Peterbilt Model 335 Mechanic Truck
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the Peterbilt 335 with Mechanics body,
available in a number of decorations including Kern County Fire
& Rescue, Vermeer and Manitowoc Crane Care.
The rear body contains a replicated air compressor and generator
with non-opening storage compartments along the sides of the body,
complete with tiny chromed handles. The floor of the deck has a
textured anti-slip pattern whilst the upper surface where the crane
is mounted has a black painted simulated anti-slip finish which is
actually rough to the touch.
The rear of the truck has a work platform with photo-etched step
and vice. Flexible electrical sockets have also been added and the
winding drums are cast underneath the chassis. Floodlight holders
and large grag handles have been added to each side of the
The upper storage compartments on the model open to reveal a
host of modelled accessories including coiled wire and tools. Three
cones and four wheel chocks are also supplied in the box along with
The cab is an excellent casting with roof mounted chrome air
horn, amber lights and a chromed sun visor. The self fit rear view
mirrors need adding to the model and fit easily by inserting them
into the holes in the cab frame.
The opening engine compartment reveals a fully replicated engine
block within, complete with silver exhaust piping, air filters,
radiator and flexible cables. One nice touch is the rope engine
cover straps which stop the engine cover from falling to far
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
The paint finish is exceptional with painted rubber window seals
and intricate silver trim along the body and cab frames. The rear
of the cab has a metal frame with photo-etched mesh screen
protecting the rear window. Above the frame is a full length clear
The front grill has an intricate photo etched pattern with satin
black front bumper and painted engine locks and Peterbilt logo. The
front fenders are integrated into the bonnet with clear plastic
headlight and amber painted indicator lights added.
The support crane is mounted to the sade of the body and can be
raised and rotated although the rotation is very stiff on the model
reviewed here. The hook is connected to a fixed piece of rope and
there is no functional winch on the model.
The front wheels can be adjusted to steer left or right and the
suspension of the front axle does depress a little which is another
nice touch on the model. The silver exhaust from the engine is
located below the chassis and flexible cables are also visible. The
underside of the model is as highly detailed as the rest with drive
shaft to the rear axle, air tanks and replicated suspension.