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
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
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.
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 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
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.
We are excited to announce the most recent addition to our 1:48 scale Cat diecast model line: the Cat 349E L Excavator.
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.
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
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.
It's here once again. The annual event where DHS Diecast opens their 12,000 square foot facility to the public for an amazing weekend of model madness that has to be seen to be believed. Get up close to all kinds of real equipment, experience a fantastic
model and diorama show, view over 3000 models out of their boxes and
available to purchase, participate in fantastic sales and giveaways, get
a chance to meet the DHS staff, and take the opportunity to talk about
the hobby with fellow collectors and enthusiasts.
Gary Peterson, will be on hand representing CCM and showing some prototype samples of our upcoming models. He's already getting excited for the free gourmet hotdogs!
DHS Annual Open House is scheduled for July 27th, at the world headquarters of DHS Diecast in Berea, Ohio USA. The Auction is on July 26th, the day before.