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US Truck 3 (heavy duty truck) . US style heave duty winch truck in scale 1:17,5 with PF. It features solid axle suspension on all axles, liftable and steerable pusher axle, Ackerman geometry on both steering axles, fully functional and slidable fifth wheel and winch to load and unload easily. . As I always do I tried again to design and build a completely new model that would be challenging. Because I was planning on building a detachable gooseneck lowboy trailer it would be obvious to build a heavy duty truck to go along with it. So a new idea was born. On this lowboy trailer there is this other topic click here on MOCpages for you to check out. This model again is not an exact copy of a specific brand or model. I do have to admit though I am strongly inspired by the Mack Granite. Basically my model is a fusion of the Mack Vision and the Mack Granite but it is completely my own creativity that gave birth to this model. For more pictures on this model click this to check out my Brickshelf Gallery. Another issue I could not stop thinking about is how to be original when it comes to selecting the color of this new model. During the process of building and designing I checked the availability of specific parts in the orange color. With some minor changes I was able to build the body work of this model using orange parts. The roof is another story, from the very beginning I knew I wanted it to be white. Together with the white mudflaps and 2nd axle fenders, the dark bluish gray frame and axles and the red details and winch I think this gave the model a very nice color scheme. What is also rearrange on this model is the exhaust stack. They have been moved to the back of the sleeper and instead of chrome I used plain black. I also worked on the drivers visibility to the rear, the sleeper now have a rear view window, just another minor change to make this a completely new model. A couple of years ago we had this in my opinion very nice television program called “Ice Road Truckers”. The most inspiring part of it was the many technical details explained and the stories on how to load and unload trailers, how to attach the trailers to the trucks and many many more. Yes you are right I am not a truck driver my self and since I do not live in the US and not even close to it loads of info was completely new for me. There are two things in particular that caught my eye mainly because I did never see that before. The first thing, it is a common method used with oil field rigs, is the process of loading/unloading and attaching/detaching the trailer using a winch. I knew I do like to equip one of my future models with a winch. First of all it looks just great, gives that extra heavy duty look to it and another feature for me to develop and deploy. Once again the Internet proved to be one heck of a useful informational source. As you can see on the picture beside I was again inspired by a real life truck. Not an exact copy, but just go with the flow and what happens, I like the winch a lot. The other thing that caught my eye was the explanation of how and why a fifth wheel on some trucks is slidable. Quite some effort was spend on how to make it slidable remotely, but that turned out to be a failed project. Basically because I did not have enough space to hide the mechanism to operate it. Since the body work of this model is a couple of studs shorter it is not that easy to fit it all in even though I moved the XL motors to the exterior (in the other models it is hidden inside). Like with all models build so far I had to add full suspension to this model as well. Since this is a heavy duty truck I did add a 4th axle. It is a steerable axle in front of the two powered axles, this added axle is called a pusher axle. In Europe where I live liftable axles is very common for quite a long time now. This feature is more and more added to US trucks as well and so is my model. The second axle, the steerable pusher axle is liftable using a small air compressor inside the truck. One other detail I like a lot about winch trucks is the tail lights on top of the winch. I prefer to make all lights on a model work, but that is (almost) impossible with LEGO® light units. So I brought it back to just one set of tail lights at the back and one set on top of the winch. This model is also featured with an auxiliary electrical power output to power for example the gooseneck of the lowboy trailer. It could off course also be used to power trailers without a power supply of there own.

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