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ABI Mobilram TM13/16 SL Piling Rig

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2516/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2018

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Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 20
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 75%


ABI Mobilram TM13/16 SL Piling Rig Video  [Youku Video]
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ABI box.
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Grilles are formed of graphics. The sheet piles are not included with the model.
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Textures on the top.
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Good looking model.
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Driving in sheet piles.
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On the road.
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Hydraulic hoses run from the body.

This ABI Mobilram is the TM 13/16 SL, and it is fitted with a MRZV 20VV pile driving and extracting vibrator.  It is mounted on a SR 30 T carrier.

The real machine is used for a variety of foundation tasks including sheet piling and augering small diameter piles. 


The model comes in an ABI-branded box with the model packed within foam rubber. 

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

There is no information about the real machine.  A simple instruction sheet describes the assembly.


The undercarriage has metal tracks mounted on frames which have no working rollers, but step irons are indicated.  The drive sprockets and idlers are plastic with a good colour match.  The metal tracks are robust.

The cab has good metal grab bars and internally there are console and pedal details, but there are no mirrors or wipers detailed.  The walkway outside the cab is fixed and it would have been better if it was removable or foldable for transport.

A metal ladder climbs the side of the body and graphics represent the grilles.  At the rear the counterweight is modelled well and there is an exhaust pipe.   The upper surfaces have a variety of different textures, and the handrails are robust metal.  Soft hydraulic hoses run to the front.

The ram arm and components are almost all metal and are well detailed.  The soft hydraulic lines run to the tool sledge and they hang realistically.  Hydraulic ram jackets are plastic with a very good colour match.  A very nice detail is the reeved rope lines for controlling the sledge although they are non-functional.

At the top of the boom is a rope and hook but this is non-operating.

The vibrator is a heavy metal part and it has some nice fine detailing.


The tracks are stiff but roll well enough on a rough surface and are tensioned by springs in the idlers.

The body rotates smoothly and without any rocking.

The leader mast is movable and can be posed in transport mode or erected. 

Whilst the machine is erected the sliding head can be positioned up and down the boom, and the telescopic mechanism works well.

The model can be displayed in transport mode with the handrails removed.


This is solid and heavy small model with a high metal content.

The paintwork and graphics are very good.


The model is reasonable value.


Conrad has made a number of significant and worthwhile improvements compared to the first version that came out in 2000.  It is a good looking and functional model.


The model first appeared in late 2017 in ABI green and grey colours as model #2516.  This blue version appeared in April 2018.

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Parts out of the box.
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Vibrator is very detailed.
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Simple underneath.
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Leader ropes are reeved.
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Profile view.
Good transport load.