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Peterbilt 579 Ultraloft + 53' Refrigerated Van

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  71071
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2020

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 8
Detail   (max 30) 25
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 20
Price   (max 15) 11
Overall   (max 100) 81%


Peterbilt 579 Ultraloft + 53' Refrigerated Van Video [Youku video]
Box sleeve.
Good steering angles can be achieved.
Detailed chassis.
Opening hood.
The van on its landing legs.
Refrigeration unit.
Opening rear doors.
Inside detail.

The tractor is a Peterbilt Model 579 6x4 with Ultraloft, and the trailer is a 53 foot Refrigerated Van.  


The packaging consists of a cardboard outer shipping carton which encloses a high quality drawer-style tray within a picture sleeve. 

There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

The box sleeve includes some information about the real tractor.


The Peterbilt chassis has the engine, gearbox and transmission detailed in plastic.  The twin fuel tanks are modelled and there are soft mud flaps.   The plastic wheels are detailed and the tyres are the same on the steering and driven axles.

The front grille is very good and there is a tiny Peterbilt badge at the top.  The lights are very good with nice chrome work at the front, although there is no number plate as this is a generic truck.

There are no windows in the cab doors, the mirrors are plastic, and the steps are textured.  There are small chrome details around the cab with grab rails at the back.  The paint finish is metallic.

There are no coiled lines, and the rear lights are painted.

Inside the cab the dashboard is highly detailed and Peterbilt is printed on the seat backs.

The refrigerated van has metal chassis and body.  The axles are detailed with decent wheels and tyres, and there are soft mud flaps at the back.  The landing legs are plastic. 

At the front the refrigeration unit is detailed in chrome. 

The body has the rivets detailed, and large Peterbilt graphics on the sides.  The large white side farings are plastic.  The finish on the van is highly polished chrome.  At the back the doors are nicely detailed including tiny graphics.  The rear lights are painted.


The Peterbilt can achieve a very good steering angle.

The fifth wheel has an adjustable longitudinal position.

The hood tilts forward to about 45 and can pose in any tilted position.  The engine underneath is detailed in a number of coloured components.

The cab doors open to a reasonable angle.

The cab roof can be removed so that the interior can be inspected.

The van has fold-down landing legs.

The rear doors can be fully opened.


This model is well made and is very good quality. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.


It is reasonable value.


This is a convincing looking US commercial truck with an attractive finish.  It has nice detailing and functionality, and would look great in decorated colour schemes.


Smart looking tractor.
On the road.
Chrome work behind the cab.
Opening doors.
Removing the roof reveals high detail.
Detail underneath.
Van has a highly polished surface.
Polished chrome grille.