Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Caterpillar 983B Model Makes Cover of Construction Modeller

If you weren’t aware of it, Baggermodelle is a magazine dedicated solely to scale models of construction equipment that is published in Switzerland by Daniel Wietlisbach. The first Baggermodelle Magazine premiered in the Fall of 2009 and as of January, 2015 Daniel has successfully brought 32 editions to the market.

Construction Modeller is the English translated version of the magazine and recently announced some exciting news. They are now available in a digital format!

Combined with the good news is the fact that Construction Modeller chose our Caterpillar 983B model to showcase on their first digital edition cover.

The CCM die-cast model of the 983B features a fully articulated bucket, lift arms, and hydraulics. The track assemblies are completely functional with free-rolling sprockets, rollers, and metal track links. Don’t miss out on this opportunity if you were planning on adding this model to your collection. As of right now all of the 983B ripper models have been spoken for and there are only a few 983B standard versions remaining.

We here at Classic Construction Models are looking froward to seeing more translated digital issues in the future and are excited for Baggermodelle to reach a new English audience.

A special thanks to Daniel and our friends at Baggermodelle for their continued write-ups and superb coverage of scale construction models.

If you haven’t had a chance to check them out see their website or on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cat® 983B Track-Type Loader Models Have Arrived at CCM

Our 1:48 983B Track-Type Loader in the ripper and standard configurations have arrived at our shop. We're working diligently to get them ready to ship as soon as possible, with shipments planned to begin tomorrow, Wednesday the 26th.

Models will be shipped in order of receipt of payment, so, if you haven't already, make sure to call in and take care of payment at your earliest convenience. 

(503) 626-6395

Friday, September 19, 2014

Iron Profile: Cat 983B Track-Type Loader

In 1978 the largest track loader that had yet been made by the Caterpillar company was introduced: the Cat 983B Track-Type Loader.

The lineage from which 983B loader came is an interesting one. The Trackson Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin had produced an inovative cable-driven shovel lifting system for digging or excavating, and sold them for mounting to Caterpillar tractors beginning in 1936. Caterpillar quickly recognized the value these devices added and began offering the "Trackson Shovel option" in 1937 with thier Caterpillar Thirty.

Over the years, Trackson continued its relationship with Caterpillar, developing cable shovels to be fitted on specially modified tractors with longer trackframes. During the 1940s these machines started to become known as "Traxcavators". In 1951 Caterpillar Company purchased Trackson and continued the production of the Traxcavator line under its own roof, creating many variations of this powerful and versatile style of loader in later years.

The 983B Track-Type Loader followed and improved upon the already impressive 983 loader, as well as abandoning the well-respected Traxcavator name. Producing 275 flywheel horsepower from its six-cylinder, 893 cubic-inch, 3406 diesel engine, the 983B featured pedal steering, freeing the operator's hands for the transmission and loader controls. An automatic bucket control system allowed the 4-1/2 cubic-yard bucket to rise to a pre-set dumping height and return to a pre-set digging angle for fast cycle times.

Equipment operators who had the opportunity to run it, still recall the 983B's power with awe. One such gentleman recounted to us how he was able to put the bucket teeth down and peel back a roadway, the asphalt pushing into a huge roll in the bucket like a layer of sod, and then lifting the whole of it to dump over the side of a haul truck. Now that's powerful loader.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Model Announcement - Holt 75 Tractor & 8-Inch Howitzer

Classic Construction Models is pleased to announce our latest 1:24 precision scale brass model, the Holt 75 Tractor & 8-Inch Howitzer. This set represents an incredible historic machine crafted in the highest possible quality and detail, rare in both subject and execution.

The Machine:
The use of track-type tractors such as the Holt 75 during World War I provided the Allies with a dependable and powerful way to move munitions and provisions across the difficult and sometimes near impossible battlefields of Europe. With its 75 hp gas engine and endless-track propulsion it was able to move large field pieces such as the Vickers Mark VI howitzer faster and further than a team of horses or mules. Firing an 8-inch round this artillery piece’s effectiveness was greatly enhanced by the mobility provided by the tractor. By war’s end, thousands of these units were being used by the Allied forces. In concert, these machines were instrumental in bringing an end to the conflict.

