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Liebherr A924 Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  780
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2009

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The Liebherr A924 Hydraulic Excavator.
Liebherr-style box.
Travelling to a digging location.
Underneath view showing the plastic transmission.
Outriggers extended for digging.
Remove a pin and the bucket can be detached.
Loading a MAN tipper.
The Liebherr A924 is a wheeled excavator often used on roadworks and drainage activities.  In the configuration depicted by this model (with a stabiliser blade and two outriggers) it has an operating weight of 24.5 tonnes .  A variety of buckets and attachments can be fitted to the real machine.


The model comes in standard Liebherr-styled box, and the model is securely contained within expanded polystyrene trays.  It is protected well in the box, with no defects or missing parts on the review model.

No information is provided about the real machine however.


Underneath, the model has some detailing of the transmission to both axles, although it is in plastic.  Each wheel has nice rubber double tyres, and these have a good authentic look.  The rest of the undercarriage is metal, and a pair of wheel chocks add to the detail.

The cab is nicely formed, and although a mirror is present, unusually there was no windscreen wiper on the review model.  The grab rails are in metal, and are very thin and high quality.  Inside the cab, the controls are replicated well.  The windows have a slight tint which looks fine. 

The rest of the body is cast well with the Liebherr name and model number cast in relief at the rear, and there are some more very thin grab rails.

The boom and stick have very good hydraulic cabling detailed, and where the lines are part of the metal casting they are painted silver or black which looks convincing and is a very nice detail.  Unfortunately the colour match of the plastic hydraulic cylinders is slightly off. 

The bucket is a simple and effective casting.


The steering axle can be set to a reasonable angle, although perhaps not as much as the real machine can achieve.

The stabiliser blade can be raised and lowered, and the outrigger pads can also be lowered and are stiff enough to hold the adjacent axle off the ground.

All of the usual excavator functions can be replicated with the body rotating, and the two-piece boom is able to exhibit a full range of movement.  The bucket has a significant ability to tilt, and by removing a pin, it can be easily detached.  Some extra buckets or tools would have been a good addition.


The model is up to the usual standards of NZG, and the casting and detailing is of a high quality.  Both paintwork and graphics are also very good.


The model is good value for what is offered.


Excavator collectors will be pleased with this model from NZG, which is good quality and a pleasing addition to a collection.  It has just enough going for it to be highly recommended.


The model first appeared in mid 2009 after being shown as a prototype at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in February 2009.
 A version in Kibag colours was produced in 2012 by Heavy Transport Models.
The model inside the box.
Detailed cab.
The blade is down for dozing.
Tilting bucket.
Loaded on a Goldhofer trailer.