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Mecalac 12MTX Wheeled Excavator

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2949
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2015

Conrad Models
Earthmoving Index

Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)20
Features   (max 20)17
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)74%


Mecalac 12MTX Wheeled Excavator Video. [Youku Video]
Mecalac branded box.
Good looking wheels.
Simple cab.
Some hydraulic hoses would have added to the appearance.
Using it like a wheel loader.
No problem loading a tipper.
Very compact tail swing.
Comment on this model.

Mecalac was founded in 1974 in France.  The Mecalac 12MTX is a compact machine with an operating weight of around 9 tonnes, and is particularly suited to narrow sites.


The model comes in a SRBG branded box and inside it is contained within a foam wrapping. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is a little information about the real machine printed on the box, but no instructions are supplied for the model.


Underneath, there is some detailing with the axles and transmission modelled in plastic.  The wheels are also plastic with good rubber tyres.

At one end of the undercarriage there is a metal blade, and

The curved rear end is cast well with paint highlighting for the lights.  At the front there are fully plastic stabilisers.

The cab detailing is on the simple side both inside and out, with the windscreen wipers denoted by graphics, and there are no cab mirrors.

The boom connections are made with reasonably discrete rivets, and the colour match of the plastic ram jackets is very good although there are no hydraulic hoses. 

Three tools are provided,  The two buckets are metal castings with good teeth, and the forks are metal too.


The wheels roll individually and the steering across the pivot point has a nice stiffness with a good range of movement.  The rear axle floats.

The stabilisers can be lowered and they have rotating pads.

The cab body rotates enabling some interesting poses to be created.

The boom has multiple articulations including the ability to articulate sideways.  The hydraulic cylinders are stiff enough to be posed in any position.

The tools interchange using a press-in connection, although it was difficult to locate fully on the large bucket.


This is a strong model which is metal with some plastic parts. 

The paint is applied well and the graphics are sharp.


The model is reasonable value.


It is an interesting model which reflects the multifunctional nature of the real machine.  It is a robust model and some more detailing would have added to the appearance.


This model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2015 and was introduced to coincide with the launch of the real machine at Intermat 2015.
Boom articulated sideways.
Profile view.
Simple curved body shape.
Multi articulated boom.
Using the forks.