Sword Precision Scale Model Reviews

1:50th Scale Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 trailer

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 Trailer

Presented here is the 1:50th scale Peterbilt 379 tractor with Nelson 3x3x3 trailer from Sword Models.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 Trailer

The model is supplied in a large box with all the assemblies very well protected. The trailer does need assembling which is relatively straight forward. Each of the trailer assemblies has functional sprung suspension with visible air and service lines running the length of the model when assembled.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 Trailer

Simulated wooden blocks are supplied which can be mounted onto the four holders and are held in place with flexible rubber straps (As seen above). Also supplied are six warning flags mounted onto poles which fit into the holders at each end of the bed and at the rear of the trailer.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 Trailer

The rear part of the trailer is in two sections and needs to be connected together and the hydraulic steering pistons needs to be connected to the cylinders. There are several opening compartments and a detailed rear mounted operators station complete with steering controls.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 Trailer

The rear assembly has a rotating connection point where the gooseneck connects. Connection is made with two pins and the hydraulic lines then plug into the holes to complete the rear section of the trailer. The front gooseneck connects to the working fifth wheel mounted on the front chassis.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson 3x3x3 Trailer

The trailer bed can be assembled in a number of lengths and is connected by using the large pins supplied in the box. Small locking pins are also supplied to prevent the large pins from falling out which is a nice touch. Hydraulic lines run the length of the bed and simulated wooden panels are supplied which clip onto the main frame (as shown above). They have even supplied some clear plastic spacers which can be used when the bed is loaded with heavy items to stop any drooping of the bed.

Peterbilt 379 Rig

The 379 prime mover is configured with day cab, short wheelbase chassis and sprung loaded pusher axle which can be locked into the raised position. The fully detailed fifth wheel is adjustable and slides back and forth on the chassis with a sprung operating latching mechanism to lock the trailer kingpin. The cab features a fully detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows and opening doors. The roof has mounting locations for two designs of air horn, both of which are supplied in the box along with two sets of door mounted wing mirrors. The bonnet can be opened revealing a fully detailed engine compartment with detailed engine block and radiator which is just about visible through the etched mesh stainless steel front grill.

Peterbilt 379

The rear of the cab features a headache rack with chains, binders and lights authentically reproduced and is finished off with the addition of a folded tarpaulin sheet for that extra bit of realism. The rear fenders have detailed diamond plate pattern with flexible rubber mud flaps and tool box and authentic air and electrical lines have been added which can be connected to the trailer. The tractor is finished with side mounted hollow chrome exhaust stacks and chrome fuel tanks on each side of the chassis while die-cast wheels with authentic rubber tyres, complete with Michelin tread pattern finish off a highly detailed replica.

There are six versions of the model including two company coloured versions and four standard colour versions consisting of Red (Limited to 400), White (Limited to 400), Blue (Limited to 300) and Yellow (Limited to 300 and reviewed here). The D.G Equipment version (Blue tractor with light blue trailer) is limited to 400 while the Sharpe Houseboats version (White tractor with red trailer) is limited to just 200. The model was released in May 2007.