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Caterpillar 420F2 IT Backhoe Loader - Black

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85234
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2020

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Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 24
Features   (max 20) 15
Quality   (max 25) 18
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 77%


Caterpillar 420F2 IT Backhoe Loader - Black Video  [Youku video]
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Unusual decoration on the Caterpillar branded tin.
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Special colour.
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Two figures included.
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Drill cannot pose vertically.
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Telescopic material arm.  The chain and load are not included with the model
Backhoe at work.
Loading a European tipper.

The Caterpillar 420F2 IT Backhoe Loader weighs around 11 tonnes and it can dig to a depth of 4.4m.

This version is in black to commemorate 30 years of Caterpillar backhoe loaders in 2015.  Only two of the real machines were produced in gunmetal black.


The model comes in exemplary packaging.  There is an outer shipping carton which contains a tin which is protected by a nylon bag.  The tin is high quality and includes pictures and details about the real machine although it does not explain the significance of the black version.

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

An instruction sheet is included which explains how the work tools can be swapped. Also included is a Diecast Masters mini catalogue for the Caterpillar range.


Underneath, the chassis has some detail within the casting.  The rubber tyres have a good tread pattern and they are mounted on detailed wheels.

The backhoe is large and mirrors the real machine and the bucket has decent teeth.  The connection rivets are silver and this does reflect the real machine in black, although the rivets seem too large in comparison.  The stabilisers are metal but they cannot quite be posed retracted far enough in transport mode.

The cab is good with a windscreen wiper and beacon light, and thin metal grab rails.  There is no operator in the cab.  The seat back has both a Cat logo and an emblem to celebrate the 30 year anniversary.

The engine cover is metal and the radiator grille is good and there is a sharp Cat graphic on top. 

The loader arm looks good with silver connections and sharp model number graphics.   The metal bucket is decent.

A number of additional tools are provided.  The hammer has a metal body with a plastic drill bit, and the material arm is metal.  The auger is plastic.  A set of forks is a mix of metal and plastic.

Two figures are included.  They have Cat branded tops.


The steering mechanism works quite well although the range of movement is limited.  The front axle oscillates so it can be posed as if on rough terrain.

At the rear, the stabilisers pull down into position, but cannot lower far enough to raise the rear wheels off the ground. 

The backhoe has a reasonable range of movement overall, with the cylinders being stiff enough to hold a pose. The stick is also extendible.

At the front, the loader mechanism works well but the range of movement is limited at the upper end so the bucket cannot be held as high as the real machine.

There are quick hitch arrangements front and rear and the various supplied tools are easily attached. 

The front bucket opens clamshell style however the tipping angle is very good at the bottom of the range, but the carry angle is very limited.

The material arm is telescopic and can be opened out.


It is mainly a metal model and is of good quality.

The black finish paint is very good and the graphics are sharp.


It is fair value overall.


This is an unusual special edition model and it is attractive in the black colour scheme.  However, it is an older model and it would have been nice if some of the basic functionality could have been improved.


The model first appeared in Q4 2019. 

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Various tools are supplied, and two figures and an instruction sheet
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Auger fitted.
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Forks with load (not included).
Profile view.
Looks good with other models.