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Caterpillar 578 Pipelayer [Custom 1:50]

2 October 2022

Within our group of Caterpillar collectors are builders who built various custom versions by using standard scale models as a donor for their custom project.

  • Caterpillar 578 Pipelayer

Friend and fellow collector and custom scale model builder Gertjan Veld used the Caterpillar D9R Track-Type Tractor from NZG and a white metal boom kit made by HIMOBO in 1:50th scale to create his custom built Caterpillar 578 Pipelayer.

As a base for this project Gertjan uses the Caterpillar D9R Track-Type Tractor from NZG and two white metal/ brass kits from the Caterpillar 578 Boom made by HIMOBO and the rear winch kit #23 made in 2001 by cADSttachments in 1:50th scale which were purchased by Gertjan of Norbert Mietz - Modellspielwaren Mietz (msw-modelle.de), a German scale modelshop on the NAMAC swapmeeting at Houten, The Netherlands.

Enjoy the first photos! Curious for more? I will add the complete review from the Caterpillar 578 Pipelayer with more pictures from the scale model, machine in 1:1 and background information in the category Pipelayers.

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Caterpillar D5 Dozers [Diecast Masters 1:50]

30 September 2022

Diecast Masters has in accordance of the first announcement of the 2022 line up confirmed the next new to release Caterpillar scale models available from Q3-2022 uptill Q1-2023 in their 1:50th scale Diecast "Highline Series":

  • Caterpillar D5 LGP Dozer with VPAT Blade #85951
  • Caterpillar D5 LGP Fire Suppression Dozer #85952
  • Caterpillar D5 XR Fire Suppression Dozer #85955

I have heard from a reliable source that there will almost certainly be a very limited number of models of the Caterpillar D5 LGP Dozer with VPAT Blade available for the upcoming Bauma 2023. Nice prospect for the lucky visitors!

Do you want to know more about these Caterpillar D5 Dozers or other new scale models from Diecast Masters? Stay tuned to www.minimovers.nl for all up coming and available Caterpillar Scale Models released by Diecast Masters.

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Caterpillar 826C Caron Landfill Compactor [Custom 1:50]

28 September 2022

Available for some time and therefore it is high time for this update with the final photos of this unique custom built resin scale model that can be built for you in 1:50 scale:

  • Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor with CARON Semi-U Trashblade

This knock out model of the Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor with CARON Semi-U Trashblade will be available in a “New Caterpillar Yellow” Civil version in very limited numbers.

If you are interested in this hand built scale model or kit from the Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor with CARON Semi-U Trashblade 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 826C Landfill Compactor with CARON Semi-U Trashblade version will join the standard Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor and do what I just did: ORDER!

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NEWS FLASH! Caterpillar Vintage Series [Diecast Masters 1:50]

26 September 2022

Diecast Masters has in accordance of the first announcement of the 2022 line up confirmed the next two new to release Caterpillar scale models available from Q3-2022 in their 1:50th scale Diecast "Vintage Series":

  • Caterpillar 966A Wheel Loader #85579
  • Caterpillar D7C Dozer #85577

This "Caterpillar Vintage Series" scale models pay a homage to the rich history from the earliest Caterpillar Earthmoving equipment. Kick-of is with the Caterpillar 966A Wheel Loader and the Caterpillar D7C Dozer both in 1:50th scale. Very soon I expect to receive both models. So I'm curious!

Do you want to know more about this Caterpillar Vintage Series or other unique scale models from Diecast Masters? Stay tuned to www.minimovers.nl for all up coming and available Caterpillar Scale Models released by Diecast Masters.

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FLASHBACK! Making-of Caterpillar D10T Dozer with Push Blade

24 September 2022

It has been many years since friend and scale model builder Gertjan Veld completed one of his many custom projects. It is therefore high time for a Flashback about the Making-of of his:

  • Caterpillar D10T Dozer with Push Blade

Would you like to read the complete story again? Then check out the Making-of Caterpillar D10T Dozer with Push Blade to discover how gradually it did turnout into the making of a unique handmade scale model.

