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Ruston Bucyrus 19 Face Shovel

Maker:  Corgi
Model No:  225000
Scale:  1:76
Review Date:  March 2011

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Overall   (max 100)62%


Ruston Bucyrus 19 Face Shovel Video
Small box.
Side view shows simple body details.
Boom lowered flat for transport.
Overall look of the model is pleasing.
The Ruston Bucyrus 19 Face Shovel is a historic machine dating originally from before the second world war.  It is modelled here in 1:76 scale, and is therefore suitable for use with OO scale model railways.


The box is simple with the model held in place within a plastic tray, and the review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information about the real machine or the model supplied, and there is no assembly of the model required.


This is a small model but relatively heavy for its size.

The undercarriage is a single casting and is reasonably detailed and the drive sprockets and chains are represented, but not as moving parts.

There is little detail on the body other than the doors are indicated and there is an exhaust emerging from the roof.  The cab windows are glazed.

The boom and dipper are plastic although the colour and detail is good so it does not look cheap.  Small pins are used as rivets and these are not obtrusive.  The main pulleys on the boom head are separate and will turn, although they are not free rolling.


The cab rotates on the undercarriage.

The winches are non-functioning and the model is reeved using a continuous loop of thread although not in an accurate formation.  This clever arrangement allows the boom and dipper to be posed at different angles, including being lowered for transport.


The model is reasonably nicely made and feels solid.


It is a small and relatively inexpensive model.


Although the scale is smaller than the standard for construction models, the 19RB is pleasant enough to form part of a collection and would look good on an appropriate railway layout. .  It has enough going for it to be recommended given the price.


The model first appeared in February 2011.
The boom is plastic.
Nice casting details on the tracks.
Plastic boom allows some greater detailing.
Small scale.  The Cranes Etc team member suddenly feels all grown up against the 19RB.