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Gottwald AK 680-3 Mobile Crane - Sarens

Maker:  IMC Models
Model No:  20-1077
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2022


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Gottwald AK 680-3 Mobile Crane video
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Plain box on this pre-production version.
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Very good quality display case.
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Tyres on the production version will have branding.
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High detail at the slewing point.
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Detailed rear end.
Very detailed ladder on the cab railings.
\rope windings look great.
 
Reeving is complete on the moving mast.
Traffic cone installed.
Looks great.

The Gottwald AK 680-3 has a lifting capacity in the 1200 tonne class.  It is a unique crane which entered service in 1980 and is still working at the time of this review.  Based in UK, it also works internationally.  It is owned and operated by the Belgian Lifting Specialist, Sarens.

This model is a limited edition made of resin and etched parts rather than diecast metal.  As such it has no moving parts and is intended as a showcase model.  The reason for the choice of resin is economic, as a limited volume model such as this in diecast would be too expensive for the intended market.

The version reviewed here is a pre-production sample.

Packaging

This pre-production sample was provided in a plain white outer box.  It is understood the production version will have Sarens printing on it.

The review model had no defects or missing parts.  However, some details may change for the production version.

The production version will feature a numbered name plate fixed to the display base.  It will have a unique number within the production run.

There is no information about the real crane.

Detail

The crane is mounted on a display base covered with soft black material to highlight the model.  The Perspex display case is of thick material and serves to protect the model dust-free.

The tyres are very good with a fine tread pattern and they are mounted on nicely detailed wheels.  The production version of the model will have branding on the tyres.

The driving cab has a towing hitch, and a UK number plate.  Other details include tiny graphics and lights.  Door mirrors, thin windscreen wipers and beacon lights complete the external detail. The interior detailing is also of a very high standard.

The carrier deck has textured surfaces and fixed ladders  Steps up to deck have textured surfaces.  Various boxes and tanks are modelled also.  The large exhaust pipe has a hole in it.  The slewing pivot point has numerous hydraulic hoses, and there is a road cone included.  The outrigger connection points are robust, and are also uniquely numbered.

At the rear there is a spare wheel, and the lights are finely modelled.

The crane body has excellent retail in the moulding, and the Sarens graphics are very sharp.

The crane cab has excellent detailing.  The handrails have their connections accurately modelled, and the ladder also has rung holes in the side rails.  It has a diamond plated access platform outside and the interior detail is excellent with tiny control levers featured.  A high point is the very thin protection bars above the roof window.

Viewed from above, the luffing gear for the moving mast is fully reeved, and the rope windings on the winch drums look great.  Gearing on the rear winch drum is also modelled as are the rope rollers.  The hydraulic ram which controls the boom butt looks realistic.

Features

As a resin model there are no moving parts.

The model is screwed to the display base.  As such it maybe possible to detach and display it in a diorama if extreme care is taken in handling the model.

Quality

This model is well made and high quality, and comes in a good quality display case.

The colour finish and graphics are excellent.

Price

It is not a cheap model, but it is a unique and very highly detailed limited edition.

Overall

IMC Models has produced a superbly detailed model of the AK 680-3.  Although the use of resin may not suit some collectors, it has allowed the model to be realised.  It is a great display piece.

Footnotes

The model's release date is Q4 2022.
 
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Profile view.
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Very impressive.
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Sharp graphics.  
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Boom butt has connection holes.
 
On the road configuraion.
Highly detailed cab.
Excellent hydraulic ram for the boom butt.
Long 10 axle crane.
Highly detailed cab interior.
Realistic UK number plate.  The front base support is a little obtrusive in this view.