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Terex TA400 Articulated Dump Truck

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  839
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2013


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)12
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)77%

Footnotes


Terex TA400 Articulated Dump Truck Video.
Terex branded box.
Nice wheels.
Painted lights.
Detailed engine cover.
High detail behind the cab.
Tipping.
Loaded with sand.
A good transport load.
Quite a big machine.
Comment on this model.

The TA400 is the largest Articulated Dump Truck in the Terex range as at 2013.  It has a maximum payload of 38 tonnes with a heaped capacity of 23m.

Packaging

The model comes in a Terex branded box and is wrapped in soft paper and rests in a polystyrene tray. 

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

There is no information about the model or the real machine.

Detail

The TA400 is a solid and heavy model.

Underneath, the axles are modelled with differentials and there is a plastic drive shaft.  The rubber tyres are excellent with an authentic tread pattern and they are mounted on very nice metal hubs.

On the engine cover the side grilles are cast and painted black to highlight them.  The lights are painted and there is a tiny Terex graphic.  The fuel filler pipe is modelled and there are nice metal handrails. 

Detail around the cab is also very good with windscreen wipers, mirrors and plastic grab rails and aerial.  Inside, the controls and both an operator's seat and passenger seat are provided.

Behind the cab the exhaust system is very good and the window has a protection grille formed by graphics.  The articulation point is modelled well and there are many cables and hydraulic hoses to the body lift cylinders. 

The body is of heavy metal construction and the structure is represented very well.  There are two soft rubber mud flaps located at the front and there are painted lights on the chassis at the rear.

Features

The rear axles tilt independently to allow movement over rough terrain and the range of movement is good.

The articulated steering is stiff and it allows a movement to an angle of 45 which replicates the real machine.  It also allows reasonable rotational articulation.

The body tips well to a very good angle and the cylinders are very stiff which means that any angle of tipping can be posed. 

Quality

This is a nice quality model with a high metal content.

The graphics and paintwork are very good too.

Price

The model is reasonable value.

Overall

This model supersedes the earlier TA40 version (model 681).  However it is more than a rebranded model as it has many new castings and details.  It is highly recommended.

Footnotes

The model first appeared at the BAUMA Exhibition in 2013.

 
Profile view.
Modern TA400 styling.
Transmission details.
Tyres are very good.
Mud flap on the body.
Chassis structure.
Excellent tipping angle.
Rear axles oscillate.