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Cover story: New Hitachi in 1:50 from TMC: ZX 690LCH-6 & ZW180-6


Trucks & Construction - epaper ⋅ Ausgabe 5/2019 vom 06.09.2019

Since TMC has been running the shop, Hitachi scale models have repeatedly received top marks. While so far, the producers have concentrated on excavators, they now are responsible for the first wheeled loader model …


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Both new Hitachi models are convincing because of the optimal combination of detailing, metal content and functionality.


The 70-ton excavator is being released in two versions, the LCH and the LCR with reenforced lower carriages for use in quarries. The total weight is between 68.7 and 70.6 t and the available shovel capacities range from 1.5 and 4.0 m3. The builtin six-cylinder Isuzu ...

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The model of the excavator arrives well protected in combination of Styropor and clear plastic half-shell and can be removed from the package with one reach of the hand. It is heavy to hold and looks stable and valuable.

The original has been copied true to scale and the under carriage has been modeled in the fully-extended working position. The drives have been exactly replicated; the bolted connection of the X frame is detailed and the metal tracks with their three-piece segments turn very smoothly.

The upper carriage is made almost completely from metal castings and shows some carefully thought out details. Service hatches have locks and handles and the air intake grilles are not only printed on but are partially colored too. Especially nice is the pierced radiator grille on the right hand side behind which the radiator can be made out. A hatch to the engine room opens and behind it sits a partial reproduction of the engine. The exhaust, air intake stack and backup camera are separately mounted. All safety railings as well as the ladder and the rear-view mirror brackets are made from fine metal castings and wire. On our sample, they were bent a little so we had to bend them slightly back into shape. As with earlier models, the running board on the driver’s side is made from a flawlessly etched piece of sheet metal surrounded with a solid white metal casting rim.

The Hitachi model cabins are in a class by themselves, especially so since the doors are constructed to open correctly.


The cabins on Hitachi models are always something special. The one on the ZX690 does not disappoint. The door opens and turns a prototypical 180° so that the very detailed and multi-colored interior can be studied at leisure. The glass has been fitted very flush but unfortunately, the divider between the two front windows has not been painted. The roof protection grille is not modeled pierced. Working lights, window wipers, antenna and warning beacon complete the details on the cabin.

The excavator is equipped with a 7.8 m outrigger arm, 3.6 m jib and a 4.0 m3 shovel. All supply lines go all the way, are completely freestanding and include an additional hydraulic circuit. Surprisingly, the model surpasses the original’s top working height by 10 mm; 20 mm are missing to reach the top digging depth but this will hardly be a concern in a display case. All parts are well copied. The one casting shovel has detailed wear fences and side cutter and five teeth but they are a little bit simplified.

ZW180-6

With its 14.88 to 15.75 t, the ZW180-6 belongs to the middle-large class of wheeled loaders. It is designed for earth moving applications and is also available with a longer lifting mechanism for industrial use. The capacity of the shovels goes from 2.4 to 3.1 m3. The six-cylinder Cummins QSB6.7 produces 129 kW (175 PS).

On both models, the radiator grilles are pierced and the engines have been modeled.


TMC pushes the degree of detailing on their models to a high degree, as shown in the two pictures below.


The model of the ZW180 also has a high metal content and was made true to scale. The wheel hubs are exactly engraved and the wheels have rubber tires with the same profile as the originals. The drive train has been modeled completely and the rear axle oscillates. The 40° turning angle is maintained by using two hydraulic cylinders. The rear part of the machine is an exact replica and surprises with openable covers made from very fine photo-etched mesh grille on each side. The motor is easy to spot and is detailed. In front of the radiator is a fan which can be seen easily through the pierced radiator grille. All handrails are made from metal on the wheeled loader too.

The cabin is reached on both sides by a ladder and steps and has very flush-mounted glass windows including printed on gaskets. The interior has also been modeled very well and can be easily seen because of the generous amount of glass on the cabin.

The front part of the machine with its exactly made hydraulic cylinders including all the necessary lines is very pleasant to look at. The lifting rack does not quite reach the maximum tipping height and the universal shovel has been produced with an undercutting knife.

The paint job on both models is faultless and they impress once more with the detailed lettering down to tiny decals.