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We just wanted to remind everyone that we have a Facebook page. This is where we post smaller articles and updates, and is great way to give us quick feedback. Please check it out and …

Dresser Tractors and CCM’s First Diecast Model

Dresser Industries began in the oil fields of Pennsylvania in 1880, and over the years acquired various other oil and construction related companies. In 1982 the company obtained the construction equipment division of International Harvester …

Iron Profile: Cat 914G Wheel Loader

When Caterpillar introduced the 914G wheel loader in 1995, it did much more than just update an older machine. The 914G represented a totally new concept in wheel loaders at the time and was one of the first …

Cat D9L with 631E Towed Scraper has Arrived

It’s been busy around here. The new 1:48 scale Cat D9L with 631E Towed Scraper models have just been unloaded off the truck, and we are very excited. This one is a favorite of ours …

Cat 637E, 631E, and D9Ls are here!

That’s right. Fresh off the truck and in our warehouse, the cartons of our Cat 637E Scrapers, 631E Scrapers, D9L Track-Type Tractors in both Push and Impact ripper versions await shipping. It’s always exciting to …

Memorable Model: Cat D11R Track-Type Tractor in 1:24 scale

In 2001 we released one of our most acclaimed scale models–the D11R Track-Type Tractor. The largest Cat tractor to date, the D11R is a flagship piece of construction equipment for the Caterpillar company, and as …

Memorable Model: The Marion 7200 Walking Dragline

On May 13, 1939, the very first Marion walking dragline ever built was shipped to Placer Properties in Oakland, California. Although it was originally built as a prototype, that same Model 7200 was still operating …

Iron Profile: The Caterpillar D8 Through History

Few pieces of equipment are more representative of the history of Caterpillar than their D8 track-type tractors. This family of machines has been an integral part of the Caterpillar line from its farm and agricultural …

From the Archives: CCM in the Oregonian 1993

Looking through our files, we came across this twenty-year-old clipping from the Portland Oregonian. The article does have some inaccuracies. For instance, the Dresser TD 40B in the photo was our first diecast effort. However, …

Memorable Model: Cat 140H Motor Grader

In late 1997 we introduced our brass model of the Cat 140H Motor Grader. This was the fifth release in our 12 model series, the Caterpillar Classic Collection in 1:87 scale. Complete with Cat markings …

Cat 777 Haul Truck and 776 Tractor with MET-185 pre-production samples

Here are some photos to enjoy over the long weekend. Some changes will be made to these samples for production, but we are really happy with how they look so far!

Models in the house – C175-20 has arrived

We are excited to announce our model of the Cat C175-20 Genset just came in the door today. We will begin shipping them out next week. Our stock are all reserved, but you may find …

CCM Behind the Scenes: Markings and Paint

Although they might seem inconsequential at first glance, the markings and paint on a scale model are like icing on a cake.  When they are right, they enhance the enjoyment of the final product. When …

Model Announcement: Cat 983B Track-type Loader

We are pleased to announce our latest 1:48 precision scale die-cast model in our vintage Caterpillar line. The Machine: The powerful and versatile 983B Track-Type Loader was introduced in 1978, and produced until 1982. At …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar Seventy Track-Type Tractor

In 1934 Caterpillar began selling the Seventy Tractor, the largest its gas-powered tractors, which were being replaced by the newer diesel machines becoming more popular at the time. This precursor to modern track-type tractors has …

Iron Profile: Cat 953C Track Loader

The Cat 953C track loader entered the market in 1995 and has proven a big success judging by the estimated 8000 that were produced around globe up until 2005. The 953C had a wide variety …

Model Announcement: Cat 245 Excavator with Grapple

We are pleased to announce our latest 1:48 precision scale die-cast model. The Machine: The Caterpillar 245 Excavator, produced from 1974 to 1988, was powered by the six cylinder turbocharged, 3406 engine with 325 flywheel …

Memorable Model: Manitowoc M250 Crawler Crane

In 1997 we produced a beautiful scale reproduction of the Manitowoc M250 Crawler Crane. It was our eighth crane model, and our most detailed to date. Limited to a single production run of just 300, …

