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Kaelble Atlas L260 Wheel Loader

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  882
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2015


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)77%

Footnotes


Kaelble Atlas L260 Wheel Loader Video [Youku Video]
Atlas branded box.
Lights are painted.
No hydraulic hoses.
Michelin on the tyres.
Discrete connection pits.
Good tipping angle.
Loading an Arocs tipper.
Comment on this model.

The Kaelble Atlas L260 Wheel Loader has an operating weight of around 14 tonnes and a bucket  capacity of 1.5-2.6m. 

Packaging

The model comes in an Atlas-branded box, with the model contained within a pair of expanded polystyrene trays. 

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

There is no information about the real machine or model.  There is no assembly to do as the model is complete. 

Detail

The chassis is very good with the transmission having well detailed axles.   The rubber tyres are high quality with Michelin on the side walls, and they are mounted on smart detailed metal wheels which have simple inside faces. 

At the rear the engine cover is detailed and it has very thin grab rails and good graphics including a maximum speed sign.  Paint is used to highlight the rear lights.  The rear wheel arches are metal.

The stairs to the cab are plastic and the cab grab rails are metal and very thin so they look realistic. The mirrors on the cab are plastic. Inside the cab the detailing is very good with finely crafted controls.

Under the cab the front axle transmission crosses the pivot point although there are no hydraulic hoses.

At the front the loader arm is metal with some very small pin connections and some slightly larger brass ones.  There are no hydraulic hoses for the rams.

The bucket is a good metal casting.

Features

It rolls very smoothly.  The rear axle barely oscillates.  The steering is pleasantly stiff and it achieves a realistic angle, if not quite the angle of the real machine.

The bucket achieves a good carry position, but cannot quite ground out in a parked pose.  The height of lift is realistic and the tipping angle is slightly shallow.

Quality

This is a very good quality model with a high metal content. 

The paintwork and graphics are also very good.

Price

It is good value for a quality model.

Overall

It is a typical NZG model with a high metal content and very good quality.  Perhaps the only surprise is that the rear axle does not oscillate.

Footnotes

The model became available in September 2014.

 
Carry angle is good.
Profile view.
Nice grilles at the rear.
Detailed chassis.
Very thin grab rails.
 
Metal bucket.
Looks good.