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Caterpillar 745 Articulated Truck

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85528
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2017

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 21
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 83%


Caterpillar 745 Articulated Truck Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Very nice wheels and tyres.
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Dummy load is included.
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Opening engine cover, but angle is restricted.
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Very good tilt angle.
It makes an excellent load, and an operator does not have to sit in the cab.
Getting on board.
Goes very well with other models.

The Caterpillar 745 weighs around 33 tonnes and can carry a payload of around 45 US Tons. 


The model comes in the usual 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.

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

A mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included, and a single sheet describes how to place the separately provided operator inside the cab.


The chassis is modelled well with the drive shafts and suspension linkages present.  The big tyres have a very good tread pattern and they are mounted on detailed plastic wheels.

At the front there are various details within the casting and there are grilles formed by graphics.  The lights look good, and there is a nice Cat logo.  Access around the cab is textured and the metal handrails are nice and thin.

The cab is plastic with a plastic roof and there are wipers on the windows.  The mirrors are mounted on flexible plastic stalks.  The cab is detailed with the Cat logo on the seat back, and the operator can be placed in the seat.  

The pivot point has got a convincing pair of armoured hydraulic connections.

At the rear the lights are detailed nicely and the axle and suspension bars look good too.

An optional plastic dummy load is provided, and it adds an interesting display option.


It rolls very smoothly with each wheel rotating independently.  The steering has a nice stiffness and can reach a good angle.  The suspension on the rear axles is excellent with the complex linkages engineered very well. 

The dump bed raises smoothly and reaches a very good angle. It will hold any intermediate pose.

The engine hood tilts forward and can pose tilted although the angle is somewhat restricted.  There is a detailed engine underneath.

The cab can be tilted sideways to provide access to equipment underneath.  The movement is restricted by the metal handrails, but some detailing can be seen.

The cab roof is removable allowing the operator to be placed in, or removed from, the cab.  This is flexible arrangement allowing the model to be posed working, or parked or carried on transport, with the operator in the cab or out as appropriate.


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

The paint is very good and the graphics are sharp.


It is good value as an overall package.


Diecast Masters have set a high standard for packaging, and their models are reaching a similar standard.  The 745 is particularly good for its functionality, and the ability to pose it with or without the operator is a big plus point.


The model was released in November 2017.

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Small grilles at the front are graphics.
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Complex real axle arrangement.
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Nice armoured hydraulic hoses.
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Under the tilting cab.
Profile view.
On the road.
Unloading rocks.