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The making of...a 980C Wheel Loader

Custom scale model builder Ciprian Ursulescu from CypModels has recently finished his next custom project developing and hand made building in 1:50th scale of the:

  • 980C Wheel Loader

The Caterpillar 980C Wheel Loader was introduced in 1979 and replaced the 980B version and was only produced in the USA. Power for this machine comes from the Caterpillar 3406 four-stroke-cycle diesel engine producing 270 hp. With a maximum bucket capacity of 5.25 yd3 delivering a payload of 15.400lb per pass.

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Specification highlights:

  • Engine: Caterpillar 3406 Diesel Engine
  • Net Power: 270hp
  • Operational Weight: 58.000lb
  • Bucket Capacity (Heaped 2:1): 5.25yd3
  • Maximum Travel Speed: Forward 21.5mph and in Reverse 24.6mph

In this "Making of a ...980C Wheel Loader" he shows how this custom model is been achieved. Ciprian Ursulescu has shared his building skills through its construction photos. Gradually it shows you the making of a unique model of the 980C Wheel Loader.

Enjoy reading & watching!

Ciprian and Wouter

The development of the prototype

Using photos of the real machine and with help from the original spec sheets of the manufacturer for the exact dimensions a first prototype is hand build from scratch.

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Building the prototype

When the prototype is succesfully developed the very first resin scale model can be casted from the molds and after the required adjustments and improvents carefully put together in the first built prototype.

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This knock out model of the 980C Wheel Loader will be available in a “Old Highway Yellow” Civil version in very limited numbers.

If you are interested in this hand built scale model or kit from the 980C Wheel Loader respond by e-mail and I will forward your request. Only then you can be assured that the model is also produced effectively for you. The custom builder does ship worldwide at actual shipping cost and you can pay with PayPal.