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Konecranes Gottwald ESP.8 Mobile Harbour Crane

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  1055
Scale:  1:87
Review Date:  July 2023

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Konecranes Gottwald ESP.8 Mobile Harbour Crane video. 
Branded box.
Impressive model.
Stairs and carrier cab.
Opening doors on the diesel container.
The tower top.
Large counterweight.
Excellent boom profile.
Looks great.

The Konecranes Gottwald ESP.8 is a mobile harbour crane, built to serve Post Panamax class vessels. It has a working radius of up to 54m.


The model comes in a large Konecranes Gottwald-branded box which has a plastic carry handle at the top.  The parts are contained in two expanded polystyrene trays. 

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

The box has some information about the real crane, and a poster is enclosed. An excellent instruction leaflet in English describes the assembly and operation. 


The tiny wheels are finely detailed for the scale with nice rubber tyres mounted on detailed wheels and assemblies.  Large metal spreader plates are hung off metal outrigger beams.  The pistons are simple screw threads.  At one end a metal stairway leads to the crane body, and there is metal carrier cab.  At the other end an electric cable reel can be fitted.  On one side a diesel power container can be attached, and metal handrails surround the top of the carrier.

The crane body and counterweight are metal and the graphics and paint have a good finish.  A ladder leads up from the carrier and there are more metal handrails. The grilles look good.  A hole in one side allows the winch to be accessed with a key.  The roof is textured.

The tower is metal with the upper cab and platform modelled in metal.  A seat is provided inside the cab and there is an oversize window wiper.  At the tower top the pulleys are metal as are the platforms.

The large lattice boom is cast in two parts and it is well made and painted.  The two sections are connected with pins and clips which is an old fashioned system which is not as good as nuts and bolts connections.  At the boom tip there are more metal pulleys and a large dolly wheel.

The luffing cylinder has a plastic jacket.

The hook is metal and provides good tension on the ropes. 


The small wheels roll well and each wheel group steers independently so crab steering is possible.

The outrigger beams extend and the pads can be lowered by unscrewing.  The pads hold the weight of the crane easily allowing the model to be posed wheels-free.

The crane rotates smoothly.

The luffing cylinder works well to hold the boom with the extension being locked using an allen key in a grub screw.  A large range of boom movement is possible, although you cannot lower the boom fully onto the dolly wheel. 

The winch has two lengths of thread and the hook can be raised and lowered using a key.  Equal lengths of thread for each half of the hook are maintained well.

The diesel pack and electric cable reel can be optionally fitted.  They are secured by magnets and they work well.

The diesel container also features two opening doors and these are also held shut by tiny magnets. With the doors open, excellent detail can be seen.


This is a high quality 1:87 scale model, with a high metal content. 

The paint quality and graphics are very good.


It is a large model which is fully priced.


This is a really good harbour crane model and is very detailed for a 1:87 scale model.  It is surprisingly large and impressive.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2023.

The tray and instruction sheet.
Metal body.
The crane cab.
Boom has metal pulleys.
Impressive wheels.
Profile view.