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Sandvik TH550 Underground Truck

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2729
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2011

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)76%


Sandvik TH550 Underground Truck Video
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Conrad box.
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Heavy looking machine.
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Excellent mesh detail over the engine.
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Details at the articulated joint.
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Tipping its load.
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It is a good match for the LH621 Underground Loader.
The Sandvik TH550 is designed for underground rock excavations where headroom is a problem.  The real machine weighs around 36 tonnes and has a payload of 50 tonnes.


The model comes in a Sandvik branded presentation box with a good photo.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is some information on the box about the real vehicle but no instructions for the model.  The only assembly required is to fit two mirrors which only takes moments.


It is a heavy model with a high metal content and underneath the main transmission elements are modelled.  The tyres are particularly nice and chunky with a strong tread pattern and the wheel hubs are detailed. 

The front end is modelled well with plenty of detail contained within the metal casting including cab door hinges and textured surfaces.  There is a metal grille on the top of the model which is particularly finely rendered.

On the side and front there are plastic grilles and good details are the fire extinguisher which is stowed at the front and a safety grille on the rear cab window.

The dump body of the truck is a solid metal casting and as a nice detail includes lifting eyes along the top edge for removal of the body.


The front axle oscillates up and down.

Steering the truck can be achieved using the articulated joint in the centre and a good angle can be obtained.

The front grilles can be opened to give access to cooling equipment within the engine.

The tipping angle of the body is very good and the hydraulic cylinders are stiff enough to hold any pose set.  A neat feature is a safety bar under the body which can be folded down to act as a prop and provide safe working when the vehicle chassis is being maintained.


This is another strong Conrad model with little plastic.  It is painted well and finished with good graphics.


It is good value considering the large metal content.


This is another interesting model of a Sandvik machine and looks good when paired with the LH621 Underground Loader.  It is highly recommended.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2011.  It was made in two versions - the version made for Sandvik had some green decoration.
 A revised version of the model was introduced in early 2012.
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Foam rubber packing.
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Big tyres have good tread.
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Warning chevrons abound.
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Opening grilles.
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Tipping angle is very good.
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Profile view.