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Liebherr R904C Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  58003
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2009


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)21
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)13
Overall   (max 100)73%

Footnotes


The Liebherr R904C Hydraulic Excavator.
An unusual box for a Liebherr model.
Metal tracks.
Good cab details.
Paired up with a Liebherr PR724.
Loaded on a Nooteboom Pendel X.
The Liebherr 904C is an excavator in the 20t class with a bucket size in the range 0.3-1.0m.

Packaging

The model comes in a typical Norscot-style window box but this is unusual for a Liebherr model.  It is contained within a clear plastic former and as usual for Norscot products it is held securely in place by ties.  So securely in fact that it is annoying to remove the model.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine, and no assembly is required for the model.

Detail

The metal tracks are formed of very good individual links, and they are mounted on well detailed track frames.  Rollers are reproduced within the casting but they are not moving parts.

The operator's cab is nicely detailed with plastic grab rails, mirrors and windscreen wipers.  The window frames are finely represented with black lines, and inside the seat and controls look authentic. 

The rest of the body of the machine is a high quality casting.  Various grilles and textured surfaces are provided, door handles are modelled, and the Liebherr name and the model designation are cast in relief at the rear, and this looks really good.

The boom casting has various hydraulic lines cast in and there are plastic lines running to the hydraulic cylinders.  The bucket is nicely rendered with good teeth.

Features

The tracks roll very nicely and are loaded on spring loaded sprockets so they are relatively easy to remove. 

The model rotates, and the boom cylinders are stiff enough that any desired pose can be held without the cylinders bleeding down.  The range of movement seems a little restricted on the final boom section and the bucket cannot be brought close to the cab.

An interesting feature is that the bucket is a quick hitch version so it is easily removable, and it is only a pity that some alternative buckets or tools were not supplied with the model.

Quality

Norscot have produced a good quality model with fine casting and a sparing use of plastic to add detail.  Paintwork and graphics are very good, with some of the graphics being very small and detailed.

Price

The model is relatively inexpensive and is good value.

Overall

This is a very pleasant Liebherr model which has a nice quality feel and enough detail to be interesting.  It is easily recommended to collectors of earthmoving equipment.

Footnotes

The model first appeared in 2007.

 
Hydraulic cables on the boom.
Bucket details.
Nice detail within the body casting.
Quick hitch bucket removed.