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JCB 86C-1 Compact Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  917
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2014

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Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)79%


The JCB 86C-1 Compact Excavator Video. [Youku Video]
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JCB branded box.
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Rubber tracks have a reasonable change.
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Detailed cab.
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It is not a big machine.
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On a transporter.
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It can load a low-sided tipper.
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It only just clears the tipper sides.
Comment on this model.

The JCB 86C-1 is a compact excavator often used on smaller works.  It has an operating weight of 8.6 tonnes, and a digging depth of around 4.5m. 


The branded box encloses two trays which hold the model. 

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

There is no information provided about the real machine or the model, and no assembly is required to display it. 


Looking underneath, the structure is modelled in a simple fashion.  The tracks are rubber with the individual pads highlighted including the bolt holes. The track frames are simple, the drive sprockets are detailed, and the idlers have been cast with tiny holes.

The dozer blade mechanism is replicated in metal.

The curved body is metal with some well-defined casting details, and the crisp paint and graphics enhance the look.  The cab structure is metal and includes a very thin grab rail.  Inside the cab the controls are modelled well.

The boom and stick have very detailed hydraulic piping highlighted in silver and thin hydraulic hoses, and there is protection for the main boom piston.  As the various connections are made with friction pins they are nice and discrete.

The small bucket is a metal casting.


The rubber tracks roll if the model is pushed in a straight line.

The dozer blade can be raised and lowered with a very good range of movement.

It rotates smoothly.

The range of movement on the boom, arm and bucket is very good.  It can also rotate side-to-side at the boom pivot to facilitate offset digging.


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

The paint and graphics are very good.


The price reflects that this is a higher quality model.


It is good to see that NZG has produced a high end model for JCB in terms of overall quality, and aspects of the detailing are very good indeed.


The model was announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2014 and appeared in September 2014. 

Profile view.
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Simple blade at the front.
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Good underneath.
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Very nice hydraulics on the boom and stick.
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A pair make an interesting display.
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Rotation at the boom pivot.