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Caterpillar 972M Wheel Loader

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85949
Scale:  1:87
Review Date:  April 2017

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 22
Features   (max 20) 13
Quality   (max 25) 19
Price   (max 15) 12
Overall   (max 100) 75%


Caterpillar 966M and 972M Wheel Loaders Video  [Youku video]
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High quality tin.
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Bucket lift height is restricted.
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Decent steering angle.
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Figure in the cab.
With a Caterpillar 966M (on the left).
Pivot point.
At work.

The Caterpillar 972M Wheel Loader has an operating  weight of 24.9 tonnes.  It is used for material handling and related quarry operations.


The model comes in 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.

The only thing missing is information for the model, but a mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included.


Underneath, the model is metal with some detail although the front driveshaft is missing and there are four black screw heads visible which would have been better painted.

The wheels are detailed with nice tyres with a matt finish.

At the rear the grille is good and the lights and side grilles are indicated by graphics.  There is a tiny Cat logo.  The counterweight is larger than the Caterpillar 966M.

The cab is plastic and is detailed, considering the scale, with wipers and silvered mirrors.  There is a plastic grab rail and inside there is an operator wearing bright high visibility clothing.  The handrails are plastic and look good, and the walking surfaces are textured.

Hydraulic ram pistons cross the pivot point.

The loader arm has the relatively large riveted connections painted.

The metal bucket is a nice casting with distinct teeth and wear plates on the lower edge.  It is larger than the bucket on the Cat 966M.


It rolls very easily. 

There is loose steering across the pivot point that achieves an angle of about 45.

The bucket achieves a good cut angle pose, and the carry angle is reasonably good.

The height of lift for the bucket is restricted compared to the real machine, and the tipping angle is restricted.


It is a strong small model with a high metal content.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


This is another nice 1:87 scale model from Diecast Masters.  It would look good on a low loader in the same scale, or on a HO model railway layout.


The model became available in January 2017.

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Detailed wheels and nice tyres.
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Hand rails are plastic and thin.
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It is simple underneath.
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Carrying rocks.
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