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Terex TC50 Mini Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  701
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2009

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Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)12
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)73%


The small and compact Terex TC50 Mini Excavator.
Terex picture box.
The Cranes Etc team member puts the size of the TC50 in perspective.
The boom working at an offset angle.
They must have had a row, with their backs turned to each other.
The Terex TC50 is a zero tail swing excavator with a weight of 5 tonnes.  It is typically used for very small excavation jobs such as small trenches in street works.


The model comes in a small box in the standard Terex style and it is snugly held in expanded polystyrene trays.  A small bag of parts is supplied with the model but these appear to be duplicates for mirrors and other items already fitted.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

No information is provided about the real machine.


Out of the box this is a very small but nicely detailed model.  The rubber tracks are mounted on simple track frames and at the front a shaped blade is modelled well.

The operator's cab comprises a large part of the model and the tinted windows look good with the seals to the frames being represented.  On the outside there are lights and mirrors, and a nice metal grab rail. Inside the cab detailing is good with the control levers modelled well. 

The body is metal and nicely cast with various grilles and features.  There are some very nice small graphics throughout the model.

The boom is very well made with rivets which are almost completely unobtrusive.  The detail is enhanced by the delicate hydraulic hoses and the authentic representation of the bucket.


The rubber tracks can be rotated, and the body turns smoothly on the undercarriage.

At the front, the dozer blade can be lowered and raised. 

A full range of boom movement is possible and this includes a right and left offset from the centre point.

The bucket is detachable from the boom by removing a pin which is a nice feature and it would have been even better if a couple of other tools had been provided.


This is a quality product up to NZG's usual standards.  It is mostly metal, and the paintwork and graphics are very good.


The model is good value.


NZG have produced a very pleasant small model which looks rather cute in 1:50 scale.  Details are very good with enough features to be interesting.


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

The model sits snugly.
The boom reaches out.
Nice detailing with hydraulic lines.
Nice detail inside the cab.