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Caterpillar D6R Track-Type Tractor

Maker:  Tonkin
Model No:  60001
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2014

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)8
Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)77%


Caterpillar D6R Track-Type Tractor Video  [Youku Video]
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Caterpillar branded box.
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Ripper down.
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Detail underneath.
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Blade is nicely detailed.
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Hydraulic hoses.
Good load for a truck.
It is not too wide so fits well.
Comment on this model.

The Caterpillar D6R is a medium-sized dozer in the product range. 

It has an operating weight of 18.3 tonnes.


The model comes in the Caterpillar-branded box style for a Tonkin model, and inside the model is enclosed within a one-piece plastic holder with the model secured to the base with twist ties. 

The review model had no missing parts or manufacturing defects.

The box includes a small collector card which has some information about the real machine and a nice photo of the open cab version.


The underside is fairly simple with the main structure modelled.  The metal crawler tracks are good quality with individually detailed pads.  The track frames have some good detail, but there are no working bottom rollers and the roller casting is not low enough to be tight on the tracks.  The high drive sprocket is detailed well and the intermediate roller actually rolls.

At the rear the ripper assembly is all metal and it looks good enough.  The teeth are reasonably sharp and there are hydraulic hoses running to the ripper cylinder.

The cab has metal grab rails and there are wipers on the windows.  There is some good detailing outside including a fuel filler cap, but in places the thickness of the paint renders the detailing less crisp.  Although it is hard to see the detail inside the cab there is a Cat logo on the seat back.

The engine housing has metal grab rails, and there is a plastic exhaust pipe.  A nice detail is the handles on the side panels.  The radiator grille at the front is also convincing.

There are hydraulic hoses running to the main dozer blade rams and also the tilt ram.  The blade looks good too because it has wear plates on the bottom edge and there are usable lifting eyes at each end.


The tracks are very free rolling, and will roll on a fairly smooth surface.  They hang a little loose but the profile is realistic.  Each track can turn independently but only because the links will jump off the teeth on the drive sprocket.

The ripper assembly moves up and down, but it is constrained at each end of the travel.

The blade raises and lowers and it will rest realistically on the ground.  The angle of tilt is reasonable.


This is a decent quality model with a relatively small amount of plastic used. 

The paint finish is generally very good and the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value overall.


This is a relatively heavy model for its size, and it feels well made.  The basic functionality is good enough with good detailing.


The model was available from September 2014.

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Parked up with the blade down.
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Tracks look good.
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Overall look is good.
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Grab rails are metal.
Profile view.  The track frame roller casting sits too high so it is see-through underneath.
On the road.