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NEWS FLASH! BouwmachinesvanToen in Action!

18 August 2018

BouwmachinesvanToen will be in action during the Vestingdagen Hellevoetsluis on 17, 18 and 19th augustus 2018 held in the Netherlands.

For the second year in a row BouwmachinesvanToen will be present and provides with a heavy delegation and a number of rare equipment the Earthmoving and Construction equipment program area.

Alongside their old timer Caterpillar T2 Trackson Traxcavator (Track-Type Loader) is also a unique Hovers 500 Dragline operating and be seen in action together with their MBU Grader towed by a rare Caterpillar Thirty Track-Type tractor and Barber-Green paver.

A temporary road will be built! The construction machines are ready to break debris, to pour it out and eventually to roll flat. Plenty of activity in which the BouwmachinesvanToen team present like to give you text and explanation. Looking forward to meet you!

Curious? Click on the photo for all the action!

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SPOTLIGHT! Shophouse Showcase

16 August 2018

Looking for new showcases for my ever-expanding Caterpillar scale model collection I found close to home Shophouse. Under the motto "Shophouse, one stop for your shop" they deliver the complete package for shop fitting and promotional materials and therefore also luxury interior showcases for a beautiful product presentation.

Today the first two aluminium showcases (40x40x200 and 100x40x200) were delivered at my home (thanks for the service Gunnar and Joyce!) And within three weeks, my new wall will be completed with a third showcase (100x40x200). These sturdy display cabinets have a luxurious appearance and are available in various sizes and are available in gray or black. Of course provided with a lock so protected against fellow collectors who secretly just want to touch your scale models with their (dirty) fingers -)

Now use the remaining holidays to continue filling my new showcases with my Caterpillar models: Homework!

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Caterpillar D7E and D8T [Diecast Masters 1:50]

8 August 2018

Diecast Masters has in accordance of the first annoucement and the worldwide revealing of the 2018 line up at the International Toy Fair aka Spielwarenmesse 2018 announced their next two new to release Caterpillar scale models starting from Q3-2018 in their 1:50th scale diecast "High Line Series":

  • Caterpillar D7E Pipelayer configuration Track-Type Tractor #85555
  • Caterpillar D8T with 8U Blade Track-Type Tractor #85556

The Caterpillar D7E Pipelayer configuration Track-Type Tractor is a different equipped version to the previous in 2009 by Norscot under #55224 released Caterpillar D7E Track-Type Tractor. (Still available in the Diecast Masters High Line Series under the number #85224)

Direct eyecatchers are the rear winch and the rear window guarding. Other key Features of the Caterpillar D7E Pipelayer configuration Track-Type Tractor are its detailed cab interior, including "Bob" the operator. Authentic Cat Machine Yellow paint and trade dress. Functional blade and metal tracks. Finishing touch are the authentic railings, grab rails and hydraulic hoses. And last but not least is that the dozer blad is set at an angle for backfilling. In two words: WELL DONE!

The Caterpillar D8T with 8U Blade Track-Type Tractor is a different equipped version to the previous in 2012 by Norscot under #55299 released Caterpillar D8T Track-Type Tractor. (Still available in the Diecast Masters High Line Series under the number #85299)

The only real change to the Caterpillar D8T 8U Blade Track-Type Tractor is of course the 8U blade. Very neat from Diecast Masters that the protective guard at the top of the dozer blade is highly detailed. NEAT MODEL!

Curious? Download the PDF? Click on the picture!

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NEWS FLASH! The making of...a Trail King scraper trailer

6 August 2018

Custom scale model builders Carol and Wouter have started past weekend this next project of building a

  • Trail King scraper trailer

It is our goal for the upcoming period in this "Making of a ...Trail King scraper trailer" to show how this custom model will be achieved.

Carol and Wouter share their building skills through the photos with little notes guiding us in the construction process. Gradually it shows the making of a unique model by using the white metal Kit from Keystone Models MFG in 1:48th scale to create this Trail King scraper trailer. And off course Carol adds some extra features to make this heavy dude just a little bit more life like! WATCH!

Enjoy reading & watching!

Carol and Wouter

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LATEST ADDITION! Caterpillar D10T2 [Diecast Masters 1:50]

4 August 2018

Last week I recieved from Diecast Masters (Thanks Klaas, great service) and IMC Models (dito Joris) this latest addition from Diecast Masters in 1:50th scale for my collection and today I had some time and took it to the photo set:

  • Caterpillar D10T2 Track-Type Tractor #85532

My first impression: Welcome addition to my Caterpillar D10 Track-Type Tractor series collection. In my opinion an excellent die-cast scale model made by Diecast Masters! Lots of tiny details and the end result is an excellent scale model. HUGE Value for money!

Enjoy the first photo! Curious for more? I will add the complete review with more pictures from the scale model, machine in 1:1 and background information in the category Track-Type Tractors

To Order? Now available!

