Contractor’s Collection Update – New Model Announcement: Cat® 308E2 CR SB Mini Hydraulic Excavator

Introducing the latest model addition to our Contractor’s Collection series in highly-detailed 1:24 scale die-cast, the Cat® 308E2 CR SB Mini Hydraulic Excavator.  Measuring approximately 4.2″ to the top of the cab, 3.8″ wide and 10.4″ …

Cat® 6015B Hydraulic Excavators Update

Still no Cat® 6015B Hydraulic Excavators at the warehouse… Oh, wait, here they are! Making it across the water and through customs with no complications, the Cat 6015B models have arrived.  We are currently getting everything …

Cat® 6090FS Hydraulic Shovel Pricing Announced

The Cat® 6090FS Hydraulic Shovel in 1:48 scale die-cast, announced last Friday, was met with one of the biggest responses we have seen to date here at Classic Construction Models, and the first question we …

New Model Announcement: Cat® 6090FS Hydraulic Front Shovel

New from Classic Construction Models is a hydraulic mining shovel of enormous proportions, the Cat® 6090FS Hydraulic Shovel is substantially larger than any other available hydraulic shovel from Caterpillar and offers a versatile alternative to electric …

Cat® Machines in Motion: Cape Sandy Move

It’s no secret that we have bled a drop or two of yellow here at Classic Construction Models, so when Bret Lutgring of Lutgring Brothers Inc. in Tell City, IN sent in some pictures and videos …

Cat 6015B
On The Water: Cat® 6015B Hydraulic Shovel’s Have Shipped!

We are pleased to announce the production of our 1:48 scale die-cast Cat 6015B Hydraulic Shovel models has been completed, and they are on the water!  Barring any complications in shipping or customs they should be …

Unsealed: Cat® 630K Series Scrapers Have Arrived!

A nice little surprise showed up at our warehouse shortly after our arrival.  Actually not too little, a 40′ container full of the 630K Series Wheel-Tractor Scrapers!  After unloading them into the warehouse, we are busy …

Contractor’s Collection Update – New Model Announcement: Cat® D5K2 LGP Dozer

Announcing the newest upcoming model addition in the highly-detailed, limited edition 1:24 scale die-cast Contractor’s Collection Series, the Cat® D5K2 LGP. Measuring approximately 7″ long, 4.5″ wide, and just over 4.5″ to the top of the …

Under Review: CCM Receives High Praise in PMMW

Be sure to pick up the March/April 2017 issue of Plant & Machinery Model World, the UK-based publication focusing specifically on construction, plant, and machinery models .  With reviews of our 1:48 scale die-cast 650B Series …

New Model Announcement: Cat® 735B Articulated Dump Truck

We are excited to announce the latest addition to our growing family of 1:48 scale die-cast construction equipment, and the first ever 1:48 scale Articulated Dump Truck from CCM, the Cat® 735B. Measuring approximately 9″ …

On the Water: 630K Series Wheel-Tractor Scrapers Have Shipped!

The highly anticipated 1:48 scale die-cast Cat® 630K Series Wheel-Tractor Scrapers have shipped!  Barring any complications in shipping or customs, we should have the models at our warehouse in about 6 weeks. You can see …

Cat 416F2
Just In: First Samples of the Cat® 416F2

Recently, the first sample of our Cat® 416F2 Backhoe Loader was delivered to our warehouse, and we could not be more thrilled with the result.  After an extensive review by both CCM and Caterpillar, the …

Bucyrus-Erie 1850-B "Brutus"
New Model Announcement: Bucyrus-Erie 1850-B “Brutus”

When the power to Brutus, the only Bucyrus-Erie 1850-B ever built, was shut off in 1974, no one was thinking in terms of trying to preserve its legacy.  However, thanks to machinery enthusiasts of every …

Collector Showcase: Felipe de Moraes Russo

Our Collector Showcase series is back to introduce some of our most active customers to the rest of our collector community!  This month we had the opportunity to speak with Felipe de Moraes Russo from …

Memorable Model: Lampson 4600 Ringer Crane

In 2011, Classic Construction Models released the precision 1:87 scale, all brass Lampson 4600 Ringer Crane in a limited production run of 150 pieces.  We recognized the impact that the Lampson crawler transporter has had …

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Models & Mods: Jason Nikl

Our newest blog series, “Models & Mods” is back to spotlight the modifications done to our models at home by collectors.  This month we had the opportunity to speak with Jason Nikl about a project that is …

Under Review: CCM’s 777G Featured in Laster & Bagger

Our friends at Laster & Bagger (previously BaggerModelle) recently sent us a copy of their January 2017 issue, which contains a detailed, two-page review of our 1:48 scale die-cast Cat® 777G on pages 24-25.  A big thanks to them for continuing …

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Unsealed: CCM’s 349F L Hydraulic Excavators Have Arrived!

