Peterbilt sleeper truck and lowboy trailer

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Project by darkmyble posted 11-12-2017 09:21 PM 5661 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my updated Peterbilt truck and a lowboy trailer. Since my last Peterbilt truck I’ve added wing mirrors and new wheels. Rather than give the updated truck its own project i thought id include some images here so you can see in more detail the work that’s gone on.

Here you can see the wing mirrors and grab bars (not sure of their real name)

The wheels are an adapted purchased wheel from eBay. They’re the same size as my initial attempts but more refined. I take them and hollow out the centre by 1/2\2 with a forstner bit then drill for studs which are made from kebab sticks believe it or not.

Okay so on to the lowboy. The chap i’m making this for is an actual American truck driver and has been for over 30 years. His old truck is very similar to this, as is the lowboy. However the truck plans that I’ve used are in scale 1:20, the lowboy plans come from a different company and haven’t got an official scale. Getting the two to pair and look right was a challenge. The lowboy plans are 37% larger than the scale at which the two look right together. I found this out having almost completed the lowboy only to find that the gooseneck was 1/2” too small. Luckily i was able to remove it, rescale, rebuild and replace with minimal fuss and thankfully zero damage. The original lowboy plans allow for the removal of the gooseneck but in my version this wouldn’t of been possible. The chap buying it was okay with that so that made things a lot easier.

I started off cutting a long section of pine and running it through my table saw cutting it to the correct width but leaving the length so i could keep all the track lines in line with one another once id cut the angles for the stepped rear section. I ran the board on its side several times to get the countersunk edging and after removing portions to facilitate the wheel arches and cut the angled portions to make the rear deck this was the result.

The plan allows for 3 sets of double wheels but again with regard to scale I kept it at two. The real life version coincidently can be altered between 2 sets or 3.. the third folding back on its self and sitting up on the deck. There isn’t much opportunity to add flare here or extra detail so i tried to come up with a way of adding tie off points..

They do the job nicely. Some link chain purchased from my local hardware shop opened up and squeezed back into shape through a 1/16” hole through some dowel.. fiddly yes! and there were some errors along the way..

Next i thought about something to put on the deck..

and tied down to the deck using the tie off points..

I wanted to add more.. so i thought about the pneumatic lines.. now i know these aren’t exactly true to life.. but this is a toy and not a replica.. so i imagined them going through the gooseneck and worked out a way of doing just that…

I also found a way of coiling the line.. by wrapping it round a screwdriver shaft and adding just a drop of superglue to each turn. Provided its done carefully the line comes off the screwdriver easily and maintains it shape..

So there it is my Peterbilt truck and low boy trailer.. it was a fun build and i hope to remake the lowboy trailer to its original full size in the new year and with my family purchasing the plans for the specific scaled version of the truck that goes with the trailer ill be able to see what it looks like as intended.

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 09:47 PM

Very nice build.


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#2 posted 11-12-2017 10:00 PM

What a magnificent truck and trailer combination for the old trucker friend…
He’ll be over the moon…
Maybe you could have a look at the Peterbilt merchandising store to get either a couple of key-tags, dog-tags or lapel pin to add to the truck.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 10:36 PM

Super nice project!!!
I too went with a set of two wheels on the back of the trailer helps to keep the length down, but there’s just something about these low boys way cool!!! :-}

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 10:50 PM

I don’t think it looks to bad with only 2 sets of tires/wheels … did a GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 11:46 PM

Awesome build!
Not a detail missed.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#6 posted 11-13-2017 12:30 AM

Great work.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 11-13-2017 07:34 AM

So many incredible details – from cargo with pallet,rings with stripes and springed wires are just ’’show off’’. Great work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-13-2017 10:09 AM

Thank you so very much for your kind comments.. to have my work awarded Daily Top 3 again is such an honour.. I’m really pleased.. and your comments are just the icing on the cake.. thank you :)

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#9 posted 11-13-2017 02:16 PM

This is a beautiful model and it displays a lot of wonderfull details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 11-13-2017 02:22 PM

Very Nice , beautiful model love all your accessories.

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#11 posted 11-13-2017 09:53 PM

very well done, nice build!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#12 posted 11-14-2017 03:14 PM

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!

-- Big Willy

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