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Tadano GT-1200XL-2 Truck Crane

Maker:  IMC Models
Model No:  80-1035
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2024

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Features   (max 20) 15
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Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 78%


Tadano GT-1200XL-2 Truck Crane video
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Tadano branded box.
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Decent steering angle.
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On the road.
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Small graphics add detail.
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Boom at approximately 50% extension.
Fly jib attached.
Metal hook blocks.

The Tadano GT-1200XL-2 Truck Crane is a 120 US tonne class truck crane.  It is designed for rapid road transport between sites rather than as an all-terrain machine, and is aimed at the North American market.  It has a main boom length of 51m, and a maximum system length of 69m.


The model comes in a Tadano-branded box.  The model parts are held within expanded polystyrene trays which are clipped together with plastic formers which is much better than being taped.

The review model had no missing parts or defects. 

The build manual is excellent.  It has a full parts list together with a packing diagram showing their location in the tray.  Clear pictures explain the model, and there is also some information about the real crane.

Good quality tools are supplied to assemble and operate the model.


The chassis is very good with the transmission and suspension fully detailed.   The tyres have a different tread pattern for the steered and driven axles.  The wheels are detailed.

At the front there is a hitching point for the hook whilst travelling, and the cab has a beacon light, and detailed cab door handles. There is no number plate as this is a generic model.

Behind the driving cab the engine area appears to have a holder for a single line hook block.  Five ladders are modelled.  The deck surfaces are smooth.

The outrigger beams are two stage.  The pistons have visible screw threads when the pads are lowered rather than smooth faces.  Small metal spreader plates are also included.

The crane cab has window wipers and metal grab rails, and the interior detail is very good, with the computer screen having graphics. 

Small graphics enhance the detailing across the model. Lights at the rear are painted and there is a towing hitch.

The counterweight is complex being made up of numerous pieces have chevron markings.  The winches have removable motors fitted in order to access their operation.

The main boom ram is a metal part.  Detailing on the boom includes a spooling drum.  Tiny rope guide wheels are indicated but are non-functional.

The boom sections are thin-walled and with a black decoration.  The sheaves appear to be metal painted.

A metal fly jib can be carried on the side of the boom.  It is modelled with a fairly heavy lattice which appears thick for the scale,

Three hook blocks are provided; three sheave, single sheave and a two-part single line.  They are good quality metal parts. 


The front axles have non-linked steering with a good range of notched movement.  There is no suspension on any axle. 

Five ladders on the carrier deck can be rotated and lowered and this works well. 

The cab tilts to a realistic angle.

There is an unusual central outrigger under the carrier cab and it has very good extension.   All outriggers can be extended and lowered, and the crane can be supported wheels-free.  The tolerances between the beams mean that they are not quite straight when under load.

The counterweight is fully sectional, and can also be posed on the carrier deck for self-ballasting.

Raising the boom is easy as the locking mechanism on the main boom ram is by using a supplied key to tighten a tiny grub screw.

Telescoping the boom is fine and each boom section can be locked at maximum and approximately 50% extension.

A key is used to operate the two winches which have positive brakes.

The fly jib can be attached for transport, and there is a folding jib support.  However, the jib cannot remain attached in a transport position if the boom is raised, and this is a disadvantage.  It is folding but it has not been modelled to use for lifting as an unfolded jib in an effective way. 

A small single top can be fitted to the boom head.


This model is well made and very good quality. 

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


It is reasonable value for a four axle truck crane.


This is a nice model of a truck crane.  It has some good flexibility in terms of configurations, although some aspects could have been modelled to allow better detail or functionality. 


The model was first announced at ConExpo 2023 and appeared in December 2023.
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The tray and manual.
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Clean lines.
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No number plates as it is a generic model.
Profile view.
Detailed counterweight.
Fold down ladders.
Single top attached.