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Somehow i have always build something different in December. I have had the idea for a while to build a hot rod style truck... here it is.... packed with chrome!
About this creation



Chrome and big American Rigs, that is a combination that simply belongs together. I have always had a big wish to build my trucks with real chrome, but spray painting bricks into very vulnerable parts was never my thing. Then I came aware of the ‘plating on plastics’ technology that deliveres just what i desired for my trucks... the real custom chrome look!



Recently I saw the first of these type of modified bricks on the net, but I was shocked by the pricing a bit. Building a truck big scale would deliver a too heavy bill, so I decided to arrange myself, and succeeded.



Now with the first chrome batch on hand I wanted to create something special! A big scale truck, where chrome would fit very well. What else can that be then a wicked custom? Now I challenged myself into building out of the ordinary. Lego wise, first of all, I wanted to stay away from the red, a nice colour, but I have build a couple of red ones, so I wanted to show something fresh. Blue and white came to thought, as those are really nicely contrasting with chrome.

Then I considered creating something close to customised cars, like hot rods, so I needed some wild rims. There is not much to get big scale, and I didn’t want to use the old Technic regular wheels that I normally apply. I decided to use the big white wheels from the old 8880 set. Luckily I found some extra on the net, so I was ready to start.



But what to build exactly? I looked through some magazines, and surfed the net, and then I came across the wild Peterbilt Hot Rod convertible from Jeff Botelho. This transport company owner has a big love for radical customs and created an awesome chopped truck for the 2007 ‘Big Rig Build Off’ at the Mid American Truck show. At first glance you need to get used to a big truck being a convertible, but it is totally cool, and different from anything custom I had seen before…. This was my inspiration for sure! What an insane truck!

Here is some detailing on the work on my MOC:

- Chassis:

Composed of mainly blue bricks with airride suspension, including chromed air tanks and controllers to lift and lower the full chassis. The suspension system is detailed with hoses. Everything is colour matched. Attached to the chassis is the fully chromed fifth wheel. I don’t believe it will ever be used though…..
Finally there are two big diesel tanks fiited to the chassis, and together with the stepboxes they are completely chromed.

- Wheels:

Standard White Technic 8880 wheels, 10 in total, supported by white fenders. I wanted to stick with singles at the rear, or a single rear axle, but didn’t like the visual output of that. So I decided to stay with a regular 6x4 setup. Size does matter sometimes!

- Bumpers:

Front and rear fully chromed, with chromed hinges at the front. The rear bumper is fitted with blue driving lights and red tubular indicators, composed of round transparent bricks.



- Grille:

I love this part. Fully chromed, including headlight supports.

- Engine:

Modified Caterpillar replica, with turbo system. The piping is done in chrome, inclusive the air cleaner housings, that feature some blue lights. The base of the engine is blue, matched to the chassis. This engine needs a lot of cleaning! Attached to the engine is the exhaust system. This time no big stacks, because they look out of proportion on this one, but big sidepipes….chromed off course

-Bodywork and cabin:

The body is blue and white, basically based on the geometry I have also used for ‘Insanity Ride’, another big Peterbilt a build a while ago. New constructions are the doors and the front window. The window construction is much lower then it would normally be, something which is called a ‘chop’ in the world of customisation. As there is no roof, the bodywork is tiled to give a smooth finish. On the cabin floor there are white tiles and there is blue lights in there too for the nice atmosphere 
The seats are colour matched and sport seats. The dash is custom, including the chromed gear lever. The truck has only two pedals as has the original Botelho truck which is featured with an automatic transmission too. I love the finishing with the chromed mirrors in and outside, and last but not least the chrome steering wheel!



-Drivetrain:

It is always challenging to detail everything which does not really meet the eye at first glance. The automatic gearbox and the differentials are all highly detailed and partly chromed. They are connected with the authentic Silver Metallic Lego cylindrical bricks that serve as the axles.



This was a really nice one to build. The chromed bricks were totally new to me, and due to the increased layer thickness sometimes challenging. I took my detail ambitions to the next level, and I must say I am pleased with the result. Now I only needed a proper name for this extreme convertible… I could only think of one:

Radically Topless!



Ooh yeah..almost forgot, this thing really exists, look here:








