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Link-Belt 175 AT Mobile Crane

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  1012
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2021

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Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 83%


Link-Belt 175 AT Mobile Crane Video.  [Youku Channel]
Link-Belt box.
Good steering.
On the road.
Detailed carrier undercarriage.
Hooks tied on.
Detailed cab.
Detailed outriggers.
Loading a ballast plate.
Tilting cab.
Fly jib set at an offset angle.

The Link-Belt 175 AT is a 5-axle All Terrain crane with a maximum capacity of 175 US tons.


The model comes in a Link-Belt branded box, and the model contained within two expanded polystyrene trays with most parts wrapped. 

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

A coloured instruction leaflet is provided, which is mainly pictorial.  This describes the assembly and most of the features of the model although there are no reeving diagrams.  A separate parts list sheet is included.

There is a little information about the real crane on the box, together with information about the model.


The model is heavy, and the chassis has the transmission detailed. The wheels have nice tyres and the wheels are detailed. 

The carrier cab has nice details including very thin windscreen wipers.  A loop at the front allows tying on the hook blocks during transport.  Behind the cab, there are high quality mesh grilles.  Textured surfaces cover most of the carrier, and a nice touch is the soft rubber skirts that sit above some of the wheel arches.

The outrigger beams are two-stage metal, with very good details including tiny graphics. The outrigger pistons are smooth and look realistic, with pads which on the bottom. The pads have a pinning system so they can be adjusted for transport and operational modes.

The crane body sits on a large toothed slewing ring and the operator's cab is nicely modelled with the grab rails being plastic. 

The crane body is detailed with tiny warning graphics applied.  The hand rails are metal and there are small beacon lights.  There are hydraulic hoses running to the winches and the rope is nice quality.

The counterweight is complex being made up of a number of different metal plates and parts, each with usable lifting lugs.   One piece has the Link-Belt name on it, and there are sharp chevron graphics applied.

The main boom ram has a plastic jacket with an excellent colour match.  There is an enlarged moulding that accommodates a locking grub screw. 

The boom has some nice detailing including tiny rope guides which are delicate and can be dislodged requiring them to be glued back on.  At the boom head axles act as connection points for the fly jib and this represents the fixing points of the real crane.  However they are loose and can go out of position sideways easily.  Spooling drums are fitted to one side of the boom.

The telescope sections are engineered well.  The top section is very thin because of the thicknesses of the telescope sections.

The fly jib is made in three separable parts and each one is metal.  They are nicely modelled and they connect with tiny brass nuts and bolts for which tools are supplied.  

All sheaves on the model are metal.

Two hooks are supplied.  One is a single line block and the other is multi sheave for heavy lifting.  They are very nicely made.

A metal Link-Belt load plate is included.


Each axle on the carrier can be independently steered to a reasonable angle and so any of the steering modes of the real crane can be reproduced.  They also have working suspension which provides a good range of movement on each wheel.

The outriggers pull out, and the pistons screw down. No spreader plates are included but the range of travel supports the model wheels-free.

The crane rotates well.

The counterweight system is very flexible.  During self-ballasting the counterweight can be placed on the carrier deck.  The entire counterweight is removable to minimise axle loads during transport.

Attaching the counterweight is done by screwing down and interlocking two rams, which can then be screwed back up to secure the counterweight.  Different configurations of counterweight can be displayed. 

The boom ram has some stiffness but it also has a locking system using a grub screw and key.  It appears that is designed to be operated only at certain extensions as the piston has indentations.  It all works well enough but is not as good as systems with metal jackets.

The boom has two locking points on each telescopic section.

The fly jib can be carried on the side of the boom or attached to the boom head.  It has a hydraulic ram system allowing any offset angle to be posed.

The operator's cab can tilt a small amount, reflecting the real crane.


This a heavy and well made model by NZG, with a high metal content

The paintwork is nice and the applied graphics are very sharp.


It is fully priced.


This is a high quality Link-Belt model by NZG.  It combines fine detailing with mostly excellent functionality, with only the main boom ram not as good as a full metal system.


The model was first announced in January 2021 and appeared in July 2021. 

Tray and instruction sheets.
Nice road wheels.
Realistic model.
Small graphics add detail.
With support trucks.
Self ballasting.
Ready to work.
Full main boom.
Top telescope sections are thin.