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Liebherr R 954 C Crawler Excavator - Christen AG

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2921/04
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2011

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Liebherr R 954 C Crawler Excavator - Christen AG Video.
Liebherr branded box.
Large size bucket.
Metal tracks and handrails.
Hydraulic lines on the boom.
Track frame detail is reasonable.
Loading a Volvo A40D.
Sweating hard with big rocks.
It makes a good load.
The Liebherr R 954 C Crawler Excavator is a machine with an operating weight in the range 49-62 tonnes.  The bucket size is 1.25 to 3.50m³.

Christen AG is a Swiss construction company that was founded in 1952. 

This model is an exclusive run by Heavy Transport Models (HTM)and is made for them by Conrad.  It appears to be modelled with a 6.7m gooseneck boom and a 2.9m stick.


The model comes in a Liebherr branded box and inside it is contained within a foam wrapping.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information supplied about Christen or the real machine.  The model does not require any assembly and no instructions are supplied.


The metal tracks are individually linked and they are mounted on track frames which are single-piece castings without any moving rollers.

The cab has door hinges detailed and there is a good metal grab rail although no mirrors or wipers.  The interior detail is fairly simple.  The body casting is good with grilles and mostly metal grab rails all around, and the Liebherr name is nicely cast in relief.  The engine cover is plastic.  At the rear there are some painted lights, the exhaust pipe is solid rather than having a hole, and at the front there is a metal unsilvered mirror.

There are plastic hydraulic lines at the boom foot, and to the bucket cylinders.  Other casting details on the boom and stick add to the realism but the colour match of the plastic hydraulic cylinder jackets to the metal parts is just slightly off.

The bucket is cast well with good teeth.

The decoration of the model is striking with very good graphics applied.


The tracks roll well and are mounted on spring-loaded idlers so are easily removed.

It rotates and the boom and stick have a very good range of movement as does the bucket.  The hydraulic cylinders are stiff so the model can be posed in any position.


This is another solid model from Conrad which is well made with a high metal content. 

The Christen livery has been produced well with high quality paint and graphics.


The model is a limited edition and the price reflects its rarity.


HTM have commissioned a the model in very smart looking Swiss livery and as a display piece the Liebherr R 954 C is eye catching.  It is easy to recommend.


This model in Christen livery appeared in November 2011.
 The original model in Liebherr colours first appeared in 2006.
Getting out of bed.
Profile view.
Smart colour and graphics.
Simple underneath.
Hydraulic lines run to the boom foot.
Colour of the hydraulic cylinders is very slightly off.
Loaded on a Goldhofer trailer.
Stretched out for the ride.