HomeWelcomeReviewsEditorials/PressReferenceShopping MallLinksPhoto ArchiveSearchContact
Caterpillar 950 GC Wheel Loader - Sogea Satom

Maker:  Tonkin
Model No:  10010/01
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2015


Tonkin Index
Earthworks Index


Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)22
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)76%

Footnotes


Caterpillar 950 GC Sogea Satom Wheel Loader Video  [YouKu Video]
Click to see large photo
VINCI branded box.
Click to see large photo
Metal rear grille.
Click to see large photo
Good tyres and front axle.
Click to see large photo
Rear grille is formed by graphics.
Click to see large photo
Rivets are large but painted.
Ready to roll.
Loading a Sogea Satom truck.
Comment on this model.

The Caterpillar 950 GC wheel loader has an operating weight of around 19 tonnes and bucket capacities of 2.9 - 3.6m.  It is aimed at emerging markets.

This model is in the colours of Sogea Satom.  It is part of the VINCI Group.

Packaging

The model comes in a VINCI-branded box style with windows.  It is enclosed within a one-piece plastic holder that pops open to release the model. 

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

Detail

The underside has the rear axle modelled and the transmission to the front axle runs into the front assembly.  Nice quality rubber tyres with a good tread pattern are mounted on wheels with detailed plastic exterior faces and simple inside faces. 

The engine cover has twin grab rails on one side, and the mesh side grilles of the original machine are formed by graphics, and the Sogea Satom branding is sharply rendered.  The rear grille counterweight has open ends at the front edges.  The rear lights are painted.

The walkways around the cab have a non-slip texture and the metal handrails are very good.   The cab is detailed with wipers front and back, and the mirrors are plastic.  The interior has controls but there is no CAT logo on the seat back.

At the pivot point but there are no hydraulic hoses and the front axle drive shaft is not modelled. 

The loader arm with the Z-bar linkages is modelled well with hoses running to the ram jacket, and decent detail in the metal parts.  The rivets in the loader arm are quite large and visible, but they are painted.

The rock bucket has good detailing on the outside.

Features

The wheels roll well with each pair of tyres fixed to a common axle.  The rear axle is able to oscillate significantly and the front axle is fixed.

The model steers across the pivot point and the overall steering angle is very good.

The loader arm lifts the bucket to a moderate height and can hold a pose.  Both the tipping angle and the carrying angle are slightly shallow.

Quality

This is a solid and generally well made model with a high metal content. 

The paint finish is good and the graphics are sharp.

Price

It is good value for a limited edition.

Overall

This is a good looking model of a VINCI Group machine, although all Caterpillar branding is removed presumably because of license requirements.

Footnotes

This version of the model became available in March 2015 and was an exclusive limited edition for the VINCI webshop in a run of 300 models.

 
Click to see large photo
Decent carry angle.
Click to see large photo
View underneath.
Click to see large photo
No Cat logo on the seat back.
Click to see large photo
No hoses at the pivot point.
 
Profile view.
Bucket height is just about enough to get over the high truck side.