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Caterpillar AP655D Asphalt Paver with Canopy

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55258
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2010


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)15
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)70%

Footnotes


The Caterpillar AP655D Tracked Paver with canopy.
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Caterpillar style box.
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View underneath.
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Detailed operator's station and controls.
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The screed can be raised using the cylinder.  A metal auger is visible below.
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Loading the AP655D onto a low loader.  The hopper sides and screed are closed up.
The Caterpillar AP655D Asphalt Paver has a paving width of 8m and weighs around 19 tonnes with the screed.

Packaging

The model comes in a Caterpillar branded box with a window, and is held between clear plastic formers and tied very securely to the cardboard base.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The box has a little information about the real machine, and minor details about the model.

Detail

The underside of the model shows some simple structural detail.  The tracks are rubber and are mounted on good looking sprockets and the track rollers are nicely spoked although they do not turn.

The hopper sides are in metal and this includes the flaps which are painted black to resemble rubber, and the feed belts are a metal casting with no moving parts.  The rollers at the rear are also a solid casting.  The rest of the body is fairly simple with a pair of lights facing the hopper.  The operatorís area has a couple of seats and a control console which are fixed in position.  The canopy and handrails are plastic elements and the quality in this area is not the highest as the beacon lights are also just painted rather than being realistic looking lights.

The screed detailing is reasonable, with again a fair amount of plastic used.  A couple of short augers are modelled in front of the screed.

Features

The tracks roll well and the paver can be pushed along in a satisfying way.

The hopper sides can be folded in to force material onto the belt.

The screed can be raised and lowered and there is enough flexibility in the mechanism to display the screed at a slight tilt.  Each end is also extendible to achieve the maximum paving width although the mechanism is a little stiff

Quality

There is a fair amount of plastic used on the model, and the canopy in particular does not feel robust as a result.  However the colour match of the plastic parts is very good and the paintwork is reasonable.

Price

It is reasonably priced.

Overall

This tracked version of a paver looks good and would pose well in a roadworks diorama with other machines.  Although it is not as detailed and functional as some models it is recommended to collectors.

Footnotes

The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2010.

 
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The track details look authentic.
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The screed is extended.
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The hopper sides shown open.  The material belt is metal.
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The beacon light is painted.
It is a good load on a Rogers Lowboy.