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Peterbilt 379 + Rogers Lowboy - Bay Crane

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  31-1003
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2017

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Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 17
Quality   (max 25) 22
Price   (max 15) 12
Overall   (max 100) 84%


Peterbilt  379 + Rogers Lowboy - Bay Crane.  [Youku video]
WSI style box.
Big Peterbilt.
On the road.
Detailed chassis.
Hood tilts forward and there is a detailed engine.
Second axle raised out of service.
Very detailed graphics.
Rear axles.
Axle clipped out of service.
Ready to go to site.
Loading up.
Big load for the road.

This model pairs a Peterbilt 379 8x4 Day Cab with a 3-axle lowboy by Rogers Trailers.  It is in the colours of Bay Crane, the US crane hire company based in New York, which was founded in 1939. 


The model is packed in a standard WSI style box.  It also has the Sword Models logo.

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

Included in the box are small bags of parts to fit although there are no instructions.  Fortunately it is fairly straightforward to see where the parts go.  It is nice to see that a pointer tool is included to help the collector.


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 treaded tyres of the same pattern, and there are nice soft mud flaps.  The underside of the engine is visible.

The imposing front of the Peterbilt is modelled very well with a superb finely etched radiator grille.  The bumper is metal with license plate, 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 soft lining which become mud flaps behind the wheels.  Under the hood is a detailed engine, with a separate radiator, and there are various pipes and hoses.

The cab detail is excellent with really nice chrome work.  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 lines.  Inside, the cab is well detailed also.

The Bay Crane graphics look great.

The trailer is also excellent.  The gooseneck is well detailed with lines to the hydraulic cylinders and some very small graphics.  Lines run the length of the trailer from the gooseneck to the rear axles.  The bed has a wood effect plastic surface with the structure of the trailer in metal and having some non slip surfaces.  An excellent detail is the tying down points along the side of the trailer which are extremely small and fine.  At the rear, the lights and mud flaps are very good. 


The front axle steers, with a decent range of movement.  The steering is notched rather than smooth.

The second axle can be clipped out of service. 

The hood opens nicely and the cab doors can also be opened. 

The ‘fifth wheel’ on the tractor works and is operated with a spring loaded lever to secure a trailer kingpin in position. 

The trailer has neatly folding loading ramps at the front, and the width of the bed can be extended by using fold out support brackets and one-piece extension boards on each side.  It is detachable from the gooseneck to facilitate loading, and the gooseneck has working cylinders providing a range of movement to the connection to the trailer.

The rear axles all have working suspension, and to save wear on the tyres the last axle can be clipped out of service when the trailer travels unloaded. 


This model is nearly all metal and the detail level is very high. 

The paintwork and graphics are to a high standard.


This is a very high quality model and is very good value.


It is nice to see a re-issue of this Sword Model in a new livery. Although it is an older set of castings, it more than holds its own against recent models.  It also looks great paired with a crane in Bay Crane colours.


The model was released in 2017.

The parts.
Impressive tractor.
Detailed rack.
Opening doors.
Trailer is very detailed underneath.
Deck with width extenders added.
Ramps folded down.
It looks great with a Bay Crane.
Carrying a counterweight tray.
Nice collection.