WSI Tadano ATF 220G-5 Mobile Crane ‘Royal Transport’ by Cranes Etc TV

WSI Tadano ATF 220G-5 Mobile Crane ‘Royal Transport’ by Cranes Etc TV


Well, doing this review is a light royal
job, and this time is the Tadano ATF 220G,
which is a five axle mobile crane and this model is made by WSI models. There is a
manual we’ll see in a moment, and the model is a limited edition in the
colours of Royal Transport of Norway. The manual that comes with the model is very
good. There is a full parts list and it describes the main features of
the model, but not all of them so there’s a few more features shown in this review. To begin with we’ll just put the crane
in a road-going formation and we’ll start by taking some rope off of the
winch drum. A key is supplied to turn the drum and it’s got a nice positive brake
action. In a blink of an eye we’ve reeved the hook and attached it on at the front,
and next you also have the option to carry a small part of the counterweight
on the deck. As we like to travel heavily loaded we’ll put that on and with a bit
of skill you can locate it in the correct position. The model comes with a
hydraulic fly jib so we need a hose reel to run the hydraulics and that’s a
separate part which you can attach. But it’s a loose fit so rather than gluing
we’ll go the high-tech approach which is stuff a bit of paper in the hole and
then the hose wheel fits more tightly. Next we can carry the lattice jib on
board and once it’s located we can fix it in position by inserting a steel pin,
but it’s probably not something to attempt if you’ve had a few too many
beers. Lastly there’s a handrail to add so we’ll put in the folded transport
version. With the crane rolled over we see a detailed chassis has a ladder at
the front, and the suspension and transmission components are modelled. The
wheels have got nice big tyres with a decent tread pattern. At the front the
cab looks really good with its decoration, and there are plenty of small
details which give it a realistic look, and that includes a number plate. The
hook block is metal and it has safety catches on the hooks. The big hose reel
looks good and there is nice texturing on the wheel arches, and it’s always nice to see
tyres with branding in the sidewalls. There are plenty of nice graphics and
the colour scheme of gold text on a burgundy background seems to be a
favorite of royal types. Moving to the back there’s more nice graphics and
there’s textured steps, and there is more nice texturing leading up to the carrier deck.
At the back of the crane is an equipment box and as you can see it’s filled with
replica timbers. Underneath the box there are lights detailed and a realistic
number plate. The detailing in the engine area is very nice and it includes mesh
grilles and diamond plated walking surfaces. The outrigger beams are metal
and they include very nice detailed graphics. The lattice fly jib is a nicely
formed metal part with metal pulleys. The boom has got sections with realistic
thin walls and it’s nice to see Royal Transport graphics printed on every
section. For the features we are back underneath
the crane again and there is stiff sprung suspension on each of the axles.
They also each have independent steering. It is of the notched variety and it has
a moderate range of movement, but it does allow you to replicate any steering
of the real crane including crab steering. Good heavens, we’re on site
already so better get set up. We can we start by pulling out the
outriggers. The pads get wound down and there are large spreader plates which
fit under each pad and there is enough downward movement on the pistons to
enable the crane to be displayed wheels- free. Next we’ve replaced the handrail to
the working mode and then we can use our fingers to get the boom up. The main ram
is a metal cylinder so it’s very smooth, and you lock it using a key on a tiny
grub screw. At least you can do that when you actually get the key into the screw.
All you need to make sure of is that it’s done up nice and tightly.
The counterweight comes in a number of separate parts so you could displayed a
model loading up its own ballast. One of the nicest parts of this model is the
way the counterweight attachment works, and that’s because it copies what the
real crane does and it lowers pistons to engage with the counterweight and then
lift it up. So on the model you use a key to lower and raise the pistons and the
first thing you do is to swing around the crane to engage the counterweight
and then you can wind up the pistons to lift the counterweight. So this is really
a nice system because of the way it copies the real crane.
Once you’ve lifted up the counterweight the crane is ready for work and you can
rotate the whole of the crane around. The model also includes cheek weights if you
want to go for the extra capacity. Another nice feature on the model is the
fold-out ladders. The modelling of the telescopic boom is to modern standards
with locking points at 46, 92 and 100%, and this telescopic boom has multiple
sections and you just pull them out in the usual way. In doing so it’s best to
have a load on the hook block and that helps stop the rope jumping off the hook
pulleys. We can extend the reach of the boom by attaching the lattice fly jib
and that gets offered up onto the end of the boom where steel pins secure it. Then
to run the hoist rope we need to lift up the guide wheel, and once you are all set
you can use the hydraulic ram to get an offset angle and it’s stiff enough to
hold a pose. The model offers another option which is
to use the fly jib as a heavy-lift jib, and to do that you remove a couple of
nuts and bolts and take off the top part of the jib. You can then re-reeve the
heavy hook onto the fly jib. It is time for a genuine imitation
real-life test and we’re going to carry out load testing of the crane. The boom
has been set at a 16 metre radius and 30 metre length and if we go to the load
chart we can select the 16 metre radius and then read off the column with a 30
metre boom, and that gives us a maximum capacity of nearly 40 tonnes. The lifting
frame on the crane weighs a scale 10 tonnes and let’s add a further 10 tonnes so
now we have 20 tonnes hanging from the hook. Two more 10 tonne weights adds up
to 40 tonnes, and two more takes us up to 60 tonnes,
and still the crane is performing well. 20 tonnes makes the load up to 80 tonnes and
that’s double the safe working load and still our model performs well. Adding
another 20 tonnes gives us a 100 tonnes and as you can see at that point we just
reach the tipping load. So the tipping load is two and a half times the safe
working load and so our crane passes the genuine imitation real-life test. Once
again WSI models has produced a very attractive limited edition model. The
Royal Transport colour scheme is particularly nice, and that adds to a
model which is already very detailed with very nice functionality. So if
you’re looking for a really nice five axle mobile crane model, this one is
excellent.

12 thoughts on “WSI Tadano ATF 220G-5 Mobile Crane ‘Royal Transport’ by Cranes Etc TV

  1. The crane videos are by far my favorite! Really like the real life testing using the reference guide for safe lifting! Obviously can’t do that with the real thing so it’s cool to see it in scale. Well done sir! 👊😬👍

  2. When I saw the thumbnail I almost thought you'd branched out into fire engines. 🙂 Very nice model, WSI has hit it out of the park on this one.

  3. I think the crane is also available in the colors of the Company INTERKRAN a Swiss crane rental Company, i know the owner of that Company and i work in a Small Construction Company in Switzerland. We have 2 Vicario Cranes that INTERKRAN Sold to us. Very nice Review by the way.

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