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Tana E520 Landfill Compactor

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  996
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2019

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 15
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 9
Overall   (max 100) 79%


Tana E520 Landfill Compactor Video. [Youku video]
Branded box.
Heavy compacting drums.
Tough looking machine.
Detail at the pivot point.

The Tana E520 Landfill Compactor id the largest in the Tana catalogue and weighs in at 52 tonnes.


The model comes in a Tana branded box and is wrapped in soft paper and rests in a polystyrene tray. 

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

There is no information about the model or the real machine.  A spare pin is included for the locking bar.


Underneath, the large metal drums are impressive with numerous compacting teeth.  Some panels are indicated in the underside of the body.

The blade has a very nice see-through grille section at the top, and there are wear plates detailed on the bottom edge.  Plastic is used around the ends of the hydraulic rams, but the colour match is excellent.

Detail around the cab is very good with textured walkways and metal handrails.  The cab has got nice lights on the roof but surprisingly no windscreen wiper.
The side windows have the Tana name printed on them.   Inside, the controls and operator's seat are modelled.

At the pivot point the hydraulic rams are modelled but there are no hoses crossing.  A number of very small graphics are sharp and legible.

At the rear the engine cover has detail within the casting and there are metal grab rails.  Walkway surfaces are painted black and there are more metal handrails. 


The drums rotate very smoothly.

The articulated steering is excellent with a full range of movement.

The blade raises to a good height and the rams controlling it are stiff.

A locking bar can be pinned into position to lock the steering.


This is a heavy model with a high metal content.

The graphics and paintwork are very good.


The model is relatively pricey through retail channels.


This model has the typical NZG feeling of quality with its weight and metal content.  The detail level is very good as is the functionality.


This model first appeared in April 2019.

Profile view.
Blade has excellent perforations.
Metal handrails.
Excellent steering angle.
Very nice graphics.
Impressive blade.