|Conrad box. |
|The parts out of the box. |
|Good decoration on the body.|
|Protective guard on the cab.|
|Bucket is simple.|
|Booms connected for transport. |
|Cab detailing is simple.|
|Loading some steel.|
|Interesting transport loads.|
|Comment on this model.|
The Liebherr R 954 BV was a demolition machine with an extended boom fitted with a hydraulic crusher for tearing down structures at height. It was superceded in the Liebherr range by the R 954 C.
The first version of this model was introduced in Liebherr colours in 2001. It did not include a sorting grab.
This model is in the colours of Rino, a German demolition company.
The model comes in a standard Conrad-branded box which opens up to reveal the model packed within good quality foam rubber. There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.
No instructions are provided and there is no information about the real machine.
The undercarriage is the standard version used on other Conrad Liebherr R 954 models. It has good metal tracks mounted on simple frames which are a big improvement over the plastic tracks on the first version of the model.
The body is largely metal with a plastic top cover to the engine. Recesses for panel handles and grooves for grilles are formed within the casting. Additional counterweight is provided within the body casting at the rear. The Liebherr and Rino graphics look very good.
The cab is fairly simple with a metal grab rail and a plastic debris guard, and the internal details are fairly plain.
The boom foot has stiff plastic hydraulic hoses fitted and the main lift cylinders have a reasonable colour match.
The separate excavator boom and arm has a simple fitted bucket but there are no hydraulic hoses. The graphics are very good.
The main demolition boom is cast in three pieces and has hydraulic pipe details within the casting with plastic hoses crossing the hinge points so it looks quite good. A quick fit attachment for tools is provided.
The crusher is all metal and quite heavy. It looks good with sharp teeth and is an improvement compared to the tool provided with the earlier version of the model. The sorting grab is also metal and has small hydraulic cylinders modelled inside.
Two metal stands are provided to store the booms when not fitted to the machine.
The tracks can roll fairly well on a rough surface model and are tensioned by springs in the idlers.
The excavator boom can be attached to the boom foot in two different positions using plastic pins. It has a good range movement on all cylinders.
The demolition boom has good movement and it is just stable with the first boom section vertical and the other parts horizontal, and in this respect the metal tracks help stability. There is a small plastic clip which fixes the booms together for stability during transport. The quick coupler allows either tool to be fixed with a pin.
The crusher rotates and opens and closes also.
The sorting grab rotates and opens and closes with the two sides cleverly linked together so that they move in unison.
The provision of boom stands allows the model parts to be posed as interesting transport loads.
The model is strong and well made with a high metal content. The paintwork and graphics are very good.
The model is a limited edition and is good value.
Although the base model was introduced a long time ago and the detail level is therefore not the highest, this version in Rino colours looks very good and has significant improvements. It is a flexible model and is recommended.
The model was introduced in 2001. In 2005 a special edition 'Max Wild' liveried version was produced by Conrad. In green, it also included a sorting grab which could be fitted to the long boom. The run was limited to 250 models. Also Conrad produced a limited edition of 150 models in green 'Alfred Arbogast' livery. Other liveries produced include an orange 'Kemmer' version and a red 'Oranje' version. In 2012 versions were produced in Rino, Kibag and Schlenter colours.
|In the packaging. |
|Metal tracks. |
|Digging boom attached.|
|Profile view with the demolition arm.|
|View underneath. |
|Crusher is detailed.|
|Fitted with the sorting grab.|
|Grab is metal. |
|Loading a DAF Tipper.|
|Attaching the demo boom.|
|Ready for the road on Nooteboom Trailers. |