A shipment recently arrived at our warehouse filled with 1:87 scale brass Cat® 349F L Hydraulic Excavators!  After quickly unsealing and unloading the shipment, we set to work sorting these incredible models and they are …

Collector Showcase: Steven Huang

Our Collector Showcase series is back to introduce some of our most active customers to the rest of our collector community!  This month we had the opportunity to speak with Steven Huang from Taiwan about his …

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Memorable Model: Cat® 914G Wheel Loader

20 years ago we introduced the 914G, our first of what was to become many Cat® 1:48 scale models.  This size is nice for our collectors because it allows plenty of detail to remain while …

New Model Announcement: Caterpillar® 776 RD160

It is with great excitement that we announce the newest model to our growing collection of die-cast earthmoving equipment, the Caterpillar 776 RD160. Measuring 12.5” long x 5” wide x 4.5” tall, and reaching 9.5” …

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Models & Mods: Ad Gevers

Our newest blog series, “Models & Mods” is back to spotlight the modifications done to our models at home by collectors.  This month we had the opportunity to speak with Ad Gevers about  a project that …

Production Approval: Cat® 349F L

The second samples of our upcoming 1:87 scale brass Cat 349F L have arrived and are approved for production after a full review by both CCM and Caterpillar®.  A few minor changes will be made …

Cat 797
Iron Profile: Cat® 797

The mechanical drive Cat® 797 was brought to life in late September of 1998.  Massive only begins to describe this giant mining truck, which was designed to carry payloads in excess of 360-tons.  With only …

Collector Showcase: Peter White

Our Collector Showcase series is back to introduce our most active customers to the rest of our collector community.  We recently spoke with Peter White from the United Kingdom about his collection, favorite scale and material, advice …

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Models & Mods: H.-W. Goebbels

Our newest blog series, “Models & Mods” is back to spotlight the modifications done to our models at home by collectors.  After speaking with H.-W. Goebbels from Germany about all the custom work he has …

Memorable Model: Caterpillar® 983B Track-type Loader

Introduced in 1978 as a replacement to the 983, the largest track loader produced by Caterpillar® at the time, the 983B Track-Type Loader featured a 3406 diesel engine producing 275 HP at the flywheel.  Weighing in at …

Just In: First Samples of the Cat® 287D

Last week, an unexpected shipment arrived at our warehouse.  Expecting to find the first sample of a Cat® 416F2 inside, you can imagine our surprise when we revealed the 1:24 scale 287D Multi-Loader.  We just …

Iron Profile: Cat® 385C Front Shovel

Introduced in 2003 and developed for high production mining applications, the Cat® 385C Front Shovel delivers high bucket fill factors and fast cycle times to maximize productivity.  Weighing in at just under 200,000 lbs. and measuring …

Collector Showcase: Michael Giarratano

Our Collector Showcase series is back to introduce our most active customers to the rest of our collector community.  This month we had the opportunity to speak with Michael Giarratano from New Mexico about his …

Memorable Model: Caterpillar® 834 Wheel Dozer

The 834 Wheel Dozer introduced in 1963, Caterpillar’s first and largest articulated rubber-tired wheel dozer at the time, was the perfect complement to any earthmoving fleet.  Pushing 400 hp at the flywheel, the 834 was …

650B Series Scrapers
Unsealed: CCM’s 650B Series Wheel-Tractor Scrapers Are Here

One of the most exciting moments that we get to experience here at CCM is when the months of hard work and dedication for a model are finally realized as our container is delivered and …

Models & Mods: Sebastiaan Suk

Our newest blog series, “Models & Mods” is back to spotlight the modifications done to our models at home by collectors.  This month we had the opportunity to speak with Sebastiaan Suk from The Netherlands about a project …

Iron Profile: Cat® D7E

In 2008, Caterpillar introduced the revolutionary Cat® D7E Electric Drive Track-Type Tractor as a complete upgrade to the D7R2. The electric drive system on this machine set it apart from the competition, as well as …

Collector Showcase: Paul Armstrong

Our Collector Showcase series is here to introduce our most active customers to the rest of our collector community.  We recently had the opportunity to speak with Paul Armstrong from the UK about his collection, advice …

