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Peterbilt 357 Day Cab - Superior Industries

Maker:  Sword
Model No:  1050
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2010

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Price   (max 15)9
Overall   (max 100)77%


The Peterbilt 357 in Superior Industries colours.
The box is branded Superior.
Chains and parts on the rack behind the cab.
The hood opens wide.
Mean looking radiator.
Superior Industries makes equipment for the construction, aggregate and related sectors.  This Peterbilt truck model is in Superior Industries colours and has been made to pair up with the Sword TS 150 TeleStacker conveyor model.


The model is contained within expanded polystyrene trays and a Superior Industries branded box.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

Included in the box are a couple of small bags of parts to fit including the door mirrors and air horns, and a cover for the batteries.  Thoughtfully, spare mirrors are provided in case the delicate parts get damaged, and alternate air horns are also included.


The chassis is very detailed.  At the rear the axles are complete with prop shafts and differentials and replicated suspension details.  The wheels have very good metal hubs with finely treaded tyres, and there are nice rubber mud flaps at the back.  The underside of the engine is visible and the exhaust pipe runs to the side.

The imposing front of the Peterbilt is modelled very well with a superb finely etched radiator grille.  The bumper is metal and the headlight clusters have lenses incorporated for both headlamps and indicators.  Both at the top of the radiator and on the sides of the hood there are tiny Peterbilt badges which are perfectly legible.  The front wheel arches have an excellent rubber lining which become mud flaps behind the wheels.  Under the bonnet is a detailed engine, with a separate radiator, and there are various pipes and hoses.

The cab detail is excellent.  The fuel tanks have detailed warning notices and the steps to the cab have nicely patterned treads.  The exhaust stack has a fine grab rail and the pipe has a realistic hole at the end.  There is lots of chrome work around the top of the cab with very good metal door mirrors, lights and air horns, and the rack behind the cab has chains and there are coiled air lines.  Inside, the cab is well detailed also.


The front wheels steer but the steering mechanism is 'notched' and the wheels start to foul the wheel arch when turned.

The hood opens in a very easy action and the cab doors can be opened too.

The fifth wheel position is adjustable.


This is a high quality model which is on a par with other truck models made by Sword.  There is little plastic and the paintwork and graphics are very good.


The price reflects the high quality nature of the model.


This Peterbilt tractor is a high quality model and would hook up to other trailers made by Sword.  It is highly recommended.


The model was released in 2007 and is a companion to the TS 150 TeleStacker Conveyor model.

It sits in the tray.
Plenty of chrome.  The steering is shown just about at the maximum.
Details are very good underneath.
Opening doors on both sides.