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Terex RT130 Rough Terrain Crane

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  764
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2010


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Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)75%

Footnotes


The Terex RT130 Rough Terrain Crane.
Terex box.
In travelling mode but the loop to tie the chains to is not functional.
Hydraulic lines to the winches.
Very nice cab detail.
Set up to lift.
Cut out boom sections.
It makes a good load on a Rogers Lowboy.
The Terex RT130 is a heavy duty rough terrain crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 118 tonnes, and it can lift to heights of around 50m on the main boom.  At the time of the review, this is the biggest rough terrain crane in the Terex range and weighs in with a hefty gross vehicle weight of over 60 tonnes.

Packaging

The model comes in a typical Terex-style box.  It is well packed within polystyrene trays and the review model had no defects or missing parts.  There is no information about the real crane supplied, and nothing about the model either.  Most collectors will have no problem understanding how the model works however as it is straightforward.

Detail

Underneath, the main drive shaft to the axles is present and the basic structure of the carrier is modelled well.  The rubber tyres have a good tread and are mounted on convincing detailed hubs. 

The outrigger beams are of metal construction and a particularly nice detail is the outrigger pads which reflect the structure of the original pads.  The screw threads of the pistons are visible rather than being smooth with the screw hidden internally.

The rest of the carrier has some good details.  There are plenty of steps or ladders, all with metal handrails.  One detail which could have been improved however is the loop for attaching the hooks when travelling which is present but not usable on the model so posing it realistically is compromised.

The body of the crane is very nicely detailed with fine grab rails and mirrors, and hydraulic pipes are modelled too.  In addition the two winches have thin hydraulic lines running to them and the hydraulic cylinders for attaching the counterweight are also modelled, although non-functioning. 

The operatorís cab is very well rendered with good controls inside, and the exterior details include wipers, lights and mirrors.  Particular care has been taken with the windows, which have been detailed to have realistic looking seals around the edges.

The boom consists of a five section telescope with all parts made of metal, and they are simply detailed, but the inner boom sections do have cut-out circles to mimic the real crane's structure and this detail is really good. 

The model includes a swing-away lattice fly jib which also has a telescopic centre section.  On the review model, the fly jib was already pinned to the boom and this took some effort to remove it to enable the boom to be telescoped out without the fly jib attached.  It appears NZG really intend the fly jib to be permanently attached to the boom and the only reason that can be imagined for this is so that it does not tend to topple off the fly jib transport supports.

Two hooks are supplied with the crane, a single line headache ball and a multiline block with five sheaves, so various display options are possible.  The thread used on the winches is not the best however, as it is not fine enough to allow the hooks to hang nicely.

Features

Both axles steer independently so any mode of steering can be replicated.  The range of movement is reasonable before the tyres start fouling on the bodywork.

The outriggers extend and the pads can be screwed down, and they are strong enough to support the weight of the model when lifted off the tyres.

Rotation of the crane works fine, and the boom cylinder is stiff enough to hold the boom at all but the shallowest angles.  Telescoping the boom works well, and there are the usual locking pins to secure the telescope when opened up. 

The two winch drums are operated by supplied keys and friction within the mechanisms is enough for any reasonable load to be held on the hooks. 

The fly jib provides a variety of possible extensions.  It can be folded, or when unfolded the telescopic section can be pinned in two separate positions.  Unfortunately the jib cannot be set at different offset angles like the real jib.

Quality

The model is fairly typical of NZG.  It has very little plastic, the castings are very good quality and the model is robust.  The paintwork and graphics are also very good.

Price

The crane is good value.

Overall

This is a nice model of a large rough terrain crane.  NZG have provided Terex with a pleasing model which looks good.  The decision to pin the fly jib semi permanently is a little strange as this restricts the display options somewhat, but most experienced collectors will be able to remove the pin.

Footnotes

The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2010, having been announced at the previous year's fair.

 
The model inside the box.
Impressive tyres.
Ladder and metal grab rails.
Metal outriggers with nicely shaped pads.
Telescopic fly jib extension.
Boom extended.  The fly jib only just hangs on to its holders without slipping off.