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Peterbilt 335 Mechanic Truck

Maker:  TWH Collectibles
Model No:  098
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  August 2009

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)79%


A Peterbilt 335 Mechanic Truck in Manitowoc colours.
Manitowoc box.
Where to buy
Imposing Peterbilt cab.
Opening the hood reveals a detailed engine.
Opening cabinets are full of equipment.
Detailed vice at the rear.
Servicing a Potain IGO.
The Peterbilt Model 335 Mechanic Truck is typically used to provide servicing to other vehicles and equipment, and includes a hoist and other tools.

The review version is in the colours of Manitowoc Crane Care.


The model comes in a Manitowoc branded picture box which contains a pair of expanded polystyrene trays.  The model is well packed inside with polythene wrapping.  The review model was undamaged and there were no missing parts.

Unusually, there is no information about the real machine or the model included.  There are some small parts which are provided in a separate bag.  This includes mirrors which have to be fitted, and some cones, wheel chocks and a mechanic's creeper. 


Starting underneath, the chassis has prop shaft and suspension details, and a silver exhaust, and there are thin hose lines running to the rear.  The front and rear tyres have a differing tread pattern, and they are mounted on detailed metal hubs.

At the front there is a very finely etched grille, with tiny Peterbilt signs on the hood.  The detail on the operator's cab is excellent, both inside and out.  In addition to the usual details such as windscreen wipers and mirrors, there is very good rivet detailing, and the roof has a couple of very small aerials and a full width orange beacon bar.  Inside, the driver's console has individually separate gauges and a fire extinguisher.

Behind the cab is a very fine mesh screen and beyond this is the compressor and generator.  The loading floor has a nice textured surface leading to the rear where there is a vice, floodlights, and a pair of electrical connectors which run from spools under the truck.  There are a number of cabinet doors modelled around the body which have tiny chrome handles. 

A hoist is modelled, and this has some excellent small graphics applied.


The front axle steers to a degree, and is 'notched' rather than smooth in its action, and it also has working suspension.

The cab doors open, and the hood tilts forward to reveal a detailed engine with pipe work and radiator block.  The hood also has a very nice detail in terms of two straps which stretch to hold the hood in place when open.

Two of the cabinets open on the bodywork and inside there is a wealth of detailed equipment.

The hoist boom can be raised and lowered, and rotated, although the winch itself is non-functioning.


This is a well made model with a minimum of plastic, and the paint and graphics are first class.


The Mechanic Truck is fair value for the high quality model offered.  


This is a good model to be posed with other equipment in order to produce a small realistic display.  The functionality is good, although even more opening cabinets might have been expected.  Overall it is easy to highly recommend the model.


The model first appeared in July 2009.  The following versions were produced:
Kern County #S-5 - 250 models
Kern County #S-8 - 250;
Vermeer - 250;
Manitowoc - 500;
All Erection - 250; DHS
Kokosing - 250; DHS
White - 125; DHS
Red - 125; DHS

Inside the box.
Hoist on top and lights at the rear.
Detailed cab interior.
The hoist has tiny graphics.
Additional equipment is provided: cones and chocks, and a creeper to enable a mechanic to lie down and service underneath a vehicle.
Servicing a Grove RT540E.