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Liebherr RL 66 Pipelayer

Maker:  IMC Models
Model No:  31-0127
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2018

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Liebherr RL 66 Pipelayer  [Youku Video]
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Liebherr branded box.
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Big counterweight assembly.
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Fan visible through the front grille.
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Tiny detailed graphics.
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Goes well paired with the supplied pipe.
Poses well.
Nice mini diorama with two RL 66s.  The nylon slings are not included with the model.
Boom up.
Looks good paired up.

The Liebherr RL 66 Pipelayer has a maximum capacity of 98 tonnes, so it is a heavy performance machine.


The model comes in a Liebherr-branded box which is in the updated design introduced in 2018.  The model is held within expanded polystyrene trays.

The review model had no missing parts or defects.  However, the winch line appeared to be wound on the drum in the wrong direction, but this was easily corrected by unwinding and rewinding.

There are no instructions for the model other than some advice regarding how it should be lifted out of the packaging.  There is no information about the real machine.


Viewing the underside, the model is fairly simple. But the metal tracks are nicely made and include bolt head details.  They are of the push and clip design.  The track frames look good although there are no working rollers.

At the front the grille is impressive and a large fan is visible through the metal work.  The front access steps are plastic with metal handrails, but all of the plastic used on the model has an excellent colour match.  Mirror assemblies are modelled with soft plastic.

The engine cover is well detailed and there is a large exhaust but it does not have a proper hole.  There is a very nice mesh access platform on one side.

The cab is detailed and includes a beacon light.  The windscreen wipers appear to be on the large side.  Interior detail is very good.

Tiny graphics are used around the model and these, together with nice textured grilles, create an authentic look. At the rear the connection points for a drawbar attachment are modelled.

The winch looks good and the variable position counterweight is modelled well, with high quality chevron graphics. 

The boom ram has detailed hydraulics with soft hydraulic hoses.  The boom is simple like the real machine, with the hook blocks finely modelled in metal.

A section of metal pipe is included with the model and it has a fixed wire sling.  It provides an additional display pose, but a nylon strap would have been better than the wire sling.


The tracks roll easily by hand, and tension is maintained by spring-loaded idlers.

The counterweight moves smoothly, holding any position which is set.

The winch is operated by finger with friction used to provide the brake.   The hook block has a rotating hook which makes setting a lifting pose easier.

The boom is operated by the stiff but smooth hydraulic ram, which will hold any pose.


IMC has produced a high quality model which is reasonably robust also.  The metal content is high.

The paint finish is very good, and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


It has been a number of years since a new pipelayer model has appeared, and IMC Models has made a very good job with this one.  As always it would have been nice if it could strip down as a transport load, but when a number of pipelayers are combined an interesting display can be formed.


The model first appeared for sale in April 2018.
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Detailed tracks.
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Mesh platform.  
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Detailed cab.
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Lifting a pipe string.
Good looking model.