Theme: Model Team
Original Price: $139.99 (US)
This is an overview of the famous 5571 truck. The scale is larger than that of most Model Team sets, and the overall level of detail still remains unparalleled among any realistic vehicle that TLG has released. The 1743 piece count was also the highest among any Lego set for several years, until the UCS sculpture models came out. Although not entirely perfect, it is in many ways the definitive Model Team set.
This set had the (rather generic) name Giant Truck in the US, but was called the Black Cat in UK/Europe. I applied most of the stickers on mine, but left off some of the multi-part ones.
Over the years, many people have also built MOC trailers to go along with it. This and this are some examples (not made by me).
Side view. The doors and windshield are much larger than what most Model Team sets have. There is a third, smaller door on the sleeper compartment. There is also a black cat figurehead on the hood, in keeping with the set's name.
The other side. The wheels are the 68.8x24 variety. They look very similar to the 62.4x20 wheels that are common in Technic sets, but are slightly larger. They only ever appeared in one other set, 5563.
Front view. The set doesn't include a driver, but the Technic figures are almost the right size and scale for it and fit inside nicely. The gray control sticks are wipers, although they aren't really the right size.
Rear view. A ladder allows access to the roof.
The hood opens to reveal a V8 engine. I think this was the first time the pneumatic T-joints appeared outside Technic sets, as decorative pieces.
Close up of roof. The sunroof panels can be opened and the black knob controls the steering system, as commonly seen in Technic models.
There are tool compartments on either side. The red cabinet door on the left is unique to this set. The cabinets contain the standard six-pack of tools, for quick roadside repairs. There is also a shovel on the back, a piece originally from Fabuland.
Some interior shots. The cabin is nicely decorated and includes a coffee machine. You can see a bed and a reading light in the sleeper area. There is also a TV (sticker) and a radio near the bed, although they're kind of hard to see from the outside.
Close up of front grill. The MT on the license plate obviously means Model Team, but I never figured out what the TIR stands for.
Size comparison with the older 5580 Highway Rig from 1986. It's around twice as big.
+Immense detail on every part of the model, both outside and inside
+Larger scale than most Model Team sets and goes well with Technic figures
+Highly versatile part selection; it was a real plate bonanza for its time and also includes a number of chrome plated pieces
+Includes various tools and equipment
+Expandable, and provides a great starting point for a full tractor-trailer MOC
-No glass in door windows
-Lacks doubled rear wheels like most real trucks have
-Wipers are too small
Overall score: 9/10
Edited by CP5670, 31 August 2010 - 09:58 PM.