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Liebherr LTM 1800 Mobile Crane - Schmidbauer

Maker:  YCC
Model No:  776-2
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2017

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Detail   (max 30) 29
Features   (max 20) 18
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 13
Overall   (max 100) 91%


Liebherr LTM 1800 Mobile Crane - Schmidbauer Video. [Youku Video]
Commemorative sleeve.
Very realistic.
Detailed chassis.
Opening cab door.
Big boom on a transporter.
The main parts of the crane.
Excellent outrigger control pad and parts.
Unloading the boom.
Ready to reeve the hook block.
Nice detail behind the cab.
Tilting cab.
Counterweight stacks secured with chains.
Nice hydraulic hoses.
Full extension.
Lifting a steel fabrication.

This model of the Liebherr LTM 1800 represents a historic crane which was first manufactured in the 1980's.  It is in the colours of the German crane hire company Schmidbauer, and this limited edition model is listed as a 30 year anniversary model of the Liebherr LTM 1800.


The model comes in a heavy outer cardboard sleeve which has a photo of the real crane and denotes that the model is a 30th anniversary edition.

The sleeve protects a high quality black box.  Inside that black foam rubber protects the model and the many parts are wrapped in soft paper.  A nice touch is that ribbon enables the boom to be lifted our easily.

The model is very detailed and delicate and has to be handled with care as any pressure on small parts whilst lifting it may damage them.

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

A high quality brochure is included which has a reprint of the original machine specifications. The instructions for the model are reasonable although they do not show every part that has to be fitted. 

Also included is a high quality collector card with unique serial number.

Assembly is straightforward.


The underside of the carrier is very good with transmission and suspension components detailed, and only a silver screw and washer detracts from the look a little.  The metal wheel hubs look very good, being of two types as per the original, and mounted with excellent tyres bearing the ‘Michelin’ logo on the outside.

The driving cab has been reworked from previous version of this YCC Model in order to accurately reflect the version being presented.  It has very finely made windscreen wipers and mirrors, and the towing hitch at the front is of a realistic size.  Steps to the cab have a fine texture and there are excellent lights. 

Detail behind the cab continues at an excellent level.  Mesh grilles are present and fans are visible underneath.  The metal exhaust is formed to have holes in the exhaust pipes.  More mesh work leads to the slewing ring and here hydraulic cabling runs to the outrigger beams.  Alongside the body on both sides are small orange lights which sit at the end of thin stalks.  At the rear the hydraulic details for the outrigger beams are present as for the front pair, and there is a spare wheel with lifting gantry, the light bars have nice plastic lenses, and there is a realistic number plate.

The outrigger beams are beautifully made.  The inner sections have excellent hydraulic line details within the castings and the two stage beams are metal and feel very solid.  At the end the smooth pistons screw down to the transverse pad beams..  The spreader beams and pads are first class.  They are all metal and very well detailed.  Better still, they contain magnets which allow the pads to stick to the beams and the beams to stick to the pistons which is an excellent design.

The high quality continues into the crane body.  The cab windows have fine seals and windscreen wipers.  Inside, the controls are clearly seen and there are coloured graphics.  Outside there are excellent mesh walkways.  Alongside the body the panels have fine details within the casting including hydraulic lines.  Inside the body the winch drums are well detailed, with some very fine diamond patterned plate work. 

The rope supplied with the model is good quality and is grey to replicate the real crane when it was in new condition.

The sheaves used are metal and are painted to match the crane colour so look very good indeed.  The boom gantry is raised by excellent metal three stage cylinders which have ingenious magnet connections to the gantry.  At the gantry head there is a hydraulic lift cylinder and top quality metal pendant connections. 

On each side of the body some access platforms can be fitted when the crane is being used.  These have very good mesh floors, although the hand rails are plastic and because they are thin, they are delicate.  These parts are a fairly loose press fit into holes in the body which means they are easily knocked off if handled.

The counterweight tray has lifting points cast in and the counterweight slabs have excellent lifting points.  Two sets of chains and associated clips and pins are provided to enable the counterweight slabs to be secured, and these add to the detail. A pair of ladders is also provided with the carrier which is a nice touch for posing the crane in use.

The four stage telescopic boom is a heavy piece of modelling reflecting the real crane.  It has a great profile with the external locking pins of the real crane modelled, and there are working roller bars throughout. 

Metal handrails can be fitted for the erection phase, and lifting chains for the boom assembly are modelled too.  At the boom head there are free-rolling metal sheaves tie-off point.

Two sets of boom supports are provided for resting the boom on a transporter or the ground.

Two different sizes of hook are supplied.  These are all metal and include excellent graphics and working safety catches.  The larger double block hook is not modular and the cheek weights were loose fitting on the review model.


The steering on the carrier is reasonable with axles 1 to 4 linked proportionally although the mechanism is not precise, and at the back axles 7 and 8 are linked.  A reasonable lock can be obtained although not as much as the real crane can achieve.

The carrier cab has opening doors which are secured in the closed position by tiny magnets.

Controls for operating the outriggers are revealed by tiny opening covers on each side of the carrier.

The outrigger beams pull out sideways from the carrier to form a star shape and can be telescoped out smoothly to maximum extension or alternatively the model can be posed with shortened outrigger beams like the original.  The pistons screw down smoothly to replicate a pinned bearing connection on the transverse beams.

The crane cab is a swing away type which tucks in at the front when in transport mode.  It can also be tilted to allow the operator comfort when the crane is lifting at height.  Separate windscreens allow the model to be posed with an open or closed windscreen.  The cab door slides open but it was fiddly on the review model.

A working hydraulic hook is provided on the moving mast but it is not stiff enough to hold the heavy boom.

The crane rotates smoothly, even under load.

The crane body has four winch drums and the rear two are accessed by using a removable magnetic side panel on the body (the real crane did not have a panel over the front hoist positions).  This excellent design feature allows the model to be operated without having unsightly access holes in the side of the body.  Each winch is stiff enough to hold any reasonable load, and they are can be operated by using a special tool which has a screwdriver connection at the end so it can be driven by a powered screwdriver which is useful for loading the drums with the supplied thread. 

The boom can be posed on a transporter with the handrails removed.  It telescopes smoothly and each section can be locked at the 50%, 92% or 100% positions using screw in bolts modelled in the bolt positions of the real crane.

The counterweight can be built in any configuration.

The hook blocks have rotating hooks and working spring-loaded safety latches.


This is a very high quality beautifully presented model which is mainly in metal.

The paintwork and graphics are excellent.


The price reflects the high quality and limited edition nature of the model.


Once again YCC Models has produced an outstanding crane model and it appropriately celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Liebherr LTM 1800.   Great effort has been made to produce a model that is authentic compared to the real crane.


This version was produced in a limited edition of 200 models, and it appeared in July 2017

Manual and collector card.
Super realistic.
Ready for the road.
On the road.
Tyres have Michelin in the side walls.
Impressive transport display.
Schmidbauer convoy.
Setting up.
Walking the boom.
Ready to lift.  The chains are not included with the model.
Outriggers can support the crane wheels-free.
Detailed boom.
Excellent boom profile.