enlarges their model railroad accessories series with Cararama
construction vehicles. This O model is their Volvo Bulldozer L150C
, item 820008
Cararama is a registered brand of die-cast models by Hongwell of Hong Kong. Cararama are available in O - 1/48 and HO - 1/87 scales.
Cararama Volvo Bulldozer L150C
This front loader is packed in a carton with a large clear film viewing window. It is securely fixed to the base of the box by an anchor and screws, and a wire.
The model is die cast metal with several plastic parts. It has raised and recessed surface detail, as appropriate. Engine cooling louvers and other vents are not cast open.
Plastic parts include
Cab mirrors and lamps
Dump arm (hinged to a transverse cross frame between the push arms and to the bucket)
Push or lift arms (the boom)
It also has a tinted clear warning beacon atop the cab, and a cab interior.
Some of the features, e.g., fenders and steps, are too big for the scale. The tires seem toy-like.
This model is scaled to 1/50, a popular scale in Asia, instead of the Occident O scale of 1/43 - 48. Please judge for yourself from the photo of the model next to a 1/43 Mk35 Edition figure and a 1/48 figure.
Components of this model are articulated for realistic operation. The boom raises. The boom pivots for positioning in the three settings: raise, hold and lower! The bucket can move for rollback, hold and dump positions. Actuator cylinders move but the pivot pins that hold them into the moving parts are visible. Also, the boom is attached to the bucket with screws! However, the piston rods that push and pull the boom are attached with toy-like loops.
Headlamps are simulated with silver painted clear plastic. But the tail lights seem to just be printed on the surface.
The two parts of the vehicle pivots side to side.
paint and markings
Smooth yellow paint covers this L150C body. The boom, bucket, and other sub-components are gray or black, per Volvo fashion. Volvo
are printed crisply. The logo across the radiator is chromed.
Depending on what you seek, Atlas' Cararama Volvo L150C front end loader is a good model. It has good detail including the moving features. The printing is sharp.
Unfortunately, the model suffers from some toy-like features that may alienate some modelers.
Still, Volvo Bulldozer L150C can enhance O scale - 1/48 layouts and dioramas. Recommended.
Thanks to Atlas for providing this model for review! Please tell them and retailers that you saw it here - on
Volvo L150C PDF