Model Announcement: Cat 16M Motor Grader in 1:48 scale

We are pleased to announce our latest 1:48 precision scale die-cast model. The Machine: Caterpillar considers their M Series Motor Graders to be a revolution in operational efficiency and overall productivity. The 16M is designed …

Iron Profile: Manitowoc M-250 Crawler Crane

Beginning initially as a shipbuilding and repair company, Manitowoc has been manufacturing a variety of cranes of since the mid-1920s. In 1992 they introduced the M-250 lattice boom crawler crane, which was all hydraulic and …

Cat 336E Model Variations

To further clarify our upcoming 336E configurations we have included some additional information here. Initially there was not a photo of the quick coupler version because we still had some development to do on the …

Model Announcement: 1:24 scale Cat 336E Excavator

We are pleased to announce our latest 1:24 precision scale die-cast model. The Machine: Since its introduction in the 1990s, the 300 Series family of excavators has become the industry standard in general, quarry, and …

Memorable Model: Caterpillar Seventy Track-Type Tractor

In 1934 Caterpillar began selling the Caterpillar Seventy track-type tractor, the largest and last of its gas-powered tractors which were soon to be replaced by the newer, more popular diesel machines.  In the years emerging …

Iron Profile: Northwest 190D Dragline

  The 190D dragline manufactured by Northwest Engineering (NWE) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, was the machine many companies have turned to for clearing overburden from valuable deposits such as coal and iron ore. This configuration …

Memorable Model: Northwest 190D Dragline

In 2000 we released our 17th brass crane model. It was the 1:48 scale Northwest 190D dragline in gorgeous orange, black, and white livery. This replica of the legendary machine was made with intricate detail …

Iron Profile: Cat D11R

In March of 1996, Caterpillar introduced the D11R which was equipped with a 3508B EUI—turbocharged and aftercooled—increasing output from the 770 horsepower of the D11N model to 850 horsepower. The new machine also meet new …

Cat No.12 Grader prototype

Now that we have the sample of our 1:24 scale brass No.12 Motor Grader model, we thought we’d share a few more photos of this impressive piece. The first is a size comparison with our …

Cat No.12 Grader Photos

Here’s a few more prototype photos for you to enjoy of our exciting new 1:24th scale brass model project, the Cat No.12 Grader. Drop us a line and tell us what you think.

Memorable Model: Caterpillar 583T Pipelayer

  Although it seems like yesterday, it has been seven years since we rolled out the Cat 583T Pipelayer model. One of our more unique pieces due to the real machine’s application, it is immediately …

Model Announcement: Cat No.12 Motor Grader

The Machine: The venerable Caterpillar No.12 motor grader was first introduced in 1957, and has proved so successful, there is still a modernized version of the 12 in Caterpillar’s current product line. Only manufactured in …

Memorable Model: Cat 953C Track Loader

In 2006, CCM proudly rolled out the 953C Track Loader model. This 1:48 scale precision model was made entirely of etched and investment-cast brass parts. All 300 models were assembled and painted by hand. 125 …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 631E and 637E Scrapers

Introduced in the 1980s, the Caterpillar 631E wheeled tractor-scraper was the latest iteration of Caterpillar’s highly successful scraper line. By combining speed and mobility with substantial earth-moving prowess, these units handled large capacities of topsoil …

Model Announcement: Cat C175-20 Diesel Generator Set

We are excited to announce our newest die-cast Caterpillar model, the C175-20 Diesel Generator Set, a 1:25 scale model precisely crafted to replicate the real machine. This impressive piece of equipment is capable of producing …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 5230 ME and FS

Officially launched in the summer of 1994, the 5230 Front Shovel (FS) was and remains one of largest earth-movers produced during Caterpillar’s considerable history. Nearly twice the size of the 5130, it weighs in at …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar D9L

The D9 series of track-type tractors has been a hugely successful product line of Caterpillar for several decades running. From the prototype D9X in the mid-1950s all the way up to present day, various iterations …

Cat 631E and 637E scraper tooling samples

Our first tooling samples for the 631E and 637E scraper models in 1:48 scale just came in! Now that we’ve finished with our production review, we can share a few photos. Look for more on …

