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Terex TC225LC Crawler Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  698
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2009


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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)12
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)74%

Footnotes


The TC225LC Excavator.
Terex box.
Tracking across site.
The cab has excellent controls.
Handrail and steps.
Fine gauge hydraulic hoses.
Loading a Terex TA40.
The Terex TC225LC Crawler Excavator is a machine in the 24 tonne class, with a bucket capacity in the range 0.4-1.37m.  It comes with either a monoblock or adjustable boom, and the scale model is based on a 6.5m monoblock boom. 

Packaging

The model comes in the standard Terex box style and is well packed so the review model had no defects, and there were no missing parts.  There is no information provided about the real machine which is a pity.  The model is fully assembled so no work is required by the collector, and a nice touch is that a few spare track links are also included in the box.

Detail

The tracks are metal and are well detailed with fixing bolts modelled.  They are mounted on frames which include rollers but these are not moving parts.

The cab is very good.  It has nicely tinted windows with mirrors, lights and windscreen wipers present.  Inside, the controls are reproduced well.  The rest of the body is a very good metal casting which includes grilles and the stylised fluting around the lights at the rear.  Nicely formed steps and a metal handrail also add to the look. 

At the boom connection point there is very good detailing in terms of plastic hydraulic hosing which has a fine gauge.  The monoblock boom is also cast well with hydraulic piping detailed, and plastic hosing across the pivot point. 

The bucket is a good casting with sharp teeth and anti wear plates.

Features

The tracks roll although they were stiff on the review model, and they are mounted on spring loaded sprockets so it is straightforward to remove them if desired.  However the individual links are only hooked together so if the tracks are removed they quickly come apart into many pieces.

The body rotates well and the boom movement works fine with the cylinders stiff enough to be able to hold any pose.

Quality

The manufacture of the model and the paint finish is to NZG's usual high standards.  Very little plastic is used.

Price

The model is good value.

Overall

This is another very good Terex model produced by NZG.  It pairs well with other models to make some interesting displays.

Footnotes

The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2008.  A version in Atlas colours was introduced in 2011.

 
Inside the box.
Good crawler details.
Rear view.
Authentic looking pose.
Being transported on a Nooteboom Pendel X.