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US Truck 5 (Custom Peterbilt 379)
A LEGO model of a custom Peterbilt 379 with a blue and orange color scheme and loads of chrome in scale 1:17,5. It features PF, lights, driving, steering, Ackerman geometry on steering axle, remotely controlled fifth wheel and solid axle suspension on all axles.
About this creation
I do like to switch alot between “ordinary” trucks with about no chrome and customized details at all like my Mack Granite, off-road trucks like this Kenworth 953 6 x 6 and custom(ized) trucks like this Kenworth T800 log truck.
I think this Peterbilt 379 is about as far as I go when it comes to customized trucks, but one can never tell.



The color scheme of blue and orange is very nice to me. I can't remember how it originated but who cares. Trucks with there frame spray painted the same color as the body work is not really what I prefer. Check my other models to see that I never did this before. Since most custom trucks do have a frame in the same color as (a part of) the body work I did go for it anyway. It really worked out well and I am glad I did.



One of the comments written about my Mack Granite was “Finally a truck without excessive chrome, I like that.”. Well this sure can not be written about this Pete. Even though it is fully loaded with chrome, but I still don't think of it excessive... :-)
Like I wrote, I do like to switch a lot so the next model will probably be an oilfield rig again or what ever off-road truck. To be honest I do not really stick to one type of truck. Custom trucks do attract me as well as heavy duty trucks with a winch and an awful lot of chains.



One detail of all my trucks with a sleeper so far that really bothered me was the accessibility of the battery box. I installed small doors in the sleepers side to access the on/off switch, which not really worked well. To replace the batteries the entire roof had to be removed. It was OK back then but far from ideal and I knew I would improve this feature some day.
With this new truck I managed to improve the battery box and on/off switch accessibility. Basically the sleeper roof exists of two parts. First there is this larger part that sticks to the sleeper at all times also bringing strength to it. In this part fits a smaller part, a hatch that can be removed easily. Both switching the model on/off and the replacement of the batteries are extremely easy now.










To give this model a more “custom” feel to it the suspension is lowered compared to my other trucks. As with all my trucks it has still full suspension an all axles. Due to the lowering of the suspension as with real life cars it also became more stiff which is welcome to make sure nothing else but the whees hits the surface.



Again with this truck I stick to the some what old school exhausts, the one with a smaller and a wider pipe. Maybe because of my age I don't know but I do like this type of exhaust so much better. It is not that aggressive and much more subtle, maybe because that is the way I am.
The air cleaner setup is changed a little. I always like the looks of a hose coming out of the trucks hood that is connected to the air cleaner. Since the Peterbilt 379 doesn't have visible hoses I removed mine too. The advantages for this build are A) is looks less “messy” and B) for the first time I was able to build a hood that can entirely be opened.



This new truck is again equipped with this new feature I introduced with this US Truck 9 (winch truck) model I build a couple of years ago. With trucks prior to this US Truck 9 trailers where coupled without any manual actions, but uncoupling wasn't. With this new remotely operated fifth wheel coupling and uncoupling the trailer could be done without any manual actions. All is done with the remote control, I really like that.






















