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A Look Back At The ‘Universal Soldier Truck’ – ManlyMovie

A Look Back At The ‘Universal Soldier Truck’

If you’re not impressed by powerful trucks, then you’re not a Manly Man.  Fact.  Jim Cameron is, he even drove a truck for a living before becoming a film maker.  Also, no coincidence that he has three truck action sequences in two Terminator movies.  Real men dig BHP, in all its forms.  It goes without saying then that one of the Manliest trucks to ever appear on screen was the ‘Universal Soldier Truck’.  Nah, scratch that, it is the Manliest truck to ever appear on film.  If there was a Manlier rig than this, I’d like to see it.

Typical Kenworth K100

The truck started life as a Kenworth K100, which incidentally is the same truck used by the T-1000 in the Terminator 2 canal chase.  As is usually the case in movies, more than one truck was actually used in the movie.  The stunt model and the hero model and the 1:10 model for the canyon destruction/ramming sequence.  The full sized/real ‘stunt model’ was used for the daily grind of shooting an chases.  The hero model was used for static shots that showed the armored laboratory section/trailer expand outwards, for when the truck was used as a mobile command post for UniSols in the field.

Both the hero and stunt trucks were constructed from a steel 2 inch cubic tubed skeleton.  Futuristic and military typed sculpts were then created from foam and when the final outline was settled on, they were filled in with fibre glass builds.  The hero trailer would expand outwards at a length of 12 feet at each side to give the impression that a mobile lab/command post could actually fit inside.  Interior lab shots however were filmed elsewhere.  Some dummy weight may have been added to the stunt trailer to give the impression of a real load.

For the sequence in which Lundgren and Moeller ram the prison bus into the canyon, a 1:10 model was constructed.  Of course a 1:10 prison bus was also necessary to become the victim and pushed off the cliff too.  The crew would then destroy both with explosives as they impacted at the bottom of the canyon, and so the UniSol truck met its end.  After the first movie, five more Universal Soldier movies were released (including two TV movies that featured Gary Busey and Burt Reynolds), but the truck was never to reappear.  Almost certainly down to budgetary or copyright reasons or a combination of both.

Manliest truck ever?  Indeed.

  • Mucho Macho

    Thanx to Stallone in the movie “Over the Top” as a kid i wanted to win an arm wrestling competition & win the “Over the Top Truck”.
    I never entered nor won an arm wrestling competition. Never got my truck.
    But a man can still dream

    • Avengder max

      Cool truck but none beat goliath the evil truck drivin by Micheal knights goatee sporting evil twin out to whipe him and kitt of the face of the earth MUHAHAHAHA😡

  • Mucho Macho

    Look how they used practical effects & the scene looked great.
    Now they’d CGI the shit out of it with the scene lookin like a scene from “Star Wars”

  • Inveigh

    No, It was not a K100 in Terminator 2; The truck driven through the canal was an
    80s/90s Freightliner FLA. Additionally, The tanker later in T2 was a Peterbilt 379.

    • zach

      1988 freightliner c.o.e wrecker for canal chase scene, and a late 70’s early 80,s
      freightliner conventional tanker for highway chase scene (can’t remember when they stopped using steel fenders but the tanker has them. so not a pete!!!

      • zach

        And also, the unisoul trucks from universal soldier started life as two peterbuilt 359 cab overs, not kenworths!!! I wish people would get there facts straight before posting wrong info!!

        • Avengder max

          NNNNNEEERRRRDDDDD.

  • the rig from Fury Road is the manliest I’ve ever seen!

    • Avengder max

      Don’t forget mad max 2 bad ass truck

  • I do love big armored trucks like this in film 👍🏼