Note: This feature is in the Feb. TT&C 2018 issue.
Rubber dirt protection.
Engine exhaust pipe.
In late 2017, NZG delivered its all-new Liebherr LTM 1250-5.1 AT crane model. It was the third 200-tonne class AT crane on the model market in 2017, with the first presented at the 2017 Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany.
Functionality and details are superior and perfectly copied. NZG did an amazing job with the functionality of the counterweight and some other new features, never made on a die-cast model.
The review model arrived safely in its box without missing parts, defects or damages. 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. A detailed manual helps during assembly and visualizes the fully operational counterweight.
The five-axle crane carrier
The crane operates on five axles, easily moving on any surface. The drivetrain is copied accurately, with the crankshaft and air accumulators underneath on the back. All axles are steering axles, with an amazing steering angle of the model.
NZG also copied the spring-loaded axles perfectly. By just a touch on the carrier, the functionality is shown. Small springs are easily visible on each axle. And even the dirt protections along the entire carrier on both sides are made of real and flexible rubber.
The carrier deck features an anti-slip surface with fixed ladders. At the rear, small steps are integrated into the carrier and also feature an anti-slip surface. Small handles would ease access onto the carrier in reality.
The Liebherr LTM 1250-5.1 is another crane following the single-engine concept. The 544-horsepower Liebherr diesel engine is installed inside the carrier and provides enough output through a mechanical shaft for traveling and lifting. This concept is saving crane weight, as there is no second engine. The engine exhaust pipe, air filter and tanks are easily visible.
The four massive two-stage outriggers keep the model stable, even with a fully extended boom and without the tires touching the ground! All feature white-and-red printed warning signs. And, NZG even printed the numbers one through four on each outrigger.
The small outrigger pads are another amazing feature. During transport, all four stay within the maximum carrier width. When working, they are secured with a small pin in the operating position. Additional pins as spare parts are provided with the accessories bag. NZG, of course, used an internal screw thread for a realistic look. However, crane mats are not supplied with the model.