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CIFA Energya E9 Truck Mixer

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  77235
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2018


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 22
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 76%

Footnotes


CIFA Energya E9 Truck Mixer Video  [Youku video]
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CIFA branded box.
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Profile view.
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Chassis.
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Distinctive hybrid design.
 
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At work.
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Nice hopper and chute.
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Looks very smart.


This model is a CIFA Energya E9 truck mixer mounted on a MAN Euro 6 TGS 8x4 chassis. 

The mixer is a hybrid, driven by electric power, and it is 9m capacity.

Packaging

The model comes in a CIFA branded box with the model protected by a foam rubber insert. 

The review model had no defects and no missing parts. 

On the back of the box is some technical details about the real machine.  The only assembly required is fitting door mirrors and a roof aerial.

Detail

The chassis detailing at the rear has the axles and suspension modelled in plastic, and at the front the steering is modelled in a functional way.  However, the drive shaft between the engine and the rear axles is missing which is a modelling compromise.  The wheels look very smart and the tyres are the same on each axle. 

The MAN cab has twin aerials on the roof, and the lights at the front have plastic lenses.   Inside the cab details are simple. 

The rear wheel arches are plastic, and at the rear the lights are painted. 

The mixer drum is metal, with nice graphics.  The distinctive cover at the front is also metal as is the access platform at the rear although the handrails are thick. A large beacon light is included at the rear.

The hopper and chute are metal and there are fixed plastic chute extensions above the rear wheels. 

Features

The front axles have steering and it is not linked, presumably because of other chassis details.  The model can be posed with a reasonable lock on the steering.

The rear driven axles have a degree of vertical movement to simulate suspension.

The cab tilts and poses in a tilted position.

The drum rotates smoothly without being free-rolling, and the rear chute can be angled.

Quality

It has a high metal content and feels robust. 

The paint and graphics are to a very good standard.

Price

The model is fair value.

Overall

This is an unusual and distinctive truck mixer and the model captures the real truck very well.  It is also nice to see that it has the usual functionality of a tilting cab.

Footnotes

The model first appeared at Intermat 2018.

 
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Reasonable steering angle.
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Metal ladder and platform.
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Tilting cab.
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Poses well in a mini diorama.
 
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Nice colour scheme.