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Caterpillar 395 ME Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85959
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2023

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Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 9
Overall   (max 100) 81%


Caterpillar 395 ME Hydraulic Excavator Video  
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Huge bucket.
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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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Detailed lights on the boom.
Nice tracks.
Very detailed inside.
Big counterweight.
Digging at depth.
Opening doors and panels
Engine cover open.

The Caterpillar 395 Hydraulic Excavator weighs around 94 tonnes.

This model is the ME (Mass Excavation) version.


The model comes in the usual 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 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.  A pointer is included to open doors, and spare screws to attach the bucket 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 very 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 large metal mass excavation bucket is a detailed casting with good wear plates and teeth.  It is fixed to the stick with black screws.


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.

The bucket is removable by undoing four screws.

There are two opening doorways, and three opening side panels to the engine.  The opening angles are somewhat restricted.  There are various engine details visible inside.  On top. an engine cover stays open.

The cab door opens to a restricted angle.


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.


This version of a large ME excavator by Diecast Masters has improvements and additional features compared to previous models.  The removable bucket allows different attachments to be added in future.


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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Operator in the cab.
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Grilles are formed of graphics.
Profile view.
Handrails are metal.
Wear plate detailing.
Removable bucket.