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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.
About this creation

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.






















Comments

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  September 3, 2012
Quoting geoffrey boulton many thanks for your reply and i am sure you would have no problems building a transporter as you are one of the best builders on moc pages lok forward to more from you
Thank you so much...and more there will be...!!! :-)
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  September 2, 2012
many thanks for your reply and i am sure you would have no problems building a transporter as you are one of the best builders on moc pages lok forward to more from you
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  September 1, 2012
Quoting geoffrey boulton hi ingmar can you tell me which pf motor you used for your winch and also i watch irt as well and remember seeing the winch truck very well. loving your creations have you any more coming up and have you thought about building a car transporter as i think you would do a fab job of one
The winch is powered by a M-motor with 2 gear reductions. Without it would be to fast and not strong enough. Yes I did think about a car transporter once in a while. To be honest at the moment it feels out of my league. I am sure I will give it a go someday, it would be amazing. As you would understand it'll sure be loaded with PF... :-)
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  August 31, 2012
hi ingmar can you tell me which pf motor you used for your winch and also i watch irt as well and remember seeing the winch truck very well. loving your creations have you any more coming up and have you thought about building a car transporter as i think you would do a fab job of one
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  August 31, 2012
Ok, I'll watch for it.
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  August 31, 2012
Quoting Jonah L. I watch Ice Road Truckers quite a bit, too. I've never seen them use a winch, though. I'll watch carefully.
If I recal it correctly it was the second season, not the first one...
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  August 31, 2012
I watch Ice Road Truckers quite a bit, too. I've never seen them use a winch, though. I'll watch carefully.
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  August 31, 2012
Quoting Jonah L. Another fine truck! I loved watching the video of the rig pulling a chassis onto the trailer, then lifting the trailer up onto the fifth wheel. It's amazing how much you can do with power functions. Your the best builder I know of. You also know a lot about trucks. Are you a trucker?
Thanks again!!! No I am not a truck driver, it is just that I have always been attracted to trucks. With LEGO and Power Functions I can make my models work as real life trucks and that is what I love doing. This one was very nice to build especially all of its technique. Basically I was inspired by Ice Road Truckers where I noticed this way of loading and unloading trucks...
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  August 30, 2012
Another fine truck! I loved watching the video of the rig pulling a chassis onto the trailer, then lifting the trailer up onto the fifth wheel. It's amazing how much you can do with power functions. Your the best builder I know of. You also know a lot about trucks. Are you a trucker?
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  April 23, 2012
How can you get chrome pieces of lego? That kind that you have made in the bumper? best wishes, Rik Moorman rikmoorman@live.nl
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  October 1, 2011
one word - eyecatcher Hope to see you in Utrecht???
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  September 25, 2011
Very, very cool. Everything is perfekt. Maybe I should start mixing technic and studded bricks. Looks certainly improve with the right mix.
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  September 25, 2011
A warm thank you to all of these kind comments, I realy appreciate this a lot...!!!
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  September 25, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 Incredible how you have captured both looks and FULL functions! bravo!!!
Thanks a lot, that is realy what I'm up to. Looks and functionality as well...
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  September 25, 2011
awesome, very accurate and good looking. 5/5
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  September 25, 2011
One of your best works - one of your best. And your "worst" is better than I'll ever can manage... =)
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  September 25, 2011
This is breathtaking work mate :)
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  September 25, 2011
Oh jeez... even the trailer's feet work. Almost ridiculous, and so purty at the same time. Awesome color scheme.
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  September 25, 2011
my hat off to you! your truck is a dream, and a feat! it s ...PERFECT! incredible how you have captured both looks and FULL functions! bravo!!!
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  September 25, 2011
Awesome rig, Dude!
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  September 25, 2011
This is 1 of the most realistic builds i have ever seen! when i saw it i was saying to myself thats not lego thats real then when i came on the cration WOW! it is real i love this keep up the great work!
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  September 25, 2011
Quoting Bricksonwheels MOC Superb Ingmar. I have used an orange chassis too in the past, and it works just fine. The chrome is indeed a good touch.
Yes, orange works just fine, I agree. Because of the Technic features in the chassis it wasn't that easy. Thanks for inspiring me to use chrome like you do... :-)
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  September 25, 2011
Thanks to all for the nice comments!!!
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  September 25, 2011
Quoting Bernhard Mollema Any build instruction available somewhere?
No, I don't do instructions...all time is put into building models!
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  September 25, 2011
fantastic. every thing works, excellent build.
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  September 25, 2011
Breathtaking !!
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  September 25, 2011
Very cool truck!
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  September 25, 2011
Superb Ingmar. I have used an orange chassis too in the past, and it works just fine. The chrome is indeed a good touch.
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  September 25, 2011
Very good looking. Really enjoy you work. any build instruction available somewhere?
 
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