Cat 5230’s are shipping now

The first 98 of the 1:87 scale Cat 5230 Front Shovel and Mass Excavator models have arrived in our warehouse and are shipping out fast. Here’s a few images of the Mass Excavator so you …

Marion 6360 in blue and white

Here’s the “The Captain” in the colors it was painted up until the mid 1980’s after the Captain mine was purchased by Arch Coal. Of our limited production run of 125 models, 20 were painted …

Model Announcement: Cat PL87 Pipelayer

We are very pleased to announce our die-cast model of the Cat PL87 Pipelayer in 1:48 precision scale. CCM has produced a limited edition specially for PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) of 400, and we are …

D9L Samples Are Here

Our pre-production samples of the D9L versions have arrived and we couldn’t be happier. Some minor changes will be made, but we wanted to give you a look at their progress. More photos and updates …

CCM Behind the Scenes: Model Samples

When our 3D files are sent to the manufacturer they must complete the tedious and time consuming process of reviewing the files and making revisions. This can take up to a month as they must …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 777 Off-Highway Haul Truck

Introduced by Caterpillar in 1974, the 777 became one of the company’s most popular line of off-highway haul trucks. Building on their experience with the 769B and 773 trucks, the 777 continued the successful mechanical-drive …

CCM Behind the Scenes: Designing the 3D Model

Once we’ve collected all the research materials that we’ll use to develop our next model of a construction machine—including diagrams, photos, manufacturer’s CAD files, and our model survey measurements—our product designers begin work on the …

Cat 5230 model in production, both versions

Here’s a few more photos of our upcoming 5230 in production. It’s looking great even without paint. For the first time you can also get a comparison of the Front Shovel alongside the Mass Excavator …

Cat 5230 model in production

We thought you might enjoy an update on our 5230 1:87 scale brass model. These photos show some of the sub-assemblies in production.    

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 992C Wheel Loader

After making great strides in developing rubber-tired construction equipment throughout the 50’s and 60’s, Caterpillar created what some consider one of the finest wheel loaders ever designed. The 992C front-end loader was released to the …

CCM Behind the Scenes: The Model Survey

When a customer holds one of CCM’s models in their hand or admires it on their shelf, it’s easy to appreciate the pains we take to assure only the highest level of quality and detail …

Iron Profile: Marion 6360 Shovel “The Captain”

At the time of its creation in 1965 for the Southwestern Illinois Coal Corporation, the Marion 6360 was the world’s largest mobile land machine; with ballast it weighed 28 million pounds. It required 10 months …

Marion 6360 now shipping

  We started shipping the Marion 6360 models to our customers the same day they arrived, but we pulled one out to take some quick photos to show the corrected paint colors. Here you can …

First of the Marion 6360’s have Arrived

We just finished unloading the container with 70 of our Marion 6360 “Captain” models. We will get these out the door as quickly as possible as we know that everyone is as excited to get …

Cat 5230 in mining white color version

We are happy to announce the addition of the mine white paint version of our upcoming CAT 5230 Mass Excavator and Front Shovel models. The white paint schemes are typically used to denote machines dedicated …

Cat 5230 to D9T Size Comparison

So our customers can get a better sense of how large our upcoming Cat 5230 Mass Excavator and Front Shovel brass model is, we present this comparison. Below you can see the 1:87 scale 5230 …

CAT 5230 Prototype video

We just recorded some footage showing the movement of our upcoming CAT 5230.  Keep in mind, this model is still in development so issues such as gaps will be addressed before production. Enjoy!

CAT 5230, Marion 6360

Progress on our upcoming CAT 5230 Front Shovel & Mass Excavator continues.  The photo shows the undercarriage, track frame assembly, boom, operator’s cab, counterweight, and a portion of house assembly. Production of the 6360 is …

637E Scraper Prototype

The prototype of our upcoming CAT 637E Scraper in 1:48 scale die-cast is complete.  Take a look at the photos and let us know what you think!

