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First Look Review
HO scale
Backhoe
Volvo Backhoe Loader BL71
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

introduction
Atlas enlarges their model railroad accessories series with Cararama construction vehicles. This HO model is their Volvo Backhoe Loader BL71, item 30000093.

Cararama
Cararama is a registered brand of die-cast models by Hongwell of Hong Kong. Cararama are available in HO - 1/87 and O - 1/48 scales.

Volvo Backhoe Loader BL71
This is a sharp HO model of a modern backhoe by Swedish giant Volvo. The model is made of die-cast metal with some plastic and plastic-rubber pieces. Casting and molding of each component is sharp with no flaws. Clear styrene "glass" in the cab is undistorted so you can enjoy the interior.

detail
The model is also an "action" model with an elevating and tilting clamshell bucket loader, plus swiveling and articulation for the backhoe boom and stick and bucket. However, the stabilizer legs are not functional and front wheels do not steer.

Detail inside the cab is good. Outside the cab are pre-attached side mirrors and an exhaust pipe.

No attempt was made to simulate a drive train nor engine detail under the tractor.

For fun I have linked to a Caterpillar Backhoe site including a 3-D backhoe simulator. See Click here for additional images for this review , below.

paint and finish
The paint is smooth and doesnít obscure detail. All lettering appears to be painted on. However, the hinge pins for the moving parts are shiny.

Conclusion
Atlasí Cararama Volvo backhoe is a good model. It has good detail including the moving features. Aside from the shiny hinges and no under chassis detail, I donít have any complaints.

Volvo Backhoe Loader BL71 will enhance any HO layout and diorama. Recommended.

Thanks to Atlas for providing this model for review! Please tell them and retailers that you saw it here - on RailRoadModeling.

Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Elevating and tilting clamshell bucket loader, plus swiveling and articulation for the backhoe boom and stick and bucket.
Lows: Shiny hinge pins. Stabilizer legs are not functional and front wheels do not steer.
Verdict: Volvo Backhoe Loader BL71 will enhance any HO layout and diorama.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 30000093
  Suggested Retail: $19.95
  Related Link: HO Cararama Models
  PUBLISHED: Mar 24, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Sweden
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.36%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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