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Caterpillar 555D Wheel Skidder

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85932
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2017


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 79%

Footnotes


Caterpillar 555D Wheel Skidder Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Big grapple.
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Sharp graphics at the pivot point.
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Mesh grille and driver inside the cab.
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Grapple and tongs are metal.
 
Doubling up the productivity.
Looks good in a mini diorama.



The Caterpillar 555D Wheel Skidder weighs around 22 tonnes.  It is used in forestry operations for dragging felled logs.

Packaging

The model comes in exemplary 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 mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included.

Detail

There is some simple detailing underneath and the drive axle is modelled.   The wheels are very good with large chunky tyres.

At the front there is a simple dozing blade and although the hydraulic ram jackets are plastic, the colour match is excellent.

The engine block has some very thin metal grab handles and the side grilles are formed of graphics.  The Cat graphics are very sharp.  Metal frames protect the engine block and they have fine grab handles.

The cab windows have got wipers and there is mesh protection on the side windows.  Inside there is a fixed-in-place operator wearing bright high visibility clothing. 

The pivot point does not have any hydraulics or drive shaft crossing, but there are some nice safety graphics.

At the rear there is a non-functional winch modelled, and it would have been nicer if it had some rope on, or at least be painted black.  There are heavy fenders protecting the rear wheels.

The arch and boom are metal, and are of suitably heavy construction.  The grapple is also metal and connection rivets are painted to maintain a realistic look.

Features

The model rolls very smoothly, and the front axle oscillates to facilitate running over rough terrain. 

Steering is effected across the pivot point and an approximate 35 angle can be achieved.

The front dozing blade can be raised high, or lowered almost to ground level.

The arch and boom is dual function,  although the forward lean is restricted, so the grapple cannot touch the ground.  It would have been nice if the grapple was removable for lifting duties.

The grapple rotates fully and the tongs open widely, and they have just enough grip to hold some logs, although it is a bit loose for dragging.  

Quality

This is a good quality robust model with a high metal content.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp.

Price

It is good value.

Overall

Forestry models provide something different and this one looks good when paired with some suitable logs.  Most of the functionality works well, although the arch and boom could certainly have a better range of movement.

Footnotes

The model first appeared in January 2017.

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Chunky tyres.
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Detailing underneath.
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Winch.
 
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Blade lowers to the ground.
Profile view.
Dragging logs.