Comments

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  March 11, 2013
ricers have their asian lowriding punky cars and us rednecks have our semis
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  October 29, 2012
This is soooo cooool! I am building one truck now. But at first I thought this was unfinished model but it was finished and it looked like that in real!this is sooo epic! I really like this.
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  July 11, 2010
This is the best truck out there. 11/10. i drive trucks and that would be the one to drive.
  June 22, 2010
Thanks man !
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  June 20, 2010
@Maxime: The chrome is not painted, but true chrome, which is done by an industrial 'plating on plastics' process. So it is metallised instead of painted. The wheels i liked in white a lot, and they don't work well in the chroming process due to their geometry.
  June 19, 2010
I have another question for you : If I want to paint some of my parts with chrome paint, could I use a spray bottle of chrome paint ? thanks.
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  June 19, 2010
Awesome job, I give a 10/10 on it, and I have a question for you : Why you didn't paint the wheels with chrome ?
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  May 21, 2010
Thanks :)
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  May 20, 2010
Helped you out :-)
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  April 28, 2010
or some other truck u have :)
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  April 28, 2010
Hi ! I would appreciate if u could send me a pic of that truck chassis:) I have a new project what would finish faster if i knew how to build the chassis:) Here's my email : devilmario@hot.ee Or my msn address : mezake88@msn.com Please I need your quick response :)
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  April 15, 2010
Fantastic job, the chrome parts really makes a difference.....!!
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  April 12, 2010
Wow, this is awesome! Wicked job!
  February 19, 2010
Very original design for a truck! Very nice in the details and finish! My compliments!
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  February 10, 2010
it's actually nickel-plated, not chrome... still looks awesome though
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  January 24, 2010
Thnx Jeff, that is a compliment!
  January 4, 2010
wow love it i didnt know you could build that with blocks would you build one for me and what would the price if you like you can go to my web site [westcoastlargecars.com] and see the truck after we flamed the cab and hood there are also some of the other trucks i have built the name we put on the truck "ON THE ROCKS"
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  December 23, 2009
yet another amazing rig!
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  December 21, 2009
Send me a mail from the shop, and we will arange something
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  December 21, 2009
U don't ship to Estonia:(
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  December 21, 2009
Indeed
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  December 20, 2009
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  December 19, 2009
Holy crap that's a lot of chrome parts (i've been out of Lego scene for too long). Love all that turbo piping in the engine bay too. This thing is off the hook, good color combo too.
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  December 16, 2009
Thanks all for the comments!
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  December 13, 2009
The truck looks very cool. Especially the blue and white colors. Also the use of a lot of chrome is very cool. So a well deserved 10/10. ;)
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  December 12, 2009
Sorry that i comment so late but i have trouble with my pc.A very cool detailed rig.More than the chrome parts i like the excellent detail on the chassis.Perfect work again.Hope to can show you my new truck next time.
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  December 12, 2009
Sorry that i comment so late but i have trouble with my pc.A very cool detailed rig.More than the chrome parts i like the excellent detail on the chassis.Perfect work again.Hope to can show you my new truck next time.
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  December 8, 2009
Your probably one of the best lego car builders here on mocpages. This looks amazing! The chrome definitely brings it to another whole level. How about black-chrome next time? ;). ~M
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  December 8, 2009
Hah ha ha.. If I let sort my bricks to my daughter, half of them would be swallowed (she's only 7.5 months). But yea, I ment exactly what I wrote - paintjob, those chromed parts you can't paint by yourself (at least not at this high quality) and that is a pitty, that LEGO do not make more chrome parts. Btw.. please contact me at Rolands.Kirpis@gmail.com I just had an idea, but that's not a mocpage conversation...
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  December 8, 2009
Thanks for the compliments. I don't know exactly what you mean Roland, but i did this myself for a 100%, only my daughters helped me sorting the blue and white bricks :-) The bricks i have chromed outside off course, you can't do that yourself.
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  December 8, 2009
Nyeaaa.. I guess this is something you can't atchieve on your own. I mean that paintjob. Interesting work. It's a pitty that LEGO do not create many plates and brics and tiles chrome silver. I've look for those parts too. Would've been nice to atach a chromed gas tank and exhoust to my Renault.
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KuKkAmElOoNi .
  December 7, 2009
The word topless really got me... Buut then i noticed it was a truck. Nice truck tho, I like the front grill and the hood.
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  December 7, 2009
That is one sweet ride you have there, mister. I think I have a favourit for the next MOCies wheels category...
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  December 7, 2009
That is one sweet ride you have there, mister. I think I have a favourit for the next MOCies wheels category...
  December 7, 2009
can u send me some pictures on my email? i would be really thankful:) Chrome rims would look cool:D
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  December 7, 2009
Beautiful, this is truely well built
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  December 7, 2009
This is a fantastic build! The chrome elements really make this beauty pop!!
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  December 7, 2009
That is superb! I've never seen a topless truck before.
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  December 7, 2009
that is mad :) very cool.
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  December 7, 2009
Thanks for the compliments! To answer you're questions: The chroming i have outsourced to a company that does that. It is real metal, depositioned on etched bricks. You have to do it by batches, and in a few weeks i will have parts that i don't need availlable in my Chromeshop at Bricklink. Just for the record, the parts are individually chromed, not as an assembly. The diesel tanks consists of two main parts, that i mount upside down. The inner layer is connected by technic connectors. You have to do it tight to avoid space visible.
  December 7, 2009
One thing more how did u chrome it? And i need to know how u made those gas tanks
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  December 7, 2009
Awesome Truck!You are the best Truck builder!
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  December 7, 2009
I don't know, man! You amaze me every time! I expect a whole lot of comments on this one! You want me to comment on the details? Oh, no, mate... I am speechless ;))
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  December 7, 2009
EXCELLENT!!! What a great truck. I love it!!! Especially with the many chrome parts it looks awesome...and very realistic!!! How did you "chromed" your bricks?
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  December 7, 2009
Now i know why it took so much time to polish:D This thing is so awsm:D . i'm building a big rig too:P Better than old ones:D if u want to see the progress add me on msn: mezake88@msn.com or write me at devilmario@hot.ee :)
 
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