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Atlas 140W Mobile Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  837
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2011

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Overall   (max 100)75%


Atlas 140W Mobile Excavator Video
Atlas branded box.
Blade at the rear.
Metal handrails and hydraulic hoses.
Hoses on the boom and unobtrusive rivets.
Loading a DAF Tipper.
Atlas was part of the Terex Company from 2001 but in April 2010 it was sold and became Atlas GmbH, an independent company making excavators and truck loading cranes.

The 140W is a wheeled mobile excavator with an adjustable boom arm, with a maximum dig depth of 5.5m.  It is often used in road works and drainage works, where the wheels provide greater site mobility than crawler tracks, and they do not damage the road surface.  It weighs around 15t.


The model comes in a small Atlas branded box and is held between expanded polystyrene trays.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

The model is fully assembled when removed from the box and there is no information provided about the model or the real machine.


The model has a simple chassis and the treaded tyres look good and they are mounted on metal hubs.  Attached to the undercarriage are two distinctive silver wheel chocks, one either side.  Even though these are not removable, they add further interest to the model.  At one end of the chassis is the stabiliser beam, which is all metal, and at the other is a blade.

The cab has good detail with tinted windows and raised frames, and inside there is a steering wheel, seat and control levers.  On the outside there are mirrors and lights on the cab, and there is also a mirror on the grab rail which is a nice addition. 

The casting of the body is very good, with grilles over the engine area being nicely shaped, and some nice metal handrails.  The graphics include maximum speed signs.

The boom is also well cast and detail is enhanced with very fine delicate rubber hydraulic pipes.  Friction rivets are used on the boom and stick and the rivets on the bucket connection are painted so the model looks very good.

The bucket is nicely formed with sharp teeth.


The body turns smoothly on the undercarriage and the rear blade can be raised and lowered easily. 

The front wheels can be steered to a good lock. 

The stabilisers can be moved into position and they support the weight of the model and remain stable.

A full range of boom movement is possible.


The model is high quality and is made mostly of metal.  The paintwork and graphics are to the usual high NZG standard.


The model is reasonably priced.


This is essentially a re-working of the earlier Terex-branded model in Atlas livery with the graphics and paintwork improved a little since the earlier version.  It is a typical high quality NZG model and is just good enough to remain highly recommended. 


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2011.  The original version of this model was the Terex TW140 which was NZG 697.

Ready for the start of shift.
Detailed cab.
Ready to dig.