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Caterpillar CT660 Dump Truck

Maker:  Norscot
Model No:  55502
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2013

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Detail   (max 30)20
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)71%


Caterpillar CT660 Dump Truck Video
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Caterpillar branded box.
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Cat name on the radiator.  Steering at the maximum.
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Lift axle is slightly clear of the ground
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Opening hood.
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Maximum tipping angle.
Being loaded.
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The Caterpillar CT660 Vocational Truck line was introduced in 2011 and was Caterpillar's first entry into the commercial truck sector.

This model is the Dump Truck version.


As usual for a Norscot model the box is the standard style with the model tied very securely to the base.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The box mentions the engine and transmission of the truck and there are a few details about the model.


There is some detail under the CT660 although the transmission is incomplete and one of the plastic mouldings is hollow underneath.  The engine and gearbox look good, and the tyres have a good tread pattern which varies by axle.  The wheels have plastic brightly chromed hubs.

At the front the radiator looks realistic with all the shiny chrome work being plastic.  The air horns look too short but the plastic door mirrors are good as are the door handles.  Under the hood the engine is well detailed. 

Inside the cab the seat backs have Cat printed on the back.

Below the cab the chrome steps and tanks are plastic but they look fine and the solid chassis is simple.  At the rear there are some painted lights.

The body lift ram is a multi stage cylinder with two inner sections which are grey plastic.  The arrangement is very fat which coupled with the grey plastic does not look right.

The metal dump body is good with paint highlighting and a simple representation of ladders at the front.  It has nice flexible mud flaps and an easy-slide tarpaulin cover which looks good (but does not function).


The front axle steers a small amount before the tyres foul on the wheel arches, and the wheels are loosely mounted on their bearings.

The lift axle cannot be moved vertically but it does steer with significant movement.  The wheels are loosely mounted.

The hood of the tractor opens forward fully and can stay posed open.

The dump body tips although the mechanism is strange with the ram top running in a slot on the body so the body can tip a reasonable amount without the ram moving at all.  The tipping angle is about 45º.

The tailgate opens but is not free swinging.


This is a moderate quality model with significant plastic.  The paintwork and graphics are good.


It is reasonably priced.


This is a good looking version of the CT660 with some decent detailing.  The engineering of the features is a mixed bag but at least it can be posed in a variety of ways.


The model was produced in tandem with the introduction of the real machine and became available in mid 2011. 

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Chrome work is plastic.
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Mud flaps are rubber.
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Detail underneath, with one hollow plastic moulding.
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It looks good.
Profile view.
Could do with tipping at a steeper angle.