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Liebherr LTF 1060-4.1 Mobile Crane - Michielsens

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  51-2000
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2017

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Overall   (max 100) 82%


Liebherr LTF 1060-4.1 Mobile Crane - Michielsens Video.  [Youku video]
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The box. 
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Detailed chassis.
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Set up ready to lift.
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Outriggers out. 
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Liebherr on the seat back. 
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Tilting cab.
Excellent decoration on each boom section including the Michielsens name.

This Liebherr LTF 1060-4.1 is a 60 tonne crane mounted on a four axle Scania carrier.  It can lift to a height of 56m with the folding jib attached.

This version of the model is in the colours of the Belgian crane rental specialist Michielsens


The model comes in a Liebherr branded box. 

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

There is no information on the real machine included, and no instructions for the model.  There are a number of parts supplied in the box and most of these are obvious to fit, but certainly an instruction sheet would be helpful.


The Scania truck chassis is excellent.  The transmission is fully modelled and the suspension elements look realistic too.  The wheels have very detailed hubs and treaded tyres with a different pattern front and rear.

The Scania cab looks very good and some of the fine detailing is particularly good including the lights, door handles, number plate, and beacon lights on the roof.  A fine loop is provided at the front to attach the hook during transport.  The Michielsens graphics are very good including a fleet number.

The outriggers are to a high standard.  They have detailed metal beams and realistic pistons, and storage baskets are fitted to the front outrigger beams.  The graphics applied include tiny warning notices and they are top notch and another excellent detail is the hydraulic hosing at the beam ends.  The pads are pinned, and a set of plastic spreader plates is also included. 

The carrier deck is covered in diamond plating with very nice detailing of the access hatches at the rear.  Various ladders are fixed to the deck and at the rear the towing hitch includes a tiny winding handle.  The lights have plastic lenses.

The crane cab has metal grab rails on the outside, and windscreen wipers but these seem a little fat for the scale.  Inside the detailing is very good with a computer console and controls, and Liebherr printed on the seat back.

High detail continues on the crane body with hydraulic lines and excellent graphics, some of them tiny.  The orange beacon lights look nice.  The counterweight is made up of three parts and these have fleet numbers too.

The five stage telescopic boom is metal and is very realistic as the walls are extremely thin resulting in very accurate profiles.  As a result the innermost boom section looks correct rather than being unrealistically slim.  The inner booms are two-tone with the Michielsens name and they look great.

The double folding extension jib is metal, and it has a pop out guide sheave.  There is no sheave at the end of the lattice boom section so it cannot be rigged without the solid section folded out.  It can be connected to the main boom by pins and an offset angle can be set using a hydraulic cylinder. 

The sheaves in the fly jib and the boom are metal and a very nicely detailed three sheave hook block is provided.  A Liebherr branded ingot provides weight to suspend from the hook.  A safety cut-out chain hangs from the boom top and it and the hoist rope connector are pinned so they can be transferred to the extension boom.


The steering of the front two axles are linked but only a very small amount of movement is possible to obtain a more interesting pose.

The truck cab tilts to give access to the engine block.

The crane cab tilts to enable the operator to work more comfortably when lifting at height, and the access platform at the base of the cab slides out and retracts.

The outrigger beams fold out and extend, and the pads can be lowered and will support the crane.  However care is required when retracting the pistons because if they are wound too far the screw pops the cap off the top of the outrigger beam and this small part is easily lost.

At the rear the counterweight is detachable and can be either stowed on the carrier deck or attached to the crane.

The crane functions work well with the hoist operated by a supplied key.  The boom sections lock into place when extended although the boom cylinder is not very stiff so may bleed down over time.  A pin is provided to insert through a hole in the cylinder jacket to maintain the boom angle.

The extension jib pins to the side of the boom (although it does not fit perfectly) so it stays on when the boom is raised.  The angle of the extension boom is controlled by a cylinder rather than a latch so it is liable to bleed down.  The model really needs a smaller hook to go with the extension jib as the three sheave hook block looks a little big.


This is a very high detail, high quality model with relatively little plastic. 

The Michielsens livery is excellent and the applied graphics are very realistic.


The model is good value for money.


This is an excellent highly detailed model and the Michielsens colour scheme is very attractive.


The Liebherr liveried version on a Scania chassis became available from November 2010.  Many other liveries on different truck chassis have also been produced.

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Steering angle is minimal. 
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Profile view.
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Looks great on the road. 
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Detailed graphics. 
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Michielsens colour scheme is really good. 
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Counterweight is in separate parts.
Fly jib mounted.