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Kramer Allrad 350 Miniloader with Cab

Maker:  Universal Hobbies
Model No:  8066
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2009


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)9
Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)14
Overall   (max 100)78%

Footnotes


The tiny Kramer Allrad 350.
In the box.
The model is very small compared to the Cranes Etc team member.
Underside view, with hoses running to each wheel.
Good detail, including hydraulic hoses.
The Kramer Allrad 350 Miniloader is a very small machine weighing less than 2 tonnes.  It has a bucket capacity of 0.35m and has a payload of just under 1 tonne.

Packaging

The box is unusual in that the model actually comes in a plastic display case and the cardboard sleeve merely covers it.  It has some basic specifications about the real machine and a few photos printed on the box.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

To remove the model from the display case some screws have to be undone from underneath so it is very secure inside the case, and it is also well protected from dust. It is an interesting idea to include the model in a display case and it works well.

Detail

Despite its small size the detail level is very good indeed.

The tyres have a good tread pattern and are mounted on plastic hubs which have the wheel nuts detailed, and underneath there are hoses running to each of the wheels.  The cab has grab rails, mirrors, windscreen wipers and an orange beacon light which are all pleasing.  Inside the cab has the controls detailed and the operator's seat is textured.

At the rear, the metal cast body has fine detail including a towing point.  Very small graphics enhance the look of the model.  The hydraulic cylinders on the front lift mechanism have hydraulic hoses running to them, and again the casting details are fine.  Perhaps the only real issue is the rivets which would have looked better painted to match the rest of the model.  The bucket is nicely formed.

Features

Both axles have linked steering which works fairly well although a little greater range of movement would have been better.

The bucket raising and tilting mechanisms function very well, with a realistic range of movement.

Quality

This model is high quality, with plastic used very sensibly, and has nice paintwork and graphics.

Price

This model is small, but excellent value.

Overall

This is a surprisingly good model from Universal Hobbies and it will please collectors.  The detail level is very good for such a small and inexpensive model, and the plastic display case is a bonus.  It is highly recommended.

Footnotes

The model first appeared in September 2009.  A version without the cab was also introduced as model number 8064.

 
The model comes in a plastic display case.
Rear view.
The bucket lifts high.