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Caterpillar 587T Pipelayer

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55272
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2011

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)16
Price   (max 15)13
Overall   (max 100)73%


Caterpillar 587T Pipelayer Video
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Usual Caterpillar branded box.
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Access ladder is plastic.
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Rear view.
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Drive sprocket detail is good, but the track frames are slightly less crisp.
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Window in the cab roof improves visibility.
Counterweight folded up.
The Caterpillar 587T pipelayer is the largest machine of this type in the Caterpillar range, with an operating weight of 53 tonnes and a lifting capacity of 92 tonnes.

This model version has the optional enclosed cab of the real machine.


The packaging is in Norscot's typical style, with the usual tightly wound ties securely holding the model to the base.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The box has no information about the real machine, but the features of the model are described.


The metal tracks are good although the detailing on the track frames is less good with the lower rollers represented within the casting but perhaps not in the best way.

Detail around the body and cab is better with plenty of plastic handrails, and lights and wipers.  There are some good small details including tiny graphics, and a tow bar pin at the front.

The counterweight is modelled well with the separate counterweight slabs represented within the casting.  The rivets used are discrete and painted so the model looks good.  Detail in the winch area is fine although brass pulleys are used throughout which give the impression of quality but never really look authentic.

The boom is modelled simply and reflects the real machine.  The winch and hook are good although a larger hook would have been more realistic and may have added some useful weight to keep the thread taut.


The tracks roll well although the drive sprockets share a common axle so both tracks roll together.

The counterweight pivoting mechanism works well.

Both winches are functional.  The boom can be raised and lowered but there is not enough thread to fully lower the boom.  The hook can also be adjusted although again there is only enough thread on the drum to lower the hook half way.


This is a nice quality model with good paintwork and graphics.  Plastic has generally been used thoughtfully with a very good colour match.


It is good value for money.


Norscot have produced a nicely detailed model at a reasonable price and it has good functionality.  It looks good and is easy to recommend.


The model first appeared at the end of 2010.

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Metal tracks are nice.
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Underside view.
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Counterweight moves out.
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Hook on the winch is metal but too light to provide much tension on the rope.
Reaching for a lift.
Parked up for a rest.