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Caterpillar 320F Hydraulic Excavator - Weathered

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85701
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2021

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Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 15
Quality   (max 25) 19
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 79%


Caterpillar 320F Hydraulic Excavator - Weathered Video  [Youku video]
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Weathered Series sleeve.
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Mounted on the resin base.
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Detail under the body.
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Weathering on the panel.
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Depth of dig is very good.
Decent hydraulics.
Some wear on the bucket.
Panel weathering is subtle.
Looks good.
Poses well on  low loader.

The Caterpillar 320F L Hydraulic Excavator weighs around 20 tonnes.  It is used for earthmoving, roadwork, and material handling operations.

This version of the model is one of Diecast Masters weathered series.


The model comes in very good packaging.  There is an outer shipping sleeve which encloses a high quality box. 

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

A mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included.  There is no information about the real machine.


The model comes with a heavy resin baseplate to pose the model on.  It has a sandy / stony texture and colour and it is a nice display piece.

The undercarriage is mainly metal with a plastic baseplate.   The tracks are metal with triple grouser shoes.  They are mounted on decent track frames with static rollers.  The decoration is weathered and looks more worn than dirty.

The cab has got plastic mirrors mounted on  metal grab rail, and the wipers are formed within the cab structure.  There is a tinted top window.  Inside there is a fixed-in-place operator wearing bright high visibility clothing. 

The model is marked by graphics as a Caterpillar 320F L.  The body casting is shaped well and a highlight is the very small graphics which are very sharp.  The weathering is subtle on the panels. On top the engine cover is plastic and the hand rails are metal.  Lifting eyes on the counterweight are solid without holes.

Soft hydraulic lines run up the boom and stick and graphics and slight weathering add detail. Rivets on the boom, stick and tools are painted.

The metal bucket is a nice casting and the thumb matches it.  The weathering effect is good.


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

It rotates reasonably well, although with some stiffness on the review model.

The boom and stick have a very good range of movement and it folds up well for transport, and digs at depth well too.  The bucket movement is good.


It is a robust model with a high metal content.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp, with the weathering effect being subtle.


It is reasonable value.


The model is well presented and the resin base makes for a nice display addition.  The weathering effect is fairly light, and some may prefer a rather more dirty look.  It poses well with other models.


The model became available in February 2021.

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Box open.
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Nice display piece.
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Figure in the cab.
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Worn rather than dirty looking tracks and frames.
Profile view.
Metal handrails.
At work.
Poses well with other models.
On the road.