Produced in a limited, one-time production run, the Cat 349F L model is as impressive in brass at 1:87 scale as the real machine is at full size. With even the smallest of details replicated, this model approaches being a miniature mirrored reflection of the machine that inspired its creation.
At 7” long with the boom and stick fully extended and approximately 1 3/4” wide across the tracks it is not surprising the cab is just 1 1/2” high. What is surprising is that at this small size the interior of the cab is unequaled with control levers and foot pedals inside and safety handrails on the exterior. Finishing details that have to be seen to be appreciated include a true-to-scale, comprehensive instrumentation panel as well as lights, mirrors and a lower windshield wiper.
With movable cylinders and linkage, the boom, stick and bucket are able to match the motions of the real machine one-for-one. This exceptional level of accuracy extends across the components in the hydraulic system to include tubes and hoses as well as the swing motor and swivel at the base of the boom. Even the bucket has been reduced in size at such an extraordinary level of detail that each tooth and the wing shrouds can be seen.
The track frames are equipped with rotating drive sprockets that turn the individually cast and linked track pads. The accuracy of these parts creates the smoothest rolling tracks that we have ever produced in 1:87 scale. Also included are idlers with working tensioners and minute, multiple ground-level maintenance access points.
Helping put this model into the “above and beyond” category for collectors are accurate paint and markings which have been approved by Caterpillar for accuracy.
Each of these brass masterpieces is individually serial numbered and will come with a signed certificate of authenticity.