Our car experts choose every product we feature. We may earn money from the links on this page. Not awesome in a jokey monster truck sort of way, and not a goof like a pickup built on a Kenworth chassis, but a big, serious machine built for an epic, real-world task. Mining may well be the opposite of show business, but this truck has star power to spare.
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CAT box. The scale of the front is apparent. Working hydraulic pistons on the suspension. Huge tyres on a detailed hub. Cab, metal handrails and mirror. Opening hatch reveals the engine. It is a mechanical drive truck and has a short ton payload metric tonnes. The C engine produces 4, horsepower.
The CAT F is expected to be commercially available later in Packaging The model comes in a typical box style adopted for Caterpillar scale model merchandise. It is windowed, with the model secured inside between clear plastic formers.
It is also held to a cardboard base by ties and although these secure the model well they need some time and care to remove to not cause damage. There is no information about the real machine on the box, or included inside, and this is a pity as many collectors would appreciate some, and it would assist the promotional value of the model. No assembly is required with the only action required being to fold out the mirrors on each side. Detail This is a big and heavy model and it is solidly made.
The tyres are very large with a realistic tread pattern. I f anything they are perhaps a little too new and shiny looking and a slightly more matt finish might have been nicer. They are mounted on large realistic hubs which have very good wheel nut details. Underneath, the chassis construction is good. The drive train is replicated and there are various cables and pipes modelled. A fair bit of the detailed modelling is actually in plastic, including the engine block, but the colour match is very good in most cases so the overall look is good.
The rear suspension is particularly impressive with large cylinders authentically modelled. The front of the truck looks impressive with a good level of detail.
The access stairs and ladders are plastic, but the handrails are metal and these are nicely done so they make a real difference to the model looking authentic.
There are two towing points and silvered headlights. The cab deck is textured to resemble a non-slip walking route and there are two impressive exhaust pipes. The cab itself is metal with grab rails, and lifting eyes on the roof. Inside, the seats and controls are visible. Under the flap on the cab deck the top of the engine block is visible together with some large pipes. The detail is completed with a pair of mirrors on each side of the truck.
Behind the cab area the top of the chassis is good with various tanks and pipes modelled, and the drive train looks really quite impressive. Two large two-stage hydraulic pistons lift the dump body.
The dump body is a large metal casting but in fact much of the ribbing structure on the underside and leading edge is actually plastic and screwed on. Fortunately the colour match is very good so it hardly notices.
At the rear end a couple of bars hang down between the rear pairs of tyres to clear out trapped material and a pair of safety cables which are used to hold the dump body upright during servicing are modelled. These can even be unhooked although they cannot be connected to the rear axle to fulfil their purpose. On the inside of the dump body there are impact and wear plates. Features The front wheels steer although the range of movement is fairly restricted.
At the back the suspension works utilising the heavy pistons. The dump body tilts well to a good angle, and the cylinders are stiff enough to hold the body at any angle. At the front the access stairs at the bottom fold down to enable an operator to board the truck.
On the cab deck a large access flap opens to enable the engine to be seen. Quality Norscot have produced a good quality model with plenty of detail. Although it is heavy, there are quite a few parts of the model which are plastic.
Where used, the plastic generally has a very good colour match so the model is visually good. The paint is good, as are the graphics. Price The model is good value having regard for its size and quality.
Overall The CAT F is a large and impressive truck, and Norscot have produced an appropriate model to reflect the real machine. The quality overall is good and whilst it is not of the top quality of some other recent Chinese models, it is highly recommended.
Collectors are likely to be pleased with the model and it would make a good gift in a corporate environment also. Footnotes The model appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in In April a version in white was announced, with a run of models. Imposing dimensions. Stairs fold down to provide access to the cab. Underside view with the front wheels just about at maximum lock. The difference in colour match in the engine block area is made slightly worse by the camera than it appears in real life.
Under body details. Dump body tips to a good angle. Rear axle.
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This was the first time CAD tools had been used extensively to design a Caterpillar truck. In the second quarter of , the third and fourth s produced were the first to be placed in service with a customer at the Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. Caterpillar put 18 additional s into service with mine operators worldwide as production development units. Full worldwide marketing[ edit ] Caterpillar began marketing the in North America in , with full worldwide marketing following in The first generation serial number prefix is 5YW. The first B units entered service with customers in October, When Caterpillar began full production of the F in late , the F replaced the B.
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