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US Truck 1
US Truck with aerodynamic approach scale 1:17,5 with PF. It features solid axle suspension on front and rear axles and Ackerman steering.
About this creation

After I finishing my first truck I wanted to build another one. It would be easy to build a copy with another color scheme or change some details, but that's not what I wanted. First I started working on a log truck again, that's the type of truck I wanted to build in the first place back three years ago when I started building LEGO models again. Like the first attempt, this attempt ended up in building a completely other type of truck. The inspiration to build a more aerodynamic truck started with a picture I have of a Freightliner. I spend a holiday in the US, it's decades ago, in which I took a bunch of pictures of US trucks including this Freight. Searching the web I did find loads of other pictures and so I started designing this truck. Like with the first truck I did not try to create an exact copy of an existing truck, I've been inspired by all the famous US truck brands. I do not have enough LEGO to start building it from scratch therefor I used MLCad.

Some details are used too in my other US Truck, but again I wanted it to be completely different so a lot of new details had to be build. I specifically like the filler cap right next to the exhaust. This is inspired by that Freight I mentioned before. Like with the first truck I had to equip this truck with all chrome exhausts, I like that on the real trucks so much, I couldn't stand it... :-)
For more pictures on this model click this to check out my Brickshelf Gallery.

I did not spend much time on the interior mainly because there's not much room left because of the PF that consumed most space. Here you'll see the seats and one nice detail, the cups... :-) The sleeper holds the Battery Box, PF XL motor and the length differential I'll explain later on.

At the moment of taking these pictures no light units where installed, but now they are. This picture also shows the fifth wheel. Again I wanted this part also to be functional, not only the looks. One night I just sat and started thinking and trying and in the end I came up with this design.
The steering system is the same again as in my other US Truck, I did spend so much time developing and improving this system that I thinks it's worth being used over and over again. The only part of this truck that can be opened is the hood, instead of an engine, opening the hood shows the PF M motor, Rubber Belts, Worm Gear and other gears that drives the steering. Because of the partially wedged shaped hood and cabin opening doors where not an option. I'm glad I did not spend time on opening doors because later on it came out that I needed the strength of the day cab and sleeper to avoid the model to bend under its own weight...approximately two kilogram.

One of the reasons it took so long to build this steering system is the Ackerman geometry. I wanted it to be incorporated, but that wasn't easy at all. Once again, by not giving up trying I managed to overcome the problems.

Because of the limited space in this truck frame I decided to give both rear axles their own drive shaft. As you can see on this picture I did separate them by using a length differential. First attempts did not have this, but this leads into creaking and slipping gears so I had to come up with some sort of solution.

Because of the skirts on both sides of the truck I had to make the frame of this truck two studs longer then the original one. This sounds much easier then it is to actually execute this. Instead of using three 1 x 16 Technic Bricks plus two Technic Slope Long (Wing Back) like I did on the first truck I had to reconfigure both frame beams. From the very beginning of building a truck frame I choose to be inspired by real life trucks. Two strong beams starting at the front bumper and ending at the rear part of the trucks are mainly the bases the entire truck is build around...in real life and therefor in my models as well. Because of this approach I had to use Technic Bricks because I needed the holes to attach parts to like drive-line, steering, suspension system and so on. This is mainly the reason why adding two studs like I mentioned before was not that easy, but I managed... :-)



