For customizer Jon Stiles, big results come from tiny details in his caterpillar tractor toy hobby.
Toy customizer Jon Stiles converted a 1/25-scale gray Conrad Model Toy Co. Caterpillar Sixty into a logging cruiser, typical of those used in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. He added a lot of detail, like a convertible top, which was rare in the real world because they were often quickly torn off when working in the forest.
In this conversion of an NZG RD8 into a Caterpillar D8 logging crawler, Jon added a cable winch, a covered overhead canopy, sweeps to protect the engine area from damage, and other small details.
Jon added a canopy and winch with log boom to make this Caterpillar D82U logging crawler. It was originally an NZG RD8 model.
A Caterpillar D8 cable dozer with a LeTourneau dozer blade, overhead cable system and LeTourneau rear control unit. Those parts all came from an NZG World War II-era Caterpillar D7.
An RD8 was converted to a Caterpillar D8, with a hard nose, partial engine covers and supports, and a large cab.
Front view of the converted Caterpillar Sixty diesel.
Various details show on a customized Caterpillar Sixty diesel crawler. Jon says he has far more ideas for customizing construction toys than he’ll ever have time to finish. “They come at me from a million directions,” he says. “Ideas are just everywhere.”
The Caterpillar Sixty diesel shown here was converted from a gray Conrad Model Toy Co. Sixty. Added details include a starting motor, cab with sliding doors, windows and muffler.
An AMT/Ertl 1/25-scale Ertl D8H plastic kit with custom-built pipe layer boom and weight system added.
Jon shows off some of the customized Caterpillar models he’s made. The table display also includes pieces he’s bought from others.