This model is based on the Peterbilt 379 ’laying low’ showtruck owned by James Davis. You can see it’s picture on this page. The simple clean look, combined with the two tone colourscheme is very suitable for a Lego duplicate and I really like the dumped rideheight of this rig. I named it differently though, it is called ‘Low Lug’ now, which is a appreciation to the Dutch Lowlug community that always gives me a lot of inspiration on Lego building.
The chassis of the truck is very low, and I used new techniques with new bricks to make the suspension front and rear to a high detail level, yet maintaining steerability. It is a combination of old and new Technic elements and it all worked fine. From front to rear the chassis is fitted with lowered steps, Diesel tanks (fitted with pumps and attached to engine) and custom front and rear bumper. The engine and drivetrain is as detailed as I could get it, maintaining the studless design for this truck. The engine has hosing, working radiator fan, air, and water piping, and the aircleaner housings are attached as well. The engine carter is also detailed and clutch and gearbox are in place. The driveshaft is made of chrome cylindrical bricks and attached to two differentials at the rear.
The bodywork consists of many bricks and is completely studless. The hood is extended and the grille is covered in red, to match the original. As the thing is so low the wheels just fit exactly in the fenders, and steering still works, although this truck is off course quite heavy. The cabin is fitted with working doors, sunblocker, and the interior is a full custom too. The dashboard is new, and as in the original has a very different look then on a regular truck. The shifter and steering wheel are matched by colour, and special sportsseats are in too. The doorpanels include a pair of big speakers that are part of the soundsystem that is equipped in this ride. There are also three subwoofers in the sleeper.
The sleeper itself is basic outside and inside. It has a bed and luggage space, but beside some custom interior lighting there is not much over-customised here. On the outside the real truck has lowered bodypanels to put emphasis o0n the low rideheight. I have duplicated these too, and they partly cover the Dieseltanks. Between the cabin and the sleeper are the massive (8 inch) exhaust pipes. I used flexible axles to curve them into the chassis, and the system is attached to the engine as well. Technic wheelholders are used for the top parts, something that I do on all my models, as I like the look of it a lot. The rest of the chassis behind he sleeper is stretched and covered completely to complete the smooth appeal. It has a custom fifth wheel matching the colourscheme and ‘chromed’ lightgray fenders.
Building this model has been a real pleasure, I have been thinking of adding a reefer, but instead of this I am considering building a Power Functions driven custom rig with trailer in 1:17 scale. Christmas holiday’s will be good!
You know if you ever want to see the real life James Davis truck in person you should try to come to the books truck show this summer James is always there and if you want to see some nice peterbilts nick Lesley has a nice 359 and Bryan Kahler has a super slick tan 379 standup chek them out
Well thanks a lot James! That trade of you're truck with mine can be arranged :-) !!!
As you own this truck i mailed you a request on some pics of the interior and engine, as i plan an update to make it even more realistic.
I am very pleased with all the comments here!
Omg. I just died when I saw the front of it. So agressive, so "Im-going-to-kill-you"-ish. I love it! It's so sleek and huge. I'd love to see it in real life. Wow.... And those lights!! Lego should hire you at Creator for the next Big Rig kit. I espacially love that huuuuuge grille, next to those exhausts and how looooooow it is... This, is undoubtebly (or however you spell it) one of my favorite creations ever. Seriously, I simply adore it. Please make more, this must have taken two weeks to tinker on!!
Oh sweet. Man, how come my trucks never look that like totally great? I don't have any trucks on here, except a 1950's Chevrolet, but I've made them before, and they were all kinds of colors. That is exceptional. I especially like your attention to detail. Please post something nice on my page to make me feel better.
WOW man! you made me mix between the real one and yours! this one is very realistic, very huge and so detailed! great job and welcome to MOCpages... I expect to see some more solid work from you.. just keep buildin' >>> peace.. Fofo