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MAN Liebherr HTM 704 Concrete Mixer

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  66118
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2004

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)5
Detail   (max 30)16
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)13
Price   (max 15)8
Overall   (max 100)55%


Clean lines and a metal drum make a nice model.
The chute at the rear rotates out to let the concrete go.
A fine looking truck.
Liebherr concrete mixers come in different sizes and can be fitted to a variety of truck chassis.  This is the version fitted to a 3 axle MAN chassis.


Surprisingly this model came in a plain box rather than the normal Liebherr style with pictures and text.  Enclosed in foam, the model arrived undamaged.  The wing mirrors come separately to be attached by the collector.


The truck chassis is detailed.  Viewed from the underside the prop shafts and differentials are all modelled.  Wheel hubs are detailed.  The cab is pleasantly detailed with the steps into the cab being good.  Detail within the cab appears basic but in reality it is difficult to see much inside.  Windscreen wipers are formed within the plastic of the windscreen and painted.  Side fenders (plastic) are provided and light lenses are present in the front and painted in the rear.  The drum chassis is a separate casting, simple and effective with good handrails and ladder.  The drum is metal and has no internal detail.


The front axle steering is very good with a very hard lock possible.  The cab tilts to reveal the engine and the metal drum rotates freely.  A separate plastic chute comes with the model and can be attached at the rear and rotated to distribute concrete.


Most parts are metal and the overall effect of the model is good.  Paint and graphics are fine and the blue and white version of this model stands out.


The model is reasonable value although newer models from other makers will provide competition.


A good looking model which would benefit from more detail and in some places more metal components.


The Mercedes Benz version of the model was listed as model number 4045 and was introduced in 1999.  It was yellow and white with a striped drum.

There's an engine under the tilting cab.
Chassis detail can be seen if the driver tips the truck over.
Rear view shows good detail.