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Caterpillar 336D L Hydraulic Excavator + S365C Shear

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55283
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2012

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)21
Features   (max 20)16
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)9
Overall   (max 100)71%


Caterpillar Caterpillar 336D L Hydraulic Excavator + S365C Shear Video
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Caterpillar branded box.
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Decent grilles on the body.
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Handrail is metal but a bit thick.
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Shear is solid but the connection to the boom was a loose.
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Cab details are quite good.
Loading a dump truck.
It can fold up quite small.
Comment on this model.

The CAT 336D L is a mid-size excavator weighing 36 tonnes.  The S365C shear weighs 6.9 tonnes and has cycle times of 3 seconds to close and 5 seconds to open.


The model comes in a Caterpillar box style with windows on two sides and it is fixed to the plastic base with tightly wound ties.  The review model had no defects or missing parts, and there is no assembly to perform.

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


Underneath, the undercarriage is marked Norscot 55199 which was the casting used on a previous 330D hydraulic excavator model.  The track frames are simple with no moving rollers but they look good enough. The tracks themselves are metal and nicely made.

The body casting has some good detailing with grilles produced well and the lifting eyes for the counterweight are present but do not have holes on this casting.

The cab is fairly simply detailed with a plastic mirror and grab rail on the outside, and basic controls internally.  Opposite the cab there are some steps and a rather thick metal handrail.  On top of the body the engine cover is plastic and this allows some fine detailing.

The boom has some very nice hydraulic line detailing within the casting, and there are plenty of plastic lines running from the base of the boom into the body.  There are also authentic looking plastic hydraulic pipes on the main cylinders.

The shear is metal and a heavy part.  It has some nice detailing and graphics and there are detailed cutting edges.


The tracks roll smoothly, and are spring loaded to provide tension and easy removal.

The boom has a good range of movement and the cylinders are stiff enough to hold any pose desired which is good given the shear is weighty.

The shear rotates fully although the connection on the review model was quite loose.  The jaws can be opened and closed.


The model is solidly made with good casting, and the paintwork and graphics are crisp. 


It is pricey for the size of the model.


It is good to see a Caterpillar demolition model produced.  Norscot has implemented it reasonably well and it is recommended.


The model was shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2012.

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Heavy Caterpillar shear.
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Graphics are very sharp.
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Engine cover detailing is good, with hydraulics at the boom foot.
Profile view.
The shear can grip items.
Loaded on a Rogers trailer.