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Caterpillar Diesel No 12 Motor Grader

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55173
Scale:  1:87
Review Date:  April 2011

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Detail   (max 30)19
Features   (max 20)10
Quality   (max 25)14
Price   (max 15)13
Overall   (max 100)65%


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The box style is 'historic'.
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Profile view.
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Tyres are nice.  Tiny graphics at the back.
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The circle rotates.
The Caterpillar Diesel No 12 Motor Grader is a piece of historic construction equipment.  It was introduced by Caterpillar in 1939.


As a historic model the packaging is different from the usual branded Caterpillar models.  The box sleeve includes a graphic of the real machine depicting some of its features, and there are a few details about the model too.

The model is contained within a Perspex display case which will keep it dust free.  There is a flaw in the design in that the model is secured to the base with Norscot's favourite ties and these need to be removed to display it properly.  However it is then somewhat loose in the case.


The underside has some basic detail and the rubber tyres are good.

The engine compartment is metal with the radiator block being plastic as is the engine itself.  There are some extremely small graphics at the rear.  The cab is unglazed and a steering wheel is present inside.

At the front most of the structure is metal and cast quite well, although the steering and circle linkages are plastic and the colour match is just very slightly off.


The model rolls well. 

The only feature that operates is the circle which allows the moldboard to rotate fully.


This is a reasonably well made model with some very good small graphics.


It is priced very competitively.


Norscot have produced a very affordable 1:87 scale model of this old-timer motor grader and the included display case makes it an ideal gift item.


The model first appeared in 2007.

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It comes with its own Perspex display case.
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Underside view.
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Complexity in a small scale.
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Engine has some detailing.
Overall look is good.