Welcome to the home for my model truck
and Peterbilt collection!
I've had a fascination, no obsession for all things Peterbilt since my family bought me
an AMT Peterbilt California Hauler model kit for Christmas in 1970.
I've had the pleasure of visiting the old
Peterbilt headquarters in Newark, California
in 1975, the former Madison, Tennessee plant in '76 and the Denton plant in '05 and am honored to be part of the Denton open house
each year with a large display of my models
inside the factory.
Each of the buttons on the right takes you to a Fotki album. Once on the Fotki menu you can choose which album you want to view.
The new version of the site is a work in progress. Check back often!
The hit counter on the old version of the site was 295,350 as of 5/17/11
In 2010 I was honored to have the crew of the Test Department at Peterbilt ask me to build a model for Luke Neal of Australia. Luke came to Peterbilt on a Make-a-Wish Foundation event. Luke is a true Red Oval truck fan.
Material on this site and all pages of www.timstrucks.com is copyright 2011 Tim Ahlborn and TimsTrucks. Peterbilt trademarks are copyright PACCAR and are used for demonstration purposes. This site is a hobby site meant for the entertainment of model truck builders and truck fans. No items are for sale. Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes with permission. Commercial use must have written permission.
My model of Old No.1 sitting on the hood of
Old No.1 with a photo of the model on the
monitor in the background in 2008
A view of my 2012 Class Pays model display at the Peterbilt Denton plant. This was my largest display yet and a perfect location in the plant.
Most of my models are 1/24 or 1/25th scale based on commercially produced kits from AMT, Revell, Italeri and others that I modify with new cabs, hoods and bodies. I utilize many aftermarket resin casters for parts and detail items. The majority of my builds are Peterbilts but I do build other makes so I don't burn out on my favorite.
My model of "Sublime" with the real Pete 389
The above four models all started as the Italeri 1/24th scale Peterbilt 378, each has been modified with scratchbuilt or resin hoods, cabs, sleepers, frame rails, wheels and other components. Starting on the left, a 357 VocationalHood winch tractor, an LNG model 367 extended daycab, a 357-111 drom tractor, a 378 heavy-haul tractor with lift axle and a JoeBrown fleet tractor.
Peterbilt's latest design, the model 579.
My version in 1/24th scale - mostly scratchbuilt
from plastic and Renshape.
1/25th scale Peterbilt 352H in the Oneida Motor
Freight livery with a
Lindberg BigRig van
trailer. Thanks to Doug Walker and Ken Goudy for the O logos
1/25 scale Peterbilt 362 inspired by a 1990 brochure
My Brandt Road Railer Peterbilt 367 HH SBFA tri-drive. The middle photo a real Brandt unit. Mine is based on
several different units - including several spotted at the factory in 2008.
Back in 1973/74 AMT and Owner/Operator Magazine sponsored a model truck contest called "Table Top Truckerama." I entered the 352 on the left when I was 12 years old. The model placed 48 out of 50 in the "junior" division.
Inspired by my almost 40-year-ago build, I built another AMT 352, correcting a few things such as the shape of the stripe - back then I had use dad's masking tape - and only a small amount for modeling. My original build sports brush painted red, bare plastic white and silver smears on the grille. Both models are in Pirkle Refrigerated Freight livery.
Michigan Special style Peterbilt 352. I built this AMT Peterbilt Pacemaker 352 with a shorter wheelbase, resin wheels/tires, a Cummins engine and modifications to bring the kit from a 1970 to a '76-80.
Out of the box
AMT White-Western Star.
Diamond Reo Raider - inspirted by one seen in the Movin'On episode High Rollers.
AMT Kenworth K100 in Brown Transport fleet dress sporting resin 2-hole wheels from KFS.
1970's era and 1980's era SuperValu Foods tractors - Ford L9000 and Peterbilt 359.
AMT White-Western Star with dual exhaust, spoke front wheels and longer wheelbase
1/24th scale Peterbilt 382. This model started as a model 377. My 382 has the 1 piece windshield, aero fairings and DPF.
TMC Peterbilt 379-119 in 1/24th scale
2012 Peterbilt 367 LNG with Ultra Extended Day cab for Transport Robert
379-119 dressed in Bruce Dewey
Another set of AMT Peterbilt Pacemakers, this time using the decal stripes that the new reissue of the kit has - Gulf style and The Patriot Bicentennial stripes.
Moebius Models International ProStar+ built from a pre-production test-shot. Overall a nice kit.
Peterbilt 359 SBFA, single axle daycab, 113" hood, 127" hood and 378 SBFA were all made using the Revell Snap Together 359 kit as a starting
Almost finished re-build of my George Van Dyke Peterbilt 352H