Memorable Model: Bucyrus-Erie 15-B Shovel

In 2003, Classic Construction Models produced the Bucyrus-Erie 15-B Crane and Cable Hoe in 1:24 scale brass.  8 years later and still impressed with the Crane & Cable Hoe versions, we decided to look into …

Models & Mods: Anthony Chaput

Introducing our newest blog series, “Models & Mods” was created to spotlight the modifications done to our models at home by collectors.  We had the opportunity to speak with Anthony Chaput from Alberta, Canada about …

Unsealed: CCM’s D10 Track-Type Tractors Have Arrived

Earlier this week, a container filled with 1:48 Cat® D10 Track-Type Tractors, both the open ROPS with Push Blade and the closed cab with U-Blade, was delivered to our warehouse.  After cutting the seal on …

Earthmovers Magazine
Under Review: CCM’s D10T2 Receives Top Marks in Earthmovers Magazine

We would like to extend our thanks to David Wylie and Earthmovers Magazine for such a wonderful review of our 1:24 die-cast Cat® D10T2.  It is amazing when the fine details and craftsmanship, which take months …

Just In: Cat® 777G Off-Highway Truck and Water Truck with MEGA MTT20

With great excitement, the CCM crew watched as the container filled with 777G models was backed into our parking lot this morning.  With equal enthusiasm, the truck was quickly unloaded into our warehouse for sorting …

New Models Announcement: 1:48 Cat® 631K, 637K, 637K Coal-Bowl – Die-cast

We are excited to announce our newest die-cast Cat® models, the 631K, 637K, and 637K Coal-Bowl Wheel Tractor-Scrapers.  These will be made in precision 1:48 scale and will be nearly 12.5” long, 3.5” wide, and just over 3” tall.  Special …

Collector Showcase: Kevin Drennan

Our Collector Showcase series is back with our third installment, featuring Kevin Drennan from Massachusetts.  We started the Collector Showcase to introduce our most active customers to the rest of our collector community.  We recently …

Cat 349F L
New Model Announcement: Cat® 349F L Hydraulic Excavator

We are excited to announce the addition of a Cat® 349F L Hydraulic Excavator to our growing family of all brass construction models.  These little gems will be hand crafted in precise 1:87 scale and …

Memorable Model: Michigan T-24 – 1:48 Brass

Without question, the Michigan T-24 toy crane produced by Ny-Lint during the 1950’s is one of the most memorable construction toys ever created.  Perfect for excavating either a sandbox or a cereal bowl, this toy …

CCM’s Cat® D10T2 Featured in BaggerModelle

Our friends at BaggerModelle recently sent us a copy of their August 2016 issue, which contains a fantastic two page look at our 1:24 scale Cat® D10T2. A big thanks to them for continuing to feature our models in their magazine! …

Iron Profile: Cat® 583T Pipelayer

Caterpillar® began distributing the 583T in the early 90’s.  Better than its predecessors in every way, this behemoth weighs 50 tons with a lifting capacity of 70 tons, allowing it to maneuver increasingly larger piping …

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New Model Announcement: Cat® 6015B

We are excited to announce our newest die-cast Cat® model, the 6015B Hydraulic Shovel. This model will be produced in precision 1:48 scale and will be 13” long, 4” wide, and 6” tall.  Special features for the …

Cat®D9H Balderson Double Dude
New Model Announcement: Cat® D9H Balderson Double Dude

The Caterpillar® D9H Balderson “Double Dude” is one of the most unique pieces of earth moving equipment ever designed.  We are excited to announce it will soon be available from CCM as a stunning all brass, 1:24 precision …

Collector Showcase - Wouter Mol
Collector Showcase: Wouter Mol

Our Collector Showcase series is back to introduce our most active customers to the rest of our collector community. We had the opportunity to speak with Wouter Mol from The Netherlands about his collection, advice …

New Models Announcement: Cat® 651B, 657B, and 657B/666B

We are excited to announce our newest die-cast Caterpillar models, the 651B, 657B, and 657B/666B Wheel Tractor-Scrapers. These will be made in precision 1:48 scale and will be just over 12.5” long, 3.5” wide, and …

New Samples: Cat®D10 U-Blade with Ripper and D10 Push with Ripper

Just in, we thought you might be interested in seeing pictures of the second set of samples of our upcoming Cat® D10 U-Blade with Ripper and D10 Push with Ripper models in 1:48 die-cast. A …

First Announcement: Contractor Collection Series

While widely recognized as the work horses of the construction industry, until now this collection of contractor’s favorite machines has not been modeled at a level that reflects their popularity. Our new Contractor’s Collection, which …

Bagger Modelle is now Laster & Bagger Magazine.

