by Carsten Bengs
Tadano’s ATF 400G-6, with a maximum lifting capacity of 400 metric tons, is the flagship of its current product line. Many crane rental companies, such as Wagenborg, Scholpp or Treffler, already successfully use the real crane. So, there was no question that a die-cast model would be a nice promotion to support the real crane. At Bauma 2013, the prototype model was presented at the Tadano booth. The crane has now been available since last year.
WSI Models from the Netherlands did an amazing job with functionality and details. As with the real crane, the model is also already available in some interesting company liveries. For this review, the nice livery of Davies Crane Hire from Wales and the United Kingdom is presented. It is really a nice color. Crane models from Davies have not been on the market until now.
The review model arrived safely in its box without missing parts, defects or any damages. WSI transferred all dimensions of the real crane, such as the carrier width and boom length, correctly into the 1/50 scale.
The crane carrier
The crane is running on six axles, easily moving on any surface. WSI also copied the drivetrain very realistically. All axles are spring-loaded and the crankshaft can be seen as well. The Michelin name realistically appears on each tire. Even the small dirt protections on the second, third and last axles are made of real, flexible rubber with the Tadano logo printed on them.
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