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US Truck T1 MkII with instructions (US Truck T1 revised)
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Model US Truck T1 MkII with LEGO® Power Functions® which is a rebuild and revised version of US Truck T1 I finished back in 2009. This model represents the more aerodynamic US truck models like for example the Freightliner Cascadia. Like with all my models this is build in scale 1:17,5.<br /> This specific model comes with <b>building instructions</b> available at mocplans.com plus the inventory list available at rebrickable.com.<br /> This model features: solid axle suspension on all axles, PF powered driving with power transmitted independently to both rear axles, Ackerman geometry on steering axle, Servo powered steering, fully functional fifth wheel, modeled engine, detailed cabin interior and 3 light units.
About this creation

History of this build



To start with a little history on how this model was designed and developed in the first place and how US Truck T1 evolved into US Truck T1 MkII.
Back in 2009 I started building US Truck T1 and I really wanted it to have this more aerodynamic looks. From the very beginning of building MOCs I always tried to implement as many realistic features as possible. For example both version I and II of US Truck T1 features full solid axle suspension, Ackerman steering, realistic and working fifth wheel, openable hood, PF drive, PF steering and 3 light units.





Design & development process



Like with all builds, first a couple of design decisions had to be made:
A) First of all I choose not to build this model after a specific brand or type. What I knew is that it had to be a typical US style truck with aerodynamic looks. Inspired by all the amazing US truck brands I just started designing my own truck. Because of my love for work and heavy duty trucks, specifically the Kenworth C500, this will always influence my builds.
B) What scale to build in is another obvious quest when building models in general and also for building models using LEGO®. Since most work trucks have a little bigger and heavier wheels my favorite scale for building models became 1:17,5 because this suites me best. Also did I decide to build all my creations in this specific scale. To me it works great when models can be combined.
C) I had to figure out what color scheme would work best for model US Truck T1. To start with I do not like building with Black colored items what is the obvious color for the chassis. Never the less this trucks chassis was build in black. With the color of the chassis set I could move on to the colors of the body work.
D) Solid Red it became for the body work and I decided not to add any others. Basically because back those days I was very limited in how to add colors to models because of the way I build. Developing as a builder the abilities to add more color increased. I have been told the color of this first edition was a little boring and I agree on this.




Why US Truck T1 MkII?



In time my building skills develop and so did many solutions I could apply to any build. This specific model could be so much better if I would have build it these days.
Because of so many improvements I thought it would be so nice to rebuild this creation. Rebuilding this MOC made me decide to name this updated version US Truck T1 MkII (it is based on US Truck T1, but revised in so many ways). Also did I decide to make building instructions available for it as well! Since 2009 the year in which I finished my first build ever I have been asked for instructions so many times.
The process of creating instructions basically forced me to completely revise and rebuild it. Because of this process this new version is way much better and therefore very nice to build. This all together gave birth to US Truck T1 MkII and I am happy with both products: The revised truck itself and the instructions I sell for you to build this model too.




Solid axle suspension



This truck, US Truck T1 MkII, is build with full solid axle suspension on all three axles, so including the front steered axle. For this suspension to work I did a lot of research, trial and error and engineering. One major problem I noticed was the quite large size of LEGO® Technic Shock Absorber 6.5L. There was no way I could jam six of these into a chassis that is only four studs in between both chassis beams together with everything else that should be in there. Quite rapidly I came up with the idea of using Rubber Belts instead. To achieve this the movement needed to be converted so I came up with a lever constructions. Normally a spring is pushed in and comes back, but a rubber belt is stretched and comes back.




Color scheme



As I mentioned before I have been told the color of this first edition was a little boring and again I agree on this. Developing as a builder the abilities to add more color increased as did the urge to actually do so. So I started to combine different color combination with this solid Red body work of the model. Always keep in mind to check the availability of parts in a specific color. This forced me to change the color scheme a couple of times. Some key parts in a design may not be available in a specific color or some others might be very hard to get. With the instructions in order to make others build this model as well in mind hard to get parts is an unwanted side effect.
Finally I ended up with the addition of both Dark Red and Dark Bluish Gray. These colors really brighten up the Red and give US Truck T1 MkII a classic feel to it.





Steering system with Servo



A part that I have been looking out to for so many many years is finally available. The LEGO® Power Functions® Servo (part #99498c01) has been release since August 2012. This amazing new electric motor enables the opportunity to create a much more realistic steering system that is also less space consuming.
Aligned with the trucks chassis the Servo is sitting inside of the cabin right behind the modeled engine in between both seats. With a 90 degrees conversion the motion of the Servo is transferred to the steering axle.
One other improvement to avoid the use of hard to get parts was applied. In order to give the steering axle the Ackerman geometry I initially used Gear Rack 1 x 12 with Holes (part #32132). This has been replaced to make building US Truck T1 MkII with the instructions I sell more attractive to others.




