By Carsten Bengs Note: This feature is in the Nov. TT&C 2013 issue.
NZG’s Liebherr 81K fully assembled...
…and during travel.
Detailed electric motors.
Die-cast models of self-erecting cranes are quite rare on the model market. This crane type is typical for European construction sites where a crane is needed to move concrete bricks, roof elements or concrete itself since European houses are built of concrete and only a few wood elements. Therefore such a crane is busy with one house for at least a couple of weeks. At the 2013 International Toy Fair, NZG presented the all-new Liebherr 81K self-erecting crane, and some years after the nice 32TT self-erecting crane. It is now NZG’s second crane model of this category. And it is really a superior model with high functionality and perfect details. But it is also a model, which is made to be shown on displays without many disassembles due to its filigree and great details. The 81K is available in two different sets, one set with only the crane model and another set which includes the axles and a truck with Hiab truck crane for transport and assembly. At Bauma was also a version available at the Nagel booth (a Liebherr dealer in Germany), showing this set in the Nagel company colors. And by the way, the real crane was rewarded in 2011 with the IF Product Design award. NZG copied the real crane perfectly with converting the dimension correct. During travelling the real crane has a length of 16.25 meters and this was perfectly converted into 32.5 centimeters on the model. It was also a requirement to realize the crane’s assembly in an easy and simple way. That is why the real functions as climbing with additional tower sections or the ropes within the boom have not been realized. By using a small key the tower will be erected vertically. Both winches feature a detailed copy of the electric motors.
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