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Komatsu PC 200-8 Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  804
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2012

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Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)77%


Komatsu PC 200-8 Excavator Video
The Komatsu branded box.
Sharp graphics.  The grab rail outside the cab is very thin.
Graphics on the track frames too.
Hydraulic hoses.
Loading a Mercedes Benz Tipper.
Loaded on a Nooteboom trailer.
It makes a good load.
The Komatsu PC 200-8 Excavator is a smaller machine with a typical operating weight of around 20 tonnes.


The model comes in a Komatsu branded box and is packed inside an expanded polystyrene tray and held in place with a plastic former.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is some specification information about the real machine, and the model has been produced in collaboration with Ken Kraft of Japan. 

A few spare track links and lights and other parts are included in the box in case any get lost or damaged, but there is no assembly to do as the model is complete out of the box. 


The metal track links are hooked together and are mounted on track frames with working bottom rollers and there are tiny graphics applied. 

The cab  is reasonably detailed inside and there are wipers, a mirror and an aerial outside.  The grab rail on the outside is metal and extremely thin and realistic.

The body is a good casting with grilles and panel handles.  The quality of the graphics is very good and they are completely sharp.  There is a hand rail up to the roof and it is metal, and a nice detail is the rear view camera at the back.  A detailed engine is modelled under the engine cover.  The hydraulic equipment at the boom foot is very good with a mass of thin hoses. 

The boom and stick fairly simple and the hydraulic cylinder jackets are plastic and the colour match is slightly off.  Hydraulic hoses run to the stick and bucket cylinders.  Small relatively unobtrusive rivets are used throughout.

The bucket is metal with some wear plate detail and good teeth.


The tracks are roll but are stiff on most surfaces but can be operated by hand.  They are tensioned with spring-loaded idlers.

The model rotates smoothly.  Movement of the boom, stick and bucket is very good with plenty of stiffness so any pose will be held. 

The engine cover opens and closes, and can be posed in the open position.


There is little plastic used and many of the parts are finely crafted.  The paint and graphics are very good.


It is good value.


This is a well made small excavator with good functionality and some pleasant detailing.  It is just good enough to be highly recommended.


The model appeared in 2009 and was a result of a co-operation between NZG and Ken Kraft in Japan.

The parts out of the box.  The bag contains spares.
Profile view.
Metal handrails.
Good casting details.
Detailed engine under the cover.
Bucket is not removable.
View underneath.
Tinted cab windows and anti-slip walkways.