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Translation of pages 16 – 19

Caterpillar D10 from CCM in 1:48 scale

Heavyweight and heavy metal

CCM fulfilled the wishes of many collectors by releasing a series of historic caterpillar ma- chine models. The third member of this family has now arrived. It is the D10 and has been issued in two variations.

by Daniel Wietlisbach

wo years ago marked the be- ginning with the release of the legendary 988, part of a series of die cast models by CCM. This set quite a few hearts fluttering among collectors, not only due to the type of models announced, but more so due to the time it took un- til the models actually appeared in stores. D10 is an exception to the rule. It took only half a year from announcement to delivery and the results are favourable. All measu- rements on the models concur with the real thing. Even purists apply- ing their measuring sticks can find no fault. T

Delta suspension

Although the concept of an up- per driving wheel dates back to before World War I (in the Holt-

Ditcher around 1912) the Delta suspension was a little revoluti- onary in the construction of bull- dozers. Therefore a closer look on the model is deserved. The metal tracks are made up of the correct number of links. Naturally, the two track carrying wheel axles oscilla- te in the prototype so that they can follow the contours of the terrain. The track adjusters are pushing the front part of the running gear gently forwards by putting pressure on the lead wheel and the first set of track rollers. It is great to observe this when the model is pushed by hand and the play of the tracks in the mo- del can be appreciated to its fullest. The track rollers are all modeled correctly but do not oscillate.

Power plant and cab

The upper part of the model invi- tes the eye to pause and take in the

many details present. In the front, the radiator grill is made from an etched part which is a nice touch. Finely etched parts are also used to detail the side cover grills. A visual identifier for the first D10, besides the single big exhaust stack, was the open engine compartment. The depiction of the V12 engine block is very convincing as well as the gigantic looking exhaust assem- bly ending in the afore mentioned stack. All grips and rails are of scale thickness and freestanding. The four headlight assemblies with clear lenses below the hood leave a good impression. Not so much the lights above the radiator on the hood; they appear to be painted only in a silver color. This is de- finitely not up to date with today’s production technology. The hyd- raulic cylinders are well executed in form and function and show off the chromed piston rods. The two



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