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Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstacker

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  960
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2017

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


Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstacker Video.  [Youku Video]
Liebherr-style box.
Reasonable steering angle.
Profile view.
Simple underneath.
Detailed cab.
Detailed engine.
Looks good in a container park.
Placing the container.

The Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstacker is used in port applications where it can move and stack containers up to five high.


The model comes in a Liebherr-styled box, and the model is securely contained within two expanded polystyrene trays.  It is protected in the box with parts being wrapped. 

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

A coloured instruction sheet is provided, and this describes the most of the features of the model.  Two tools are included

There is no information about the real machine.


The model is large and heavy.  Underneath there is little detail to see, although the large tyres have got a nice tread pattern.  The wheels are detailed. 

At the back the curved shape is modelled well and the painted lights look very good.  The rear view camera position is marked.

A metal stairway runs up to the parked cab position and the handrails are realistically thin.  Walkway surfaces are textured.

The large cab has a detailed interior and the window seals are all highlighted in black.  Flexible control cables run to the engine area.

At the front there is a metal support plate with the pistons that control it modelled as screw threads.  The wheel arches are metal and feel robust.   Under the engine cover is a highly detailed engine made of a number of parts. 

The boom rams have plastic jackets, and there are a number of soft hydraulic hoses running to the rear of the boom.  Hydraulics detailing along the boom includes silvered pipes and an extending cable to the spreader assembly.   The main boom is metal with the inside telescope being a mixture of metal and plastic.

The spreader is almost entirely metal with just the hydraulic ram jackets in plastic.

A replica 40ft container is included and it is plastic, presumably to improve the stability of the model.  However, it does look like plastic and would have been much nicer if painted.


It rolls very smoothly, helped by the heavy weight.  The rear axle has steering which reaches a decent angle, but not as much as the real machine.

The cab can move forward on rails from the parking position in order to provide improved visibility.  The mechanism works reasonably well on the model.

The engine cover is removable.

The support plate at the front is designed to provide improved lifting capacity.  It can be lowered using the supplied screwdriver on the screwed pistons.  In practice it would have been easier if the plate was fixed to stiff pull-down pistons.

The boom rams are stiff and can hold any pose.

The telescopic boom slides smoothly and has a locking clip at full extension.

The spreader can be extended to handle containers up to 45 foot.  It can be angled to suit the boom angle, and also rotates fully.

The spreader can be clipped into the plastic container so the model can be posed lifting.


This a heavy and well made model by NZG, with a high metal content. 

The paintwork is nice and the Liebherr graphics are very sharp.


It is a fair price for a large model.


This is an interesting model which is well made, and the detailing of the engine is particularly good.  It functions well and looks good posed with a number of containers.


The model first appeared in prototype at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2017. 

The main parts including two tools. A manual is included.
Nice body shape and paint scheme.
Container is plastic.
Support plate lowered.  Nice grilles.
Handles the container well.
Although simulated being attached to a metal 20ft container, it cannot be fixed to it.