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US Truck 6 (australian day cab truck)
Australian style US day cab truck in scale 1:17,5 with PF. It features solid axle suspension on all axles, Ackerman geometry on steering axle and fully functional and slidable fifth wheel.
About this creation

I never realy managed to build a day cab truck before. The problem was where to hide all PF, gear reductions and stuff like that. Since this truck is build to go with the Elphinstone Easyloader Road Train it has to be a day cab. This trailer forced me basically to build this new truck and I managed to so. On this Elphinstone Easyloader Road Train trailer there is this other topic here on MOCpages for you to check out.

Again like previous truck models this is not an exact copy of a specific brand or model. In my opinion LEGO is not suitable to do so, so I use my imagination to build models my own. Off course I'm inspired by all the amazing US truck brands, in this case the model is based on the Kenworth T800.
For more pictures on this model click this to check out my Brickshelf Gallery.









One other challenging job was to give this truck a new color scheme. Because of the use of wedges, wedge plates, slopes, curved slopes and the SNOT technique coming up with new color schemes isn't that easy, it's even quite hard. With the use of the mentioned items and SNOT I realy limited my self when it comes to use different and especially odd colors. Eventually I mentioned to give this truck its color scheme and I like it a lot. It's not the first time and won't most certainly be the last time I build the chassis in red. I am not a fan of building models with black, it makes me depressed or so.

Building new models isn't that hard since I can reuse ideas from my previous trucks. Never the less I try to be as original as I can with each new model since I want it to be challenging to build. Since the Easyloader this model comes with is mainly used in Australia it would be obvious to give this model an Australian feel to it.
A lot of Australian trucks have this typical air cleaners, bullbar, mesh to protect the windshield and never the less the steering wheel on the other site of the vehicle. It was realy fun to get all this going on this model.

Since this truck comes without a sleeper there was no room to hide the battery box. First I hated the idea of not hiding it, but in the end the battery box turned out to be a useful support to attach the exhaust stack to. The exhausts do hide it quite well and with the use of some extra chrome parts it doesn't bother me no more.
This picture also shows the external power connector to connect the Easyloader to since this trailer holds no own power supply.

In order to give this truck an even more Australian feel to it I wanted it to be as short as possible. With moving the fuel tanks more to the front, directly under the cabin, this was achieved. The next thing I ran into was the length of the drive line. I had to rebuild the drive line completely and I also changed the position of the XL motor to fit into the much shorter chassis.

One more challenge was left, where to locate the PF receiver. Again this should be hidden inside the sleeper. Well there was this very pleasant coincidence. With rebuilding the drive line and especially relocating the XL motor space was left right in front of the passenger seat. It is so well hidden that it can't be seen, but it is in there believe me. First I had some worries because it is hidden quite well, but it receives just fine.









Comments

 I made it 
  January 4, 2014
Quoting Andrea Lattanzio Super model!!! I love the colored stripes; the color combination is great! Excellent work.
Thank you so much to start with! Nice to see that you noticed this quit older model. This model is still on of my favorites because I applied a more complex paint job to it. I learned a lot from creating this model! :-)
 I like it 
  January 4, 2014
Super model!!! I love the colored stripes; the color combination is great! Excellent work.
 I made it 
  September 22, 2013
Quoting arwenromel hanna awesome ...excellent job with great details
Thanks...!!!
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  November 11, 2012
awesome ...excellent job with great details
 I made it 
  February 23, 2012
Quoting geoffrey boulton outstanding build as are all your other builds .what do you think of my truck .any ideas on how to impprove it many thanks
Thank you very much for the kind words. I'll check yours soon and I'll let you know...
 I like it 
  February 22, 2012
outstanding build as are all your other builds .what do you think of my truck .any ideas on how to impprove it many thanks
 I made it 
  January 27, 2012
Quoting Michal Jurkiewicz Did You use any third differential like in previous truck?
I replied to your email, did you not receive it. No there is no third dif in there and I also removed all third difs from my other trucks...
 I like it 
  January 25, 2012
Did You use any third differential like in previous truck?
2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven
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kenneth rattledge
  January 23, 2012
first class.
 I made it 
  July 13, 2011
A big humble thank you to you all !!! I wrote this before with other models: building is so much fun but people responding like this does add that little more... About the color scheme, yes I love it myself too. I did spend quite some time puzzling, but in the end it turned out well.
Quoting Vibor Cavor You could've maybe done the front hood a bit better but that's just me.
I am affraid I have to agree with you, but please believe me when I say it's the best I could do. I tried so many things but nothing works better...
 I made it 
  July 13, 2011
Quoting elias perris Nice truck i live in australia and that looks very much like an aussie truck i used to live in darwin northen territory (state) and there was lots of big trucks and in the NT there is no speed limit YAY nice truck
Nice to have this comment by some one who lives in Australia...thanks mate... :-)
 I like it 
  July 11, 2011
It's not fair! Such a grand model and so few comments! Dude, this is outstanding! How you managed to do a trailer to be expandable is a mystery to me! You could've maybe done the front hood a bit better but that's just me. Nevertheless if there was a grade 10 I'd give it to ya.
 I like it 
  July 10, 2011
ravishingly beautiful!
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  July 10, 2011
I really like it.
 I like it 
  July 10, 2011
Nice truck i live in australia and that looks very much like an aussie truck i used to live in darwin northen territory (state) and there was lots of big trucks and in the NT there is no speed limit YAY nice truck
 I like it 
  July 9, 2011
Wow. Just wow. This is a truly epic MOC. Great colours and features. I agree, wheres the stripes overlap is really nicely done! This deserves way more likes/comments. Great work! :D 5/5
 I like it 
  July 9, 2011
Given the mechanics involved with that trailer, this would have to be the best truck on the pages in terms of those criteria best applied to the hobby. Fantastic Lego build mate, and I love the inventive front wheels and windscreen assembly. Bravo!
 I like it 
  July 9, 2011
very impressive!
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  July 9, 2011
Very impressive looks and functions. I love the stripes, especially where they drop down (from the bonnet/hood) and overlap. Nice use of chrome - not too much. Excellent creation. Pity you don't like black Lego cos I often build in black, maybe that's why I am so sad :(. Only joking :)
 I like it 
  July 9, 2011
Intense!
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  July 9, 2011
Very impressive power functions! Can you check out my Enzo Ferrari? Thanks!
 I like it 
  July 9, 2011
Nifty paint scheme and details!
 
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