Bagger Modelle is changing its name to Laster & Bagger. This name change has come about because of the planned topic expansion of the Bagger Modelle magazine for 2017. The new-and-improved magazine will now include …

Models Announcement: Cat® D10 U-Blade and Push Blade

In response to a large number of requests from CCM collectors, we are adding two versions of the D10 to our line-up. They will be precision die-cast in 1:48 scale and feature the changes made …

Cat 777G Off-Highway Truck, Manufactured by Classic Construction Models (CCM)
New Samples: Cat® 777G Off-Highway Truck and Cat® Water Truck with MEGA MTT20 Attachment

The second set of samples of our upcoming Cat 777G and Cat Water Truck have arrived!  Some of the photos are below, and you can see even more by clicking here for the 777G and …

New Models Announcement: Cat® 777G Off-Highway Truck and Cat® Water Truck with MEGA MTT20 Attachment

We are pleased to announce the addition of the 1:48 scale die-cast Cat® 777G Off-Highway Truck and Cat Water Truck with MEGA MTT20 Attachment to our upcoming models. The Machine: “Built For It™” for the …

New Model Announcement: Cat® 245 Mass Excavator

We are pleased to announce the addition of the 1:48 scale die-cast Caterpillar 245ME Mass Excavator to our upcoming models. Progress photos, dimensional details, pricing and delivery information will be updated as it becomes available. …

Cat® D10T2 Models Have Arrived!

Photo: David Wylie for Earthmoving Images The Cat® D10T2 models have arrived, and here’s a picture of a real one hard at work. We’re working hard getting these 1:24 scale dozers ready-to-ship, and we will …

Cat 16M featured in BaggerModelle

Our friends at Baggermodelle sent us a copy of their 5-2015 issue, which contains a fantastic two page look at our 1:48 scale Cat 16M. A big thanks to them for continuing to feature our models in their magazine! If …

Five Stars for our 1:48 Caterpillar 6020B

If you pick up the winter 2015 issue of Plant & Machinery Model World from the UK, be sure to immediately turn to page 10 for their review of our 1:48 Caterpillar 6020B. PMMW Magazine had nothing …

Bring some life back to your model’s rubber tires

Are the rubber tires on some of your older models starting to look a bit dry? We had the same problem in our showroom here at CCM. That was until Rob, one of our engineers, …

You Won’t Believe What We Saw On The Way To Work…

During his daily commute, Ed, one of our product designers, watched as a fleet of earth moving equipment was slowly assembled on a large piece of property on the edge of town.  Over the course …

The New CCModels.com
Our New Online Store

  You may have noticed that things are looking a bit different around CCModels.com lately. Earlier this year, we began work on a brand new version of the CCM website, rebuilt from the ground up. …

Collector Showcase: Martin David Williams

Our new Collector Showcase blog series aims to introduce our most active customers to the rest of our collector community through a list of 10 questions. First up is Martin David Williams all the way from the UK. You may …

Collector Question: How Do You Decide Which Models to Make?

The simple answer to the question, “How do you decide what models to make?” is that those decisions are ultimately determined by our customers. Depending on circumstances,  that can be as direct as a request …

Fan Appreciation: Show us your #CCModel

Throughout the years we’ve found that our collector’s enjoy sharing pictures of their newest model additions, customizations and displays. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more happy about seeing and hearing your feedback. To show …

New Model Announcement: Cat® 660 Wheel Tractor-Scraper

We are pleased to announce the addition of the 1:48 scale die-cast Caterpillar 660 Scraper to our upcoming models. The 660 was powered by a single 500 HP engine. The machine was nearly 57’ long …

CAT® 349E and 16M Models Have Arrived!

The photo below shows our crew unloading one of two separate container shipments that somehow managed to arrive at our shop on the same day. We assure you it wasn’t intentional! Our warehouse is at …

Classic Construction Models Goes Social

When we first started our official Facebook page a few months ago we had no idea how popular Classic Construction Models would be on social media or if our customers would even be there. Turns …

Cat D10T2
New Model Announcement: Cat® D10T2 Dozer

The D10T2 Dozer continues the D10 legacy as a highly productive machine in a wide variety of applications including mining, heavy construction and bulk materials handling. The D10T2 uses the latest load sensing hydraulics technology combined …

Cat® 6020B Sample

The much awaited 6020B sample has arrived! Much to our delight, the review of the 1:48 scale model has been completed with just a few minor changes. We have included some of the model photos …

