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Group of crawlers in 1:48 from CCM Caterpillar D8K


Trucks & Construction - epaper ⋅ Ausgabe 6/2019 vom 15.11.2019

Available again in three versions, the D8K has been released by CCM. after the D9H and D9G, it is the third dozer from the time before the Delta drive …


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A bulldozer for every taste: three times a Caterpillar D8K in three different versions.


The D8 is a classic among construction machines. The K series was built from 1974 to 1982 and was powered by the D342 sixcylinder engine producing 300 hp. The machines were available in a Powershift gear or direct drive with weights between 24.27 to 31.98 tons. With an 8U blade and singletooth rear ripping attachment, the maximum weight was 37.65. The cabin, with its ...

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The models

Great was the joy when CCM announced a whole trio of the D8Ks. They took great pains when it came to choosing the tools and other equipment for the new models. All three of them, shown with the most commonly used blades, single or triple tooth rippers, rear winch, driver’s cabin or roll-over protection bar and even a version with an enclosed engine compartment are now being delivered. The models arrive at the collector’s home in the well-known boxes with Styropor shells; they feel hefty in the hand and exude value for money. The look so big that the author of this article had to get a D9H model out for comparison. But everything is correct; the D8Ks have been made true to the 1:48 scale.

The frame for the drives is exactly engraved and the guide wheel is sprung in such a way that the metal tracks turn very easily. Because of the tracks not being mounted in a precision way they tend to be drawn inwards at the front. Running and support wheels are dummies and the track support brackets oscillate as on the original. They are arranged in pairs opposite each other.

As per usual, the engine has been detailed and equipped with supply lines and further secondary power units. On the version with the covers, the engine can be seen through the finely etched grating. The shape of the engine hood and the very finely done radiator grill are very likable and so is the typical K-Series silencer with exhaust that is placed in the middle of the engine hood.

The working space of the operator has also been modeled exactly. Pedals and levers are made from plastic but are well protected from inappropriate handling. All gauges in the cabin are placed correctly beneath the front windscreen window. On the version without a closed cabin, the rear is protected by a finely etched grille. The glass of the cabin is made from a plastic part and has very flush-fitting windows on the sides. At the front and rear it also represents the sides and therefore is painted yellow between the windows. Window wipers and gaskets are printed on in black. The doors open to a 90° angle and all handholds are made from metal.

Three different tools ensure variety at the rear (above).


The version with a cabin and enclosed engine compartment and rear threetooth ripping attachment.


New versions of the D9L

It has already been five years since CCM released the D9L in two versions (issue 1-2014). Now a third version has been released; it differs from its predecessors by the tools attached to the dozer. The new, straight blade of the 9S type has been very well done and is nicely detailed. But, because nothing has been changed on the pushing arms and hydraulic cylinders, once again it cannot be angled backwards far enough.

On the new three-tooth ripping attachment there is another limitation: it reaches the correct ripping depth but not the correct lifting height and the tips of the ripping teeth remain just short of the surface. Again, the detailing is done very exactly all the way up to the hydraulic connections.

The really positive surprise is found not on the tools but on the drive wheels. Their position, one of the most criticized points, was moved about 2 mm forwards which improves the look of the Delta drive and now is correct to the original.

An excellently restored D8K example with 8S blade and threetooth ripper.


Equipment

On straight 8S and the 8U-blade there are pushing arms, the finely detailed hydraulic cylinders are identical and all have hydraulic lines. Both of the blades are made from metal and are exactly engraved. On the two-part U-blade, however, there are some visible gaps around the part attached at the front and that detracts a little from the otherwise good-looking model.

the massive single-tooth ripper has been modeled very nicely and has a pushing block for jobs that require a second dozer.


The 8A blade can be fixed in three positions, however, it should be attached to the C frame. Unfortunately, the included pins are too long and do not hold it quite satisfactorily. Here one would have expected a more practical and nicer solution.

The lower frame of the two Cat #8 Series D ripper attachments are identical as are the lower hydraulic cylinders and the dozermounted distributer block. On our models, unfortunately, one of the hydraulic lines had come off; because the length was too short, it came off when the ripper was lifted. All ripping teeth are attached separately but are not adjustable. There is a pushing block on the single-tooth ripper for especially hard jobs.

The Cat 58 winch does not function but is nicely detailed. The cable is made from black thread and the eyelet is permanently fixed to the pulling jaw.

Color and lettering are up to CCM’s usual quality. Unfortunately, we found some traces of glue on our samples which does not seem to fit with the image of this maker.