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US Truck 9 (winch truck) . US style winch truck in scale 1:17,5 with PF. It features solid axle suspension on all axles, Ackerman geometry on steering axle, winch to load and unload trailer and fully functional fifth wheel with trailer disconnection. . This model is basically a make over of my US Truck 1 model. Building that specific model was great fun, but the result was a bit boring because of the plain red color. The details on the other hand were never the less just great and I had to reuse those. So with this in mind I started working on another model, but I wanted it to be more appealing. To make sure it would be a completely different model I choose to install a winch and so it became a winch on truck. On these specific type of trucks that the winch can be used to load/unload and attach/detach the trailer. What basically happens is that the trailers front end is lowered to the surface. The winch is used to drag the load on the trailer. As soon as the trailer is loaded the trailers is lifted back up using the winch. The rolls at the tail and wedge shape end parts of the chassis guide the trailer to the fifth wheel. There is also a topic here on MOCpages on this trailer, please check it out if you want to. What is realy new on this truck, I mean a functionality that I didn't use before, is the self disconnecting fifth wheel. All other truck models I build where equipped with this self connecting fifth wheel. This is unchanged, but now it also disconnects. One extra M motor is installed which opens the fifth wheel so the trailers king pin is released. Please check movie to see how this works. First attempts of this new model started pretty soon with a combination of white and red. Because of the use of quite a lot of specif parts it's not that easy to “repaint” my models. With this limitation in mind I tried a couple of combinations, but this one suites best. I realy like this combination of colors. While this model was evolving more and more parts and details where redesigned. I decided to give this one air cleaners and used chromed parts. Thanks to Bricksonwheels who provided me kindly with chromed parts. A chromed sunvisor suites this model best including chromed mirrors, door handles and antennas. It's easy and most common to use black as the color of the chassis. Almost all parts are available in black and it works with almost all other colors. I'm the kind of guy that doesn't go easy and most common so I challenged my self to build the chassis in a different color. Through time I discovered black isn't my color anyway, it's to dark and makes me kind of depressed. The red color would have suited this model quite well, but since I used this color on two of my other models this wasn't an option. Since the chassis of my models are basically build out of technic bricks, building the chassis in a different color isn't that easy. The easiest way it so connect of couple of 1 x 16 technic bricks and of you go. Because I choose to build this chassis in orange I realy limited my self when it comes to the use of technic bricks. Only 1 x 1, 1 x 2 and 1 x 6 are available and the technic slope long (wing back), lucky me. These parts are available though, but quite hard to lay hands on, only limited amount are available on BL. I prefer to buy new parts that made it even harder. Some might think using orange for the chassis isn't that original since Bricksonwheels used it too in this amazing model of his. This was not the reason I took orange, it's just that I think it looks amazing on this white and red color scheme of this model.


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