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1:50th Scale Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

Presented here is the Peterbilt 379 tractor with Nelson Tri-Axle ramp trailer. The 379 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.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

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.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

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. 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.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

The Nelson Tri-Axle ramp trailer features all the details of the real trailer, from the service lines running the length of the trailer to the fully operating rear ramps which feature an open mesh grid pattern with safety chains to secure the ramp in the raised position. The deck is finished with realistic looking wooded panels and there are several opening and removable access panels on the deck which reveal more detail inside.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

The model is supplied with a load tie down chain set, comprising four pieces of three different length chains with hooks at each end. The authentic landing gear, which can be adjusted without revealing any screw thread is a great touch on the model and shows the level of thought that has gone into the design and development of each model.

Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer      Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer

The model has tractor hook up points for the air and electrical service lines and authentic Nelson markings and safety labels have been added. The three axles feature operating suspension with the entire axle pivoting complete with springs fitted in the air bags. The brake lines are visible underneath the trailer and flexible rubber mud flaps have been added. The freely rotating wheels with accurately detailed tyres with Michelin tread pattern complete this excellent model.

The Peterbilt 379 with Nelson Ramp Trailer is available in six different versions. Standard Grey, Black, Red and White versions are available in a limited run of only 400 pieces each while two company liveried versions (Wendt and Tesar) have been done, limited to only 200 of each. The model was released in December 2006.