02 December 2011
Steven Downes reflects on the finely detailed Kramer Allrad/Wacker Neuson ranges of popular 1/50 scale smaller construction models from Universal Hobbies. ...
Compact construction equipment is used in a vast number of areas including landscaping, road construction, civil engineering, recycling and agriculture. Their small size allows them to work in tightly confined areas, and they are becoming ever more popular in builder’s yards and nurseries.
One company that is well known for producing a complete range of these diminutive machines is the Wacker Neuson group. The company is split into two divisions consisting of the Kramer-Werke production facility in Pfullendorf, Germany, where the Kramer Allrad product range of wheel loaders with a bucket capacity from 0.25 cubic metres up to 1.8 cubic metres and telescopic handlers offering a working height of between seven and nine metres, are produced. To compliment the wheeled loaders and telehandlers, the Wacker Neuson production facility in Linz produces a range of wheeled and tracked excavators, skid steer loaders and site dumpers.
Universal Hobbies has produced a number of 1/50 scale diecast replicas from the Kramer Allrad product range and here I will take a look at some of these amazing little models.
The smallest wheel loader model is the Kramer 350, which has been released in two versions, one offering an open ROPs canopy with pallet forks while the other has a more traditional enclosed cab and bucket. Both models have a very high degree of detail throughout with an accurate cab interior highlighting all the operator controls...
PICTURED ABOVE The smallest wheel loader model, the Kramer 350 has been released in two versions, one with pallet forks and one with an eclosed cab and bucket.
PICTURED TOP RIGHT The full-size Kramer 850 is a magnificent machine that weighs in at an impressive 4,500kg. Universal Hobbies’ 1/50 scale model is equally impressive with its 4-in-1 bucket, replicated cab interior and crisply applied decals.