Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Caterpillar equipment in japan

WHEW! :)

I just found out (thanks, Internet!) that the Caterpillar company has equipment in Japan. I had a bunch of Caterpillar items that are dern close to the right scale for N and I wanted to use it. I have weathered one in the past and love how it turned out.

But I was thinking it through and thought, "Do they even have this stuff in Japan or do they have specific, Japanese heavy equipment items?" Well, Caterpillar has a Japan arm, so I'm good.

It seems like a little thing, but I didn't want to feature items that just don't exist in country - especially items as high profile as Caterpillar equipment.

So, I'll be adding in a scene or two of some construction going on. It should be a blast and a nice little scene to model. I already have the KATO road work set, so I'm good to go! :)


  1. Hi Malcolm,

    Passing large construction sites on the train, I've seen all the same heavy equipment names in Japan as I've seen on US sites - CAT, Kato, Hitachi, Komatsu, etc. So I've got some CAT equipment in my construction scenes on my module too. I think the CAT models are 1/144 but with our Japanese N being 1/150 it's really close.

    Side note - CAT actually originated here in Northern California over 100 years ago as Holt Mfg.

    1. HA! Nice. Thanks for the heads up, Brad.
      I thought that was the case, but was glad that I took a moment to explore it and make sure. It was just one of those things that was on my mind. I'm sure there are other items and situations on my layout that might not fit or might not be like the prototype, but for some reason this one really stuck in my head as something to check on. :)
      Thank you for your feedback!