The Caterpillar M318 "Racing" Wheeled Excavator in 1:50th scale was released by NZG in 1999 with #405.
This scale model of the Caterpillar M318 "Racing" is a very successful representation of its unique 1:1 brother. The model is technically completely identical to the basic version of the earlier Caterpillar M318 wheeled excavator, but has been released as a special edition by NZG on the occasion of its 5000th size brother rolling off the production line. Inquiries at NZG told me that between 1999 and 2003 a total of 3000 units of this special scale model were produced.
It is a striking appearance due to its bright yellow undercarriage and superstructure painted in sleek black. The flashy graphics on the engine compartment and boom complete this unique scale model!
At the end of 1999, EDC in Wackersdorf, Germany produced the 5,000th Caterpillar Wheeled Excavator of the M300 series.
As a result, this 5,000th machine was given a special look: Caterpillar M318 "Racing". However, it is unknown where this machine went afterwards. (Thanks to my source Roger van Nispen for the photos and background information).
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