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Liebherr R 954 C Crawler Excavator - Pongers

Maker:  Heavy Transport Models
Model No:  2921/13 (Conrad)
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2013


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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)9
Overall   (max 100)74%

Footnotes


Liebherr R 954 C Crawler Excavator - Pongers (and others) Video.
Liebherr branded box.
Two tools.
Strong Pongers graphics.
Simple underneath with some detailing on the body.
Crusher tool.
The grab.
On a demo site.
Good looking haulage load.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr R 954 C Crawler Excavator is a machine with an operating weight in the range 49-62 tonnes. 

This model is commissioned by Heavy Transport Models (HTM) and is made for them by Conrad. 

It is in the colours of Pongers, a Dutch demolition and recycling company.

Packaging

The model comes in a Liebherr branded box and inside it is contained within a foam wrapping.  A label at the end of the box has a small picture of the model. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information supplied about the real machine.  No instructions are supplied.

Detail

The metal tracks are wide and are individually linked.  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.  A large plastic falling object protection grille covers the windscreen and roof.  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 mirror which is not silvered.

There are plastic hydraulic lines at the boom foot, and also at the tool cylinder.  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 in certain lighting conditions.  Yellow is a difficult colour in this respect.

The sorting grab is metal with the pinned connection point on the stick being plastic.  It has some good detailing with small hydraulic cylinders modelled inside.

The combination crusher is all metal except for the quick coupler and is quite heavy.  It looks good with sharp teeth.

Features

The tracks roll well and are mounted on spring-loaded idlers so the tension is good and they are easily removed if required.

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

The sorting grab is removable from the stick by taking out a pin, and it can also be pulled off its push-fit connection to the quick coupler.  It opens and closes with the two sides cleverly linked together so that they move in unison.

The crusher rotates and opens and closes also.  It can also be separated from the quick connector.

Quality

This is another robust version of the R 954 C from Conrad.  It is well made with a high metal content. 

The paintwork and graphics are good.

Price

The model is a limited edition and is reasonable value.

Overall

Although this model is based on an old casting it is a slightly improved with the quick connector allowing an easy change of tools.  It looks nice in Pongers colours.

Footnotes

This model in Pongers livery appeared in July 2013.

Sitting inside the wrapping.
Profile view.
Looks good.
Wide tracks.
  
Guard on the cab.
Hydraulic lines run to the boom foot.
Loading steel.