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Liebherr LR 11000 Crawler Crane

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  1029
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2023

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Detail   (max 30) 28
Features   (max 20) 19
Quality   (max 25) 23
Price   (max 15) 12
Overall   (max 100) 90%


Liebherr LR 11000 Crawler Crane video.
Huge Liebherr box.
Boom section as a load.
It is big.
Detailed crane body.
Tilting cab.
NZG load plate.
Fly jib looks great.
Super heavy.

The Liebherr LR 11000 Crawler Crane can lift a maximum of 1000 tonnes at a radius of 11m. 

The model comes with parts to build an SL8F2 configuration which is typically used for wind turbine erection.


The packaging consists of a very large Liebherr-branded picture box which wraps three expanded polystyrene trays.  There are many parts and they are wrapped and protected very well.

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

Assembly instructions are included and these show the layout of the trays, and the assembly is described through a number of pictures.  However, they could be clearer in some aspects, and therefore more helpful for an inexperienced owner.

There are many parts and the full assembly takes a number of hours and reeving the A-frame is a lengthy process.  A full set of tools is included to help the assembly.


The metal track pads are finely made and are mounted on removable track frames which include working rollers.  Details on the frames include tiny graphics.  A nice detail is the usable lifting shackles.

Between the tracks self-erection jacks are provided although they have visible screw threads.  The platforms have an excellent mesh surface.  The toothed slewing ring can be seen.  Metal handrails surround the crawler assembly deck.  They press into pre-formed holes but they are not always a tight fit meaning they can be knocked out of alignment easily.  So a good pose can usually be achieved when the model remains static and not moved.

Erection outriggers are included for posing the model during boom erection.  They are robust metal parts.

The operator's cab has windscreen wipers and tinted windows, and detailed access platforms surround it.  The interior is very detailed too.

The crane body has holes to allow the winch drums to be operated which are discreet and there are many metal handrails and platforms and sharp tiny graphics.  The A-frame has metal pulleys with an erection cylinder included, and the telescopic rams for pushing the A-frame up during erection are modelled although they sometimes compromise operation of Winch 1 drum by the key.

All the counterweight blocks have useable lifting points and chevron-type graphics.  More blocks are supplied than needed for the configurations shown in the manual.

The heavy boom sections are well made and are joined by nuts and bolts.  The boom foot is a particularly complex piece and includes two winches and metal access platforms and handrails which give a realistic look. 

At the boom top metal pulleys are used and the fly jib has very good quality lattice work, with tiny dolly wheels at the jib tip.

The pendant bars are robust metal pieces connected by brass nuts and bolts.

Three hooks are provided.  One has a single pulley and is metal and well made.  The second is a large heavy lift hook which is very good, and the third is a single line hook. 

An NZG load plate is included.


The tracks roll very easily and the complete model can be carefully manoeuvred using the tracks.  They are mounted on spring loaded sprockets and the track frames are removable allowing them to be used as realistic transport loads.

Four jacks are provided to support the crane when the tracks are removed and these screw down.

Erection outriggers can be fitted to a track frame for use during lifting the boom.  The pads can be lowered.

The erection cylinder on the A-frame might be useable if the friction pin securing the piston is removed.

The operator's cab tilts to a good angle, and it rotates to a transport position.

The model rotates well, but the review model was not quite rock solid in terms of deflection and the heavy weight may have been a factor.  This was improved significantly by tightening the screws under the slewing ring.

There are three winches on the crane body.  One controls the A-frame and the other two are used for lifting.  They are controlled by using a key and they are sprung with a positive brake action which is very smooth.  Additional winches are located on the boom foot and they work in the same way.

Winch drum 6 on the boom foot can be removed for transport or pinned in an operational position.

The counterweight is configurable at different weights. 


This is a very high quality model which is very well made.  The engineering is high quality so the parts fit and function well.

The paint quality and graphics are excellent.


This is a huge model and the price is therefore reasonable overall.


This is the type of model that impresses anyone who sees it because of its huge size.  Even in this simple configuration the model weighs more than other large crawler crane models.  It has the scope to be significantly extended with add-on kits.  Overall it is an excellent model.


The model first appeared in Liebherr colours at the Bauma exhibition in October 2022. 

The track frames make good transport loads.
Erection outriggers fitted to the track frames.
Detailed cab.
Very heavy boom butt section.
Impressively large.
Robust metal pendants.
Rigged for wind turbine operations.