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Liebherr R 9350 Mining Excavator - Taavura

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  662/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2014

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Packaging   (max 10)6
Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)80%


Liebherr R 9350 Mining Excavator - Taavura Video.  [Youku Video]
Liebherr branded box.
Access stair positioned down.
Detailed track pads.
Mass of metal handrails.
Cab with sun shades.
The bucket is big.
Loading rocks.
A big machine.
The T264 truck is on the big side for the R 9350, and the backhoe needs to be on a bench.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr R 9350 is a large mining excavator and this model is in the backhoe version.

It has an operating weight of around 310 tonnes and it has a bucket capacity of 18m³.  It is ideally suited to loading mining trucks in the 100 tonne class.

It is in the colours of Taavura, Israel's largest road haulage and logistics company.


The model comes in a Liebherr branded box, with no photo of the real machine on it, just a line drawing.  Inside the box are two large expanded polystyrene trays. 

There were no missing parts on the review model, but a few parts had become detached during shipping and had to be re-glued on.

There is no information about the model or the real machine.


The metal track pads are nicely shaped and detailed with bolt heads.  They are mounted on track frames which have some good casting details and also working rollers.  The undercarriage is a solid frame with a metal access stair.

The stairs to the cab are metal with fine gauge handrails, and the access platform has mesh flooring.  Windscreen wipers and lights add detail to the cab, with plastic screens on the side windows.  The interior detail is reasonable.

The huge body impresses and it is very eye-catching in the Taavura colour scheme.  At the rear the Liebherr name and type number is embossed within the casting.  Lights are added around the body and a nice touch is the tiny metal air horns at the front. 

On top the equipment is modelled in metal and the fire suppressant equipment is highlighted in red.  The exhaust pipes have holes and look good.  A mass of soft hydraulic hoses run from the body to the boom.

The main boom rams are large with plastic jackets and a good colour match, and nice hydraulic pipes and hoses run to them.  The boom has metal handrails, and hydraulic pipes within the top of the casting.  Both the boom and the stick are of heavy metal construction and the connections are made with discrete friction pins.

The bucket is a very large metal casting with well defined teeth.


The tracks roll well on a rough surface, and are tensioned on the frame with spring-loaded idlers.

The access ladder at the rear rotates into position.

Underneath the body the refuelling flap can be lowered.

The model rotates very smoothly.

The movement of the boom and stick is very good although the hydraulics are generally very stiff. 

The bucket moves fully on its connection.


This is a very heavy model with a high metal content. 

The paint and graphics are really nice in the Taavura colour scheme.


It is good value considering its size and limited edition status.


Although this model was first released in Liebherr colours a number of years ago. it holds its own as a detailed and impressive mining model.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2014 and was released in a run of 300 models.

Profile view.
Heavy boom and stick.
Reaching out.
Underneath, with the refuelling flap on the body.
Detailed equipment on top.
Impressive hydraulics.
Refuelling point lowered.
It looks realistic.
Loading from a high bench.