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Case CX 250 Demolition Excavator - Cardem

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2202/03
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2014

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Packaging   (max 10)
Detail   (max 30)21 
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)10 
Overall   (max 100)71%


Case CX 250 Demolition Excavator - Cardem Video.  [Youku Video]
Conrad box.
Good looking demolition machine.
Mirrors are clip-on.
Simple detailing from above.
Good hydraulics.
Good casting details.
At work on site.
Good load on a Cardem low loader. 
Comment on this model.

This model from Conrad has no indication of the original machine on the model or the packaging but appears to be based on the Case CX 250.

This version of the model is in the colours of Cardem which is part of the VINCI Group.


The model comes in a Conrad branded box and it is contained within a foam wrapping. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information about the real machine.  Assembly is limited to the attachment of a couple of mirrors.


The tracks are metal and they sit on track frames which are reasonably detailed although there are no moving parts other than the sprockets.  The rivet on the main drive sprocket affects the look of the model a little.  There is no detailing underneath.

The body is metal and the casting has a reasonable level of detail within it, and the access handrail is also metal.  The cab has a plastic guard and a reasonably detailed interior with a plastic grab rail.  Two mirrors are fitted although they do not have silvered surfaces so they are not so realistic.

The boom and stick are metal castings with hydraulic piping with rubber hydraulic hoses running from the body up the boom and across to the stick.  They look good..  The plastic cylinder jackets have a good colour match compared to the metal parts.

The crusher tool is metal with nice detailing.


The tracks roll well on a rough surface and are mounted on spring-loaded idlers that provide tension and allow them to be removed.

The model rotates smoothly.

The boom and stick have a good range of movement although the height is a little restricted.  The hydraulic cylinders are stiff so the model can be posed in any position. 

The crusher can be angled and rotated on the stick.  The jaws can also be opened and closed although they are very stiff.


This is a robust model from Conrad with a high metal content. 

The Cardem paint finish is good and the graphics are sharp.


The model is fair value for a limited edition.


This is a good looking Cardem branded demolition machine which has some improved detailing compared to earlier versions of the model.  It poses well with other models in the same colour scheme.


This model was released in February 2014 in a run of 200 models.

In the box.
Profile view.
Cardem graphics are sharp.
Decent tracks.
Simple underneath.
Nice cab guard.
Looks good in a diorama.