Jerr-Dan Steel Shark 5 Ton Carrier
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the Jerr-Dan 5 Ton Steel Shark recovery body
mounted to a Peterbilt 335 chassis. The model is an amazing piece
of engineering with a very realistic look and feel with opening
engine bay, opening cab and storage compartment doors and tilt and
slide rear deck.
The cab is an excellent casting with roof mounted chrome air
horns and amber lights, self fit rear view mirrors which fit easily
and an opening engine compartment revealing the fully replicated
engine block within. One nice touch is the rope engine cover straps
which stop the engine cover from falling to far forward.
The front grill has an intricate photo etched pattern with
chromed front bumper and painted engine locks and Peterbilt logo.
The fully modelled cab interior is finished in a light tan colour
with contoured seats and fully detailed dashboard with printed
guages. The cab doors can be opened but there is nothing to get
hold of so they can be tricky to open if they are a tight fit.
The level of detail on this model is incredible, with an
intricate pattern cast into the exhaust stack, diamond plating on
the cab steps and photo etched mesh safety screen just some of the
details found on the model. The winch fitted to the deck has a
knurled wheel allowing the rope to be unwound smoothly by turning
the wheel with your thumb.
The rear mounted control consoles are fitted to each side of the
chassis and the levers can be moved into position as required.
There are tiny printed details explaining the function of each
control level on the console and this is an example of the level of
realism that has been achieved on the model. The towing bar can be
lowered and will extend telescopically and rotate from side ot
The car wheel clamps are stored in the holders on the rear
chassis and can be inserted into the towing bar, as shown in the
picture above. The underside of the model features all the details
of the full sized vehicle including the replicated drive train from
the front engine to the rear axle. The hydraulic hoses have been
added and the front axle features working steering.
The rear axle has functional suspension with realistic looking
rubber tyres with detailed road tread pattern. The mud flaps are
made from flexible rubber and have the Jerr-Dan name printed onto
the lower edge. The top section of the deck has a very realistic
looking warning strip lense with photo etched mesh safety panel
fitted to the frame.
The rear deck slides smoothly along the frame and the twin
hydraulic cylinders are stiff enough to hold the deck at any chosen
angle. The small amber warning beacons are painted on the deck
sides with the Jerr Dan nameplate prominently displayed along with
the silver finish edge sections with tie-down cut-outs. The large
and small storage compartments mounted to the chassis have opening
doors which use friction to stay closed.