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Sennebogen 835M D Series Materials Handler - de Waard

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  784/03
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2012

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)21
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)77%


The Sennebogen 835M series D Materials Handler Video.
Sennebogen branded box.
Detailed wheel hubs.
Detail underneath.
Very smart looking model.
Good cab details.
Clamshell grab open wide.
Two grabs come with the model.
The Sennebogen 835M is a materials handler with an operating weight of 44 tonnes.  In the configuration of the scale model it has a boom of 10.1m, and a loading stick 7.9m long.  It can lift loads of around 7 tonnes to a maximum height of 18m, and 5 tonnes out to a radius of 16m on outriggers, or 10m on tyres.

This version of the model is in the colours of de Waard, a Dutch construction and transport company.


The model comes in a Sennebogen branded box which has a few specification details about the real machine printed on the outside.  The model is packed in a polystyrene tray, and it had no defects or missing parts.

A few small parts have to be fitted and this is easy enough so the absence of instructions is not critical.


The model is relatively heavy as there is little plastic used.

The undercarriage is well made with transmission details modelled underneath.  NZG have done a very good job with the wheels which have excellent tyres mounted on detailed metal hubs.  The outrigger beams and pads are metal and include accurate details such as the lubrication holes in the beams.  Step irons are provided which align with the cab position to provide access for the operator.

The body of the machine is typical high quality casting from NZG, with plenty of detail in terms of side panel handles and the exhaust on the roof.  There is an access ladder leading to the roof and this is made of plastic.  The operator's cab is first class with very fine details such as thin hand railing, and the windscreen wipers are extremely thin..  Interior details are very nice also.  Control cables run from the cab to the body.  An access platform can be fixed to the side of the cab and this is a nice metal part. NZG have thoughtfully provided some plugs which can be inserted into the fixing holes in lieu of the platform if required.

The boom is a good representation of the real machine and includes hydraulic hosing which runs from the body to the stick.  It also runs to each hydraulic cylinder.  The cylinder jackets are plastic and the colour match is good. 

The stick is a fairly simple part and two tools are provided for attachment at the end.  One is a nice 'orange peel' grab and the other is a conventional grab and both parts are metal.


The steering axle has a very good range of movement so good poses can be achieved.

The metal outrigger pads can be lowered and they support the model well.  This is because on the review model the hydraulic cylinders are extremely stiff indeed so there is no danger of cylinder bleed.

The elevating cab works well, and can be posed at any point.  The detachable platform means that the model can be posed in transport mode although unfortunately the boom and stick cannot be folded fully horizontally so this means it does not look quite right on a low loader.

Both grabs open and close smoothly, and they also rotate.  They are connected to the stick with a pin so can easily be swapped.


The de Waard decoration looks good and is beautifully painted with high quality graphics.  Little plastic is used so the model has nice feeling.


The model represents very good value because of its quality.


NZG have produced a very nice model with a good detail level.  It can be posed in a variety of ways which are interesting and it is only let down a little because it cannot be accurately posed on a low loader.  Overall however it has enough to be highly recommended.


The model first appeared in mid 2009 in Sennebogen green.  Later versions were produced in company liveries in a run of 300 models each:  OBM, OOC and de Waard.

Profile view.
Excellent graphics.
Good detail on top of the body.
Cab raised up.
Hydraulic lines add to the look.
Available in many colours.