Modeled engine inside



As mentioned above the Servo requires less space and is sitting inside the drivers cabin. Because of this US Truck T1 MkII is provided with a modeled engine.
This truck model is powered by a CAT® CT15 with this very appealing yellow color to it. With the hood opened it really catches the eye. External air cleaners would decrease this model's aerodynamics and with it the full efficiency so these are not mounted. On top of the CAT® CT15 engine there is this internal air cleaner system.
The modeled engine is a small object that really improve the realism of this truck model. The engine is very nice to build and to give it those realistic looks a total number of about 120 parts is used. Engine is detailed with for example engine oil dipstick, fan, fan belt, pulleys, hoses, oil filters including by-pass oil filter, turbo, exhaust manifold and so on. Together with much more engine bay details which are added the looks are phenomenal.




Openable hood



Even though my models are not entirely smooth, so LEGO® studs are allowed to be visible, the hood does not show any studs at all. This really makes the hood elegant. With hinges the hood is openable and not without a reason. What is the use of a modeled engine siting inside if it is invisible. Like with the original version US Truck T1 MkII has an openable hood to give access to both engine bay and engine.
With the hood opened one can clearly see the inline 6 cylinder engine with a displacement of 15.21L. With a horsepower range from 450 up to 550 HP and this engine has a torque range from 1550 to 1850 lb-ft. (1202 - 2508 Nm) at 1200 rpm peak torque.
Together with the engine a lot more engine bay details are visible. These include break fluid reservoir, windshield washer container, internal air cleaner system and steering shaft.




Easy battery box access



One key feature that is important when building models with electric features is how to access the battery box as well as the on/off switch located on top of it. In order to make this build achievable for as many builders as possible I sticked with the battery box with 6x AA batteries, LEGO® Power Functions® Battery Box with Orange switch (part #59510c01). Easy to get, used in many sets and a part with a nice price tag to it.
The battery box is sitting inside the sleeper. Easy to access by removing a hatch on top of the sleeper. It basically is a part of the roof that can be removed and the battery box is in sight as well as the on/off switch. For those who rather use the LEGO® Power Functions® Rechargeable Battery Box (part #84599) the model can easily be modified.




Cosy isn't it?



A lot of detail is added to the cabin's interior as well. The basic colors are Tan and Dark Bluish Gray, colors which combine extremely well. By opening US Truck T1 MkII its doors one can access the cabin. Openable doors give the model very realistic looks and make the detailed interior visible. The interior's colors really standout because of the rather dark color scheme of the truck's body work. Dark Bluish Gray is used for both the interior and the model's exterior in order to link both color palettes. For the driver's comfort the interior has gauges, switches, speakers, cup holders, comfortable seats and the interior is nice to be in because of the Tan color used. Other details are a glove compartment, more compartments in both doors, angled dash and gauge panel, a steering wheel and a gear shift.





Final improvements



One of the noticeable improvement is the windshields window frame. First build used Bar 4L (part #30374) which are basically to small for the job. The new approach looks solid and is therefore more realistic.
When TLC released LEGO® Power Functions® IR Speed Remote Control Unit (part #64227) back in 2009 I was really excited about it. First builds also used a XL Motor like this model to drive but with the use of Power Functions Remote Control Unit (part #58122c01) one has to be very careful. Because of the enormous strength of the XL Motor the drive line could be damaged easily. For this very reason the drive line was geared down quite a lot. US Truck T1 MkII has less gear reduction and is therefore quite a bid faster then its predecessor. With the use of the Speed Remote Control Unit both driving and steering became very realistic and therefore the playability of this model is extremely increased!





Building instructions



To give you an idea of how the instructions for this model will look like here is a preview. Creating these instructions both quick progress on your build and being easy to understand were the main goals. Early in the building process you will see what it is that you are building. You will be very excited from the moment you start the build of T US Truck T1 MkII till you finish it with a total number of parts of about 2250 pieces.
To achieve this a lot of floating items are used, with added arrows to show where these items are suppose to be. Together with a lot of so called call outs (the smaller windows within a step that shows the assembling of a smaller sub part of the build) together with multi part steps (not only one part at a time) the build will be in a flow.
Check mocplans for the instructions and rebrickable for the parts list!


Different color...



