class' crane out of the Demag stable, with a typical lifting capacity of 40t.  The crane has been specially designed for use in built up city environments and is therefore compact and maneuverable.

The model was originally produced many years ago as a Demag branded model, and this later branded version reviewed here is in the Terex livery.  This review is an updated review of the previous version. For a picture of the real machine click here.


The model is securely packed within polystyrene trays and is contained within a box which has pictures and technical details.

The review model had no defects or missing parts.  No instructions are provided.


The tyres are good with a strong tread pattern, and they are mounted on plastic hubs.  The base of the crane is a simple but good casting with painted lights.  The crane superstructure is similar with an orange beacon light provided on the roof.  Cab details are adequate.

The cab area lacks windscreen wipers and mirrors.

The boom has five sections and the winch is fixed on top of the lower boom section.  At the boom head the plastic pulleys are free-rolling.  Fixing holes for a folding fly jib are provided, but the jib is not included with the model.


All axles of the crane steer and the rear two axles are joined so that they steer together.  The steering axles are very well executed and look good when a hard lock is applied.  All the main crane functions operate so as usual the model can be posed in many ways.  Outriggers pull out and can be screwed down so the model is stable if the crane is posed working.  For transport there is a 'fender' piece which clips onto the lowered boom, and for use in confined spaces there is a mini boom extension (runner) which clips on.  When not in use the runner stows in a pocket at the rear of the crane.

The winch has no winding mechanism, but it is easily operated by finger rolling the winding drum itself, which has been ridged for this purpose.  Usefully, two hooks are provided, a single line metal hook and a three pulley block.  There is a loop for attaching whichever hook is strung in transport mode.


The casting details are good as is the paint and decals.  The outrigger beams are plastic as are the boom extension, fender, pulleys and toolbox.


The model is good value and is now relatively much less expensive than when it first appeared.


This is a pleasing model, and is well made although in some respects it shows its age and is generally less detailed than more modern models.  Overall it is recommended.


The model was introduced in 2000.  The initial version of this model was produced in Demag white prior to the takeover by Terex.  A number of versions have been available in crane company liveries.
The model is a snug fit in the tray.
A compact crane for work in cities.
The boom extension is kept in a pocket at the rear.  The steering has a very satisfying hard lock.
Set up for a simple lift.
Unloading beams from a Talbert Trailer.