Comments

 I made it 
  March 5, 2014
Quoting Dennis B This one looks outstanding great. Like the chrome and the details.
Nice to comment this older MOC and great that you noticed it, thanks!
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  March 4, 2014
This one looks outstanding great. Like the chrome and the details.
 I made it 
  January 4, 2014
Quoting david fontaine it's magnificent... if you have instructions/plan , i buy it immediatly. very good job
Thank you so much for your interest and the kind words. Well stay tuned because instructions will be for sale for sure, but you have to be patient. So much models I build and so much models to create instructions for! :-) Please subscribe somewhere, here or at YouTube to be informed about availability.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2014
it's magnificent... if you have instructions/plan , i buy it immediatly. very good job
 I made it 
  November 26, 2013
Quoting Josh Muscat This has to be the BEST MOC I have ever seen! I am in love with it! Can you please please please someday do instructions/part list for it, i'm more than willing to pay for them if you do them up. LOVE your work! Keep it up!
Thanks, these words are more the kind!!! And yes, be sure I will do instructions for this one as well! Please be patient, it might take a while!!! :-)
 I like it 
  November 26, 2013
This has to be the BEST MOC I have ever seen! I am in love with it! Can you please please please someday do instructions/part list for it, i'm more than willing to pay for them if you do them up. LOVE your work! Keep it up!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2013
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner This may be the best Lego Model Team-styled truck I have ever seen. Amazing MOC. The shapes are just brilliant. The only thing else I'd like to see on it would be a wind shield made out of bricks/plates. Anyways, what a great creation! Best regards, Steffen
Thank you very much for these encouraging very nice words on the model. Great to see that you like it that much!!! About the windshield, you are probably right. This would complete the model in a way, but despite of this I don't want to invest time into it, I am sorry… :-)
 I like it 
  November 13, 2013
This may be the best Lego Model Team-styled truck I have ever seen. Amazing MOC. The shapes are just brilliant. The only thing else I'd like to see on it would be a wind shield made out of bricks/plates. Anyways, what a great creation! Best regards, Steffen
 I made it 
  October 23, 2013
Quoting Mario Fabrio Nice colors, fantastic build.
Thank you very much!!! The colors I like my self too very much. Not easy to get all Orange parts, but I managed… :-)
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  October 23, 2013
Nice colors, fantastic build.
 I made it 
  October 15, 2013
Quoting Jurgen Dietrich Guten Tag Ich Interesiere mich fur solche Trucks. Finde aber im Internet keine Handler oder Seiten die diese Anbieten. Wurde mich uber eine Antwort sehr freuen. Mit freundlichen Grussen Jurgen Dietrich
Verstehen Sie Englisch? Mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut ... : -)
 I like it 
  October 13, 2013
Guten Tag Ich Interesiere mich für solche Trucks. Finde aber im Internet keine Händler oder Seiten die diese Anbieten. Würde mich über eine Antwort sehr freuen. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Jürgen Dietrich
 I made it 
  September 22, 2013
Quoting Joonmin Kweon This is an excellent job. This looks as it couldn't have been better! The color and the chrome and the lights makes it looks like real. I start to like trucks more because of you!
Wow, that is very nice of you to write!!! :-) Thanks and check back once in a while, there is so much more to come...!
 I made it 
  September 22, 2013
Quoting Dirk Heinze Your work´s REALLY look GREAT !! no brick to much or to less - in german we say ,,wie aus einem Guss,, - i there any chance to get to know how you build them ? i´d like to use your kind of fixing the rear axels. Thanks and say building
Sorry, I didn't notice your comment sooner... These are very kind words you are writing here..., thanks so much!!! About how I build my trucks, I have instructions available at mocplans.com. Please go check them out!!! Search the web for US Truck T2 MkII to find the instructions!!!
 I made it 
  September 22, 2013
Quoting alex wong Amazing work! I just look like a real truck. So much details on it.
Thanks for these kind words...!!!
 I like it 
  August 31, 2013
This is an excellent job. This looks as it couldn't have been better! The color and the chrome and the lights makes it looks like real. I start to like trucks more because of you!
 I like it 
  June 25, 2013
Your work´s REALLY look GREAT !! no brick to much or to less - in german we say ,,wie aus einem Guss,, - i there any chance to get to know how you build them ? i´d like to use your kind of fixing the rear axels. Thanks and say building
 I like it 
  March 27, 2013
Amazing work! I just look like a real truck. So much details on it.
 I made it 
  August 26, 2012
Thanks for these kind words...
Quoting William Henderson Super nice truck, unique color combination and all the power functions including the fifth wheel are exceptional, your stuff just keeps getting better and better.
