Santa Drives a 1:4 Scale Remote Controlled Fiberglass Custom Truck
Some of you may have already heard of a 1:4 scale RC custom truck that is capable of performing crazy tasks like pulling an SUV along a driveway and many others but for the uninitiated, doing the rounds on the internet are videos of this happy little contraption built to resemble Santa’s sleigh. Italian modelmaker Luca Bordin’s little project the ¼ scale Peterbilt 359 was inspired by a video of a man driving a model truck.
He started off with the construction of the cabin out of fiberglass with a wooden frame and attached it via springs to a twin-rail frame made of iron. The chassis of the truck was built using two 1.5mm thick steel pipes, the differential steering mechanism was borrowed from go-karts, the diesel tanks are plumbing pipe and a nightclub smoke machine blows white clouds from chrome stacks. The truck is powered by a 36-volt 750 Watt electric motor. A Tamiya sound model, an audio amplifier and two coaxial speakers and a two-tone horn ensure that it produces enough noise to be heard by the entire neighbourhood.
Bordin has also fabricated a fiberglass trailer to go with the tractor. The truck model is 2.10 meters in length and weighs in at 180 kg (397 pounds) but Luca also plans on building a 5-meter long trailer for the custom 1:4 scale truck and the project took Luca nine-months to complete.