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Tadano AC 2.040-1 All Terrain Crane

Maker:  IMC Models
Model No:  31-0242
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2022

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Overall   (max 100) 83%


Tadano AC 2.040-1 All Terrain Crane video
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Tadano branded box.
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Looks great.
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Detailed rear end.
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Detailed chassis.
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Many small graphics.
Side mounted winch.
At work.
Outriggers have screw threads.
Detailed cab.
Runner jib fitted.
Fly jib fitted.

The Tadano AC 2.040-1 is a 40 tonne class all terrain crane.  It has a main boom length of 35.2m.


The model comes in a Tadano-branded box.  The parts are wrapped in soft paper and held within expanded polystyrene trays that are clipped together.

The review model had no defects.  Pins for securing the outrigger pads are referenced in the manual but were not included.

The build manual for the model has an excellent parts list, and it is very comprehensive with clear steps describing the assembly and features. 

Tools are supplied to assemble and operate the model, and the bags of small parts are numbered making it easier to follow the instructions.


The chassis is detailed with the transmission and steering present.   The tyres are very good with a fine tread pattern and they are mounted on detailed wheels.  

The carrier cab has a chain for hitching the hook whilst travelling.  Door mirrors, windscreen wipers and beacon lights complete the external detail.  Door handles are nicely highlighted.

Behind the carrier cab the engine area has textured surfaces and grilles.  The exhaust pipe looks realistic with a formed hole. 

The outrigger assemblies are metal with chevrons and tiny graphics. Small metal spreader plates are included.  The outrigger pistons have screw thread faces.

At the rear of the carrier the lights have plastic lenses, and a removable ladder is fitted.

The crane cab has a diamond plated access platform outside and the interior detail is excellent with a computer console. 

Small warning graphics enhance the detailing around the crane.

The counterweight is made up of separate parts.

The main boom ram has metal parts.  Detailing on the boom includes a spooling drum.  The winch on this crane is unusually side mounted and the route of the rope to the boom head has special treatment.

The inner telescope sections have a realistic profile, and the overall boom geometry is excellent.   At the boom head the sheaves are metal, and painted white. 

Two jibs are provided.  A standard swingaway jib and a runner jib.  Both are metal parts.

One three sheave hook block is included and it is very nice quality.  A single line block would have been a worthwhile inclusion.  A Tadano-branded load plate is also included.


The front axle has notched steering and reasonable angles are possible.  Although the rear steering is modelled it was non-functional on the review model.  There is sprung suspension on each axle. 

The outrigger beams can be extended and pads lowered, with the crane able to be supported wheels-free.  There is looseness in the outrigger beams so they are not straight under load.

The operator's cab can be tilted to a good angle, and there is a slide-out access platform.

The counterweight system can be fitted in various configurations.

Raising the boom is easy as the locking mechanism on the main boom ram is by means of using a key to tighten a grub screw and this works very well.  

Telescoping the boom is smooth and easy with a spring clip to lock each boom section.  They have locking positions at approximately 50% and 100%.

A key is used to operate the main winch and it relies on friction which works well enough. 

The hook on the hook block has a full range of movement.

The long fly jib can be set straight or at angles using a mechanical ratchet system.  Alternatively, the runner jib can be fitted.

The crane can be displayed in transport mode, although the jibs have to be pinned at the boom head to rest in a stable manner.


This model is well made and high quality. 

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


It is reasonable value for a well presented model.


This is another very good looking Tadano crane model by IMC.  It is an excellent combination of detail and functionality.


The model was released in Q3 2022.
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Open box.
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Front axle steering.
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Removable ladder at the rear.  
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Detailed carrier cab.
Profile view.
Tadano plate included.
Unloading a site office.
Boom fully extended.