|Simple packaging. |
|The parts of the kit. |
|Looking good with the colour match very good to the rest of the model. |
|The NZG model of the Liebherr LTM11200-9.1 Mobile Crane is one of the best crane models reviewed by Cranes Etc in 2010. However, one of the few weaknesses of the model is the plastic hydraulic cylinders. Although they function perfectly well, the choice of material and colour means that they look different to the rest of the model. This kit from YCC provides metal cylinders to replace those supplied by NZG on the lattice mast jib. The reviewed parts are painted by YCC in Liebherr yellow. |
The kit comes in a small zip plastic bag with the cylinders wrapped in cling film. It includes a small Allen key for use in locking the rams at any given extension. No instructions are provided, and fortunately installation is straightforward. The plastic parts are held in place by friction rivets at the ram end and these can be popped out by applying significant force to the inside end of the rivet. At the jacket end, conventional rivets are used and these have to be drilled out. Fixing the new cylinders is easy, and at the ram end just involves reinserting the rivets and carefully using pliers to push them back in position. At the jacket end supplied new pins are inserted.
Detail and Features
The cylinders are simply detailed. The NZG cylinders relied on friction and the YCC cylinders do the same but use screws tightened by the Allen key to tighten the grip on the cylinder ram. This means that when it is not tightened the ram smoothly moves enabling the ram extension to be set very easily.
Quality and Price
These are high quality parts and the paint applied makes them blend with the rest of the model well, and they are a definite improvement. The parts are certainly not cheap, but are very well made.
These parts from YCC enhance the basic NZG model and it looks better as a result. These are parts for collectors that are interested in owning the best models and they are highly recommended.
The kit has also been produced in an unpainted version, and in Mammoet colours.
|The friction rivet at the ram end is popped out. |
|The ram extensions can be set by tightening the screws at the top of the cylinder jacket. |