Norscot Scale Models has announced their 2002 line of Caterpillar die-cast metal scale model replicas. This year, there are fifteen new items, adding to a line that now comprises more than fifty different models and gift sets.

Norscot's line includes highly detailed, lifelike die-cast models of Caterpillar construction, mining, and agricultural equipment in a variety of scales, designed to appeal to both casual and serious collectors.

Moveable tracks, rolling wheels with authentic tire tread prints, workable components, and realistic exterior and interior detailing are among the premium features of Norscot's Caterpillar models.

"We're exceptionally proud of the new Caterpillar line," said Scott Stern, Norscot's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our goal is to bring to popularly priced scale models the feature and extensive level of detail usually found only in high priced collector's edition replicas. These models are excellent examples of our work in this area."

Norscot scale models, based out of Mequon, Wisconsin, manufactures and distributes high quality die-cast metal replicas of agricultural, construction, and transportation equipment in association with leading companies worldwide. Caterpillar models made by Norscot are available at participating CAT dealers and at retailers throughout the world and can be ordered online at http://www.norscot.com. .

Among the new Caterpillar items Norscot is offering this year are the following:

· The MT765 Challenger (1:32 Scale, Summer)
· New version skid steer loader (1:32 Scale, Spring)

· The CAT 511OB Excavator with metal tracks (1:50 Scale, Summer)
· The CAT 32OC Excavator (1:50 Scale, Summer)
· The CAT 836G Landfill Compactor (1:50 Scale, Summer)
· The CAT D8R Series 2 Track-type Tractor (1:50 Scale, Summer)
· The CAT 623G Elevating Scraper (1:50 Scale, Summer)
· The Caterpillar sponsored European Racing Truck (1:50 Scale, now available)

· The CAT 775E Off-Highway Truck (1:64 Scale, Summer)
· The Caterpillar Hauler with 12G motor grater (1:64 Scale, available now)
· The Caterpillar Mural Truck Number 2 (1:64 Scale, available now)

· The CAT Rental Store Tractor Trailer (1:50 Scale, Spring)
· The limited edition gold plated commemorative D11R Track-type Tractor (1:50 Scale)
· The CAT 3516B Engine Generator set (1:25 Scale, Summer)
· The 1:16 scale Two Ton Tractor (1:16 Scale, available now)

These remarkably realistic scale models will be available in the coming months and are highly recommended for collectors of high quality, detail oriented construction and farming toys.