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XCMG XCA 230 Mobile Crane

Maker:  Yagao Gift
Model No:  -
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2021

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Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 27
Features   (max 20) 14
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 80%


XCMG XCA 230 Mobile Crane Video.  [Youku Video]
Branded box with carry handle.
Parts wrapped in the tray.
Good steering angle.
Detailed chassis.
Small graphics add detail.
Carrier deck looks good.
Tilting cab with sliding door.
Detailed counterweight.
Lifting on the main boom only.

The XCMG XCA 230 is a five axle all terrain crane with a capacity of 230 tonnes.  


The model comes in an XCMG branded box with a carry handle. The model is contained in an expanded polystyrene tray with a lid.  The parts are covered with soft paper. 

The review model had no missing parts or manufacturing defects.

Tools are provided to help with the assembly and operation of the model. No instructions were included with the review model.


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

The carrier cab has a protection rack on the roof, and thin windscreen wipers.  Interior detail includes instrument dials, and the steps have plain tread plates.

Behind the cab the detailing of the engine area has variety with some nice fine mesh grilles, and the exhaust has a realistic hole.  Tiny graphics add detail along the carrier sides.  

The outrigger beams are metal with marker graphics applied.  The pads are separate and can be secured with tiny pins which are easily dislodged.  Metal spreader plates are included.

The crane cab has a protection grille and a nice detailed interior.  The crane body has some graphics and metal platforms and handrails.  The counterweight is made of separate parts and has XCMG graphics applied.  The plates have useable lifting eyes, and cheek weights can also be added, but the lifting points are not useable on these.

The winch drums have good quality rope, but there are no hydraulic hoses running to them.

The boom is detailed with spooling drums and sharp graphics, although the colour match on the telescopic section collars is slightly off.  The main boom ram has a metal jacket.   The pulleys are separate metal sheaves. 

The fly jib is provided as two sections and they are joined by loose-fitting steel pins.  The metal lattice work is very good.  Surprisingly there are no brackets on the side of the boom to carry the jib in transport mode, but this may reflect the real crane.

Two metal hook blocks are supplied.  One is a single line block and the other has three sheaves.   They are very good quality.

A nice XCMG load plate is included but it does not hang properly from either of the crane hooks.


The model rolls well, and all axles steer independently, so any modes of the real crane can be replicated.  The steering angle is reasonable.  Each axle also has sprung suspension.

The carrier cab doors open to a moderate angle.

The two stage outriggers pull out, and the pads can be lowered, but they are not load bearing which is a surprising modelling decision.  The stability of the model lifting over the side is impaired unless the pads are supported fully raised.

The crane cab tilts, and the cab door slides open nicely. 

The counterweight tray has a smooth bottom will not pose properly on the carrier deck during self-ballasting. It fits on by hanging off brackets so care is required as it is easily dislodged.

The boom raises easily as there is no friction in the boom ram.  A pose is held by tightening grub screws in the ram jacket and this works well.   The telescopic sections pull out and lock at full extension only.

The fixed fly jib can be attached and it is luffing so it can be set at variable offset angles using a reasonably stiff hydraulic ram.

The winches have a positive brake action and they perform well.  Each of the hook blocks can be used together on the main boom, or with the fly jib fitted.


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

The metallic paintwork is attractive, and the graphics are also very good.


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


This is a well made crane model which looks good. However, in terms of functionality it is odd that the outriggers are not load bearing.


On the road.
Attractive gold colour scheme.
Hooks tie on for transport.
Detailed interior.
Fly jib.
Nice display.
Fly jib fitted.