SK210LC-10 Introduction and Review

We are excited to announce that Kobelco realised all our fans wishes by producing the SK210LC-10 scale model in the collectors scale of 1:50.  This model was manufactured by Motorart exclusively for Kobelco. To buy this model go here.

The models have arrived just in time for you to purchase direct from us here in our new online shop.  Previously all our scale models were only available at events or from our Dealers to purchase.  Its better to buy from us direct and ensure quality and genuine products.

The SK210LC-10 is one of our popular excavators in the 20 tonne sector.  If you want to see the real machine in action or download specifications, go to our website here.

To get a third party opinion of our scalemodels Kobelco has been asking some expert reviewers to give us an honest opinion and review of the models.  Laster & Bagger magazine is a German collectors magazine for truck and construction equipment ( or and they reviewed this model in their August edition.  To read the original review with images online in English click here.  Or read below:

Author: Daniel Wietlisbach
Publication: Laster & Bagger

Motorart is responsible for translating the real thing into model form of which there are four versions: SK210LC for Europe, SK200 in yellow for the US and, as well, both models painted in silver as Hybrid Excavators. All models were delivered exclusively to Kobelco and are available at their shops.

We had a SK210LC in turquoise for testing purposes. It is made mainly of metal and accordingly is nice and hefty in the hand. The original was translated correctly into scale. Diversion from Kobelco SK210LC-10 from Motorart in 1:50! the measurements can be found only on the two drive units due to the use of some oversized metal tracks. These are made up from finely cast, three-part plates that run smoothly and problem free. However, the connecting parts of the single sections are rather crude; they cover too much of the guide and drive wheels and so contribute to the divergence from scale in that area. Here we know that it is possible to be fine and functional as well. Besides this, the two drive units are true to the original and have the correct number of running and support wheels showing.

The body is made mainly from five white metal castings held together with screws and that makes the model builders among us rejoice. The engravings are exact and copy the original very well although the normal pierced air intake slits are only hinted at. The engine hood is a separately-applied part as are the exhaust, back-up camera and the hand holds with the mirror holders that are made from robust wire. The plastic mirrors do reflect.

The form of the cabin on the whole has been modeled well however, the rock-fall protection over the roof window has only been hinted at and is not pierced. The glazing is made up from one plastic part having the front window screen window separations and rubber gaskets on it. These, even if only printed on, would enhance the side and rear windows substantially. The window wiper is present and the cabin interior is nicely detailed and finished in many colors. The 5.65 m boom and the 2.94 m jib are a match for the standard measurements and are well done; the hollow is closed off when seen from below. The maximum digging depth and working height cannot be reached however they will satisfy most collectors. The replication of the hydraulic lines begins on the foot of the boom. The lines are from a soft rubber material that is colored appropriately for the model in turquoise, black and silver. It is hoped that the rubber lines that are well-matched turquoise to the body color will not deteriorate and become yellow over a span of years. The lines run, as per prototype, over the hydraulic cylinders and there even is an additional hydraulic circuit modeled. The bolts at the joints are not colored.

The scoop, a standard version with five teeth and wear plates, is a single metal casting. The paint job is clean and covers well. The lettering is sharp and is limited to the basics. It only remains to hope that the 1:50 scale now will become standard for Kobelco models.

The original Kobelco belongs to the Japanese Kobe Steel Group whose European headquarters are in the Netherlands. This crane and excavator producer is represented world-wide with machines easily recognized because of the eye-pleasing turquoise color. The SK210LC competes successfully in the most popular 20 t excavator class. The contractor can choose between Monoblock and adjustable boom. As well, three sizes of jibs are on offer. The engine, a J0-KSSC from Hino produces 119 kW and fulfills the exhaust protocol Tier IV requirements. Under the NLC designation it is also available with a small under carriage and, in the US, the machine is marketed as the SK200 in a bright shining yellow. As SK210HLC and SK200H, the excavators are also available with a hybrid propulsion system.

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