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Mercedes-Benz Arocs Putzmeister M38-5 Concrete Pump

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  78211 L
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2016


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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%

Footnotes


Mercedes-Benz Arocs Putzmeister M38-5 Concrete Pump Video. [Youku video]
Putzmeister branded box.
Nice Arocs cab.
Elephant graphics on the boom.
Outriggers out.
Hopper cover open.
With a Putzmeister truck mixer.
Impressive reach.
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 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 6x4 chassis.

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

Packaging

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.

Detail

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 Arocs cab has door mirrors and an aerial, and the interior is fairly basic, but at the front the grille looks good.  There are Putzmeister graphics on the front but but no number plates as this is a generic model.

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, and the deck surfaces are textured to represent a non-slip walkway.   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.

Features

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.

Quality

This is a robust concrete pump model from Conrad with a high metal content. 

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

Price

It is fair value for money.

Overall

Conrad continues its reputation for very good concrete pump models and it is nice to see the Arocs cab.  Many different poses are possible and it is highly recommended.

Footnotes

This model with an Arocs cab was first announced at the time of the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2016.

 
Large rivet at the main boom connection stands out.
Profile view.
No number plates on a generic vehicle.
Decent chassis.
 
On site.
Nice metal boom and pipe.