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Volvo EC950E Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  61-2001
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2018

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Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 84%


Volvo EC950E Hydraulic Excavator Video  [YouKu Video]
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The box.
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A large excavator.
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Metal handrails.
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Cab guards give it a tough appearance.
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Opening engine cover.
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Profile view.
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Height is very good.
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Bucket reversed.
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The Volvo EC950E Hydraulic Excavator has an operating weight of 90 tonnes in backhoe configuration.   It was Volvo's largest excavator when introduced at Bauma in 2016.


The model comes in a Volvo picture box with the model held within two separate expanded polystyrene trays and protected with clear plastic sheets.

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

There is no information about the model, but there are a few technical details about the real machine printed on the box. 


The undercarriage has some simple detailing and the track frames look good with steps provided. The upper rollers are modelled and function, with the lower rollers being solid castings.  The metal track pads are thin with bolt heads indicated.  

Underneath the body there is an unusual amount of detailing with various panels and grilles detailed.

The cab is detailed inside, and outside there are nice protection grilles.  Outside the cab there are high quality perforated walkways. 

The curved body is detailed with panel doors, an etched grille and red metal grab rails.  The graphics are very sharp. The counterweight has properly formed lifting eyes and the rear view camera is modelled.  On top there are nicely textured surfaces.

Hydraulic hoses run to the twin boom cylinders which have nice detailing on the jackets.  Pipes and hoses run along the boom and these are very good.  The connection rivets are painted so they look discrete.

The large bucket is a very nice casting.  It has very nice teeth and wear plates.


The tracks roll freely and they are tensioned by spring-loaded idlers. 

Rotation is smooth and precise.

The boom, stick and bucket have a very good range of movement.  The cylinders are stiff and hold any pose. 

The bucket is removable (and reversible) by undoing a couple of bolts.

There is an opening engine cover which reveals a Volvo branded engine underneath.  The cover has nice discrete hinges.


The model feels heavy out of the box due to its high metal content.  It is robust.

The paintwork and graphics are very good.


It is a large excavator and is good value.


As a first model for Volvo, the EC950E hits the spot in terms of quality and robustness.  It is also good to see that it has a removable bucket giving flexibility for the future.


The model first appeared as a printed prototype at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2017 and the first release occurred at the end of that year.
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Parked up.
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Crawler tracks and frames look good.
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Very detailed under the body.
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High quality grilles and walkway.
Excellent hydraulics.
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Detailed bucket.
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Removable bucket.
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Convincing appearance.