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Wirtgen W 35 DC Cold Milling Machine

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  873
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2013

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)17
Quality   (max 25)22
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)83%


Wirtgen W 35 DC Cold Milling Machine Video
Wirtgen branded box.
Profile view.
Coiled control wire.
Very detailed console.
Cover attached to the console.
Size compared to Agent Orange.
Comment on this model.

The Wirtgen W 35 DC weighs about 4.5 tonnes and is used for milling operations such as removing narrow widths of asphalt around drains or on paths.


The model comes in a small Wirtgen box and is enclosed between polystyrene trays.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The model comes complete with no assembly required and there are no instructions.  A bag contains two console covers, one of which is a spare.


Although it is a tiny model amazingly it is nearly all metal and that includes the many fine gauge handrails.  The roller wheels look good as they are not solid but have holes in the flanges. Also the conveyor has a real rubber belt which is a very nice detail considering it can only been seen from underneath.  The very small milling drum has individual cutting picks modelled.  

The operatorís area is excellent with the control console fully highlighted with colour which is remarkable given its size.  A tiny coiled cable adds detail.

The rest of the body is very well detailed.  There are tiny painted shackles which are the lifting points for the machine.  Panel handles are highlighted and there are subtle bumps to represent bolt heads.  The small cables have an armoured appearance.


The two rear rollers are mounted on adjustable legs.   One also rotates inwards and outwards, and a light is removable to enable the leg to tuck in to minimise the width so it can mill up tight to walls.

The rear roller steers and the model replicates the feature of the arrow on top of the body moving and pointing in the direction of the roller which is very good model engineering.

The milling drum rotates.

There is a plastic cover that can be clipped over the console when the machine is not in use.  It stores on a rack behind the seat although it falls off easily.


It is a small and delicate model but with a good weight and surprisingly little plastic.

The paint and graphics are very good.


It is good value.


Models of machines from the Wirtgen Group are always high quality and the W 35 DC easily lives up to the standard.  It is an outstanding example of small size modelling.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2013.

The cover for the console hangs on a rack behind the seat.
Lifting loops at the front.
Milling drum underneath and the belt is rubber.
The red pointer at the front indicates which way the steering is pointed.
Tiny details.
Grinding into a Liebherr  510.