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Caterpillar 336 Hydraulic Excavator - Next Generation

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85586
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2019

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 22
Features   (max 20) 14
Quality   (max 25) 18
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 73%


Caterpillar 336 Hydraulic Excavator - Next Generation Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Smooth body shape.
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The metal tracks are good.
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Main engine cover is plastic.
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On the road.
Maximum depth of dig is disappointing.
Mounted on a Diecast masters hauler.
Some nice details.

The Caterpillar 336 Hydraulic Excavator - Next Generation weighs around 37 tonnes.

It is used for general earthmoving operations.


The model comes in the usual 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.

A mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included.  A simple instruction sheet describes how the operator can be inserted in the cab, and a tool is provided to help with the task.


The undercarriage has a plastic baseplate.   The tracks are metal with triple grouser shoes.  They are mounted on decent track frames without working rollers, and there are tiny graphics on each frame.

The cab has got plastic mirrors mounted on a metal grab rail and the wiper is integral with the cab structure and barely visible.  The plastic roof has a window.  Inside the detail is very good with Cat on the seat back and side.  An operator wearing bright high visibility clothing can be fixed in the cab. 

The body casting has a slight off colour part behind the cab, and the side grille is formed by feint graphics. The Cat graphics are very sharp and there are some tiny warning signs with the rear lights painted.    On top, the engine cover is plastic with a very good colour match to the metal parts. There are very nice perforated steps and the handrails are metal.  The slewing motor is modelled inside the well of the body and soft hydraulic hoses can be seen.

Soft thin hydraulic lines run to the boom and silvered connectors are modelled. More pipes and hoses run to the stick and again the connectors are modelled.  The ram on top of the boom curves under load and does not look good. 

Rivets on the boom, stick and tools are painted and there are small graphics on the stick. An unusual modelling decision is that the boom and stick is formed of two parts as expected, but rather than one part being the underside, it is one of the sides.  A visible joint is therefore visible on one side of the model.

The metal bucket is a nice casting with sharp teeth.


The tracks roll easily, and they are mounted on spring-loaded idlers to maintain tension.

Rotation was stiffer than usual on the review model.

The boom and stick have a good range of movement, except for digging at depth where the boom range is very restricted with lots of piston visible on the boom rams.  The bucket movement is reasonably good. 

The operator can be installed in the cab for when the model is posed digging, or the cab can be empty to represent the machine being parked up or transported.


It is a robust model with some plastic used.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


Once again for the Diecast Masters High Line Series, it is beautifully packaged.  But the model has a couple of issues of detail and functionality which are not up to the best standards.


The model became available in May 2019.

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Decent bucket.
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Plastic base plate.
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Operator in the cab.
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Joint line is visible between the castings and the top ram jacket bends.
Profile view.
Looks good.
Loading up.
Poses well with other models.