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MAN TGS Putzmeister M38-5 Concrete Pump

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  71211
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2013

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Packaging   (max 10)8
Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)77%


MAN TGS Putzmeister M 38-5 Concrete Pump Video.
Putzmeister branded box.
Interesting and smart colour scheme.
Detailed chassis.
Ready to roll.
Outrigger spreader plates clip on.
Pump and access platforms.
Opening cover on the hopper.
An HTM 704 Truck Mixer discharges its load.
Placing at height.
Comment on this model.

The Putzmeister M 38-5 has a vertical reach of 37.5m and a horizontal reach of 32.8m.  Depending on the pump it has an output of up to 160m. 

It is mounted on a MAN TGS 6x4 chassis and the placing boom has five arms for increased flexibility.

This model has been given an 'L' series designation in the Conrad numbering system which indicates reduced functionality.


The model comes in a Putzmeister branded box and it is wrapped in foam rubber.  There is technical information about the real machine on the sides of the box.

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

Although there are no instructions the only assembly is to fit door mirrors, a roof aerial and attach the clip-on spreader plates.


The transmission and suspension is modelled largely in plastic, with the steering modelled for functionality.  The wheels look good although the tyres appear the same on all axles.

The cab has door mirrors and an aerial, and the interior is fairly basic.  Two Putzmeister graphics are on the front but surprisingly there are no windscreen wipers.

The front outrigger beams are single stage metal as are the large rear beams which also have hydraulic fluid coolers detailed on the inside faces.  The pad pistons are smooth rather than with screw thread so they look good.  Plastic spreader plates are also supplied.

The body sides look very good even though the lower parts are plastic, and the deck surfaces are textured to represent a non-slip walkway.  Lifting eyes are modelled at the front.  The handrails are metal and look good.  Large grey plastic tubes represent the stiff frame and towards the rear there is the large pump assembly.  The hopper has a neat grille.

The boom is nice as it is all metal with a rubber hose at the end, and there are some very good Putzmeister elephant graphics.  The colour match on the plastic hydraulic rams jackets is good.


The front axle has excellent steering with a very good range of movement and the rear axles have some suspension movement.

The outriggers fold out to form a star formation and the pads can be pulled down and will support the model off the wheels.  The plastic spreader plates clip to the rear outrigger posts for storage when the truck is on the road.

The articulated boom opens and rotates and the full range of movement of the original machine can be replicated.  It is stable with the outriggers out.

The hopper lid opens and closes.


This is another well-made concrete pump model from Conrad with a high metal content. 

The Putzmeister paint scheme is applied well and the graphics are very good.


It is fair value for money.


Concrete pump models are interesting and this one from Conrad is typically strong and robust.  Many different poses are possible and it is highly recommended.


The model first appeared at the BAUMA Exhibition in 2013.

Excellent steering movement.
Profile view.
MAN cab is plain with a couple of graphics.
Boom is metal.
Star formation outriggers.
Outrigger pistons are smooth.
Boom raising.
Articulated boom works well.
Placing at a distance.