Model Announcement: Caterpillar D9H Track Type Tractor

We are excited to announce production of our newest hand crafted brass model – the historic Caterpillar D9H Track-Type Tractor – has begun. This legendary machine was originally introduced in 1974 and replaced the D9G. …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

We will be at the 2014 DHS Diecast Open House & Auction Weekend

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 …

William Ford – Henry’s brother – gave Unit Crane its start

Units of Separation William Ford – Henry’s brother – gave Unit Crane its start. By Chad Elmore Originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of OEM Off-Highway Magazine The immense popularity of Ford’s Model T …

Memorable Model: Caterpillar D8H

With an operating weight in excess of 47,000 pounds and a 235 HP turbocharged diesel engine for power, the Caterpillar D8H track type tractor literally changed the face of the world. First introduced in 1958, …

From the Archives: The UNIT 357 Mobile Crane

The UNIT 357 Mobile Crane Machine – Model – Toy By Jason Diamond Toy Trucker & ContractorFeature article, February 2006 It’s a feeling that all collectors recognize: Slightly sweaty palms, shallow breathing and great mental …

From the Archives: Day in the Dirt 2005

This article was previously posted in 2008. Day in the Dirt Moves earth and hearts in Tucson by Cameron MacMullin Do you remember pushing dirt around your back yard with your old toy tractor and …

From the Archives: 1:87 scale Cat D11R Carrydozer review from 2006

This article was previously posted on Construction Collector, but we enjoyed it so much it seemed time to share it with a wider audience. Classic Construction Models builds a big bulldozer Review and Photos by …

The Cat 776 and 777 trucks are here!

  They just came in, and we are all excited. These models look fantastic and we couldn’t be more pleased. Production samples go to Cat for the final production approval and then we start shipping. …

Cat 16M Grader sample

The first sample of our upcoming Cat 16M grader has arrived! As always, we love to share progress images of our models when we can, and this one is looking great. This is our first …

Memorable Model: The Marmon Wasp Steel Toy

The “old timers” at Classic Construction Models have always had a love for antique toys.  In many ways it was this love that started us on the road to making our own collectibles almost twenty-five …

Our new building nears completion

Those who have visited us in the last nine months or so may have noticed a second building under construction right next door. We are very excited to announce that it is almost ready to …

Memorable Model: Link-Belt HC-268 Truck Crane

In 1992 Classic Construction Models created our third scale model: the Link-Belt HC-268 Truck Crane. Following on the success of the two previous models, the HC-268 was manufactured of brass to the same exacting standards …

From the Archives: The Beginning of Construction Collector

Though it may be hard for our younger readers to believe, there were days before the internet when most long distance activities were still done through the mail. So it was with collecting construction memorabilia. …

An update from CONEXPO

CONEXPO has been fantastic. CCM extends thanks to all of the people we have met over the past week. We have said hello to old friends, longtime collectors, and many new faces. If you are …

CONEXPO – CON / AGG is here!

It all starts Tuesday, March 4th! Every three years this incredible construction industry event allows us to say hello to all our old friends and make some new ones. We will have current and upcoming …

Cat 336E L Excavator pricing posted

We have just posted the retail pricing and production quantities on both versions of our Cat 336E L Excavator models. Photos have also been updated. $549.95 – Cat 336E L Excavator Quick Coupler Version $549.95 …

Iron Profile: Cat 320C LU Excavator

The Cat 320C LU Excavator offered the same level of performance as the standard 320 L Excavator but with smaller swing radius, allowing contractors to work efficiently in tight spaces without sacrificing machine capability. This …

Cat 983B pricing posted

We have just posted the retail pricing on both of our Cat 983B models. Photos have also been updated. $239.95 – Cat 983B Track-type Loader Standard Version $249.95 – Cat 983B Track-type Loader Ripper Version …

1:48 scale Cat 983B Track-type Loader samples

We just received samples of our 1:48 scale Cat 983B Track-type Loader in two versions! This is a tooling sample and there are still modifications to be made, but we realize our collectors love to …

A pleasant surprise at McAninch

Josh sent us a photo he took in the entryway of the McAninch corporate office. It’s our D9L with towed 631E scraper. High praise indeed. Thanks, Josh!

1:24 scale Cat 336E L samples

We just got our samples of our 1:24 scale Cat 336E L Excavator in both Quick Coupler and Hydraulic Thumb versions. We are so excited, we just had to share! Since this is still a …

CCM will be at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Classic Construction Models will be at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 4-8, 2014, in Las Vegas! We are very excited to be among the exhibitors at this incredible construction industry event that only happens once every three years. …