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Caterpillar 395 GP Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85709
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2023

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Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 9
Overall   (max 100) 82%


Caterpillar 395 GP Hydraulic Excavator Video  
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Parked up.
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Additional detailing under the body.
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Door hinges and opening panels fit reasonably well..
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Opening hatch.
Decent hydraulics details.
Opening panels.
Big counterweight.
Posed hammering..

The Caterpillar 395 Hydraulic Excavator weighs around 94 tonnes.

This model is the GP (General Purpose) version.


The model comes in the usual excellent Diecast Masters 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 defects or missing parts. 

A simple instruction sheet describes how the operator can be inserted in the cab, and a tool is provided to help with the task.  It also explains how to fit the included work tools.  A pointer is included to open doors and spare screws to attach the tools are provided.


The undercarriage has a plastic base plate, and the underside of the body is unusually detailed, with bolt head highlighting and small graphics.  The track frames are reasonably detailed, but without working rollers.  The metal crawler tracks have decent track pads with bolt head detailing.  

The cab has got mirrors and lights, and a plastic roof and windscreen guard.  Inside,  the seat has a logo on it. The optionally fitted operator wears bright high visibility clothing. 

There are metal textured walkways on the sides and the body details include highlighted panel handles and grilles indicated by graphics .  The  grab rails and ladders are metal.  There are some small warning sign graphics. Hinges on the panel doors are reasonably discrete and the fit of opening doors was good on the review model.

The counterweight has solid lifting eyes.

On top there is black highlighting of rivet head locations.  Soft hydraulic lines run to the boom foot, and silver connectors are modelled. Cast-in pipes run to the cylinders on the boom and stick.  Connection pins on the boom and stick are painted.  The boom has lights with black highlighted cables running to them.

The bucket is a detailed casting with good wear plates and teeth.  It is fixed to the stick with black screws. 

Two other tools are included.  The Cat H215 Hammer is a metal part with graphics to add detail.  The hammer point is somewhat blunt.  The S30370 Shears are metal with a plastic quick coupler.  It also has small graphics which add detail.  Both tools do not have hydraulic hoses to connect to the stick.


The tracks are spring loaded for tension, and they roll very easily.

It rotates well very smoothly.

The boom can be fully lowered for digging at depth, but the boom is restricted in upward movement compared to the real machine.  The stick and bucket have a good range of movement.

There are two opening doorways, and three opening side panels to the engine.  The opening angles were good on the review model.  There are various engine details visible inside.  On top. an engine cover stays open.

The cab door opens to a restricted angle.

The bucket is removable by undoing four screws.

The hammer has a spring loaded point.

The shears rotate, and the jaws open and close.  The main tool also detaches from the quick coupler.


It is a robust model with relatively little plastic used.

The paint is very good and the graphics are sharp. 


It is fully priced for a large excavator with tools.


This version of a large GP excavator by Diecast Masters has improvements and additional features compared to previous models.  The removable tools provides a range of display options.


The model became available in June 2023.

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Parts out of the tin.
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Detailed body.
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Opening cab door.
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Nice track frames.
Profile view.
Side edetails.
Radiators inside.
Hammer fitted.
Big shears.
Digging at depth is very good.