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Liebherr A954C HD High Rise Materials Handler - OBM

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  648/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2012

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Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)78%


Liebherr A954C HD High Rise Materials Handler - OBM Video
The large Liebherr box.
Chunky slick tyres.
At rest.
Underneath detail is simple.
Resting again.
A big machine when in operation.
OBM livery looks attractive.
High cab allows a good view looking down into a ship's hold.
Hydraulic hoses and small warning graphic.
Not the best way to test the clamshell hydraulics.
The Liebherr A954C HD High Rise is a materials handling machine with an operating weight in current versions of between 83 and 91 tonnes.  The cab elevates to provide a better view over stockpiles or down into ship's holds and gives an eye level of around 9.6m.  The boom has variable attachment positions for the lift cylinders to provide different operating characteristics.

The model is configured with a 1.5m clamshell which has a capacity of 2.2m³.  This version is in the colours of Overslag Bedrijf Moerdijk (OBM) which is a general cargo company and terminal operator in Moerdijk, the Netherlands.


The model comes in a large Liebherr branded box containing two trays.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine and no instructions for the model.  Assembly is limited to attaching the grab, and this is easy to do.


The undercarriage has a heavy construction with some transmission details modelled underneath.  The solid rubber slick tyres are mounted on very detailed hubs.  Around the undercarriage are metal handrails and ladders and some of these are very thin gauge.

The turret is a good representation of the steel tube of the original machine with bolt details on the joining flanges.

The ladders and walkways around the cab are metal with anti-slip surfaces on the platforms.  The cab has a fine gauge handrail, and mirrors, wipers and tinted windows with replica seals.  Internal detail is good too.

The body has good casting detail with various grilles included.  The graphics are excellent with the OBM livery looking great and there are small warning triangles too.  There are some extremely fine grab rails on top of the body, and hydraulic pipes connect to the boom foot.

The hydraulics run the length of the boom and connect to the cylinders.  The VarioLiftPlus additional connection points for the main lift cylinders have been modelled, including lifting eye positions with tiny graphics.  Both the boom and the stick have lights modelled.

The clamshell is metal and looks good.


The wheels roll well with the steering axle able to achieve an angle of around 30°.

The outriggers on the undercarriage can be lowered although they were extremely stiff on the review model.  The metal pads are pinned and move on the beams.

The upper carriage rotates, and the cab elevates with the cylinders stiff enough to hold any pose.

The range of movement on the boom and stick is very good and again the cylinders will hold any pose set.

The clamshell rotates on its fixing and can be opened to a wide angle.  It can be posed opened or closed.


This is a very good quality model, with little plastic, and it is quite heavy.  It looks striking in the colours of OBM.


It is a good value model.


This is a specialist machine and NZG has modelled it very well.  The colour scheme is very attractive and it is highly recommended overall.


The model first appeared in Liebherr colours in 2006.  This version in the colours of OBM appeared as a Summer release in 2011 and was made in a limited run of 300 models.

The parts out of the box.
Profile view.
Ladders and handrails are metal.
Detailed cab and walkway.
The turret gives raised height.
Elevated cab.
Steering on one axle.
Outriggers down.
Alternative piston positions, and a lifting eye position is marked with a hook graphic.
Clamshell grab.
Makes a mini fleet with the Sennebogen 835M in OBM colours.