CCM Customs: Schutt Industries Trailers

We recently completed a project for Schutt Industries, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of severe-duty trailer and mobile ground support equipment.  We designed and manufactured two light tactical Schutt trailers and included two Pelican cases custom cut …

Announcing the Caterpillar 5230 Mass Excavator

We are pleased to announce an additional variation of the Caterpillar 5230 to our upcoming 1:87 scale brass models, the Caterpillar 5230 Mass Excavator. We are now accepting requests for the excavator model along with the previously …

776 & 777 Prototype Photos

Here are photographs of the resin prototypes of our upcoming CAT 776 with Mega MET-185 & CAT 777.  The MET-185 is shown with our CAT 390D LME to give you a sense of scale (and …

Announcing the 777 & 776 Mega Hauler

  We are pleased to announce two new additions to our upcoming 1:48 scale die-cast models, the Caterpillar 776 Off-Highway Tractor with Mega MET-185 Equipment Trailer and the Caterpillar 777 Haul Truck. Progress photos, dimensional …

Marion 6360 Video

We just posted a video highlighting the functional parts of our Marion 6360.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

Big Muskie and The Captain

They sure look good together.

Marion 6360 “The Captain” Photos

As promised, here are some more shots of the prototype of our upcoming Marion 6360.  Keep in mind that while the gray is incorrect, it will be fixed on our production models.

The Captain has arrived

The prototype of our upcoming Marion 6360, “The Captain,” has arrived at our offices.  We’re spending our time now going over the details for any changes that need to be made.  Once that’s complete, we’ll …

Marion 6360 Prototype Complete

The prototype of our upcoming Marion 6360 in 1:87 precision scale brass is complete and on its way to our office.  We will post more photos once we can get it into the photo booth. …

Captain Photos

Progress continues on our upcoming all-brass Marion 6360 Electric Shovel, “The Captain”, in 1:87 scale.  Here is a collection of photographs at its current stage.

Keeping Busy with Shipping

Since the 385s and 769Bs arrived last week, we’ve been extremely busy getting them out the door.  Take a look at the progress we’ve made: the first picture shows the pallets of models the day …

CCM’s 385 & 390 make the cover of Baggermodelle

CCM’s CAT 385C and 390D LME in 1:48 scale die-cast will appear on the cover of the February issue of Baggermodelle.   If you haven’t heard of this publication before, take a look at their …

CAT D9L Push Blade Configuration Rapid Prototype

Another week, another prototype built.  Here are a few shots of our upcoming 1:48 die-cast CAT D9L Track-Type Tractor with push blade configuration in resin.

Announcing the CAT 631E Scraper in 1:48 Precision Die-Cast

We are pleased to announce the Cat 631E Scraper as the latest addition to our upcoming models.  This 1:48 precision scale, die-cast model has an expected delivery date of Spring 2013, with a projected production run of 500 models. …

D9L Impact Ripper Rapid Prototype

We’ve just completed assembly of the rapid prototype of our upcoming Caterpillar D9L with impact ripper.  Take a look at the photos and let us know what you think!

D9L Rapid Prototype Photos

We have completed the rapid prototype of our upcoming CAT D9L Track-Type Tractor in 1:48 scale die-cast.  Here are some photos of the parts before they are assembled.       For more information on …

CCM on the cover of Baggermodelle

CCM’s upcoming Caterpillar 992C in 1:48 scale die-cast appears – in both versions – on the cover of the January issue of Baggermodelle. If you haven’t heard of this magazine before, Baggermodelle is a German …

Updated delivery schedules

We have updated the delivery dates of several models on our website with their current status.  The changes made are as follows: 992C: Delivery estimated February 2012 385/390: Expected delivery January 2012 6360: Delivery estimated …

Customized 637G

A collector sent us images of his CCM CAT 637G in 1:48 scale brass, which he customized himself.  The results speak for themselves.

992C Production Sample Photos

We recently received samples of both the standard and beadless version of our upcoming 992C Wheel Loader and they look excellent.  Enjoy the photos.

Marion 6360 Progress Photos

Production of the Marion 6360 is well underway.  Here are some pictures that we received from the manufacturer today.  We hope you enjoy them.

Marion 6360 “The Captain” Pricing, Quantities

Pricing on our upcoming Marion 6360 “The Captain” Electric Shovel has been set at $6,195.00, with production limited to 125 models. For more information on this model, visit its page on our website here.