Obviously the desirable color (scheme) of a model is subject to builders preference. With every new build I want the color scheme to be different again. Since I do not build direct copies I have to come up with it myself. In order to give builders the chance to build this particular model in a different color to meet there preference I decided to add different schemes.
So for those who like to build this model in a different color here is a preview. A preview of what to expect. For all four of these colors shown in this picture instructions will be available as well as the required parts list.




Comments

 I like it 
  August 1, 2014
How did you make the instructions of such a marvelous truck? Great detail and styling!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2014
ravishingly beautiful!
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  March 6, 2014
Again another warm thanks to all for the very kind words. I take back my words, a lot of people noticed the seats...thanks... :-)
Quoting Devin smith aw man thats nice good job especially on the interior looks like a freightliner fld120 to me my dad had one and his was almost idecntical 10 outta 10
You are absolutely right, I have been inspired by the Freightliner FLD120. As I wrote in the subscription it is not an exact copy, but again you are right. I really love those aerodynamic trucks as FL started with, If I am correct. Did you show it to your dad, I am sure he is going to love it. Maybe he wants you to make him a copy using the instructions I have for sale... :-)
  March 6, 2014
Amazing detail level! The seats are fantastic! Well done ... as always!
 I like it 
  March 6, 2014
amazing truck!:D
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  March 5, 2014
aw man thats nice good job especially on the interior looks like a freightliner fld120 to me my dad had one and his was almost idecntical 10 outta 10
 I like it 
  March 5, 2014
Excellent job!
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  March 5, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Great to see this beautiful truck here on MOCpages. The stripes are brilliantly done and I absolutely love the interior (the seats are brilliant). Superb stuff!
Thanks so much, I really am proud and happy with both the interior and the seats. It is the first time I spend so much time on the interior. Mainly because is has openable doors and because of the instructions I want it to be ver nice "to be in"...!!!
 I like it 
  March 5, 2014
Great to see this beautiful truck here on MOCpages. The stripes are brilliantly done and I absolutely love the interior (the seats are brilliant). Superb stuff!
  March 5, 2014
Thanks you!
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  March 5, 2014
Quoting sam the first Sorry, but the idea of MOCpages is to post Lego models, not Dicast replicas....wait a sec! ;D Returning to seriousness, this is is incredible - the shaping is gorgeous (LOVE those seats) and great parts usage. Little things, like using ladders for the back of the cab, and wheel arches for the seats - fantastic work!!
Oh...is that so, I didn't realize only LEGO® models are "allowed" to this site... :-) Thanks for these kind words, that is very much appreciated!!! ;-) Yeah, I don't see the wheel arches as such, these are just parts to be used for other things. I also used them on two other models I built as steps to get access to the fifth wheel and power and air hose connectors at the back of the sleeper. Great that you noticed and yes you are "allowed" to use these seats, go ahead. It is just great to inspire one another, not all stuff that is in my models are entirely genuine mine. We all are influence by each other that is great about this amazing hobby... :-)
  March 5, 2014
Ooh, just read the comment below - people should see those seats - if I may, I might pinch that idea!
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  March 5, 2014
Sorry, but the idea of MOCpages is to post Lego models, not Dicast replicas....wait a sec! ;D Returning to seriousness, this is is incredible - the shaping is gorgeous (LOVE those seats) and great parts usage. Little things, like using ladders for the back of the cab, and wheel arches for the seats - fantastic work!!
 I made it 
  March 5, 2014
Quoting JS Can Awesome build! I love those seats.
Thanx especially for noticing the seats, your the first I guess... ;-)
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  March 5, 2014
Awesome build! I love those seats.
 I made it 
  March 5, 2014
Thanks to all for the kind words. Great that you all notice the details, the time I spend on building this MOC and that it has all the functionality. As I stated many times before, that really is what I am up to! Both realism and aesthetics are very important to me and all effort goes in to combining both. I really do like to have a LEGO® Modelteam/Technic approach, TLC misses a product line in this area, so I provide… :-)
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 how much would you ask to build one in yellow, and ship it with instructions? I d love to have it already built, but, like to re-build it if I wanted to, while I can t get one in the near future, I m serious about getting one in a few years.
Shipping a completely build model is not that easy. What I could do is ship a parts pack over to you. So you have to build it yourself, but you don’t have to search for the parts individually. Check the parts list at Rebrickable.com to have an idea of what it might cost you.
Quoting Henrik Jensen I follow you in the problem of color choise, I often come across that one special part is not available in the color I need, so I often use paint, but that's no good if the build is to be sold.
No, you are right… :-) …painting ain’t an option. I really want it to be authentic, only original LEGO® is used.
 I like it 
  March 5, 2014
A masterpiece. It's really unusual that something that looks so refined has so many functions. Nice colour scheme too.
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
What's the difference between t1 and t2
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  March 4, 2014
This is an astounding MOC!!!! Both inside, out, under the hood, functionality, color scheme, all are over the top accurate
