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Tadano GR-1000XL Rough Terrain Crane

Maker:  Replicars
Model No:  -
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2014

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Overall   (max 100)70%


Tadano GR-1000XL Rough Terrain Crane video.  [Youku Video]
Tadano box.
Travelling on site.
Graphics are small but sharp.
Transmission is modelled.
Winches have hydraulic hoses.
Set up to lift.
Single line hook.
Reaching high on the skyline.
Getting on the low loader.
Profile view.
Great heavy haulage display.
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The Tadano GR-1000XL Rough Terrain Crane can lift a maximum of 91 metric tonnes.  It can be configured with a main boom and fly jib to a maximum under hook height of around 64m.  It has a Gross Vehicle Weight of 52 tonnes.


The packaging consists of a Tadano-branded box which encloses two expanded polystyrene trays.  The maker of the model is not named on the box but it is believed to be Replicars.

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

There is no information provided about the real crane, but an instruction leaflet for the model is included.  It is in Japanese and English with clear diagrams and it is very good.

Assembly of the crane components and reeving the hook is relatively easy.


Detail underneath includes the transmission to each of the axles.  The large rubber tyres are mounted on detailed wheels.

The carrier has a metal structure with plastic providing detail in terms of engine components, ladders and handrails.  At the front and back there are painted lights.  A loop at the front allows for the hook to be hitched whilst travelling. 

The outrigger beams are metal and nicely modelled to replicate the structure, with the pistons provided as exposed screw threads.

The operator's cab is plastic and appears on the small side but appears to scale accurately for overall height.  It has mirrors and wipers and reasonable internal detailing.

The crane body is a relatively simple casting with plastic mirrors adding detail and the two winches have hydraulic hoses running to them.

The boom sections are metal with the lowest section having some metal guide pulleys and plastic supports for the fly jib.  There are metal pulleys at the boom head but they are not separate, instead they are solid blocks.  The main boom ram has a plastic jacket.

The fly jib is a nice metal casting with metal pulleys.

Three metal hooks are supplied.  Two are similar with a solid block of pulleys inside and either a single or double hook.  There is also a single line block.


The wheels roll well enough and both axles steer.  The range of movement is moderate and all the modes of the real crane can be reproduced.  Each wheel also has sprung suspension which is very good. 

The outriggers are functional and will support the weight of the model when lowered.

It rotates smoothly.

The boom can be raised and the cylinder is reasonably stiff.  To prevent cylinder bleed the boom can be pinned in a rather unusual position under the boom foot.

Telescoping of the boom is smooth and spring clips lock each section at full extension.

The fly jib can be posed in the transport position or pinned to the boom head.  It can be used in the full or folded mode and in addition to being posed straight, two offset angles can be set.

There are two winches on the crane body.  They are fairly easy to turn by hand with some friction although the solid pulley blocks tend to prevent the big hook blocks smoothly lowering.


This is a reasonable quality model which is metal with plastic parts.

The paint quality is fine and the few graphics are sharp.


It is moderate value.


There are not so many rough terrain crane models so this one is interesting to see.  It has good functionality with the detailing being at a moderate level although not to the best of modern standards.  It is recommended.


A very similar model is sold as the GR-800EX and the same instruction sheet is used for both models.

The parts and instructions.
Large tyres and detailed wheels.
Hook attached to the transport loop.
Screw threads visible.
Detailed cab.
Fly jib attached.  Hook has a single piece set of pulleys.
Lifting a panel.
Attaching the fly jib.
Angled fly jib.
On site.
Big load.