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Liebherr A 918 Compact Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  943
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2016

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Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)17
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)82%


Liebherr A 918 Compact Hydraulic Excavator Video.  [Youku video]
Liebherr branded box.
Simple dozing blade.
Smart wheels and undercarriage.
Detailed cab.
Very good hydraulics.
Detachable bucket.
On the road.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr A 918 is a smaller wheeled excavator with a weight of under 20 tonnes and its compact dimensions make it ideal for work in confined spaces. 

This version of the model is an update to the previous version (NZG 818), and was introduced for Bauma 2016.


The model comes in a Liebherr branded box which is unusual as it has a window.  Inside the model rests in a polystyrene tray. 

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

It is fully assembled so no instructions are supplied, and NZG have included a bag containing spare pins.


The undercarriage is very good and this version of the model has a silver trim rather than all grey. There are excellent rubber tyres on detailed wheels and the full transmission is modelled.  A stabilising blade is attached.

The cab is high quality with tinted windows and smart frames, and there is a nicely detailed interior with controls.  On the outside are wipers, mirrors and aerial. 

The body casting is modified from the earlier version to reflect the updated machine.  It is very good with exhaust and other details.  There is careful use of paint highlights for details such as panel hinges.  Excellent small graphics add to the realism, and graphics are used for the side grilles.  On top the modelling detail is very good.

The boom and stick have very detailed hydraulic pipes and hoses and the model sets a high standard in this regard.  At the end of the stick is a quick coupler arrangement.  

The supplied bucket has a cutting edge.


The model rolls well and one axle steers and also has plenty of floating movement to cope with rough terrain.

The stabilising blade tilts so it could be used for dozing.

The model rotates and the boom and stick have a full range of movement. 

The bucket tilts on its mounting and is attached to a quick coupler which allows it to be removed by withdrawing steel pins.  It can also be reversed.


This is a high quality model.  There is little plastic used, and the paintwork and graphics are very good.


It is good value.


It is nice to see that Liebherr have gone to the trouble of commissioning this update of the popular A 918.  It maintains the standard of the original model.


This version of the model was introduced for the Bauma exhibition in 2016.

Profile view.
Side grilles are graphics.
Transmission is modelled.
High detail.
Bucket can be angled and reversed.
Small load.
Realistic looking model.