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Close up: A convincing flagship from IMC Demag AC700-9


Trucks & Construction - epaper ⋅ Ausgabe 2/2020 vom 06.03.2020

The Demag AC700-9 from IMC is good looking with correct dimensions, functionality up to the highest level and having many small details. The model not only convinces with its value for money but also with its good looks and functionality …


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The Demag AC700-9 is the pride of every crane operator and, thanks to IMC, now also of every crane model collector.


The 6th axle lifts prototypically.


The impressive Demag AC700-9 approaches us on its nine axles.


Every possible detail was thought of, like the ladder to reach the crane cabin.


It is certainly interesting that the model appeared initially in the Mammoet ...

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... version and not in the in-house colors. The reason for this may be because of Demag’s recent take-over of Faun. The model is true to scale and no faults were found on the model supplied for testing. It is very nice that the model includes an extensive instruction manual, however, there it does not include information about the prototype.

The nine-axle chassis rolls very easily and the drive train has been modeled in its entirety, including the prop shaft. All axles are steerable and have sufficient turning radius. The only exception is the 6th axle; on the prototype it is lifted and on the model it can be lifted using a screw driver. The fenders on axles 4, 5, 8, and 9 are very nicely done.

There are some anti-skid surfaces on the front area of the model as well as radiator grilles made from photo-etched parts. The engine compartment is accurately made; on the prototype, a 625 hp strong Mercedes engine would have been installed. Exhaust, air filter and tank are easily recognizable.

The massive supports hold the model steady even with the outrigger arm extended completely and without any tire contacting the ground! The supports all have printing on them; warning labels and the Demag AC 700 logo are easy to recognize. Typical for the AC700-9 is the star-shaped support arm system. All forces are transmitted to the arms and so the rest of the chassis is spared. The small locking devices with a pin are very nice to see. On top of that, the front support set can be dis-assembled. Of course, crane mats are included in the accessories and can be lifted prototypically correctly using small chains.

The roomy cabin has been convincingly modeled with mirrors, warning beacons and a detailed interior. Window wipers are included. Warning labels are found all over the model and the rest of the lettering on the model is also extremely extensive including the Demag logos and, naturally, license plates.

The massive upper chassis would be powered by a 286 hp engine. Anti-skid surfaces and the massive exhaust pipe have been modeled very well. Small steps, the turntable drive and handholds round out the details. At first glance, there seems to be no way to operate the winch. Here, the side cowling has to be taken off first; it is held securely in place with magnets.

The upper chassis cabin has also a very detailed interior, window wipers, handholds and spotlights. It can be tilted and during transport is at the rear of the upper chassis.

The AC 700-9 is ballasted with the base plate (20 t) as well as a maximum of 14 single small ballast blocks. All blocks have lifting rings and can also be hooked up with chains to place them on to the unit prototypically correctly. The model comes with the complete counterweights (160-t on the original) and all ballast options can be simulated on it.

Drivers would be surprised when confronted with this vehicle in the traffic.


The finely detailed cabin area.


Crane aesthetics of the finest kind. With the SSL guying system the crane reaches maximum prototypicality.


The outrigger arm was constructed from aluminium and so the dimensions look just right. Even when the arm is lowered to a very flat angle, it is kept securely in place by the two cylinders and their grub screws. Prototypically, all telescoped segments can be arrested in three positions.

The side bracing wiring (SSL) has been made almost perfectly. Here, IMC has reached a maximum of functionality and prototypical correctness. The rear neck bracing can be attached completely, like on the prototype. When not in use. the bracing rods are securely attached at the model. This also goes for the ‘flying’ pulley wheels on the very top crane pulley wheel tip; they stay in the holding clips on the SSL winches of the safety cable. Even the lettering ‘12 t‘ (transport weight) is there. We especially liked the side step surfaces for the SSL rigging because they are made from folding photoetched pieces. The side length adjuster can be clearly seen.

As a lifting hook, IMC has given the model two pieces: a 3-pulley wheel for 92.2 t and a 7-wheel one for 200 t carrying capacity, both in the typical Demag shape. All pulley wheels are made individually with only the ones in the hook casing running a bit roughly.

High functionality and perfect detailing. With the AC700-9, IMC Models has created an absolutely perfect model of the very successful Demag crane for which we have waited a long time. We hope that eventually it will be released in many of their customers’ liveries.

Carsten Bengs works for Caterpillar and gained fame when he published his book about O&K. His passion is cranes.

At a glance

+ SSL guying modeled
+ Upper chassis cowling
+ Functionality and detailing