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Caterpillar 994K Wheel Loader - Rock

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85505
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2017


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 81%

Footnotes


Caterpillar 994K Wheel Loader - Rock Video  [Youku video]
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Big Caterpillar branded tin.
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Rear grille is plastic.
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Huge tyres.
 
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Good teeth on the bucket.
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Usual operator in the cab.
Fold-down ladder is plastic with articulated handrails.
Very good pivot on the rear axle.
Carry angle is shallow.
It towers over a Caterpillar 982M.
Pairs well with a big mining truck.


The Caterpillar 994F is a massive mining wheel loader.  It weighs around 240 tonnes, with the payload capacity being 38 tonnes. 

Packaging

The model comes in exemplary packaging.  There is an outer shipping carton which contains a tin which is protected by expanded polystyrene trays.  The tin is high quality and includes pictures and details about the real machine.

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

A mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included in the tin.  There is no information about the model.

Detail

The underside has decent detailing with the transmission modelled.  The rear plate is plastic. The huge tyres have a good tread pattern and they are mounted on plastic wheels with a detailed outside face and hollow inner faces.

At the rear the radiator grille is plastic, and the counterweight is suitably massive.  The handrails are metal and thin.  The rear folding ladder is entirely plastic including the handrails, with the joint details over-large which is unsurprising given the scale.   

Moving up, the exhaust stacks are plastic, but as with other plastic parts the colour match is excellent.  Walkways have a textured surface, and there is red fire suppression equipment. 

The cab is metal and detailed.  It has very good details including beacon lights and silvered mirrors.  There is an operator in the cab. 

Detail at the pivot point is good and includes the steering rams and transmission.  However, there are no hydraulic hoses visible.

The front axle detailing is very good and there are stepping plates modelled. 

The hydraulic rams are substantial with nice soft hydraulic hoses.

The loader arms are heavy and all of the connection rivets are painted.

The bucket is very good with the details on the back side and underneath being impressive.

Features

It rolls very smoothly on the big wheels.  The oscillation of the rear axle is very good.

Steering across the pivot point has an angle of around 30 and it rolls well when turning because the wheels spin independently.

The bucket cut angle is very good although the carry angle is shallow.   The lift height is very good and the tipping angle is good.

At the rear the fold down ladder with its articulated handrails works well.

Quality

It is a very good quality model with a high metal content.

The paintwork is very good and the few graphics are sharp.

Price

It is a very large model and attracts a high price accordingly.

Overall

This is an impressive very large model.  It is implemented very well and looks great with a matched large mining truck such as the Caterpillar 793F.

Footnotes

The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017.  A coal bucket version in white was also produced as model 85533.

 
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Imposing size.
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Handrails are metal and nice and thin.
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Transmission detailing is good.
 
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Steering rams and transmission at the pivot point, but no hydraulics.
Profile view.
Good detail on the loader arms and bucket.
Towering high.
At work.