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Liebherr LRB 255 Piling and Drilling Rig - Soletanche Bachy

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  668/02
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2013

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Liebherr LRB 255 Piling and Drilling Rig - Soletanche Bachy video.
Profile view.
Much of the large box is in fact air but the leader dictates the size.
Liebherr name embossed at the rear.
Detailed cab.
Roof detail is very good too.
At the top of the leader, there is a working auxiliary winch and excellent detailing.
Impressive model.
Detailed track frames.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr LRB 255 is an 80t machine with a maximum 30m leader length (the leader is the vertical 'rail' on which the piling equipment slides).  In the base configuration the model is equipped for driving sheet piles with a 40VM vibrator.

This version of the model is in the colours of Soletanche Bachy, the foundation engineering company within the VINCI Group.


It comes in a large Liebherr branded box.  Inside, the model is held in two expanded polystyrene trays with the top section also containing a plastic base for the model to be displayed upon.  The model is well wrapped and packed and there was no defects or missing parts on the review model.

An instruction sheet is provided which is in German and English and has excellent photos.  Helpfully the instructions are professional and pretty good.  Out of the box there are relatively few separate pieces and spare pins are supplied with the model.


There is no detail underneath the model, but this is made up for on the track frames.  They have good detail and include working rollers.  The drive sprockets are also good containing the name 'Liebherr' in the casting.  The tracks are metal and are made up of fine delicate links which are mounted on spring loaded sprockets so they keep a good tension.

Detailing on the body is generally excellent.  The operator's cab has textured access platforms, a windscreen wiper and rear view mirror, and a fine metal grab rail. The roof has a plastic cab guard and is enhanced by small lights and an aerial.  Inside the cab, detail is also good with shaped joysticks and pedals visible.  Moving behind the cab the body panels are finely detailed with door handles and grilles. 

At the rear of the body the Liebherr name is embossed in the casting of the counterweight.  Moving around the body, there is a good metal access platform and ladder and another rear view mirror towards the front.  The Soletanche Bachy colour scheme and graphics look really nice.

At roof level the model excels with excellent metal guides for the hoses which are used when the machine is transported.  There is a very good exhaust system modelled and good grille structures.  The leader and support structures are first rate.  Nearly all the components are metal with the only exceptions being the hydraulic cylinder jackets and part of the supporting frame.  Some of the plastic cylinder jackets have moulded pipe work which is a nice touch.

The leader is dead straight and has circular holes as per the original.  At the base is a metal foot and at the top the winch details are top notch.  The slides which allow the leader to be moved for transport and the universal slide for the piling vibrator are metal and work very well.  The pulleys in the leader top appear to be metal.  Various hoses complete the complex look of the model.

The vibrator tool is a very heavy solid piece and has two plastic pile clamps which is just as well so they do not scratch the paint off the supplied sheet piles.  An unusual feature is the plastic base which comes with the model.  It has grooves for inserting the model sheet piles so an effective display can be produced.  The base also features a couple of pop out round holes for the separate accessory pack including auguring equipment.


The tracks work well although are a little stiff due to the tension they are under.  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.

Within the body of the model three working winches are present although only one is used in sheet piling mode.  Operating the winches is achieved by using a supplied key and access is gained through opening doors in the bodywork, one on the operator's cab side and two on the other side.  Two of the winches work by pushing in on the key which disengages a brake and allows free rotation.  These winches are spring loaded such that the brake is re-engaged when the key is withdrawn.  They work really well and all model winches should be designed this way.  The third winch is the more usual friction variety.  At the top of the leader is another working auxiliary winch which has a small hook and chain attached.

All the sliding parts on the leader work well.  To ensure the leader can be placed in a true vertical position In working mode there is a complex working slide mechanism which is an excellent piece of model engineering.

The vibrator can be mounted on the universal slide with or without having sheet piles attached.  The pile clamps are removable from the vibrator and can also slide in order to enable the clamps to be fixed at the right position.  Care has to be exercised if the vibrator is near the top of the leader as it makes the model somewhat top heavy due to the weight of the vibrator unit.

A particular feature is that the model can be displayed in working or transport configuration.  The model makes a great transport load and it is only a pity that the footplates for the cab and access ladder do not fold in or detach for transportation.  It would also have been superb if the counterweight at the rear had been removable as in the real machine.


The overall impression of this model is highly favourable.  It is very detailed and the quality of the model engineering is very good.  The use of plastic has been minimised and the castings leave no cause for complaint. 

Paintwork and graphics are also of a high standard.


For what is offered the model is very good value.


NZG and Liebherr have produced a very good model.  Collectors will be very pleased with it and there are hardly any gripes at all.  The quality of the engineering and manufacture sets a high standard.  As an item to display it looks really good on a low loader or standing on the base driving sheet piles.


The model first appeared in Liebherr colours at the BAUMA Equipment Exhibition in April 2007 and appeared at retailers in June 2007.  An accessory kit includes auger attachments.  This version in Soletanche Bachy colours was made in a run of 300 models and appeared at the end of 2012.

Colourful Liebherr picture box.
Complex model engineering.
Metal sheet piles add to the overall look.
Plastic base gives a ready-made posing option..
The vibrator is heavy.  The pile clamps at the bottom are on slides.
Complex engineering of the leader support.
Opening doors provide access to the winches.
It makes a very good low loader load.
All on board and ready to go.