Status Updates: 6360, 992C

Our Marion 6360, “The Captain,” is now expected to ship from the manufacturer in February. We also expect samples of our upcoming Caterpillar 992C to arrive later this month.  Once they arrive, we will post …

992C Cab Production Photos

Production of our upcoming CAT 992C Wheel Loader in 1:48 scale die-cast – the winning selection from our poll – is underway.  Here are some photographs we just received that show part of the assembly …

Reporting in…

As you probably already know, we received our shipment of 769, 660 and D7E die-cast models last week, which we continue to ship out of our office.  If you have not yet paid for your …

769/660/D7E Update

All of these models safely arrived at our offices last week and are on their way out the door.  If you haven’t yet made payment or confirmed your credit card, contact us by phone or …

769B, 660, D7E Delayed

After pursuing our freight forwarder for the last two days, we found out that our container of models will arrive in port four days later than scheduled.  Barring any issues with customs, we expect that …

Solar Panels Are Being Installed

Installation of the solar panels onto their racking started yesterday.  We expect them to be up at the end of the day today, with electrical work starting soon after.

769/660/D7E Status Update

Barring their being held by US Customs, we expect to begin shipping the 769, 660 and D7E the week of October 10th.  More updates will come as we receive more information.

Solar Panel Progress Update

Progress continues and it looks like the entire project will be finished just in time for the rainy season.  Workers are currently wrapping up the installation of the rails that hold the panels, which will …

Mr. Smith & the 999

We stumbled upon a screen grab from the 2005 movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” which shows Brad Pitt at his desk at work approximately 25 minutes into the film.  Proudly displayed on his desk is …

First CAT Hydraulic Mining Excavator Working in Finland

We discovered an interesting story on the International Mining website and thought you might find it interesting.  The original link can be found at the bottom. Posted on September 15th, 2011 First Cat branded hydraulic …

Solar Panel Progress Update

Our panels arrived this morning and started to make their way to our roof this afternoon.  Over the next few weeks, mounts will be installed on the roof and the solar panels will be mounted …

D7E, 769, 660 Shipping Update

The shipment of our D7E, 769 and 660 was delayed by Chinese customs for 2 weeks.  It is now on the water with delivery estimated at the beginning of October.

CCM is Going Green…

After a 3 month process of city, state and federal applications, work has begun on a solar power system at our office.  A number of panels will be installed on our roof, totaling over 26kW …

The Captain: More Boom Photos

The prototype boom of our upcoming Marion 6360 arrived at our office yesterday.  Although we’ve posted some photos already, they didn’t do justice to the level of detail on the boom.  In order to give …

385 Bucket Info

Our upcoming Caterpillar 385C L, 385C FS, and 390D LME will feature three distinct bucket configurations.  The 385C L is equipped with a general purpose bucket attached via HB series bucket linkage without the optional …

385 Photos, changes

New photos of the 385C L, 385C FS and 390DL ME are now available on our website: ccmodels.com/shop/cat-385c-front-shovel/ We’ve also made a number of changes to the machines, with notable changes to the parts below: There …

992C Bucket Revision

We have revised the design of the 992C bucket.  Here are some photos of the new and accurate bucket.  If you have any more concerns regarding the design, don’t hesitate to contact us.

385 Pricing and Quantities

The price on all three versions of our upcoming CAT 385 is set at $249.95.  Production quantities are as follows: 385C FS, 750; 385C L, 1000; 390DL ME, 1000.

The Captain

While we are still in the early stages of prototyping, we thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures of current progress on the Marion 6360.  It’s a big project with a lot of detail, …

385 Prototype Photos

Grant and Rob brought back prototypes of all three versions of our upcoming CAT 385.  As Grant said, it has to be one of the best looking die-cast models we have produced.  Enjoy the photos, …

Post-Trip Model Updates

D7E Winch This model is expected to ship next week.  With shipping taking an additional three to four weeks, we expect these to arrive at our office in the middle of September. 660 Coal Hauler …

Trip Update

Grant and Rob have been extremely busy meeting with our manufacturers in China and South Korea.  Updates on all of our upcoming products will be given next week, along with photos of the current status …

Grant & Rob headed East

Grant and Rob leave tomorrow, Friday the 29th, to visit our manufacturers in China and South Korea where they will be discussing projects and inspecting models.  Expect a number of updates regarding their trip next …