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US Truck 7 (Kenworth 953 6 x 6 oilfield truck) . This is a model of a Kenworth 953 6 x 6 oilfield truck as they are used a lot in desert oilfields. Like with all my other models it is again in the scale 1:17,5. It features PF for both power and steering, PF lights, loads of details, solid axle suspension on all three axles and a fully functional fifth wheel. . Kenworth's largest model family is the 953 series. It comes with big wheels and power full engines, transmissions, axles and all other power train parts. Since I am attracted to both trucks and off-road vehicles the 953 is the ultimate. Searching the web for collecting pictures and stuff for my other models displayed here I ran into this specific truck quite a lot. A model had to be build once, I couldn't stand... For more pictures on this model click this to check out my Brickshelf Gallery. In the last couple of years I spend quite some time on building a powered steering axle. On other design was quite OK, but I never documented it. Out there a lot of amazing trail trucks where build by very talented LEGO builders that caught my eye. I started thinking on building one my self but hey I wanted it to have a sort of cabin like my other models. A studless design with liftarms and panels would suite the job much better because of the lighter weight, but I don't like to do so. What I basically did was building is a combination of a trial truck and my other truck models. I fused a large wheel holding floating axle chassis with a truck body. After this I started working on all the new challenging odd details that makes this truck so distinguished. I had some trouble installing the battery box. Installing it at the back of the cabin would have given this model much more ground clearance. Doing so would have drastically altered the center of gravity which is not good. The realy life trucks do have tanks and stuff at the exact same spot as where the battery box is so it felt right. What I also like about this type of truck are the odd details. The designers of the 953 reused the cab that was installed on conventional truck too. This is what gives this truck its quite “funny” looks since all other parts and details are huge. In a way the cab is way to small for this truck. In order to cover the large engine a large hood was installed. Basically it is in the same width as the conventional trucks but stretched. The same goes for the front wheels, to cover these rather large wheels big simply shaped fenders where used. These fenders give more then enough room to hold the extremely large air cleaners. What is unique for this specific truck and what I like a lot about it is the odd exhaust stack arrangement. These are located in front of the driver in stead of at his back. This will probably block the drivers sight but I guess that it is a problem with this vehicle anyway. As you can see it holds extremely wide mirrors because of the very wide loads hauled. On top of the roof there is this air conditioning unit. On more interesting detail is the location of the spare tires...no where else to hide these monsters. In stead of the conventional way to attach wheels, using technic axles, I used technic turn tables as hubs. To reduce the vehicles overall width I did not apply hub reduction. In a future model I will give this a try, but I realy wanted this specific model to be realistic in scale and dimensions. Since these turn table have a lot of friction it is buy far the best solution but the advantages won. With heavy models the weight give technic axle attached wheels an angle, axles bent. This is not what I wanted, the wheels should be vertical and with the use of turn table this was accomplished. Steering was one of the toughest quests on this model. Limited space reduced the options drastically. With fist attempts I installed the M motor in the chassis and used a linkage construction to transfer movement to the wheels. It didn't work well and it was to space consuming I had to change this design. Finally the M motor was installed in the axle it self and this works just perfect. Not that this isn't space consuming, but there was plenty of room to use this solution.


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