That there's a Santa Claus and an "elf" riding some sort of contraption behind a miniature big rig is intriguing enough. In reality, the downsized big rig is the story. Built by model maker Luca Bordin, the 1/4-scale Peterbilt 359 isn't a kit, it's made from scratch.

As best we can tell from Google Translate, Bordin found detailed plans of the 359, then fabricated the body out of fiberglass, including the cabin, and attached it via springs to a twin-rail frame made of iron. The differential steering mechanism was lifted from go-karts, the diesel tanks are plumbing pipe, a nightclub smoke machine blows white clouds from chrome stacks, a 12v compressor powers two truck-sounding horns, and the engine is from an electric jack "with lots of torque."

What's more: when Santa's not riding out back, Bordin fabricated a fiberglass trailer to go with the tractor. It's impressive, and we're hoping Santa drives it straight under our tree. There's video of it after the jump.

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      Al Terego
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome, just needs 1/4 scale truck-stop hooker and it's complete.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome towing power and build quality, but I can't help thinking that it would have been just a little bit cooler with a diesel generator like motor under the blocky hood. Just for authenticity, makes them stacks really work!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be even more awesome if he were able to put one of those mini 2-stroke supercharged V8's on youtube in there! 1/4 the size, 1/4 the towing capacity, should be fine for getting groceries at 1/4 the speed.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      So does it transform into a humanoid robot?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow..nice. Always wanted to drive a big Kenworth or Peterbuilt diesel pusher.
      • 3 Years Ago
      *giggles* I find myself suddenly filled with the Christmas spirit :)
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn... The RCs they have these days, there's almost no limit to what they can do compared to the one I played 10 years ago.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to bye a rc 1/4 semi big rig scale like this one how can I get one for myself I would love to have one you can email back at Leroy Curtis