Note: This feature is in the July TT&C 2018 issue.
WSI recently presented two new Tadano AT crane models, with the first samples shown at the 2017 Toy Fair. The 220-tonne ATF 220G-5 comes in Euromot 4 and Euromot 3 versions. Presented here is the Euromot 3 version in the unique and nice Mammoet colors. Functionality and details are superior, with some nice surprises. Both versions can be easily identified by the name on the carrier cab.
The review model arrived safely in its box without missing parts or defects. All dimensions of the real crane were transferred correctly into the 1/50 scale, such as the carrier width, overall model length and outrigger base. The detailed manual helps during assembly and shows the realistic counterweight assembly.
The crane carrier
The crane runs on five axles, easily moving on any surface. The drivetrain is copied accurately, with the crankshaft and air accumulators present underneath. All axles steer with an amazing steering angle on the model. They also are spring-loaded, which can be seen when keeping a little pressure on the carrier’s front. Even the small dirt protections on the first and last axles are made of real, flexible rubber, with the Tadano name and logo printed in white.
The carrier deck features an anti-slip surface. All three ladders are fully functional. During travel, they are fixed on the carrier and all fold downward during work! Only one ladder is fixed to the carrier. This one is mounted underneath the front cab and used in reality when the boom extension is assembled. Beside each ladder, WSI even copied the little handles to safely access the carrier. All steps in the middle and on the back feature an authentic anti-slip surface and are also made of metal.
The Tadano ATF 220G-5 is a two-engine crane, which is different than the competitors already presented here. A Mercedes eight-cylinder engine provides 551-horsepower output in the Euromot 3 crane and 530 horsepower in the Euromot 4 version. The engine compartment is copied accurately on both versions. This Euromot 3 model has one cooler, while the Euromot 4 version has two. Both versions can easily be differentiated, as the Euromot 3 version comes with the older Tadano Faun carrier cab, while the Euromot 4 cab is the newer, more up-to-date cab.
WSI made cooler grids using photo-etched parts and the model appears with these. The engine exhaust pipe, air filter and the tank are also present.