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Bell 30E Articulated Dump Truck

Maker:  USK
Model No:  31003
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2014

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Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)13
Overall   (max 100)75%


Bell 30E Articulated Dump Truck Video [Youku Video]
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Bell windowed box.
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Nice wheels and tyres.
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Tipping angle is very good.
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Silver rivets stand out.
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Looks real.
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Opening tailgate works well.
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Being hauled.
Comment on this model.

The Bell B30E is an articulated dump truck with an unloaded weight of 19 tonnes and it is capable of carrying a payload of 28 tonnes giving a total weight of 47 tonnes. 


The packaging is a windowed Bell-branded box with a photo of the real machine on the back.  The model is secured to a clear plastic former with a tie. 

There were no missing parts on the review model. However there was a poor fit of the tilting cab because of a clash of parts, but this was improved by trimming with a modelling knife.

There is no information included about the real machine or model.


The chassis of the dumper is detailed with a combination of metal and plastic components at the rear, and at the front the transmission detailing is only compromised with a screw position.  The rubber tyres look good and a very nice touch is that they have Michelin on the side walls. They are mounted on wheels which have the inside and outside faces detailed.

The front of the machine is faithful to the real machine with a tiny Bell badge on the front.  Under the engine cover is a detailed single-coloured plastic engine.

The cab is plastic and looks good and the handrails and mirrors are soft plastic. Textured surfaces are on the steps to the cab and inside Bell is printed on the seat back.

Behind the cab there is a plastic exhaust and an armoured hydraulic hose crosses the pivot point. 

The dump body has a differently coloured inside surface and only the large silver rivets on the connections spoil the look a little.  Soft rubber mud flaps are mounted forward of the rear axles.  The red stoplights at the rear are nicely painted.


The wheels roll easily.

Some longitudinal oscillation of the rear axles is possible.

Steering at the pivot point is a little lees than the real machine achieves and the pistons do not seem to engage jackets inside the body.  Reasonable rotation is possible at the pivot point.

At the front the engine cover opens up and can be posed that way.  The cab also tilts but the angle is restricted by the outer handrail so it cannot be posed tilted. 

The rear window of the cab is hinged but could not be posed shut on the review model.

The tipping angle of the body is full but the pistons will pop out of the jackets at full extension. The tailgate opens well.


The model has a reasonable metal content with a number of plastic parts.  Poor assembly of a part of the cab prevented it lying completely upright.

The paint is very good and the graphics are sharp.


The price is good value.


USK has produced an interesting model with some novel functionality on an ADT and some nice details at a reasonable price.  The manufacturing quality could have been better on the review model.


The model was available from December 2014.

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Detailed chassis.
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Plastic handrails.
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Engine and transmission. 
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Poses well with an excavator.
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Being loaded.
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Makes a good looking load.