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Terex Fuchs MHL 454 Loading Machine

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  684
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2013

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)17
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)77%


Terex Fuchs MHL 454 Loading Machine Video
Terex Fuchs branded box.
Profile view.
Hydraulic hoses at the boom foot.
Hydraulics run to the grab.
Tilting cab.
Timber grab.
Folded to reduce the headroom.
Shifting some model logs (not included with the model).
Comment on this model.

The Terex Fuchs MHL 454 is a 'pick and carry' type machine specifically designed for timber handling.  It weighs around 32 tonnes and has a maximum reach of nearly 11m.


The model comes in a branded box and is enclosed between polystyrene trays.  There is no information about the model or the real machine. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The model only requires the grab to be connected to complete the assembly. 


Looking underneath, the all-wheel-drive transmission is modelled in plastic.  The wide tyres have a good tread pattern and the wheel detailing is good.

At the front there is a metal dozing blade used for pushing timbers and clearing a path.

Steps with tiny plastic grab rails lead up to the high cab.  It appears to be largely plastic but is finely detailed and has a realistic interior.  A plastic grating provides falling object protection. 

The body has the main panels detailed and plastic lights and mirrors provide additional detail.  The simple graphics are sharp enough.  Slewing motors are modelled at the boom foot and a nice bank of hydraulic hoses runs up to the boom.

The boom and stick have pipes detailed with silver paint and very thin hoses run to the stick rams.  The hoses continue to the timber grab. 

The large timber grab is modelled in metal.


The model rolls well and both axles have steering enabling a tight turning circle.

The blade at the front raises and lowers.

Rotation of the body is easy.

The boom and stick have a good range of movement with stiff rams that can hold a pose.  It can be folded low to make a suitable load for a low loader.

The elevated cab is hinged and folds forward to lower the headroom for transport.

The grab jaws open and close fully, and the grab can be disconnected for transport.


This is a high quality model with plastic used to provide some of the smaller detailing.  However it is mostly metal and is finished well.


It is reasonable value for the quality and functionality offered.


Although this model was released a few years ago it is a good version of a specialist machine and is highly recommended.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2008.

Blade at the front.
Steering on both axles.
Detailed rams.
Transmission modelled.
Wide treaded tyres.
It makes a good load on a Nooteboom Pandel-X.
It looks realistic.