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Caterpillar 315 Excavator

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85957
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2023

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 15
Quality   (max 25) 17
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 77%


Caterpillar 315 Excavator Video  
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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At work.
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Metal tracks.  Fit of the rear opening panel is not so good.
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Detailed hydraulics.
Opening panel door.
Opening hatch.
Metal handrails.
At work.

The New Generation Caterpillar 315 Excavator has an operating weight of around 15 tonnes.  It is used for earthmoving 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.

An information sheet describes how to install an operator and an old 2020 mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included.


The underside is fairly simple and the metal crawler tracks have decent detailing.  The track frames are simple also.

There is a dozing blade which has wear plate detailing on the bottom edge.  Plastic protection plates cover the hydraulic rams.

The cab has plastic mirrors and a roof aerial.  A wiper and grab rails are detailed within the casting.  Inside the usual operator figure can be installed. 

The body casting is good with separate highlighted panel handles.  The hinges for the opening panels are not too obtrusive, but one opening side panel was not fitted particularly well on the review model.  There are a number of very small graphics which add to the realism.  There is an exhaust pipe on top.

Soft hydraulic lines run to the stick.  Rivets on the boom, stick and tools are small and painted.

The bucket has defined teeth.


The tracks roll but were a little sticky.

The blade raises and lowers.  However, when fully lowered it does not have enough friction to hold the machine up.

It rotates well, but it appeared that the review model's turntable was not quite level with the crawler tracks giving it an apparent tilt.

The boom and stick have a very good range of movement.  There was some looseness in the rams and not all poses can be held.

The operator can be installed or left out.

The cab door opens to a decent angle.  Two side panels can also be opened, and a cover on top can also be opened.  Engine details are revealed.


The model is robust, but the quality is lower in some aspects than other recent Diecast Masters models.

The paint is very good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


This is a functional model with a high level of detail. The overall quality in terms of functionality and fit of parts was lower than recent other models from Diecast Masters, but this may be limited to the review model.


The model first appeared in January 2023.

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In the tin.
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Zero tail swing.
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Opening cab doors.
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Digging at depth is very good.
Profile view.  Slight lean on the turntable.
Opening panel door.
On a low loader.
Smaller sized machine.