Tonkin Replicas has been developing and producing top quality scale models for more than 25 years. Its history goes back even further to the 1970s when Jack Tonkin took his first steps in the scale model industry. Erik Anderson took over the baton in 2000, expanding the company into becoming the absolute market leader in North America.
Originally, the main focus of Tonkin Replicas was truck and trailer models. However, Tonkin Replicas in 2013 succeeded in obtaining the Caterpillar license and the company now aims to set the standard in the construction machinery sector.
Tonkin Replicas, which has its head office in Seattle, had stepped into a joint venture for this purpose with Industrial Merchandising Concepts B.V. from Montfoort in the Netherlands.
It is clear to everyone that since Tonkin Replicas started with producing Caterpillar scale models they have not been standing still. In fact after the first announcement in 2013 of a large wheel loader program they eventually released more then 50 Caterpillar scale models of all machine types in the 1:50th and 1:87th range.
At the end of 2015, the license of Caterpillar scale models was fully transferred to Diecast Masters.
Tonkin Replicas was in 2015 for the second time present with a stand at the International Toy Fair aka Spielwarenmesse from January 28 to February 2, 2015, in Nuremberg.
Friend, Caterpillar scale model collector and professional photographer Thomas Wilk was willing to make, so that those who, like me, were not able to visit the Toy Fair live, an Exclusive Caterpillar photo report in the Tonkin Replicas Booth so we can taste the atmosphere and get a glimps of all the beauty that awaits us in 2015.
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