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Caterpillar D6 XE LGP Track-type Tractor (VPAT blade)

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85554
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2019

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Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 18
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 78%


Caterpillar D6 Track-type Tractor (SU + VPAT Blade) Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Angled VPAT blade.
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Fairly simple underneath. 
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Drive sprocket is slightly off colour.
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Angled blade.
Wide LGP tracks.

The Caterpillar D6 weighs 23.4 tonnes. 

This model of it is fitted with Low Ground Pressure (LGP) tracks and a VPAT blade.


The model comes in excellent 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.

An instruction sheet is included which describes how to install the operator, and there is also a mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range.


The underside has simple detailing within the casting.  The metal tracks are nicely detailed with bolt heads.  The track frames have the outline of the rollers formed within the casting and they are non-functional.  The high drive sprocket is plastic which is slightly off colour.

The cab structure is metal and the hand rails are soft plastic, and the roof is plastic also.   Inside the cab the seat back has the Cat logo and there is a detailed console. The operator is in the usual Diecast Masters style. 

Behind the cab there is a large Cat logo in the latest style, and to one side is a plastic access ladder.  There is a towing hitch assembly. 

At the front the engine cover has grille details formed by graphics and the exhaust and air intake are plastic.

The metal VPAT blade has wear plates detailed at the bottom.   There are hydraulic lines running to the rams.


The tracks roll easily in the hand and are spring-loaded.  They oscillate across the linking transverse bar.

The blade can be raised and lowered and the mechanism is reasonably stiff.  It can be angled to one side or the other.

The rear access ladder can be folded down.

The operator can be added or removed via the detachable roof.


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

The paint is very good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


This version of the D6 looks good with some nice detailing and wide tracks.  Some more use of metal would have given it a higher quality feel.


The model first appeared in April 2019.

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Parts from the tin.
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Towing hitch at the rear.
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Blade has wear plates at the bottom.
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New Cat logo on the back.
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At work.