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Bucher CityCat 5006 Compact Sweeper

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  5516
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2018

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Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 23
Features   (max 20) 18
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 80%


MAN TGS M + Zoeller X2 Refuse Truck + Bucher CityCat 5006 Compact Sweeper Video.  [Youku Video]
Bucher branded box.
Rigid mud flap at the back.
Opening rear door.
Hopper raised.
Alongside a Zoeller X2.
Vacuum is modelled between the brushes.

Bucher has a very long history stretching back to when it began as a blacksmith business in Switzerland in 1807.  It is a leading manufacturer of municipal vehicles for cleaning purposes.

The CityCat 5006 is a compact sweeper.


The model comes in a plain Bucher branded box.  The model is wrapped in foam rubber.

It had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information about the real machine and there are no instructions for the model.  The only assembly is to fit door mirrors and a roof aerial.


Underneath there is detailing of the rear axle.  The sweeping gear is modelled well and includes real brushes.  The tyres are the same front and rear and the wheels are detailed.  The rear lights are highlighted, and there is a rigid rear mud flaps.

The cab is detailed although the windscreen wipers are on the large side.  The door handles are modelled.

Behind the cab the suction system is modelled.

The body has a textured roof and small sharp graphics.  The structure on the underside is modelled well.


The steering works very well with both axles having a very good range of movement.

The moving sweeping brush rotates out and can move transversely to sweep on the left or right.  Each round channel brush rotates and can be extended out.

The hopper tilts, and the rear door opens widely.


This is a surprisingly heavy small model.  It is solidly made.

The paintwork is very good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonably priced.


This is a pleasing small model.  It has very good functionality and a heavy, quality feel.


The model appeared as a Summer release in 2018.

Convincing model.
Profile view.
Extended brush.
Brushes look very good.
Emptying out.