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Liebherr A 904 Materials Handler - Richi

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  683/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2013

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Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)76%


Liebherr A 904 Materials Handler - Richi Video.
Liebherr branded box.
Outriggers down.
Simple detail underneath.
Decent cab.
Thin hydraulic hoses.
Getting the high view.
Loading a tipper truck.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr A 904 Material Handler is based on the A 904 Wheeled Excavator and has a beefed-up undercarriage with four stabilisers, and an elevating cab.  It weighs around 25 tonnes.

This model is in the colours of Richi, a Swiss company based in Weiningen.


The model comes in a Liebherr branded box which has a graphic rather than a photo of the real machine.  Inside the model rests in an expanded polystyrene tray.  There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

It is fully assembled out of the box.


The chassis is simple with some transmission detailing but the storage boxes on each side are hollow underneath.  The wheels have decent looking tyres.  At each end the stabiliser beams and pads are modelled in metal.

The cab has realistic looking window seals, and fine gauge metal grab rails with mirrors at the front.  Interior detail is good.  There are many cables running from the back of the cab over the elevator to the body.

The body is metal with some decent detailing in the casting.  Both Liebherr and the model number are embossed within the casting although the colour scheme does not highlight them.  There are a number of small graphics and the lights at the back are painted, and more metal grab rails and plastic mirrors.

The boom and stick are industrial-type straight configurations and they have very good thin hydraulic hoses on top.  The Richi graphics are applied well.

The sorting grapple is metal and likes quite good although it does not have the perforations of the real grapple.


The undercarriage rolls well enough and there is steering on one axle with a reasonable range of movement. 

The stabilisers have pivoting pads and they can be fully lowered and can support the model wheels free.

It rotates smoothly.

The cab elevates to a good height and the mechanism has enough stiffness to hold any pose.

The boom and stick have a good range of movement and the stability of the model is stretched just when they are stretched out horizontally.

The grapple rotates although it was very stiff on the review model, and it opens and closes with the two halves sharing the same cylinder.


It is a usual high quality model by NZG with a high metal content.  The paintwork is good although there were some small blemishes, and the graphics are very good.


It is good value for a limited edition.


This is an interesting materials handler which looks good and performs well.  It is in an unusual livery and is highly recommended.


The model in Richi colours appeared in 2012.

Profile view.
Richi livery is interesting.
Stabilisers can hold the machine wheels free.
Cab elevated.
Grab is all metal.
Interesting machine.