The Caterpillar 436C IT in 1:50th scale was released by NZG in 1997 with #429.
Between 1997 and 2004, a total of three versions where released by NZG. Besides the standard Caterpillar 436C IT Backhoe Loader is the "RACING" version and a fancy fantasy silver "Model of the Year 1998". These models have all been given item number 429 or 430.
According to the website of NZG they would have made ??a basic model Caterpillar 436C but I have never seen it anywhere. On their own historical overview from produced models NZG used for both models the same image of a single Caterpillar 436C IT version. So I think a basic Caterpillar 436C scale model is never been made.
All Caterpillar 436C IT Backhoe Loader versions come with an enclosed cabin. The model has two hydraulically retractable rear outriggers for stability. The two steering axles are performed. Nice profile tires. In addition, the model displays a neat and working loading and digging arm combination. The engine compartment and the cabin appears tight. The cabin has a nice interior with swivel seat for the driver and is fitted with tinted glass. Lighting or mirrors are missing on the model.
Caterpillar 436C IT Backhoe Loader is equipped with fixed installed and standard sized buckets. Unlike the newer models of Norscot this older NZG Model is not equipped with a diverse arsenal of Worktools which emphasize the versatility of this type of machine.
The Caterpillar 436C loader backhoe was introduced in 1996 in the USA and England as the replacement for the Caterpillar 436B. The Caterpillar 436C has a Caterpillar 3054 engine producing 84 flywheel horsepower (FWHP).
Based on data from the sales database of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, it is estimated that more than 6,500 Caterpillar 436C loader backhoes have been produced.
It comes standard with a center pivot. It is available with single-tilt or parallel lift, and all-wheel or two-wheel steering. Single-tilt, all-wheel steer units were manufactured in England, with a 1GR serial number prefix, and in the USA, with a 1FR prefix. Single-tilt, two-wheel steer units were manufactured in England, with a 9JN prefix, and in the USA, with an 8TN prefix. Parallel lift, all-wheel steer units were manufactured in England, with a 1RR prefix, and in the USA, with a 1PR prefix. Parallel lift, two-wheel steer units were manufactured in England, with a 2BR prefix, and in the USA, with a 2AR prefix.
Throughout its history, the Caterpillar 436C has undergone a multitude of modifications. In 1996 all USA units received an extendable stick with larger inserts for easier adjustments, beginning with 1FR00217, 1PR00298, 2AR00211, and 8TN00214.
In 1997 Caterpillar made cab door rust modifications, beginning with 1GR00217, 1RR00298, 2BR00212, 9JN00185, 1FR00220, 1PR0311, 2AR00225, and 8TN00293. Cat modified IT quick coupler lines routing, beginning with 1RR00301, 2BR00212, 1PR00312, and 2AR00235.
Valve/stem modifications were made to reduce swing drift, beginning with 1RR00303, 2BR00211, 1FR00222, 1PR00311, 2AR00229, and 8TN00307. New cab door latches were added, beginning with 1FR00223, 1PR00312, 2AR00235, and 8TN00374. Cat added a new oil fill adaptor for the engine valve cover, beginning with 1FR00223, 1PR00313, 2AR00244, and 8TN00380. In 1998 powershift transmission became available, a radiator with tilt away oil cooler was added, and modifications were made to the torque limiter, beginning with 1GR00416, 1RR00498, 9JN00384, 9JN00384, 1FR00416, 1PR00598, 2AR00604, and 8TN00391. An emission certified engine was added, beginning with 1GR00416, 1RR00498, 2BR00411, 9JN00984, 1FR00418, 1PR00604, 2AR00614, and 8TN00460. An air suspension seat was added, beginning with 1FR00422, 1PR00610, and 2AR00629.
In 1999 Caterpillar added ride control, heavy lift boom cycle, pivot on the front axle, and increased horsepower to 93 FWHP, beginning with 1FR01416, 1PR01599, and 8TN00925. A windshield washer became standard on all centerpivot machines, beginning with 1FR01416, 1PR01810, 2AR01851, and 8TN01226.