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Caterpillar D10 Dozer

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85711
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2024

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 9
Overall   (max 100) 82%


Caterpillar D10 Dozer Video
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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See-through grille on top of the blade.
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Wear plates at the bottom.
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Decent blade lift..
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Sharp tooth.
With the cab roof off.
Lowered stair.
Open panel.

The Caterpillar D10 has an operational weight of around 70 tonnes.  It is used for large earthmoving operations.


The model comes in high quality 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.

There is no information for the model, but a leaflet of coming soon models in the Diecast Masters range is included.


The underside is derived from the earlier model 85532. It has some good detailing within the casting including a non-functional transverse beam connecting the track frames.  The metal tracks are nicely detailed with bolt heads.  The track frames have the rollers modelled within the casting and they are non-functional.  The high drive sprocket is plastic with a reasonable colour match.

The cab structure is metal and there are wipers on the windows.  The hand rails around the cab are metal and thin.  Grab rails and platforms at the front are plastic.  Inside the cab there is the usual operator for Diecast Masters and the detail includes Cat on the seat back, and graphics on the computer console. The roll over protection structure has lights and the cables running to them are highlighted in black.  The cab roof is a plastic part.

Behind the cab the single-shank ripper assembly is metal and the tooth is sharp.  The rams are plastic but they are detailed and have a good colour match. There are plenty of hydraulic lines although the connection points are a little crude.  Fire suppression equipment is coloured including the pipework.

The access stair is a plastic part.

At the front the engine cover has grille details on the panel doors formed by graphics and the exhaust and air intake are plastic.  The front radiator is plastic and it looks good.

The metal dozing blade has wear plates detailed at the bottom and there are perforations in the grille on the top edge.  The grille is a plastic part.  There are hydraulic line running to all cylinders.


The tracks roll very easily in the hand and are spring-loaded. 

The ripper assembly has a moderate amount of movement and the hydraulics are stiff to use.  It can be parked up or positioned with the ripper down, although the depth of penetration is shallow.  The tooth length is not adjustable.

The blade can be raised and lowered and the mechanism is also stiff.  The tilting function is modelled well.

The access stair can be rotated into position and works well.

There are opening panels on each side of the engine bay which reveal component details inside.  The look and fit of the opening panels is reasonable.

The ROPS and 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 good quality model with a fairly high metal content.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


The packaging is top quality and presents the model well.  The model itself is nicely detailed with a number of plastic parts.  Most of the functionality is very good.


The model first appeared in  early 2024.

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Blade up.
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Decent detail underneath.
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Very good tilt angle.
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Plastic drive sprocket is detailed.
Profile view.
Side mounted ladder.
Open panel.