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Caterpillar 336E H Hybrid Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55279
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  March 2014

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Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)72%


Caterpillar 336E H Hybrid Hydraulic Excavator Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded box.
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Curved body.  Rear lights are painted.
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Decent metal tracks.
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Reasonable cab detail.
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Small rivets.
Detachable bucket.
Folds up tight.
Looks good at work.
Comment on this model.

The Caterpillar 336E H is one of the larger Caterpillar excavators and has an operating weight of around 37 tonnes.  A feature of the machine is that it recycles energy resulting in lower fuel consumption.


The model comes in a typical Caterpillar box style and is fixed to the plastic base with tightly wound ties. 

The review model had no missing parts although there was looseness between the body and the undercarriage.

The box has no information about the real machine, but some of the features of the model are described.  There is no assembly of the model required as it is complete out of the box.


There is some detailing underneath the body and the metal tracks are reasonably detailed.  The track frames have the rollers modelled but they are non-functioning.  

The cab structure is metal and the interior is quite good although as it is all black the finer detail is hard to see.  Outside there is a plastic grab rail and mirror and the windscreen wiper is part of the casting of one pillar. 

The body shape is captured and panel details are contained within the casting.  The rear lights are graphics and the standard of the Caterpillar logo is very good.  Walking surfaces are textured and plastic handrails rise to the top of the body.  Counterweight lifting eyes are not formed with holes.

The hydraulic lines from the body to the top of the boom are very good although no hoses run to the main boom rams.  Hoses are modelled on the stick and bucket rams.  Rivets on the boom, stick and bucket are painted so the look of the model is not impaired.  There is a useable lifting eye at the end of the stick.

The quick connector is plastic with a decent colour match, and the bucket looks unusual because of the large number of narrow teeth but in other respects it is a reasonable casting.


The tracks are relatively free-rolling and the sprockets are spring-loaded which allows easy removal of the tracks, and maintains tension.

Body rotation is fine although there was looseness between the body and undercarriage on the review model resulting in some rocking.

The boom, stick and bucket have a very good range of movement. 

The bucket is detachable. 


This model is up to Norscot's usual standards of robustness and the metal content is high.

The paint and graphics are very good.


The price is fair for a larger excavator.


Norscot has produced a competent model of the 336E which will be generally pleasing for collectors of Caterpillar models.


The model became available in the second half of 2013. 

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Hoses to the rams.
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Reaching up.
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Underside view.
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Hydraulic lines at the boom foot.
Profile view.
Reach is good.
Loading an East dump trailer.