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R Jordan
Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 5:09:11 PM

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That SCHWING S 43 SXIII is awesome NZG doing a great with the Concrete pumps and will get the Cifa K 45H and the SCHWING S 43 SX III CONCRETE Pump as I have the LIEBHERR 43XXT. Great review on the model.

Roland.
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Posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 2:12:58 PM

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Victor Pay
Posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 4:04:55 PM

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Nice review as always... quite surprising though, that the weight of the model is almost spot on scale weight!
2 kg x50x50x50 = 250000 kg!

Or, YCC just likes to makes us think that the original is 250 tons... so that it matches the weight of the model Teeth
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 4:09:34 AM

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ChandlerYohn
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:56:44 PM

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Hi Ian, thanks for another great review with the Cat 994K. Diecast Masters has certainly raised the bar with this model. When I go back to your review of the TWH LeTourneau 1850, which is now a nine year old model I am very surprised to see the score of 83% for that model with the tremendous detailing, fine warning labels, photo etching, and functionality with opening doors and cabinets everywhere. Contrast that with the Cat 994K (at 81%) which features no warning labels, no opening panels or doors and on such a large model lacks hydraulic hoses across the pivot point. Even the mesh for the radiator fan isn't highlighted with black paint in the depressions, nor is the radiator grille photo etch, it's simply a plastic moulding. Take into consideration the brilliant Komatsu WA1200 loader (80%), which has tremendous detailing and a functional carry angle of the bucket.
The Cat 994K appears to be a solid model, made to a price point, but it certainly does not appear to be in the same class of model as it's LeTourneau and Komatsu peers as your score indicates. Your scores are subjective and based on your opinion, but in this case they do not seem to add up when considering the model lineage, detail and functionality that has preceded this Diecast Masters loader.
Thank you very much for your consideration. Take care and all the best.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:31:33 AM

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Hi ChandlerYohn

Well yes, I agree with you, and you make a good comment. The Le Tourneau is certainly a better model although relatively more expensive in its time I think. At a higher level the Le Tourneau is rated 'Excellent' and the 994K is 'Very Good'. As a note the 994K model and all new Diecast Masters will get a high score for the packaging compared to others, and relative to Norscot models they are better.

I have a difficulty with the % rating system in that I can't get it to be an absolute benchmark across 13 years and 1100+ reviews because standards, pricing and other things have changed in all directions. I have thought often about scrapping the % scores and just retaining the general the badges of 'Very Good' or whatever, and let's just say I have been advised by professionals in the industry to do this. I would be interested to hear if people here think the % scoring is worthwhile as it is. There is no doubt if I reviewed every model on Cranes Etc today, as if it was new, there would be some relative scoring differences!

All the ratings I give are only an opinion at the time and no more. On balance I think it is better to have a rating rather than say nothing. However much more important is to show the models as accurately as possible in words, photos and video so anyone can make their own mind up about a model.

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maxcavator
Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:42:12 AM
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Part of the issue is that even though we all are in the same hobby and buy the same models, we all get something different out of it. For some, it's the attention to detail and all the tiny hoses, cables, lights, hand rails, etc, etc, etc. On the other hand some are more concerned with the "Play-ability" of the model and for them all that extra detail is just stuff to knock off the model when they are handling it. Some people have issues with too much plastic in the models and yet others don't mind it at all (me included).

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, there are several systems out there used to rate things, I am not an expert so I can't get into that.
I honestly do not care too much about the ratings or percentages, I watch the reviews to see the model up close and to see some of the good and bad things about the model. I think that's where you excel and I hope you continue to be forth coming in your reviews of the models.

As always, I am very impressed with the amount of work that goes into your review videos, I highly appreciate it. It's a lot of fun to watch your earlier reviews.
Jamiescotland
Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:27:40 PM

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Is it just me or do we all long for models without extra parts to be fitted, just so we can hear the next installment of "complete out of the box"?
I am quite sad, but I bet I'm not alone.
RobS
Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:56:52 PM
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^^^ So true!

And I second what maxcavator said, it's more about the video/photos and discussion than the actual rating.

Keep it up Ian!

Rob
Bruce from Drake
Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:41:37 PM
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As a manufacture, I quite like the rating system. I am a regular to Ian’s page and always look at ever new relevant review. I also utilise the rating which gives me some feedback and a comparison to where Drake Collectible is with other manufactures of similar product. I can then use this research to look at where and what Drake have to do to further improve our product.

Keep up the good work Ian.

Bruce
Paul R
Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:05:09 AM

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I like reading the reviews and can fully appreciate the time it takes to take the photos and videos. I fall into the 'I like the details' camp so YCC is top of the league for what I collect, despite the fragility.

I tend to read Ian's reviews and then make my own mind up so the ratings for me are not so necessary as a collector.

But I do have to echo others people's opinions in that the quality if the reviews is usually very good.

Paul R
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 9:16:54 AM

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gohkleng
Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 12:31:31 PM
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Any news on AC220?
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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:23:01 PM

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gohkleng wrote:
Any news on AC220?


Not at the moment...

Scania Nooteboom MWT 'McFadyens'

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Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 1:31:42 PM

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Liebherr LRT 1100-2.1 / 1090-2.1 Mobile Crane

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Scania + Nooteboom Multi-PX 2+6 + Saddles - Havator

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