|Cranes Etc Rating System|
The Cranes Etc Rating has been devised to produce an objective standard against which diecast models can be assessed. The rating system gives a percentage score for a model review by considering a number of characteristics of interest to collectors as a whole. Individual collectors will have their own preferences but the Rating is intended to broadly reflect the interests of all collectors. Other relevant products such as books, DVDs and accessories are also rated and classified using the badges below, but without scores.
The scoring system does not seek to differentiate between different scales as it is a matter for individual collectors to determine what scales they collect / find acceptable. Cranes Etc mainly reviews diecast models in 1:50 scale, but also 1:87 and other scales.
A model would not be expected to score less than 50%. However over time the expectations of models will increase as model makers improve their offerings and for this reason the year in which the review was made is relevant. An older model newly reviewed today would likely score lower than in its year of introduction as overall standards have improved.
Models are also awarded badges as below, although there is some flexibility depending on circumstances. These badges were changed in 2017 from 'Recommended' to 'Good', Highly Recommended' to 'Very Good', and from 'Outstanding' to 'Excellent'. The old badges will still appear in videos made before 2017, and older reviews may not have the report amended for the badge change. Unbadged products have no particular classification, which does not necessarily mean the product is bad, just that it is not distinguished compared to its peers.
|Models usually with a rating in the range 62% - 74%||Models usually with a rating of 75% or more||Models usually with a rating above 80%, depending on model type|
Early model reviews may have Excellent ratings with lower percentages than 80% as they were the top models reviewed at the time.
The Rating guidelines for models is described in the following table:
|Packaging (max 10)||The main function of packaging is to protect the model during storage and transportation. Marks may be lost under this heading if any review model is received damaged in transit. Higher marks are also earned for:|
- Attractive boxes
- Detailed, clear instructions
- Tools for use during assembly / operation
- Fact sheets / information about the full size machine
|Detail (max 30)||Higher marks are earned for model detail. Examples: |
- Details within the casting; bolts, grilles, textured surfaces
- Hoses to hydraulic cylinders
- Windscreen wipers, mirrors, aerials
- Lights and cab controls
- Ladders and steps
Detail also implies that the model is a faithful representation of the full size machine. Significant deviations from the original machine loses marks.
|Features (max 20)||Higher marks are earned for additional features of value to collectors, for example: |
- Moving parts
- Opening doors
|Quality (max 25)||Marks for quality are judged on the overall finish: |
- Quality of casting
- Quality of paintwork and graphics
- Appropriate use of plastic
- Parts which fit together well, where separate pieces are involved
- Damage or manufacturing defects in the model
|Price (max 15)||The mark for price is an assessment of the value for money having regard for the packaging, detail, features and quality as described above. A high mark means the model is good value, a low mark means poor value. The pricing level considered is based on the Manufacturers Retail Price where available, or if not available the average price for the model on German websites at the time of the review. |
|Overall (max 100)||The overall rating out of 100%.|