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Volvo EC460CL Excavator - Van Dalen

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  811/02
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2012

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Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)80%


The Volvo EC460CL Excavator Video.
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Volvo branded box.
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Overall range of movement is very good.
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Cab has tinted windows. 
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Convincing detail around the body.
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Opening cover with Volvo engine.
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Plenty of hydraulic lines are modelled.
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Together with its brothers in other colours, Volvo yellow and Loock.
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Getting shifted on a Nooteboom Low Loader.
The Volvo EC460CL has an operating weight of around 48-50 tonnes. 

This version of the model is in the colours of Van Dalen, a Dutch company.


The box consists of shaped clear plastic formers held within an outer cardboard box which allows the model to be seen.  There is also a clever tray in the bottom of the packaging which holds some spare track links and a replacement beacon light, which is a nice addition.

There is no information provided about the real machine, and nothing for the model either although there is no assembly required to display the model.


The metal tracks are mounted on detailed frames which have working sprockets and idlers and the lower rollers are moving parts.

The body is almost all metal with the result that the whole model is quite heavy.  Detail inside the cab is good, and the windows are slightly tinted and have the glass frame finely delineated.  A mirror, beacon light and wipers add detail.  The rest of the body has grilles formed within the casting and there are a number of metal grab rails.  Among the graphics are emblems celebrating Van Dalen's 50th anniversary.  At the rear the counterweight attachment mechanism is modelled, although the counterweight is permanently fixed on the model.

The modelling of the hydraulics is very good.  There is a detailed hydraulic unit at the boom foot and the hydraulic lines are modelled in rubber and run up the boom and stick and overall these add to the look of the model greatly.

The boom and stick are metal with plastic blanking plates on the underside. 

The bucket is a very good casting with anti-wear plates and sharp teeth.


The tracks roll well and are mounted on spring loaded sprockets so removal is straightforward.  However as the track links are hooked together they easily come apart when not under tension so care is needed not to lose any links.

The body has an opening engine cover and there is a nicely detailed engine underneath.  The hinge is stiff enough to enable the cover to stay open.

It rotates well and the boom and stick movement is good and the cylinders are stiff enough to hold any pose set.  The bucket has a very good range of movement and it would have been better if it could have been interchangeable with other tools.


This is very nice quality model with some very good detailing.  The paintwork and graphics are also very good.  A few more small graphics would have added to the look even more.


NZG have produced a very good value model.


This is a very nice model of a Volvo machine with very good detail and functionality.  It looks attractive in Van Dalen's colours and is highly recommended.


The model first appeared as an NZG Summer release in Volvo colours in June 2010.  This model in the colours of Van Dalen was produced in a limited edition of 300 models, as was a version in the colours of Loock.  These appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2012.

Profile view.
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Big boom and stick.
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Detail underneath.
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Detailed tracks and metal grab rails on the body. 
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Bucket detail is good.  Nice track details. 
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Equipment for attaching the counterweight.
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Really nice hydraulic lines.
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Convincing load.
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Loading a Volvo A40D.