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
What a amazing truck, awsome work!
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  March 4, 2014
Absolutely beautiful revision of an already unique construction. Here is truly a ton of fine details, especially the interior, and the engine. I follow you in the problem of color choise, I often come across that one special part is not available in the color I need, so I often use paint, but that's no good if the build is to be sold.
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
this truck is a feat! I envy your talent, making the instructions impresses me even more, while I m not ready now, I m curious, how much would you ask to build one in yellow, and ship it with instructions? I d love to have it already built, but, like to re-build it if I wanted to, while I can t get one in the near future, I m serious about getting one in a few years.
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Excellent. The engine and interior look killer, and the paint job is super.
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Wow! As always perfect build! Awesome truck. Very clean and detailed. Good work!
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  March 4, 2014
Another thank you for the kind words also to you "Dennis B", that is very nice of you!!!
Quoting Jack Sparrow Excellent quality as always. When I was a boy I loved "big rigs" and wanted to drive them. I used to draw them all of the time. These models of yours are outstanding. If it wouldn't cost a good $500 I'd build a custom version of one of these for display. Keep it up Ingmar!
Nice to share a little "history". The love for "big rigs" as a kid is mutual. Always nice to look at, for example in the A-team, so nice... :-) Yeah I know these models are quite expensive, but I can tell you these are worth every penny of it, that is for sure. Feel free to do what ever you like, again thanks and yes I'll keep it up for sure...
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Awesome truck. The paint scheme is great and it looks very realistic. Good job.
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Excellent quality as always. When I was a boy I loved "big rigs" and wanted to drive them. I used to draw them all of the time. These models of yours are outstanding. If it wouldn't cost a good $500 I'd build a custom version of one of these for display. Keep it up Ingmar!
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  March 4, 2014
Again thanks for the nice words, nice to see that the effort I put in pays off...!!! :-)
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  March 4, 2014
Quoting Stephen Wilson It looks like you've done it again..... A beautiful truck in great colors and I can build this at home, looks like Win, Win for us Lego builders!
Thanks for looking at this from this angle and yes I totally agree with you. It is win win for all of use, enjoy building it. And show it to you everyone you know... ;-)
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  March 4, 2014
Quoting Mihe Stonee That's awesome ! the detail is amazing... And iM' really sorry to ask you - but could you give me a short lesson of how you create this perfect instructions ? my e-mail is "helix4320@haoo.de" - i want to create an instruction for this moc... http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/382680 ;-) You would be my personal king !!
It is not that easy, with this I mean it is a complex process. It starts all with creating an digital model using LDraw related software. After this you have to get the steps right and make LPub do the rest for you. After this you got to give this all a personal touch. What I would suggest you to do is search the web. That is exactly how I got into it. Yes it takes a while, but might be worth the effort. Looking at your beautiful MOC, you are not lazy at all... :-)
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
super awesome
  March 4, 2014
It looks like you've done it again..... A beautiful truck in great colors and I can build this at home, looks like Win, Win for us Lego builders!
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
That's awesome ! the detail is amazing... And iM' really sorry to ask you - but could you give me a short lesson of how you create this perfect instructions ? my e-mail is "helix4320@haoo.de" - i want to create an instruction for this moc... http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/382680 ;-) You would be my personal king !!
 I made it 
  March 4, 2014
Thank you all for these kind words. Great that you guys can appreciate what it is that I am doing. Yes, I really do pay attention to detail, the looks and the actual functionality. All is very important to me!
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  March 4, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Spectacular! But that is what we have all come to expect from you. The details of this truck are amazing, including the cabin and engine compartment. Another outstanding effort.
Sometimes that is not that easy...people know what to expect, but what if I would do less... :-)
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Amazing! Nice details and great overall appearance.
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  March 4, 2014
A fantastic piece of Lego engineering. It looks brilliant and is crammed with functions too. Good luck
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Spectacular! But that is what we have all come to expect from you. The details of this truck are amazing, including the cabin and engine compartment. Another outstanding effort.
 I made it 
  March 4, 2014
Thanks to you both gentlemen, that is very much appreciated!!! The color scheme I do love my self a lot too. I did spend some time in it, and worked out very well!
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
As usual, excellent work. Your work inspires many to pay more attention to detail as well as keep a certain functionality to models. I tip my hat sir.
 I like it 
  March 4, 2014
Always love your trucks! The color scheme on this one is especially nice. Great work!
 
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