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MAN TGX + Goldhofer Vessel Bed - H N Krane

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  70200
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2012

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MAN TGX + Goldhofer Vessel Bed - H N Krane Video.
Conrad box.
The parts out of the box.
Lights have plastic lenses.
Chassis detail.
Livery looks really good.
Under the module units.
Solid gooseneck.
Painted rear light array.
Good graphics on the frame.
Carrying a 'vessel'.
Configured for a wide load.
Narrow beam configuration.
A Goldhofer Semi and Mercedes Sprinter complete the show.
This is an exclusive model by Heavy Transport Models (HTM) and is made for them by Conrad.  It is in the colours of H N Krane, a German crane and heavy haulage company headquartered near Rostock.

The tractor is a MAN TGX 8x4.


The model comes in a standard 'Conrad Collection' box with the model and its many parts securely held within high quality black foam rubber.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There are a number of components and a black and white double-sided sheet of instructions is provided which gives a clear pictorial description of how it fits together and some of the various configurations possible.  It is straightforward to assemble.

There is no information supplied about H N Krane or the real vehicle.


The MAN TGX tractor is an 8x4 and the model designation is 41.680.  The transmission and suspension is mostly modelled, with the main prop shaft missing because of the large linked steering mechanism.  The wheels are very good, with different width tyres split between the driven and steering axles.  The hubs are nicely detailed.

The cab looks good in the HN Krane livery and impresses with colour coded door mirrors and sharp looking graphics, but there is no number plate.  The roof has a good light bar, beacon lights and aerials, with air horns adding detail.  Under the cab is a reasonable plastic engine.

The metal equipment tower behind the cab is detailed and very solid and has a good mesh-encased fan on top.  The wheel arches are plastic with lenses on the lights at the rear.  Two towing hitches complete the detail.

The two Goldhofer modules are of similar construction.  They have very strong metal surfaces and structural frames, and each set of wheels is mounted on a plastic support which includes a working cylinder.  They have a yellow stripe painted down their edges. 

The gooseneck is a heavy piece and is modelled well with various cylinders and wheel chocks underneath.  The headboard and side panels are metal with a nice metal hand railing.  The casting details are very good with fine details.

The support beams for the bed are metal and feel strong.  A series of metal adaptors is provided to allow different configurations.  Plastic deck surface sections can be placed between the beams or alternatively plastic span rods can be used to maintain the separation of the beams.

A clip-on light bar with painted details can be attached at the rear of the trailer.


The MAN tractor has linked steering on the front two axles and these permit a small range of movement before fouling on the wheel arches.  However they can be forced to give a hard lock which is fine for posing the model.  At the rear, the driven axles float independently to give some suspension movement. 

The cab tilts forward and can be posed in a tilted position.

A second towing hitch can be fitted at the rear.

The Goldhofer modules have axles with a very good range of movement up and down and side to side to represent suspension.  The steering mechanism works well with various axle lines linked together, and when turned they have a degree of proportionality in how they move.

The real flexibility of the model is the large number of possible configurations.  The axle units can be coupled in various ways.  They can be separately attached to the gooseneck, or joined to make a continuous seven axle line.

The deck beam components are adjustable for length and width, and either deck sections or three different lengths of width spacer beams can be used.  The deck can be attached to the module units or directly to the gooseneck. 

When stretched out to the maximum length the whole model is around 65cm long.


As usual, the Conrad quality is high and the model is strong and robust with a high metal content.  The H N Krane livery is very good and the applied graphics are sharp.


The price reflects the very limited edition nature of the model.


The H N Krane livery looks really good on this model and it poses well with other H N Krane models from HTM.  The Goldhofer trailer has many configuration possibilities and the model is highly recommended.


The H N Krane livery was made in a limited run of only 100 models.

The parts rest in high quality foam.
The standard configuration.
Nice details, but no number plate.
Good graphics.
Equipment tower looks tough.
Tilting cab.
Extended deck.
Yellow stripe down the module edges.
Struts hold the beams apart.
Stretched out in spine beam configuration.
HN Krane convoy with a Sennebogen 5500 on board.
'What do you mean you have forgotten the hook?'