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LATEST ADDITION! Caterpillar 973 [CCM 1:48]

26 July 2019

This week I received from Roy Ferguson Sales in America this latest addition in my collection made by Classic Construction Models (CCM) and today I was able to take it to the photo set:

  • Caterpillar 973 Track Loader with Multi-Purpose Bucket

Introduced in 1982 as a replacement to the Caterpillar 977L, the Caterpillar 973 Track Loader was produced within the USA, Japan and France. Features a 3306 Turbocharged Diesel engine mounted in the rear to improve operator sight while also providing a natural balance for the machine with a loaded bucket, eliminating the need for a counterweight and producing 210HP @ 2200RPM. Equipped with a Multi-Purpose bucket, the Caterpillar 973 is ideal for loading, stripping topsoil, bulldozing and cleanup, and the bucket clamps hydraulically to grip logs, carry pipes, or handle other tough-to-grasp materials.

This die-cast scale model Caterpillar 973 Track Loader with Multi-Purpose Bucket is made in a limited edition of only 500 pieces in 2019 by CCM in scale 1:48 The scale model is packaged in a deluxe gift box and comes with a signed certificate. I'm the happy collector with in possession #443.

All aspects of the Caterpillar 973 Track Loader with Multi-Purpose Bucket are captured just like the 1:1 version and to the usual level of CCM's exacting detail, including hydraulic lines, Open ROPS Operator’s Station with detailed working station. The Operator only has to start the machine! Retail Price: $224.95 and shipping cost.

My first impression: a very complete scale model a nice addition in my Caterpillar Track Loader 973 series. More than well worth the wait! Together with his two brothers this is a must have for every Caterpillar collector.

Enjoy the first photos! Curious for more? I will add the complete review with more pictures from the model, machine in 1:1 and background information in the category Track Loaders So stay tuned!

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NEWS FLASH! DHS Diecast OPEN HOUSE 2019

24 July 2019

The 19th Annual DHS Diecast Open House & Auction Weekend is held this upcoming weekend July 27-28th 2019. Be there, it will be a BLAST!

Once a year DHS Diecast Collectables 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 27th, 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.

THE PLACE TO BE!

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LATEST ADDITION! Caterpillar CS11 GC [Diecast Masters 1:50]

22 July 2019

Last week I recieved from the IMC Models Construction models Webshop this next addition by Diecast Masters in their 1:50th scale diecast "High Line Series" in my collection and today I had some time and took it to the photo set:

  • Caterpillar CS11 GC Vibratory Soil Compactor #85589

The completely newly developed Caterpillar CS11 GC Vibratory Soil Compactor is recently released during the Bauma 2019. This “baby” brother is added to the current CS34 up to the CS78B Vibratory Soil Compactor series. All the more surprising that Diecast Masters in advance already did announce their scale model in 1:50th scale.

The Caterpillar CS11 GC Vibratory Soil Compactor in 1:1th scale is equipped with a Caterpillar C4.4 ACERT engine delivering 105.3hp Net Power. The machine has a operating Weight of 23,817 lb. and a has a Maximum Centrifugal Force of 56,200 lb.

My first impression: the Caterpillar CS11 GC Vibratory Soil Compactor has a detailed cab interior, including "Bob" the operator. Authentic Cat Machine Yellow paint and trade dress. Finishing touch are the rotating drum and tires with authentic tread detail and its articulated steering. Presented in the “High Line Series Packaging” Collectible, full-color printed metal box, including machine photos and specifications. All in all, just like the 1:1 machine, a tough scale model without fuss!

Enjoy the first photos! Curious for more? I have added the complete review with more pictures from the scale model, machine in 1:1 and background information in the category Compactors

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AVAILABLE! Laster & Bagger 2019-4

20 July 2019
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The latest edition of Laster & Bagger is out now!

Nothing better then having a healthy outdoor breakfast on a Saturday morning enjoying the summer sun and then to read through the latest Laster & Bagger while accompanied by my Leonberger -)

In this issue, among other interesting articles, full attention for the Caterpillar D6 and the Caterpillar D6XE LGP Track-Type Tractors. Both models where early 2019 released by Diecast Masters in 1:50th scale in their "High Line Series". Both scale models are also the first ones which appear in the new Caterpillar "Modern Hex" trade dress.

Last but least, the Model History brought by Thomas Wilk about the famous Caterpillar D5 Track-Type tractor made by Sigomec. MUST READ!

Learn more about this full-color magazine for collectors? Take a look at Laster & Bagger Or even better,
Follow my choice: Yes, I want to subscribe to Laster & Bagger!

DO!

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NEWS FLASH! WEIACH HISTORIK 2020

18 July 2019

The Eberhard EBIANUM doubles as a construction vehicle museum and a unique venue for all kinds of events.

Memories, understanding, information, experience, discoveries, and a view of the future.

Different is better than better. These feelings and thoughts guided us when we developed the Museum concept. Which adult doesn’t dream of being a child again for a while? This is where such dreams come true, for children in any case – the ideal environment for tuning into an event.

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Eberhard - Pioneers yesterday. today. tomorrow.

On Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th may 2020 the earthmoving equipment and truck WEIACH HISTORIK 2020 event will take place.

A meeting between historic and contemporary machines with free entry. This unique event is jointly organized by the Swiss-Historik Association, the Eberhard Company and the Ebianum Museum and takes place at Weiacher Kies AG, in Hard 8187 Weiach Switzerland.

So mark Saturday May 23th and Sunday 24th on your calendar!

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Caterpillar 980C [Custom 1:50]

16 July 2019

There is announced that before the end of 2019 a new custom made resin scale model in 1:50th scale shall be released:

  • Caterpillar 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

Soon the “Making of…” will start 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 November 30th 2019.

This knock out model of the Caterpillar 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 Caterpillar 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.

I know for sure that many Caterpillar scale model collectors will be very pleased that the Caterpillar 980C version will join their Caterpillar 980 Series Wheel Loaders and do what I just did: ORDER!

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LATEST ADDITION! North American Workers [WB 1:50]

14 July 2019

Recently I received from Roy Ferguson Sales in America this latest addition(s) in my collection made in 1:50th scale by Weiss Brothers (WB) and today I had some time and took them to the photo set:

  • North American Workers Version 1 #WBR021

The Weiss brothers Enterprise, LLC from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA North American Workers Version 1 set in 1:50th scale is released in 2018 and costs US $34.95 plus shipping cost.

The set consisting of six different figures in North American style workers in a variety of poses and therefore suitable for use with many different (Caterpillar) scale models and in a variety of Earthmoving and Construction scenes. The figures are made of resin and hand painted. The art work is of high quality and the molding is very good as all figures are able to stand without any support.

Team members in the Version 1 set are a Welder, Signal Man, Rigger, Foreman, Sledge Hammer Dude and a Radio Girl. GREAT ADDITION!

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Caterpillar 769 & 770 [Diecast Masters 1:50]

12 July 2019

Diecast Masters has out of the blue announced another big surprise with the release of their next new Caterpillar scale models starting from Q4-2019 in their 1:50th scale diecast "Evolution Series":

  • Caterpillar 769 and 770 Off-Highway Trucks #85562

Diecast Masters brings together old and new Caterpillar machine models. Along with the scale models, each package also holds a richly illustrated book that tells the evolutionary story, from the machine of the past up to its modern counterpart.

The Evolution Series models are mounted on special bases and placed in quality flip-top packaging, protected by a black outer sleeve. A full color detailed 84-page booklet, included with the scale models provided with period-accurate colors and decoration details & era-specific operators, traces machine evolution in words and pictures.

Curious? Download the PDF? Click on the picture!

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OUT SOON! Laster & Bagger 2019-4

10 July 2019

Laster & Bagger is THE full color magazine for collectors of Trucks (Laster) & construction (Bagger) machine models, cranes, Trucks and heavy haulage. The magazine is writen in German. Detailed English translations of the main sections and features for every issue are available on the website and off course also available as App (both iPphone and Andriod) for your tablet, computer or smartphone.

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The fourth edition in 2019 of Laster & Bagger will be out soon! The magazine presses are running while you are reading this. The Magazine will be available half way July 2019.

In this issue, among other interesting articles, full attention for the Caterpillar D6 and the Caterpillar D6XE LGP Track-Type Tractors. Both models where early 2019 released by Diecast Masters in 1:50th scale in their "High Line Series". Both scale models are also the first ones which appear in the new Caterpillar "Modern Hex" trade dress.

Last but least, the Model History brought by Thomas Wilk about the famous Caterpillar D5 Track-Type tractor made by Sigomec. MUST READ!

Learn more about this full-color magazine for collectors? Take a look at Laster & Bagger Or even better,
Follow my choice: Yes, I want to subscribe to Laster & Bagger!

DO!

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LATEST ADDITION! Caterpillar 3512C HD [Otter Bro Customs 1:50]

8 July 2019

Already some time ago I received from America ‚Äč‚Äčthis custom made addition in my collection and today did find the time and took it to the photo set:

  • Caterpillar 3512C HD Engine

The Caterpillar 3512C HD Engine was introduced in 2008 as the successor to the 3512B and is manufactured only in America. The 3512C HD-stroke engine with 12 cylinders is good for Net Power 1348 hp. Standard built into the Caterpillar 785D Mining Truck and combined with the Caterpillar planetary powershift transmission provides the 3512C HD the following performances: A maximum speed when laden truck into six forward gears is 34 mph and reverse 6.8 mph with a Target payload (Dual Slope)of 146 tons.

Under the name Otter Bro Customs (OBC) appear regularly exclusive custom built models that allows 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 collection.

When our Otter brothers discovered that Norscot at their Caterpillar 784C Tractor with TowHaul RGS-225 and Caterpillar 785D Dump Truck were "forgotten" to deliver both models with a replica engine was that the reason for them to develop from resin material a small series of the Caterpillar 3512C HD Engine.

Enjoy the first photos! I have added more pictures from the Caterpillar 3512C HD Engine scale model, machine 1:1 and background information in the category Engines

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