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1934-1939 Caterpillar Twenty Two Track Tractor

1934-1939 Caterpillar Twenty Two Track Tractor

Caterpillar Twenty-Two Track Tractor
Caterpillar Twenty-Two is a tractor first manufactured by Caterpillar in 1934 to replace the Caterpillar Twenty. It had a fuel capacity of 22 US gallons (83 l; 18 imp gal) and came in 2 model series, 2F and 1J.
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Model Description
This section is dedicated to all Crawler tractors and other associated machinery in this field, as well as all machinery associated with in the construction building industries. Most of these vehicles are mostly in 1:50 Scale in size, but still have that attention to detail as all other models. It is intended that we will use most of these size models in dioramas to properly put them in perspective. Our model of one of Caterpillar's Twenty Two tractors is a model of this machine that came out in 1934, and is one of those models that is highly designed.

The Body
The paint work here is the same paintwork on the original machine. It is the colour everyone associates with, the name Caterillar. The Norscot name is a maker of high quality models mainly in these types of models, and you are guaranteed that all detail is of the correct detail of the actual vehicle. This model has its own dust proof container. So by leaving it as received, it makes a viewable model. Do so, since less cleaning is involved, there is little or no chance of damage to the small parts. On the stand, the tracks are movable, and rather than plastic, these are metal. As well, the individual track sections are individual, which is more realistic.

The majority of this model is die cat metal, which makes for a heavy model and robust. On the two tracks, only the main drive wheels are plastic, but all the rest is metal. And this extends to be the main body of this model. The engine is shown in good detail, and this also includes the radiator with nice detail. One would assume that since we have not detached it from the stand, this detail should be as good as the rest of the model. Looking at the front of the model, it's interesting that the attention to the model shows details as on the actual tractor, details such as the starting handle, for in the early models, there was no starter motor, so you had to hand crank it to start. Even the protection rods attached to the radiator are added. The attention to detail shows the impressions of bolts used all over any removable parts.

The decals used are of high quality and attached as on the original tractor. Within the operating area, the controls, such as the levers such as the track levers, gearshift lever and handbrake, have been done to scale and well made. The instruments are very basic and can be seen, though the actual markings cannot be seen, but even as they are, they are easily identified. The hydraulic filler is a nice touch. As I have seen one of these machines in real life, the seats are basic, and one feels after a long day, feeling tired and with a sore bum. These are sall machines and were noisy, and one must remember that these were procured in a time where safety standards, the operators comfort, the work being done was more important than comfort.

The Conclusion
This is a well made model, with the addition of its dust cover, instantly makes this a display model. Whether on one’s desk or in any man cave, this is a well designed and built model. And I can find little fault in it. Is it a good collectible, it’s an excellent collectable one. It's also one that's designed to be seen and displayed. There are few designs made today that have dust covers like this model, and other model makers should take notice, as these models with their own cases are preferred by collectors. Yes, it has faults, but largely this model would fit in well in most collections. I give it 5.0/5.0. Robin Finlay 06/05/2023.

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