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Liebherr R 916 Classic Hydraulic Excavator - Brodbeck

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  891/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2014

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)74%


Liebherr R 916 Hydraulic Excavator - Gubbels / Brodbeck Video.  [Youku Video]
Liebherr branded box.
Metal tracks are good.
Hydraulics on the boom foot.
Detailed cab.
Warning graphic on the stick and thin hydraulic hoses.
Bucket detached.
Makes a convincing transport load.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr R 916 Classic is a tracked hydraulic excavator and has an operating weight of around 25 tonnes.

This model is in the colours of Brodbeck, a German civil engineering company.


The model comes in a Liebherr branded box and inside the model is contained between a pair of polystyrene trays. 

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

It is fully assembled so no instructions are supplied, and NZG have usefully supplied a bag of spare parts including track links, mirrors and pins.


The metal tracks are detailed including bolt heads and they are mounted on single piece track frames that have no moving rollers.  The drive sprockets are detailed.

The cab has good interior detailing including control levers, and there are realistic-looking window seals.  The grab rails are metal, with the wipers and mirrors being plastic.

The body is a good casting with plenty of detail on top, and there are metal handrails.  The Brodbeck paint scheme is attractive with high quality graphics. 

The hydraulics on the boom are very good with thin hoses at the boom foot.  The colour match of the cylinder jackets with the metal parts reasonable.

The connections at the end of the stick are simple and the bucket is a reasonable metal part.


The tracks were too stiff to roll freely but can be turned by hand.  They tension in the tracks is maintained by spring loaded idler wheels.

The body rotates smoothly.  The range of boom and stick movement is very good, however the outward bucket movement is constrained by the piston being long.

The bucket can be unpinned from the end of the stick and the bucket can be attached facing forward if required.


This is a good quality model with little plastic used.

The Brodbeck livery and graphics are applied very well.


It is a limited edition model and is good value.


This is a good model with some nice detailing and a smart looking colour scheme.  It is an easy model to recommend.


The model first appeared in Liebherr colours in 2013.  This version was made in a run of 300 models and first appeared in February 2014.

Profile view.
Smart colour scheme.
Silver pipes run up the boom.
Simple underneath.
Decent detailing on top.
Bucket is pinned in place.
On the road.