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UPDATE! The making of... ACCO Super Dozer

2 August 2018

Custom scale model builder Matteo from Trilex Modelli is making good progress on one of his latest projects: Building a ACCO Super Bulldozer in 1:50th scale.

The ACCO Super Bulldozer is the largest and most powerful Track-Type Tractor ever made. It was built in Italy, by the Umberto Acco company. The ACCO super bulldozer was constructed mainly of Caterpillar parts. This bulldozer has a gross weight of 183 tons and is powered by two 675hp Caterpillar engines and has a dozer blade that is 23 ft.

Today time for an update of this "The making of... a ACCO Super Bulldozer" and during the coming period, Matteo will guide you by the complete design and construction process of this unique scale model, and the end result shall eventually, as a real custom builder wants to achieve display the 1: 1 machine as naturally as possible. You will be amazed with the high standards he sets!

Matteo will share his building skills through its construction photos with little notes to keep us informed of the building process. Gradually it shows the making of a unique model of the ACCO Super Bulldozer and a welcome addition to my PoweredBy Caterpillar collection!

Curious? Click on the photo!

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Caterpillar 830M Curtiss Wright 18M [Custom 1:50]

30 July 2018

There is announced that before the end of 2018 a new custom made resin scale model in 1:50th scale shall be released:

  • Caterpillar 830M with Curtiss Wright 18M Scraper

Today the “Making of…” started in which I will add progress photos and dimensional details. The final sales price and the delivery schedule date of this custom built scale model will be posted on our Website when available. Likely the introduction will take place during the NAMAC Swapmeeting in Houten, The Netherlands on Saturday December 1th 2018.

This knock out model of the Caterpillar 830M with Curtiss Wright 18M Scraper will be available in a “Old Highway Yellow” Civil and in a green “Army’ version in very limited numbers.

If you are interested in this hand built scale model or kit from the Caterpillar 830M with Curtiss Wright 18M Scraper 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.

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LATEST ADDITION! Caterpillar CT660 Vactor 2100 [Otter Bro Customs 1:50]

28 July 2018

Last week I received from America this latest addition in my collection and directly took it to the photo set:

  • Caterpillar CT660 with Vactor 2100 Plus PD Combination Sewer Cleaner

Under the name Otter Bro Customs (OBC) appear regularly exclusive custom built models that allow you to add another unique replica Caterpillar model to your collection. I'm very lucky that I can add another small (I mean the scale!) masterpiece to my Caterpillar On-Highway Truck collection.

This unique one of a kind scale model is made by using the Caterpillar CT660 Vocational Dump Truck and the Vactor 2100 Plus PD Combination Sewer Cleaner upper body en partly chassis taken from the Kenworth T880 produced by First Gear under #50-3263 and is completely custom modified and rebuild by Otter Bro Customs in scale 1:50.

I will add more pictures from the Caterpillar CT660 with Vactor 2100 Plus PD Combination Sewer Cleaner scale model, machine 1:1 and background information in the category On-Highway Trucks

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NEWS FLASH! DHS Diecast OPEN HOUSE 2018

26 July 2018

The 18th Annual DHS Diecast Open House & Auction Weekend is held this weekend July 28-29th 2018. Be there: It will be a BLAST!

Once a year DHS opens their doors and invite the public in to check out the DHS 12,000 square foot facility. They clean the floors and unbox almost every model in stock, so don't miss this opportunity to see them up close!

Meet the DHS Staff and hang out with your fellow collectors and friends. DHS provides the venue and the food (FREE Hot dogs!) and you benefit! If you have been here before, come and see what is different this year. If you have never been here, you really need to check it out! And who knows, you might come home with that special scale model that you have wanted in your collection for so long!

DHS is hosting a huge Summer Auction (if you haven't already heard). The big date is set for July 28th, the day before our 18th Annual Open House Event! There are always over 300+ rare and hard to find items up for grabs. Among them off course some must Caterpillar scale models! You can pre-bid online anytime, as well as bid live in person at the DHS World Headquarters or live online during the auction. Some of the items to be sold include models from Classic Construction models, Conrad, NZG, Alan Smith and Sword as well as many vintage, custom and older models.

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NEWS FLASH! Oshkosh J30120 [FanKit Models 1:50]

24 July 2018

FanKit Models is a small Romanian company which produces limited series (resin) scale models of rare and special civilian- and military vehicles and construction equipment.

  • Oshkosh J30120 6x4 Heavy Haulage Tractor

Thanks to the cooperation of some of Die hard collectors, this unique 1:50th scale model of the Oshkosh J30120 6x4 Heavy Haulage Tractor has been realized in perfect collaboration with FanKit Models! A model to be proud of! This monster truck is in the 1:1 version equipped with a Caterpillar 3408 Diesel engine as a power source. So PoweredbyCat this scalemodel should not miss the collection of the diehard Caterpillar collector. I have already placed my order!

The Oshkosh J30120 6x4 Heavy Haulage Tractor will be produced in a very limited amount in resin and can be built on request in the desired company livery or in the desired Oshkosh color.

Do you want to order the? Click on: FanKit Models

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