Enjoy reading & watching!

Gertjan and Wouter

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ANNOUNCEMENT Ground Force Worldwide - TowHaul

22 September 2022

These week Ground Force Worldwide released the following press release:

Ground Force Worldwide announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets and operations of TowHaul Corporation. Located in Belgrade Montana, USA, TowHaul has been designing and manufacturing heavy-duty, off-road specialty metal extraction support equipment, including its signature front- and rear-loading lowboy trailers, for over 40 years and often paired with Caterpillar equipement.

TowHaul will be marketed and distributed under the Ground Force portfolio going forward. With a common set of core values, both brands will continue to uphold and execute on key principles including PEOPLE, TEAMWORK, INTEGRITY & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.

Fingers crossed it opens doors for both new Ground Force Worldwide and TowHaul 1:50th diecast scale models PoweredbyCat! I vote YES!

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Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor [Custom 1:50]

20 September 2022

Available for some time and therefore it is high time for this update with the final photos of this unique custom built resin scale model that can be built for you in 1:50 scale:

  • Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor

This knock out model of the Caterpillar 826C Landfill Compactor 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 826C Landfill Compactor 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 826C Landfill Compactor version will join the Caterpillar 980C series Wheel Loader and Log Loader and do what I just did: ORDER!

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OUT NOW! Laster & Bagger 2022-5

18 September 2022

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 fifth edition in 2022 of Laster & Bagger is OUT NOW!

In this issue, among other interesting articles, a nice collector’s portrait, this time from the Dutch (Caterpillar) collector and custom builder Cornelis Jongenelen: more than worthwhile to look forward to!!

Last but not least, in the "Diorama" section all the information with Tips & Tricks to build a historical construction site in the 1960ties. 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!

FLASHBACK! Making-of Caterpillar 289C Compact Track Loader

16 September 2022

It has been many years since friend and scale model builder Ad Gevers completed one of his many custom projects. It is therefore high time for a Flashback about the Making-of of his:

  • Caterpillar 289C Compact Track Loader

Would you like to read the complete story again? Then check out the Making-of Caterpillar 289C Compact Track Loader to discover how gradually it did turnout into the making of a unique handmade scale model.

Enjoy reading & watching!

Ad and Wouter

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LATEST ADDITION! Tiger TMV40 [Custom 1:50]

14 September 2022

Already some time ago I received this scale model and now I finally found the time to photograph this custom addition in my collection:

  • Tiger TMV40 Explosive Truck

The Australian company Tiger Engineering Pty, which for years developed Caterpillar wheel loaders independently on the basis of Caterpillar wheel loaders, was incorporated by Caterpillar in 1997. Shortly after its introduction in 1998, the TIGER 790G Wheel Dozer was introduced by Caterpillar as a Caterpillar 854G Wheel Dozer and was the most powerful Wheel Dozer in the world at the time.

The Tiger TMV40 has also been built using Caterpillar components such as the 35-ton (32 tonne payload) Caterpillar D350D Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) and the Caterpillar 3306 Turbo Diesel Engine providing 300 hp and thus forms the basis for their Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) used in the mining industry and available in numerous designs as a water bowser or fuel truck.

Through a forum I came into contact with fellow collector Keith W. from England who sent me a list with scale models that he offers for sale. Lured by the name "Tiger" I asked for photos and after I also found an original TIGER TMV brochure of this machine I was immediately tacked.

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My first impression: The TIGER TMV40 is, just like his bigger brother TMV60, certainly not the most detailed scale model in my collection but precisely because the scale model also uses the same components as the 1:1 (namely the Caterpillar D350D from ERTL in scale 1:50 with #2431) and the cabin is spot on, the final result is definitely a unique custom scale model and a very welcome addition to my PoweredbyCAT series.

I have add the complete review with more pictures from the model, machine in 1:1 and technical background information in the category PoweredbyCAT