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JCB 456 ZX Wheel Loader

Maker:  Motorart
Model No:  15823
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2014

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Detail   (max 30)23
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Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)78%


JCB 456 ZX Wheel Loader Video  [Youku Video]
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JCB branded box.
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Nice tyres.
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Axles modelled.
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Detailed cab.
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Detailed engine.
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Covers have trouble posing open.
Profile view.
Log handler.
Holds logs with ease.
Comment on this model.

The JCB 456 ZX is a 22 tonne machine.  It has been replaced in the JCB range by the JCB 457 ZX.

This is an updated model with revised graphics compared to the previous version released in 2007. 


The model comes in a JCB-branded box and the model is held between two clear plastic formers. 

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine or model included.


Looking underneath, the two axles have differentials and there is a short length of drive shaft to the front axle.  The tyres are a nice quality rubber and the hubs are detailed with wheel nuts and the JCB logo.

The engine area looks good although the hinges on the panels are large.  The counterweight has good quality lights with plastic lenses and the exhaust on top has a hole.  Under the panels is a detailed engine with different coloured components.

Access platforms outside the cab have a very nice non-slip finish, and the metal grab rails and cab mirrors are very thin.  The interior cab detail is very good with an internal mirror and the JCB logo on the seat back.

The pivot point has visible steering cylinders but is plain with no drive shaft or hoses. 

The front is modelled well and the Z-bar loader arm linkage is good with decent JCB graphics and painted, unobtrusive rivets.

The metal bucket is a nice casting.  The log handler is metal and nicely finished as is the fork attachment.


The wheels are free-rolling and are fixed to common axles.  The rear axle has some oscillation.

Steering across the pivot point achieves a shallow angle and is loose.

The Z-bar linkage is stiff and will hold any pose.  The range of movement is very good, particularly the carry and tipping angles.

The tools unclip.  The log handler opens and closes and will grip logs.  The forks are adjustable side-to-side and can be removed also.

Engine covers on both sides can be opened but they are loose and only one side would pose open on the review model.


This is another generally good quality model by Motorart with a high metal content.

The graphics and paint are very good. 


The model price is good value.


Although it is an older casting it is a flexible model with the three different tools provided.


This version of the model appeared in January 2014.
 The first version was released in 2007.
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Out of the box with tools.
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Robustly made.
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No hoses or drive shafts at the pivot.
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Painted rivets.
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Steering angle is shallow.
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Loading sand.
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Lift height is very good.
The pallet is not included with the model.