Great that you like it. I think the color scheme is unique. About the PF, that is a process, with every new model there is more. Like I wrote I do improve all the time and that is something I'll keep up...again thanks!!!
 I like it 
  August 26, 2012
Super nice truck, unique color combination and all the power functions including the fifth wheel are exceptional, your stuff just keeps getting better and better.
 I like it 
  August 19, 2012
Fantastic MOC!
 I made it 
  August 18, 2012
Quoting George Staples Can't afford a big rig? Get one of these. A lot more fun, and less expensive to maintain. Such a great truck. I just noticed the lugs on the front very nice details there. It's not quite a show rig, but more of a fancy road rig. Keep up the awesome work!
You are right I also think more of it as a fancy road rig for long distance hauling. It would do great on shows I am sure of, but it realy is ment to make money... :-)
 I like it 
  August 18, 2012
Can't afford a big rig? Get one of these. A lot more fun, and less expensive to maintain. Such a great truck. I just noticed the lugs on the front very nice details there. It's not quite a show rig, but more of a fancy road rig. Keep up the awesome work!
 I made it 
  August 18, 2012
Very nice to see all these kind words. For me this proves that I was right about the design, colors, details and chrome, so many thanks to all!!!
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . So much chrome and great functions. The drivetrain looks very smooth.
The drivetrain is very smooth. It is an example of one of those things that I improve all the time. With every new truck I build something is different.
Quoting Cody G Excellent work! And there's no such thing as too much chrome. ;)
I guess so... :-)
Quoting Chris Melby A western would be awesome! I've always loved those, and of course, press on with the Pete's! I agree with you on the Lonestar, BUT, it would be cool to be the guy who did it at you skill level ;) Keep em coming man! Z
I totally agree with you building a Lonestar would be so so very cool. These odd shapes are hard to capture in LEGO, but who knows maybe I will some day...
2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven
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Chris Melby
  August 17, 2012
BOWMocs has cornered the market on the Pete. You should try one of those new Internationals! The ones that look like a Locomotive, that would be the BOMB! This is a good look'n truck though, Z
2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven
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Chris Melby
  August 17, 2012
A western would be awesome! I've always loved those, and of course, press on with the Pete's! I agree with you on the Lonestar, BUT, it would be cool to be the guy who did it at you skill level ;) Keep em coming man! Z
 I like it 
  August 17, 2012
Awesome shaping and details. Great job! :-))
 I like it 
  August 17, 2012
Beautiful work! The design is exactly like in real life, the blue and orange go perfectly together, and the chrome elements are stunning. A truly amazing truck.
 I like it 
  August 17, 2012
its a beauty well done
  August 17, 2012
can i haz? I'm just kidding. This is amazing. I really thought it was a real truck when I clicked on this page. I'm sure my SigFig would love this.
 I like it 
  August 17, 2012
So much chrome and great functions. The drivetrain looks very smooth.
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  August 17, 2012
Excellent work! And there's no such thing as too much chrome. ;)
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  August 17, 2012
OMG it's loot like real truck
 I made it 
  August 17, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby BOWMocs has cornered the market on the Pete. You should try one of those new Internationals! The ones that look like a Locomotive, that would be the BOMB! This is a good look'n truck though, Z
I agree with you but that doesn't mean others should build Petes too... ;-) I try to be diverse and since I build Kens and Macks now it had to be a Pete. The International you are talking about is the Lonestar. Very very nice truck but for impossible to build out of LEGO. At the moment I am planning on build a Western Star for a change...
 I like it 
  August 17, 2012
Oh my god, this is amazing! I love the chrome, I wish I could do that on some of my rigs, although fire trucks arent packed with this much chrome, it really would make a huge difference. Awesome job!
 I made it 
  August 17, 2012
Thank you very much for these kind words...
Quoting Private Pyle What do you use to chrome the parts?
A buddy of mine makes the chroming happening, he knows this address to go to. It is realy chrome plated, like they do with real life bikes and trucks for example...
 I like it 
  August 17, 2012
What do you use to chrome the parts?
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  August 17, 2012
Wow this shows so much more of the detail that the truck has. I really like the color scheme. I agree there is a bunch of chrome but it isn't excessive. This truck is amazing! A well earned 5-5
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  August 17, 2012
holy cow!!speechless
 
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