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Case CX250D Long Reach Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2201/03
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2015

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)20
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)72%


Case CX250D Excavator video.  [Youku Video]
Conrad branded box.
Simple track frames.
Reaching out.
Stability is good over the front of the tracks.
Revised handrails. 
On the road.
It is a good load for a truck.
Comment on this model.

The Case D Series crawler excavators were introduced at the Intermat 2015 Exhibition.  The CX250D was the smallest of the series.

The version modelled here has a long reach boom of 10.3m and an arm of 8m.   The total operating weight is around 28 tonnes. 


Surprisingly the packaging is a Conrad branded rather than Case branded.  Inside, the model is protected by foam rubber wrapping.

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The only assembly required is the addition of two mirrors.  There is no information about the real machine or the model included. 


The tracks are metal and they sit on track frames which are reasonably detailed.  The rivet on the main drive sprocket is large but as it is not bright brass it is less obtrusive on this version of the model.  There is no detailing underneath.

The body is metal so the model is heavy.  The casting has a reasonable level of detail within it, and the counterweight is updated to reflect the real machine, as does the layout of the metal handrails.  Graphics are used to represent the grilles.

The cab has a detailed interior and there are two mirrors.  Neither have silvered surfaces and are not circular as seen on the real machine.

The boom and stick are metal castings and are impressive because of their length.  There is hydraulic piping within the casting and there are some plastic hydraulic lines crossing the boom to the stick but there are no lines running to individual cylinders.  There is a connector for clipping the boom and stick together when the machine is being transported.

The small bucket is nicely formed.


The tracks roll quite smoothly and the drive sprocket on each frame is spring loaded to maintain tension.

The model is just about stable at maximum reach over the front of the tracks, but over the side it tips at maximum reach.  The cylinders are stiff enough to hold the boom and stick at any angle.

A good feature is that the boom and arm can fold up and lay down horizontal so it makes a very good transport load on a suitable heavy haulage vehicle.


This is a robust model with relatively little plastic. 

The paintwork and graphics are very good.


The model is reasonable value.


This model is a modest update of the previous version in order to reflect the latest CX250D.   It is more than cosmetic with different handrails and counterweight, and a bit more added detail would have been good.  As usual a key attribute of any Conrad model is its strength and robustness.


The model first appeared at the Intermat exhibition in 2015, together with a standard excavator version.
In the packaging.
Profile view.
Revised counterweight.
Simple underneath.
Impressive large model.
The boom folds right down low.