By John F. Quilter
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Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Illinois, is a major construction equipment company in the USA and probably the world with exports and overseas plants producing a huge variety of yellow construction equipment. Apparently there is quite a following for their products in miniature as the catalogue that came with my Diecast Masters vibratory compactor model has an amazing range of almost 100 1:50th scale replicas of all sorts of Caterpillar devices, from dump trucks, bulldozers, excavators, back hoes, etc, etc. I picked up a vibratory roller, known as a compactor, and from another maker of Caterpillar replicas, Norscot, an asphalt paver known in Caterpillar speak as an AP655D.
So once these were in hand I used my Whitebox Dodge 10 wheel dump truck to set up a small paving scene. The asphalt material loads had to be created with some mortar solution moulded in the shape of the truck bed and the bin for the paver. Once dry it was painted gloss black. The roadway is a strip of coarse black sand paper. I added a seated figure for the paver though the roller came with an operator. While the Cat equipment is 1:50 scale the Dodge is to 1:43 but they seem to work together acceptably. Well doesn’t every 1:43 scale collector (or 1:50 scale collector) need nice smooth road for his miniatures?