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Liebherr LGD 1800 Mobile Crane - Riga Mainz

Maker:  YCC
Model No:  786
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2018

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Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 29
Features   (max 20) 19
Quality   (max 25) 24
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 92%


Liebherr LGD 1800 Mobile Crane - Riga Mainz Video [Youku Video]
Attractive picture sleeve.
Middle tray.
Brochure and collector plate.
Reasonable steering lock.
Rope has a realistic 'new' look.
Booms can be telescoped for transport.
Erection underway.
Luffing jib and derrick.
Fans visible under the grilles.
Very detailed crane cab.
Heavy crane.
Highly detail with hydraulic hoses on the outriggers.
Warning light and anemometer.
Excellent geometry.
Lifting a bridge beam.
Looks great in a mini diorama with realistic bridge beams.

The real version of the Liebherr LGD 1800 modelled here was built in 1993 and was owned by the German company Riga Mainz, which was founded in 1929.


The model comes in an outer shipping carton, and inside it a large picture sleeve encloses three expanded polystyrene trays and lid.  The trays are clipped together with plastic formers which is a much better system than using sticky tape.

The model parts are individually wrapped in soft paper. 

There were no missing parts on the review model. One part was not assembled correctly and was replaced.

The model is a limited edition of 220 pieces.  A metal collector plate is included which has a unique serial number, and on one side is a representation of the Liebherr plate from the real crane - a very nice touch.

A brochure is included.   It begins with a reprint of Liebherr technical data, complete with loading charts. It is followed by model information including assembly photos and diagrams.  A separate sheet was supplied containing the A-frame reeving diagram, but one omission is a full parts list. Smaller parts such as the various bolts are provided in individually labelled bags.

Assembly of the model is reasonably straightforward and the fit of the parts is very good.  The brochure describes the main information well but leaves out some of the smaller parts. Depending on the configuration, quite a few hours should be allowed to build the model, and as usual the slowest part is reeving where, as always, patience and a methodical approach is needed.


The underside of the carrier is excellent with very good transmission and suspension components detailed.  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 very finely made windscreen wipers and mirrors, and intricate steps to the cab.  Inside the cab the console and instruments are detailed.

Detail behind the cab continues at an excellent level.  Mesh grilles allow the fans underneath to be seen.  The exhaust system is very good too.  At the slewing ring hydraulic cabling runs to the outrigger beams.  Along both sides of the carrier are small orange lights which sit at the end of thin stalks.  Wheel chocks and a ladder can be fixed on each side.

At the rear there are detailed light boards and there is a lifting gantry, although this version of the crane did not carry a spare wheel.

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 pistons screw down to the transverse pad beams without revealing any unsightly screw thread.  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 really 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 outside there are excellent grab rails and 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, and the supplied rope has a realistic 'new steel' colour. The pulleys used are metal and are painted to match the crane colour so look very good indeed.  The boom A-frame is raised by excellent metal three stage cylinders which have ingenious magnet connections to the gantry.  At the A-frame head there is a hydraulic lift cylinder and top quality metal pendant connections.  Tiny adjustable lights are also detailed.

On each side of the body 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 press fit into holes in the body although they are easily knocked off, and difficult to get straight.

The counterweight tray has lifting points cast in and the counterweight slabs are first rate also, with each one having excellent lifting points and the Liebherr name and weight clearly visible within the casting detail.  Sets of chains and associated clips and pins are provided to enable the counterweight slabs to be secured, and these add to the detail.

The superlift counterweight looks very good and has nice access platforms and working rollers.  The lift cylinders are finely detailed.

The boom butt section has fine metal mesh walkways and there are very nice rollers for allowing ropes to run smoothly.  Two small spools are contained within the boom section and there is hydraulic cabling running from the winch which can be secured into the body. 

The lattice section connections uses small plastic split pins for joining the sections.  The main boom and jib sections are dead straight, and have mesh walkways and internal bracing. The smaller sections fit nicely inside the larger sections so simulating accurate transport loads is possible.

The boom, derrick and head sections are very well made with metal pulleys throughout.  Even the short reducer boom section has a working roller, and eyes for fitting a direct connection to the pendants for long boom lengths, and the connectors are supplied with the model.  Also included is a rooster head and this difficult section is superbly made with a folding line pulley and tiny rollers to enable this piece to roll on the ground if needed during erection.

The pendants are very finely made.  All in metal, they look extremely convincing and use very small plastic split pin bolts, similar to those used to join boom sections. The main boom luffing bridle is superbly detailed with lifting shackles and a useable erection hook.

A nice touch is the anemometer and aircraft warning light which can added to the boom or jib head.

Two hook blocks are supplied with the model and this gives the collector flexibility in rigging the crane.  One is a larger double block and the other is a small block. Each one is excellent.  They have metal sheaves and very good hooks complete with safety catches.

A four wheeled dolly is included to support the luffing jib head during erection and it is a nicely made part.


The steering on the carrier is good with axles 1 to 4 and 7 and 8 steering like the original, although the mechanisms were loose on the review model.  A reasonable lock can be obtained. Not all the wheels were fully grounded on the review model.

The carrier cab has opening doors.  They are fitted with tiny magnets which secure the doors in the closed position.

The outrigger beams pull out laterally 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.  Alternative windscreens can be fitted for transport or working model.  The door slides open although it is fiddly.  A delicate fold down ladder is also modelled.

A working hydraulic erection hook is provided on the A-frame and it is stiff enough to hold a reasonable load.

The crane rotates smoothly, even under load.

The crane body has four winch drums and these are accessed by using removable magnetic side panels on the body.  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 slot at the end so it can be driven by a powered screwdriver.  A fifth winch is contained within the boom foot section and this can be operated in the same manner.

The main winch functions work well enough.  However, the luffing gear for the fly jib has many runs of rope and even though the pulleys are free rolling, rope friction means that manual help is needed to change the jib angle.

The superlift tray includes lockable tensioning cylinders.

This is a large model set and it enables many configurations to be built, and in this regard it is as flexible as the real crane. It also enables a very large model to be built reaching up to around 2.8m or 9.5ft.


This is very high quality model.  The metal content is very high and the quality of manufacture is first rate.

The finish of the paintwork and the Riga Mainz colour scheme is excellent.   In particular, the application of the graphics over complicated surfaces is beautifully done.


Although this is an expensive model, it is unsurprising that it rapidly sold out.  It is worth the cost for the quality and many parts included.


This is an excellent model.  It is also particularly impressive that YCC has made numerous amendments and improvements to earlier versions of it in order to achieve as authentic a model as possible.  It looks great, and makes for an excellent model display.


The model first appeared in Liebherr colours as model YCC 780, and it was reviewed in 2009.
Top tray.
Bottom tray.
Looks beautiful.
On the road.
Detailed underneath.
Nice in a convoy if you have matching trucks.
Opening doors.
Very realistic boom profile.
Nice dolly included.
Wheel chocks and assembly inches have rope on the drums.
Excellent outrigger supports. 
Heavy superlift tray.
Heavy luffing gear.
Configured for a heavy lift with a YCC coke drum.
Busy site.