Scania Topline Tractor
The tractor unit is based on the Scania Dark Diamond, and I took a few liberties especially around the grill and side windows. Many people have built LEGO Scanias before me and I was hesitant only from the perspective of being seen as a copycat instead of doing something original. I believe I have overcome that on the racer due to the differences in construction and style as well as the tractor where some of my techniques are different than others.
As I stated earlier, the racer and the road tractor have similar chassis and one challenge they presented is that they do not have a constant width. The chassis gets wider toward the tractor, which presents several difficulties:
1. The use of hinges on a load bearing structure – which I resolved by attaching hinges to the holes on the sides of the technic bricks (see pictures).
2. Because of the taper or angle, the width between the frame rails changes and does not correspond to any LEGO dimensions except once.
3. The taper creates odd sized spaces for things like the spare tire, battery box and fuel tank.
The road tractor is more accurately rooted in reality and I utilized a lot of reference material to create my interpretation of the Scania tractor. The chassis includes functioning rear suspension with differential attached to the functioning V8 engine. The front axle steers though is not connected to the steering wheel, and it also has a suspension though it is more decorative than functional.
The chassis includes exposed fuel tank, battery box, brake tanks, and spare tire. I know that most European trucks cover the rear part of the chassis, but I chose to leave this area exposed because of the detailing. The side panels feature chrome exhaust and chrome steps as well as the appropriate Scania emblems and badging. The rear of the chassis is fairly accurate though I took a few liberties behind the fifth wheel.
This is the second time I have built a cab over and I still find the tilting mechanism a challenge. I know some may find that humorous, especially those who build much more complex and technical projects, however trying to make the tilting mechanism close enough to the front, strong enough to hold the weight all the while maintaining accuracy in the details is difficult.
The grill still does not look quite right to me; I think part of that is due to my zeal to avoid copying other builder’s techniques. The proportions are pretty good, I may trim the windshield a little more but other than that I am satisfied for now.
The cab is black with gray trim on the exterior. The doors open though I deliberately built them without window frames – perhaps I’ll add them when I do some revisions. Storage compartments open on the sides beneath the bed; these doors swing out instead of up. Rear view mirrors are mounted on the sides as well. Fairings include high mounted taillights and antenna. Also mounted to the rear are a camera and two spot lights. The front has my interpretation of the classic Scania look including upper and lower grills, headlights, driving lights and turn indicators. All marker lights are blue. Often LEGO models at this scale leave the wheels as is, here I have attempted some detail with lugs and center caps.
The interior is tan and features a fully detailed dashboard, center console, interior lighting and sleeper compartment. The dashboard is modeled after the Scania; however I did not want to use decals and have attempted to represent everything in LEGO. Viewed from the exterior, the dashboard appears a bit high; however from the inside it looks good.
The door panels feature arm rests, window and mirror controls, map pockets and reflectors for safety when the door is open. The seats are from the Ferrari F430 model; I widened them by one stud and reassembled them. The center console is of my own design and covers the engine which sits a bit high due to the way I built the steering axle. Over the dashboard are sun visors (they are a little short in length) as well as lights. Above that are cabinets, a T.V. and shelves. In the sleeper there are small storage compartments and two flexible reading lights. The roof is removable so that the full interior can be seen.