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Liebherr HS 8130.1 Crawler Crane

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  1046
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2023

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Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 23
Price   (max 15) 9
Overall   (max 100) 82%


Liebherr HS 8130.1 Crawler Crane video.
Liebherr box.
The lower tray.
Boom lowered.  A jewellery clasp (not included with the model) provides flexible hitching.
Exhaust system on the roof.
Counterweight blocks have graphics.  Self assembly lift rams seem much too high.
Tilting cab.
At work as a dragline.
Excellent bucket.
Fairlead attached.
Profile view.
Posed as a load.
Rigged with a demolition drop ball (not included with the model).

The Liebherr HS 8130.1 is a duty cycle machine which means it is strengthened for repetitive activities such as dragline or foundation work.

The model comes with a slurry wall grab, a dragline bucket and a dynamic compaction loads.


It comes in a Liebherr-branded box and the HS 8130.1 and its various parts are packed into two expanded polystyrene trays. 

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

There is no information provided about the real crane, but there is an instruction leaflet for the model.  It is not the best as the stages are out of sequence with how the model is presented out of the box.  There is no parts list.


The metal tracks are very nicely made and  include tiny rollers on the lower edge.  Detail is very good with the Liebherr name cast into the main drive sprocket.  Side counterweight plates for the track frames are provided.

Between the tracks, self-raising jacks are provided but are not practically useable.

The new design operator's cab is very good with lights, a mirror and windscreen wiper.  Textured access platforms surround the body and all handrails are flexible plastic.

Detail on the crane body is very good, with grilles and handles contained within the panels.  The roof has a nicely detailed exhaust system and there are hydraulic hoses. 

At the rear the counterweight blocks are very nicely made, and 8 small blocks are provided.  The self-raising mechanism is provided with two lift cylinders and chains, but there appears to be a modelling error with the ram jackets pointing up rather than down meaning that lifting the counterweight cannot be posed.

The boom sections are well made and are joined by tiny brass nuts and bolts which provide an effective connection.  A dragline fairlead is provided and this is a very nicely engineered part, all in metal. 

At the boom top a variety of metal pulleys are provided and these are fixed according to the configuration being used. 

The boom pendants consist of metal wire with crimped loops on each end, and connection pieces.  Overall they look effective but the equaliser arrangement is non functioning.

For dragline use, a bucket is provided.  This is a great part with high detailing such as the perforations within the bucket.

A dynamic compaction weight is included.  It is a simple but effective part.

The slurry wall grab is all in metal and it is a very high quality part.  The structure is modelled well and the grab looks convincing.  Connections of the moving parts are discrete.  Two wire cables run to the crane hoist ropes.


The tracks work well and they are mounted on extendible frames so the tracks can be pulled out in operating mode and can be pushed in to narrow the width for transport purposes. 

The tracks are not removable and the headroom and width of the model cannot be minimised so it is compromised as a transport load.

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

The operator's cab tilts to a good angle. 

There are three winches on the model.  One controls the boom and the other two are used for lifting or the fairlead.  They are controlled by using the supplied keys through opening doors on the side of the model.  They all have effective positive brakes which are released by pushing in with the tool, and the winches work well enough.

The counterweight is fully detachable and configurable at different weights. 

The model can be configured in different ways and the parts are provided to facilitate either slurry wall, dragline or dynamic compaction operation. 

The slurry wall grab works well with the grab opening and closing smoothly.


This is a high quality model with most parts being made in metal.

The paint quality and graphics are very good.


It is moderate value overall.


This latest version of a duty cycle crane is less flexible for use as a transport load but it allows different interesting configurations to be posed.  It is a very good looking model.


The model first appeared for the Bauma 2022 Exhibition.
  An accessory kit was produced as model number #10461. 

The upper tray and instructions.
HHandrails are flexible plastic.
Access stairs cannot be folded up./td>
Opening panels.
Rigged for dynamic compaction.
Mesh walkways.
Large rope guides.
Rigged with a slurry wall grab.
Headroom minimised.
Metal slurry wall grab is high quality.