The Model:
Honoring the original machine and howitzer combination, each of these model sets is hand-assembled from hundreds of pieces and hand painted in period military colors. All the features of the real Holt 75 tractor have been replicated in exquisite detail, from control levers to engine bolts. The Vickers Mark VI howitzer, created from drawings drafted by CCM from historical records, has the same attention to detail as the tractor, with its bolt-studded carriage, brake gear, adjustment wheels – including rifling of the barrel. Almost everything is articulated from the traverse and elevation, rolling wheels, recoiling barrel to the working breech. All models are individually serial numbered.Approx. 25" L, 5" W, 6" H

Overall approximate dimensions are 25" long, 5" wide, 6" tall. This extremely limited edition model will be created in the number of 33 pieces, at a price of $5995.00 each. More details can be seen here:

You must contact us immediately if you wish to purchase, as these are limited to a precious few. When they are sold out we will never make the same model again, and it will become history itself.


Phone: 503-626-6395, Monday - Friday | 8am - 5pm Pacific Standard Time

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Behind the Scenes - Cat 349E L first shot parts

We are so excited about our 1:48 scale Cat 349E L model that we couldn't help but share some images of the project's progress. Here is a rare look at the first test castings out of the tooling, commonly known as the first shot.

Important to keep in mind is that these pieces have not yet been cleaned and polished for painting or had any prep for assembly. Most are still on the mold trees, which are the channels through which the molten metal or plastic runs when the parts are cast. These parts will be assembled into the test shot models that will allow us to see how the finished product will look and move. It's never perfect on the first go, and changes and adjustments will usually be made.

We know you wait patiently for our models to come to completion, but we feel sharing some of the process will make the wait worth all the more.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Model Announcement - Cat 349E L Excavator in two versions

We are excited to announce the most recent addition to our 1:48 scale Cat diecast model line: the Cat 349E L Excavator.

The Machine:
The 349E continues the industry standards for general, quarry, and heavy construction applications set by the 300 Series family of excavators. The operator's station has everything needed to meet the needs for comfort and productivity. All systems can be monitored easily on the large LCD display. The Cat C13 ACERT diesel engine delivers up to 425 horsepower, powering an extensive range of Cat Work Tools for the 349E including buckets, compactors, grapples, thumbs, rakes, rippers, and shears. Quick couplers allow one person to change work tools in seconds for maximum performance and flexibility on a job site.

The Models:
CCM is producing the 1:48 scale die-cast model of the 349E L Excavator in two versions: the 349E L quick coupler with HD (Heavy Duty) boom and stick which includes two different sized detachable work buckets, and the 349E LME with mass excavator boom, stick and bucket. Each version also features functioning variable gauge long undercarriage systems, allowing the track assemblies to be posed at full width or narrowed for transport. All aspects of the 349E L are modeled to the usual level of CCM's exacting detail, including hydraulic lines, opening cab, and access to full engine compartment.

Approximate dimensions are 9.5" long, 3.25" wide, 5" tall. Price and production quantities are yet to be determined for these pieces, but each will be produced in a limited edition.

As always, you must remember to call us so you can be placed on the request list for this limited edition model by contacting us today. Those on the request list will be given priority over others when the model is delivered. We expect demand for these models to be high, so do not wait to get on the list.


Phone: 503-626-6395, Monday - Friday | 8am - 5pm Pacific Standard Time, USA

We do not have any images of the production models yet, but look for updates on our Facebook page, blog, and and here on our website:

Friday, July 25, 2014

We are in Ohio this weekend with surprises

Well, Gary is in Ohio at least. He will be representing Classic Construction Models at the 13th annual DHS Diecast Open House & Auction Weekend in sunny Berea, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. Legions of construction model collectors will descend upon this quaint city to scoop up deals on diecast, rub elbows with other collectors, and enjoy the gourmet hotdogs!

When you go, don't forget to ask Gary about the new and upcoming projects we will have on display. The Open House will also be the place where we officially announce two new models. One is an upcoming 1:48 scale diecast, and the other is an extremely limited production brass piece in 1:24 scale of something never before modeled by any manufacturer at this scale. Very exciting stuff.

Don't worry. For those who can't get out to this event, we will reveal our surprises next week.

Click here for more information about the Open House. See you in Ohio!