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Mercedes-Benz Actros Putzmeister
M42-5RZ Concrete Pump - Berger

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  72199
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2014

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Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)76%


Mercedes-Benz Actros Putzmeister M42-5RZ Concrete Pump - Berger Video.  [Youku Video]
Conrad branded box.
Impressive truck.
On the way to site.
Outriggers and spreader plates.
Articulation of boom is very good.
Reaching high.
Receiving concrete.
Comment on this model.

The Putzmeister M 42-5RZ has a vertical reach of 41.6m and a horizontal reach of 37.3m.  Depending on the pump it has an output of up to 160m³.  The gross vehicle weight is under 32 tonnes.

This model is mounted on a Mercedes-Benz Actros 8x4 chassis, and is in the colours of Berger Beton,  a part of the German Berger Group.

This model has been given an 'L' series designation in the Conrad numbering system which indicates reduced functionality, specifically the cab does not tilt.


The model comes in a Conrad branded box.  It is wrapped in foam rubber and it had no defects or missing parts.

Although there are no instructions the only assembly is to fit door mirrors, roof aerials and outrigger pads.


The transmission and suspension is modelled largely in plastic, with a short length of drive shaft missing because of the steering mechanism.  The wheels look good although the tyres appear the same on all axles.

The cab has door mirrors and roof aerials, and the interior is fairly basic.

The front outrigger beams are two stage and are a mix of metal and plastic with the colour match of plastic and metal parts being very good.  The large rear beams are metal and have hydraulic fluid coolers detailed on the inside faces.  The pad cylinders are smooth rather than with screw thread so they look good.  Plastic spreader plates are also supplied which is a nice touch.

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, and there are fine metal handrails.  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 impressive as it is all metal with a rubber hose at the end.

The Berger colour scheme and graphics are applied well and the model looks good.


The front pair of axles has linked 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 with the front pair extending, 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 on the model, and it is stable with the outriggers out.

The hopper lid opens and closes.


This is a well made model with a high metal content. 

The Berger paint scheme and graphics are very good.


The price is reasonable given the complexity and metal content.


Overall this is a good quality model and the reduced functionality of the cab not tilting is not significant .  The boom can be posed many ways, either being transported or set up.  It is highly recommended.


The model in Berger's colours first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2014.  The version in Putzmeister colours on a MAN chassis first appeared at the Toy Fair in 2012.

The usual Conrad foam wrap.
Profile view.
Metal handrails are good.
Detailed chassis.
Very good steering.
Engineering of the boom is very good.
Team at work placing the grey stuff.
Opening cover on the hopper.