Comments

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  August 31, 2012
Quoting Jonah L. EDIT: I just saw that paragraph about the interior in the description. I guess you were thinking I was too lazy to read the whole thing. I don't know how I missed it.
About not reading, it is OK, I don't think all people who run into my truck pics read the entire description... So whether your read it or not, or missed a piece...no worries at all... ;-)
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  August 31, 2012
Quoting Jonah L. I have always built in the town/city scale. I am considering building some bigger vehicles. Do you think these larger trucks are better than the 6-wide scale? To start out building bigger I plan to buy the Lego Highway Pickup (set 7347), and maybe buying some Model Team trucks off Bricklink. I'm a big fan of your work, so this won't be my last comment.
Thanks for being a big fan and you are always free to comment!!! I don't think there is a "better". It is just what someone prefers. To be honest I never build any LEGO truck set (except for the 8436) in my life. About 6 years ago I just started building. For me LEGO is a great way to be model builder, but I am not a set buyer or collector... Maybe set 7347 is a good starter, but as soon as you are able go your own way I would suggest...
  August 30, 2012
It's simple like most highway trucks you would see. I like the design and color scheme of it. Is there an interior? EDIT: I just saw that paragraph about the interior in the description. I guess you were thinking I was too lazy to read the whole thing. I don't know how I missed it.
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  August 30, 2012
I have always built in the town/city scale. I am considering building some bigger vehicles. Do you think these larger trucks are better than the 6-wide scale? To start out building bigger I plan to buy the Lego Highway Pickup (set 7347), and maybe buying some Model Team trucks off Bricklink. I'm a big fan of your work, so this won't be my last comment.
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  August 30, 2012
Quoting Jonah L. It's simple like most highway trucks you would see. I like the design and color scheme of it. Is there an interior?
Yes it is, for me the aerodynamic approach was basically the challenge of this model. Except for the seats, steering wheel, the cups and the shifting stick there isn't any interior. To be honest I do not really care for it. Plus the entire inside of this model is stuffed with Power Functions. I even managed to squeeze in more in my latest models...
 I made it 
  April 6, 2012
Quoting Sephirot8082 Moc The King Lego Truck!
:-) Thank you very much, it is not the most favorite of many people. I am pleased that you like it this much!!!
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  April 6, 2012
The King Lego Truck!
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  March 2, 2012
Quoting Thomas Graafland Awesome! I love the shaping of this beauty. I like all the details you've put in there! 5/5 :-)
Thank you very much, great that you noticed this one since it is on the Internet quite a while now.
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  March 2, 2012
Awesome! I love the shaping of this beauty. I like all the details you've put in there! 5/5 :-)
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  May 10, 2011
Very nice job Ingmar on this US truck. I liked it so much that I built one myself. Keep on building.
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  May 10, 2011
Love your work! Very nice job on this US truck. I liked it so much I built one myself. Keep on building.
2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven
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Micha³ Jurkiewicz
  December 4, 2010
I love it!!!
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  August 25, 2010
The master of trucks! What can I say! This thing looks so good it should be a set! outstanding!
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  July 4, 2010
Allemaal goed uitgewerkte modellen zie ik. Alle modellen die ik op deze account heb gezien hebben wel iets weg van de al jarenlang gestopte onderverdeling productietak "Model Team". Nu heb je "Creators", maar deze modellen die ik hier zie komen veel dichter bij wat toen nog "Model Team" heette, want het ziet er erg goed ontworpen en estethisch uit en het ademt allemaal een flinke hap nostalgie, wat mij doet denken aan toen ik zelf nog in mijn kinderschoenen stond.
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  April 19, 2010
OMG!that's so epic, that's something I would have constantly played with when I was little until one day it shattered and it would be tragic lol
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  April 19, 2010
Very nice! one of the best trucks I have seen on here. Very good technical details too.
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  February 28, 2010
i dont know how you do it but you always do!!
  February 27, 2010
Very nice, one of the best out here!
 I made it 
  December 16, 2009
Quoting Jernej Krmelj Good job, but why did you need a third differential?
Previous versions did not have this, but without it I ran into creaking and slipping gears. To avoid this I installed the third diff. This solution gives the model the chance to transfer power to a slipping wheel insteat of breaking a gear on the axle with grip...I know this sounds strange, but I tried so many things to know this is the best way to build this model... :-)
2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven
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Jernej Krmelj
  December 15, 2009
Good job, but why did you need a third differential?
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  December 8, 2009
Quoting Nico71 - Great job as usal. you use same axles as your precedent truck ins't it ? It's always amazing.
Thanks so much, great to have nice comment too from a great builder as you are... Yes this truck uses same suspension, it works pretty well so I did use it again, but it is much improved though...
2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven
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Nico71 -
  November 30, 2009
Great job as usal. you use same axles as your precedent truck ins't it ? It's always amazing.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2009
Another thank you for all the kind words. It is so much fun to display creations on this site. It makes you feel much more appreciated...building is fun, but this adds even more... A humble thanks to all!!!
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  November 11, 2009
A true master is a true master! This thing looks way to real to be a Lego
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  October 23, 2009
This one looks SOOOOO GOOD ! And the technical functions are cool as well. Excelent job !
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  October 9, 2009
Extremely well done! Superb combination of looks and functionality. Have not seen a better one (except your blue-white truck ;-) )
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  October 4, 2009
Joint with 'BricksonwheelsMOC's work (check him out if you haven't yet), this is without doubt the best truck on the site. The detail on this is epic. 10/10
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  October 4, 2009
Great job Ingmar. Great detail,operation and functions on your you tube video.
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  October 4, 2009
Thank you so much for the kind words. I wanted it to be realistic and detailed...this is how I am in real life too! About being experienced, I've been building models for 3 years now. Please check BrickShelf (user: 2LegoOrNot2Lego) here you'll find more models and more pictures. I am planning to add more models to this page as well..
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  October 4, 2009
AWESOME!
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  October 4, 2009
sweet model man! very realistic
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  October 4, 2009
Very detailed Truck.
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  October 4, 2009
Well done! Although this is the first time I saw your creation, but it gives me a feeling that you're a experienced and talented builder. Great Job!!
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  October 3, 2009
WOW that looks so cool!!!!!
 
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