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Caterpillar D5K2 LGP Track-Type Tractor

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55281
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2013

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)74%


Caterpillar D5K2 LGP Track-Type Tractor Video
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Caterpillar branded box.
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Blade up as far as it will go.
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Simple underneath.
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Wear plates on the bottom edge.
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Blade slightly angled.
Loading for transport.
Comment on this model.

The Caterpillar D5K2 is a machine in the 10 tonne weight class and this LGP (Low Ground Pressure) configuration is for soft ground conditions.  Its typical application is to carry out final grading / finishing of earthworks for roads or similar.


The box is in the standard Caterpillar style with the model tied securely to the base. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The box mentions some features of the model. 


There is little detailing underneath other than the maker and model number.  The metal tracks are good and have fixing bolts detailed within the pads.  They are mounted on track frames which have the rollers within the casting and hence non-functioning.

Detail around the cab is of a good standard with wipers, aerial and painted lights.  Interior detailing is good too with the controls and pedal visible.  The Cat graphics are sharp and applied well.

At the rear the triple-shank ripper is modelled in metal and the rivets are painted so the look is not impaired by the connections.

The engine cover has a plastic exhaust and grab rails, and the detailing within the casting picks out the various panels.  Although the radiator panel at the front is plastic it looks good.

The blade has wear plates along the bottom edge and a nice touch is that the lifting eyes at the top corners are properly formed with holes.


The tracks share a common rear axle so they roll together with a reasonably smooth action.  The drive sprocket is spring-loaded to maintain tension.

The ripper assembly raises and lowers and it can reach a good depth.

The blade raises and lowers but with limited upward travel and it is a little reluctant to sit down also because the blade sideways angle cylinders are connected to the engine block rather than the blade frame.  The blade angles from side to side although the range of movement diminishes as the blade is raised because of how the model engineering has been implemented.


This is a robust model with a high metal content.

The paint and graphics are of a good standard.


It is a smaller dozer and is reasonably priced.


Norscot has produced a good looking model of the D5K2 which is reasonably functional and is easy to recommend.


The model first appeared in early 2013. 

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Not a big dozer.
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Track detailing is good.
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Rippers up.
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It looks good.
Profile view.
Only a 10 tonne load so a smaller low loader would have been fine.