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Goldhofer XLE 3+5 line Low Loader - H N Krane

Maker:  Tekno
Model No:  63205
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2012

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Overall   (max 100) 75%


Goldhofer XLE 3+5 line Low Loader - H N Krane Video
Tekno branded box.
Lots of parts.
Rear wheel lines.
Hooked up to a Mercedes Benz Titan 4155 Tractor.
Graphics on the deck edges.
The gooseneck has some detailed graphics.
Extended to carry a long beam.
Fully extended.
Carrying a Liebherr R954C.
The Goldhofer XLE trailer is capable of payloads up to 110 tonnes and the version modelled here is the maximum 8-line combination.

This model is an exclusive by Heavy Transport Models (HTM) and is made for them by Tekno.  It is in the colours of H N Krane, a German crane and heavy haulage company headquartered near Rostock.

For this review the XLE is paired with Mercedes Benz 4155 and 4160 Actros Titan tractors which are separately reviewed.  The overall model is large when fully extended measuring 70cm from the front of the tractor to the rear.


The model comes in a standard Tekno branded box with the model enclosed within foam rubber.

There was no damage or missing parts on the review model.

There are a large number of small parts to fit and a single sheet of coloured instructions are provided although it is unclear in places.  A small screwdriver is included for the one screwed connection required.  A collector card is included.

There is no information about the real trailer.


The gooseneck is mainly metal and it has some reasonable detailing of equipment on the underside.  Tiny graphics denote the control console.  A spare wheel and some other parts are added as detailing but they are not all a tight fit in the holes provided.

The front three line bogie is metal apart from the silver deck plates.  The wheels look pretty good and two plastic width markers fit to the front edge and they have short lengths of coiled cable.  At the rear there are good rubber mud flaps and a another length of cable to lead to the rest of the trailer.  A yellow reflective stripe is painted along each edge.

The deck and rear five line bogie is a single piece.  The spine beam has fold-out brackets which can hold the plastic deck panels although it takes effort to get a good fit.  The rear bogie is similar to the front bogie in construction although it has a deep well for the booms of plant being transported and silver plastic edge plates which are flexible and care must be taken not to lift up the model using these.  The graphics along the edges are very good.

At the rear a couple of width markers and orange beacon lights can be fitted although the beacons easily drop off as they do not fit the receiving holes tightly.  The beacon lights are painted and not as good as ones having plastic lenses.


The gooseneck can be fitted to the three line bogie, or directly to the spine beam.  There is a small degree of movement between the gooseneck deck and the connection downstand which is provided via modelled cylinders but it was extremely stiff on the review model.

Each bogie has linked steering which works quite well and is slightly proportional on the rear bogie, although the range of movement at the rear is not huge.  The suspension is very good with each wheel set having an easy springing motion.

A variety of deck configurations are possible including a short version with or without deck plates, and a long version with the telescopic spine beam extended, again with or without deck plates.

Width markers can be added or left off as desired.


The overall quality level of the model is a little better than on the version previously reviewed in Goldhofer colours.

The paintwork and graphics are of a good standard.


The price is reasonable for a very limited edition model.


This is a very good looking model in H N Krane colours and it pairs well with Mercedes Actros Titan tractors in H N Krane livery.  This version is just good enough to earn a highly recommended badge.


The model appeared in 2009 and has been made in different liveries.  A version in Goldhofer colours was reviewed
here.  This version in H N Krane colours appeared in April 2012 together with Mercedes Benz 4155 and 4160 tractors.
Foam rubber packaging.
The model in standard configuration with a 4160 Titan Tractor.
Front bogie.
Underneath the gooseneck.
Deck panels fitted to the spine beam.  It takes effort to get them all to lie flat.
Detail at the rear.
Two matching tractors.
Short configuration without the 3 line bogie.
Just pushing the excavator over a bit.