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Wirtgen W 250i Cold Milling Machine - Freesmij

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  872/04
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2015

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Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)19
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)82%


Wirtgen W 250i Cold Milling Machine - Freesmij Video [Youku Video]
Wirtgen branded box.
Profile view.
Rubber belt.
Detailed crawlers.
Opening panel doors.
Detailed engine.
Feeding a tipper truck.
Loaded for transport with a folded conveyor and lowered roof.
Comment on this model.

The Wirtgen W 250i Cold Milling Machine weighs around 44 tonnes.  It is used for removing carriageway surfacing in depths up to 350mm, and can mill to a width of 2200mm.

This version is in the colours of Freesmij, a Dutch resurfacing company.


The model comes in a Wirtgen branded box and is enclosed between expanded polystyrene trays. 

The review model had a missing cover to a screw location.  The part was obtained and easily fitted.

The model comes with a bag containing a couple of handrail parts which have to be fitted at the cab entry points, and a couple of headrests for the seats.  Spare track links are also included.  A small sheet is included which describes some of the features of the model pictorially, but not all are covered. 

Surprisingly for a Wirtgen Group model, there is no information about the real machine.


The metal tracks are finely detailed with yellow highlighting of the pads, and red scrapers are detailed too.  They are mounted on small frames and hydraulic hoses run to them from the body.  Underneath the model the milling drum is large with finely crafted metal picks which are tipped with red paint.  The side skirts are nicely modelled and the extraction conveyor has a rubber belt.

The engine cover has large see-through grilles on the top and the detailed twin engines can be seen underneath with many plastic parts.  The main drive belt for the milling drum is also modelled in rubber.  At the rear the exhaust pipes have holes and the detailing at the back is enhanced with lights and a video camera.  Each side has control panels above the legs detailed with paint.

The cab area has non-slip flooring and twin excellent control consoles with a bank of computer screens.  Thin hand rails look realistic and the windscreens front and rear are good. 

Large mirrors are fixed to the front of the machine and substantial hoses for the vacuum system run to the conveyor. 

The conveyor structure is restrained in height by twin cylinders with realistic thin support cables.  It is metal with a grille underneath and a rubber belt inside which is realistically textured.


Each track unit has tracks which are stiff, but can be rotated by hand.  They are mounted on pivots at the end of legs which are extendible to adjust the height of the machine.  Each pair of tracks has linked steering.

The milling drum rotates and there is an adjustable side skirt on each side and a moving scraper plate at the rear.

The cab roof can be lowered to reduce the transport headroom and the seats have removable headrests to avoid the rear windscreen clashing.

The main engine compartment cover can be raised but it does not pose in an open position.  Side panels can be opened.

The conveyor can be folded to reduce the transport length.  It can be raised and lowered and also swung from to each side by a reasonable angle.


This is a high quality model with limited use of plastic.

The paint and graphics are very good, and the Freesmij livery is distinctive.


It is reasonable value for the size and quality offered.


This is a highly functional model by NZG, and it is matched with very good detailing too.  This Freesmij version is an interesting colour scheme.


The model first appeared at the BAUMA Exhibition in 2013.  This version in the colours of Freesmij appeared as a Summer 2014 release in a run of 300 models.

Mesh under the conveyor.
See-through grille at the rear.
Big milling drum.
Big conveyor structure.
Machine raised up on its legs.
Control console is very good.
Impressive combination.