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Caterpillar CP56 Padfoot Drum Vibratory Soil Compactor

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55247
Scale:  1:87
Review Date:  October 2010

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Overall   (max 100)71%


The Caterpillar CP56 Padfoot.
Caterpillar style box.
Lights on the rear of the cab.
The levelling blade shown raised.
The Caterpillar CP56 Padfoot is one of the smaller vibratory rollers in the Caterpillar range and it has an operating weight of around 12 tonnes.  It works by having eccentric weights in the drum which rotate and provide the vibratory force.  A padfoot roller is usually used to compact clay soils.


It comes in a small windowed Caterpillar branded box, and is held between clear plastic formers and tied to the base.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The box has some details about the model printed on it, but nothing about the real machine.


As a 1:87 scale model it is very small but it is well detailed for its size.  The rubber tyres are nice and have a tread pattern but it would have been better if it had high traction tyres to match the padfoot drum.  Cab detailing is good with the steering wheel and seat formed well, and it has a windscreen wiper and unsilvered mirrors.

The engine cover is cast well with an integral grille pattern and a very small Caterpillar label at the rear.  At the front the metal padfoot roller is good with an authentic looking pad pattern, and a levelling blade.


The model rolls along nicely with the roller turning particularly smoothly.  The steering pivot works so the CP56 can be posed turning.

The levelling blade can be raised or lowered.


There is perhaps a surprisingly high metal content and the casting in this scale is pretty good too.  The paintwork and graphics are also fine.


It is a small model and has a relatively low price which represents good value.


Norscot have produced a good looking model in 1:87 which would suit collectors with a small display space or as part of a model railway layout.  It is recommended.


The model appeared at dealers from September 2010 onwards.

Authentic looking roller.
Moderate detail underneath.
Next to its brother, the CS56.