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 …

Look what showed up in the mail today…

We got a big delivery today – 7 pallets in all.  Let’s take a look at what’s inside. It’s official: our Lampson 4600 “Ringers” in 1:87 scale have arrived and they look great.  We’re working …

Ringers have shipped!

Our upcoming Lampson 4600 “Ringer” in 1:87 scale shipped from our manufacturer earlier this week.  We expect them to be ready to ship from our office near the end of this month.

992C Pricing

The prices for both configurations of CCM’s upcoming Caterpillar 992C in 1:48 scale die-cast have been finalized.  The standard 992C will cost $249.95, while the beadless version is priced at $269.95. For more information on …

992C Bucket

We would like to thank all of our customers who emailed and called us with their concerns regarding the design of the 992C bucket.  We will revise the design of the bucket before moving forward …

992C Production Samples Have Arrived

The 992C production samples arrived and made their way into the photo room yesterday.  Only a few minor adjustments need to be made, and then they will be ready to display on your shelf.  Until …

Model Updates

385 Tooling is in production. 660 This model is running behind schedule.  We expect them to arrive in July and ship in August. 4600 “Ringer” These are shipping from the manufacturer this week.  We expect them …

D9L Version Clarification

Our upcoming Caterpillar D9L will be available in three configurations: a push version with a cushion blade, a ripper version with a single-shank impact ripper, and a bladeless McAninch D9L with a 631E towed scraper.

D9L Impact Ripper

The standard version of our upcoming Caterpillar D9L Track-Type Tractor in 1:48 scale die-cast will be equipped with an impact ripper.  The Caterpillar D9L Impact Ripper featured a hydraulically actuated shank which delivered powerful impluses, …

New mobile view now available

If you have ever tried to read the regular version of this blog on your smartphone’s internet browser, you know it can be a challenge to navigate.  This is no longer an issue, as typing …

How we measured the 637E

High-quality scale models begin with an accurate 3D model of the real machine.  However, 3D models are not always available, and machine drawings don’t always tell the whole tale.  This was the case for the …

Model Announcements

We are pleased to announce three new additions to our upcoming 1:48 scale die-cast models: the Caterpillar 637E Scraper, the Caterpillar D9L Track-Type Tractor, and the McAninch Caterpillar D9L Track-Type Tractor with a Caterpillar 631E …

Off to take some measurements…

Rob and Todd, CCM’s design engineers, left this morning to take measurements of a Caterpillar machine that will soon be added to our upcoming model list.  Next week on this blog, we will reveal the …

Model Updates

Caterpillar D9H/DD9H/SxS Samples are expected in 1-2 weeks.  If they are approved, it will take 4-6 weeks for production to complete. Caterpillar D7E – Winch Package Production is expected to complete in 2-4 weeks.  We …

Tire Tuesday

Two packages recently showed up at our door and we were able to get their contents into the photo room today for pictures. The first is a tire off of the upcoming 992C in standard …

Lampson 4600 “Ringer” Production Sample Photos

We just received the production sample of the upcoming Lampson 4600 “Ringer” and it looks great.  The detail on this model is astounding and it will make an excellent addition to any scale model collection. …

Model Updates

Caterpillar D9H/DD9H/SxS We currently expect that production will complete in June.  This projection, however, is tentative as quality remains our top priority. Caterpillar D7E – Winch Package The pre-production samples have been approved and we …

Update: Lampson 4600 “Ringer” Photos

The prototype of CCM’s upcoming 1:87 Lampson 4600 “Ringer” is ready for paint.  Here are some new photos that show the recently completed parts and highlight the level of detail that will be seen in …

New from CCM: 1:48 Caterpillar Umbrella

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our custom pieces, a 1:48 scale Caterpillar umbrella. The umbrella stands 1.8″ tall with a 0.9″ wide shade and is a great addition to CCM’s 834 …

New Photos of the Lampson 4600 “Ringer”

Here are some photos we recently received from our manufacturer showing the nearly completed prototype of Classic Construction Models’ upcoming Lampson 4600 “Ringer.”  We hope that you enjoy them.

Model Announcement: Lampson 4600 “Ringer”

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our upcoming models will be the Lampson company’s  4600 “Ringer”.  This 1:87 precision scale, brass model has an expected delivery date of Summer 2011, with production currently estimated at …

CONEXPO 2011 – After the Show

Just wanted to let you know everyone from Classic Construction Models had a great time at the show.  We enjoyed seeing our old friends and having the chance to meet so many new people.  A …

Model Announcement: Caterpillar 385CL, 385C FS, 390DL ME

385C Front Shovel   We are pleased to announce three configurations of the CAT 385 – the CAT 385CL, the 385C FS, and the 390DL ME – as the latest additions to our upcoming models.  These 1:48 …

992C Beadless Tire Configuration

Along with the Caterpillar 992C in standard configuration, Classic Construction Models will also offer the 992C with beadless tires. The beadless tire consists of an air bladder (much like a regular tire) with a drive …

Come see us at CON-EXPO 2011!

We are happy to announce that we will have a booth at CON-EXPO 2011 in Las Vegas.  The show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and runs from March 22 to March 26. …

Website Updates

If you haven’t already noticed, we’ve been making some changes to the https://www.ccmodels.com website.  We are currently in the process of adding machine spec. sheets to all the models we have produced, starting with vintage Caterpillar …

Model Announcement: Caterpillar 660 Coal Hauler

We are pleased to announce the CAT 660 Coal Hauler as the latest addition to our upcoming models.  This 1:48 precision scale, die-cast model has an expected delivery date of Summer 2011, with a production run of 500 models. …

Model Announcement: Caterpillar 769B Rear Dump Truck

  We are pleased to announce the CAT 769B Rear Dump Truck as the newest addition to our upcoming models.  This 1:48 precision scale, die-cast model has an expected delivery date of Fall 2011.  Production numbers have not been set …

Announcing the Marion 6360

Classic construction models is proud to announce the latest addition to its all brass, 1:87 scale product line, the Marion 6360. Better known as “The Captain,” the Marion 6360 was the largest electric shovel ever …

D9T Production Photos

Here are some recent photos of the D9T assembly process.

D9T Photo Updates

We recently updated our website to include new pictures of the upcoming brass 1:48 scale Caterpillar D9T.  You can view the photos here.

Customer Highlight: Graham May

Graham May recently sent us photos of his CCM Caterpillar 988 and CCM Caterpillar 834, which he converted to include a roll-over protection system (ROPS) using Ad Geiver’s kit. The results are spectacular.  We hope …

Happy Holidays

On behalf of Classic Construction Models and its employees, I would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.  We look forward to working with you next year. Best regards, Bob Peterson, President …

D9H Update

Based on a QC sampling of the D9H models when they arrived, we decided to inspect each model individually. We are nearing the end of this process and, unfortunately, have concluded that the best course of action is …

992C Prototype

We recently completed an SLA (Stereolithography) prototype of our upcoming die-cast 1:48 scale Caterpillar 992C Wheel Loader using our in-house SLA machine.  This will be the first model to go into production as the result of …