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Volvo EW160C Wheeled Materials Handler 

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  814
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2012

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)81%


The Volvo EW160C Wheeled Materials Handler Video.
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Volvo branded box.
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Excellent detail on the counterweight.
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Blade lowered.
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Stabilisers down.
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Thin metal handrails.
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Hydraulic lines at the boom foot.
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Wheels look great.
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Tinted windows in the cab.
Picking up some 'rubbish'.
Loading a MAN TGS Tipper.
The Volvo EW160C is a wheeled materials handler and has an operating weight of around 18 tonnes.  It would typically be used in waste management and recycling operations.


The box consists of shaped clear plastic formers held within an outer cardboard box. 

There is no information provided about the real machine or the model, and no assembly required to display the model.


The chassis is good with the transmission detailed and the wheels are excellent with realistic looking tyres.  At the front the dozer blade is metal and a plastic protection plate covers the hydraulics.  The stabilisers at the rear are metal and there are some finer casting details such as an access panel with bolt details.

The operator's cab is excellent and features tinted windows and fine gauge handrails and roof aerial.  The interior detail is also of a high standard with many controls modelled.  The cab elevating mechanism has full cabling between the cab and body.

The body has very good casting details such as lifting eyes on the counterweight, grilles and door handles, and more fine metal handrails.

The highlight of the boom and stick is the modelling of the hydraulics which are reproduced really well.  Some small graphics add to the authentic look.

The grab is metal although there are no gaps between the tines of each half.


The steering axle floats from side-to-side and has a reasonable amount of steering movement.

The stabilisers have pivoted pads and they can be lowered and will support the model off its wheels.  At the front the dozer blade can be raised and lowered and the protection plate above it is also hinged.

The model rotates smoothly and the elevating cab works very well.  It raises to a good height and can maintain any pose set.

The boom and stick has a very good range of movement and holds any pose.  The grab rotates and each side opens and closes fully, although the hinges are not stiff enough to grip a load tightly.


This is a high quality model.  It is nearly all metal and is finished very well.


It is good value for what is offered.


NZG has produced a very high quality model which is finely detailed and works really well.  It is highly recommended.


The model first appeared as an NZG Summer release in Volvo colours in June 2010. 

Profile view.
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Travelling on the wheels.
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Good detail underneath.
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Grab at the ready.
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Cab details are very good.
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Elevating cab.
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Ready for the high lift.
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Graphics on the boom and stick.
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Grab details are good, although it is 'solid'.
Chucking in some old timbers.