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XCMG XCA1200 Mobile Crane

Maker:  Yagao Gift
Model No:  -
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  January 2020

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Packaging   (max 10) 5
Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 19
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 12
Overall   (max 100) 84%


XCMG XCA1200 Mobile Crane Video.  [Youku Video]
XCMG branded box.
Bottom Tray.
Outrigger pistons cannot retract fully.
Interesting display.
Boom lifts itself for unloading.
Crane drives in to attach the boom.
Engine view with covers removed.
Detailed small graphics.
Tyres have branding in the side walls.
Spooling drums on the boom.
Sliding cab door.
Full boom extension.
Fly jib in service.
Configured for an on site move.

The XCMG XCA1200 is an eight axle all terrain crane with a capacity of 1200 tonnes.   It is aimed particularly at wind turbine erection applications.

This is the version of the model for the China market.  A version for other markets includes a heavy lift head and an adaptor for the attachment of a luffing fly jib.


The model comes in an XCMG branded box and the model is contained within a pair of expanded polystyrene trays.  The parts are covered with soft paper.  The trays are too thin in places to cope with shipping forces and some of the parts were loosely packed on the review model and able to move about during shipping causing paint chips.

The review model had no missing parts or manufacturing defects.

Tools are provided to help with the assembly and operation of the model.  An instruction sheet is provided which is in English and Chinese, but it is not up to the quality of the model, and lacks a full parts list.


The chassis is detailed with the transmission and suspension modelled.  The wheels have tyres with a nice tread pattern and branding in the sidewalls.

The carrier cab has a protection rack on the roof, and thin windscreen wipers.  Interior detail is reasonable and there are mesh steps.

Behind the cab the detailing of the engine area has variety with some nice fine mesh grilles.  Tiny graphics add detail along the carrier sides.  

The outrigger beams are metal with marker graphics applied, although the pistons cannot be retracted fully which spoils the look a little in transport mode.  The pads and transverse beams are nicely shaped, and the pads include magnets to stick them to the transverse beams.  Metal spreader plates are included.

The crane cab has a protection grille and there are metal handrails although they seem a little thick and high.  The crane body has some graphics and there is a hole in one side to access the main winch with a key.  The counterweight tray is a solid piece and it can be fitted with either a box or a luffing winch assembly.   Handrails are provided to be attached, and they reflect the crane in use rather than folded for transport.

The winch drum has good quality rope, but it appears to be wound in the wrong direction on the review model.

The counterweight is made up of nicely shaped blocks with useable lifting eyes, and each has the weight indicated by graphics.

The heavy boom has some nice details including spooling drums and sharp graphics.  The main boom rams have metal jackets, and hydraulic hoses and pipes add detail.  Support legs are modelled which allow the boom to unload itself from transport. They are well detailed with hydraulic hoses.  The pulleys are separate metal sheaves.  A telescopic hydraulic ram sits on top for folding the fly jib and would have looked better painted rather than all silver.

Superlift arms are included and these can be attached and utilised as an option.  However, they are not reeved up in the box and there is no information about how they are reeved which is not obvious given the configuration.  The beams are nicely detailed with graphics, and flexible metal straps connect to the boom foot.

A pair of plastic boom supports are provided to enable the boom to be loaded onto a transporter.

The fly jib is made up of separate bolted sections so the configuration could be altered.  The metal lattice work is very good and there are fine quality mesh walkways.

Three metal hook blocks are supplied.  One is a single line block and another has three sheaves.  There is also a heavy lift block.  All the hook blocks are very good quality.


The model rolls well, and all axles steer independently, so any modes of the real crane can be replicated.  The steering angle is mostly very good.

The carrier cab doors open to a moderate angle.

There are two removable covers on the engine deck, and they are held in place by small magnets.

The outriggers open out and extend, and the pads can be screwed down.   The crane can be fully supported wheels-free at a good height and the outriggers remain perfectly straight. 

It is possible to remove the rear outriggers for transport by unpinning them.  However, that leaves the boom rams overhanging which looks odd and maybe these are also removable on the real crane.

The crane cab rotates out from a transport position, and the cab door slides open nicely.  A small amount of tilt is possible on the cab.

The counterweight tray can be posed on the carrier deck to simulate self ballasting.

A luffing winch or small box can be fitted to the counterweight tray as an option.

The boom supports can be rotated out and down, and the pads lowered, to simulate self-unloading.  In practice it is difficult to keep the legs vertical while supporting the boom so care is required.

The boom raises easily as there is no friction in the boom rams.  A pose is held by tightening grub screws in the ram jackets and this works well.   The heavy  telescopic sections pull out smoothly and lock at full extension, and three locking positions are provided which are around 50%, 90% and 100%.

The superlift arrangement can be fitted and it tensions up the boom well in practice with the winches having positive action brakes.

The fixed fly jib can be attached and it requires the top telescopic boom section to be removed. The model really needs a blanking plate to fit over the open end.  One is provided for the heavy lift head attachment point, but not the fly jib attachment point. 

The model can posed transporting the fly jib between locations.

The main winch has a positive brake action and performs well.  Each of the hook blocks can be used, although the largest one really requires the heavy lift head to look right.


This model has a high metal content with little plastic used.  The quality level is very good overall.

The paintwork and graphics are also very good.


It is a good value large crane model based on the price charged from China.


This is an impressively large mobile crane model from Yagao.  It is a very good blend of detail with many functional parts.  It is not flawless, but most collectors will be pleased with it on display.


The model was produced in an enhanced version with a heavy lift head and luffing jib adaptor.

Top tray.
On the road.  Assumed configuration with the crane cab at the front rather than the back.
Steering is good.
Detailed chassis.
Very heavy boom.
Self ballasting.
Large ballast plates.
Large heavy lift hook.  Excellent outrigger assembly.
Opening door.
Crane supported off the wheels.
Superlift performs well.
Superlift deployed.
Folding up for transport.