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Land Rover Tow Truck
The 8846 Technic Tow Truck from 1982 always did look a bit like a Land Rover...
About this creation

Built for Lugnuts' build challenge 'Overhaulin' Lego sets' on Flickr.



This is a complete re-work of the 8846 set, keeping all that great models' features, adding some more and making it look more like the Land Rover it always wanted to be.



Things open, which is nice... the 'show' engine is fairly basic because I only had a 1 brick depth to work with - under it is the working steering, pendular front suspension and front winch mechanism. It's a terrifically exciting 4 cylinder diesel....



An interior, slightly. The steering wheel's not connected (HOG steering only by the yellow light on the roof), but the knob next to it operates the front winch.



Land Rovers are famed for their roll-free cornering, in the same way as 2CVs...



It's very handy to have a tow truck around with all these old Citroens about the place...



... although either that 5CV is heavier than it looks or the rear suspension (live axle on trailing arms) is a bit soft!



8846 was the first small Technic set to pack in the features, and I've done the same with this. The car carrier raises and lowers and the rear crane-mounted winch both work from handwheels on the sides.



Underside in all it's geartasticness... Chassis design is completely different to 8846 but it's the same size (12 studs wide) and the principle's the same.



30 years of progress... maybe.



I've tried to make it look like the Defender 90 short wheelbase version of the classic Land Rover, and fiddled with 8846's proportions to suit, although it's the same overall length.



With thanks to Ape Fight, who made this yonks ago but I remembered it as I was making mine.

This was fun to make, thanks for watching!



Comments

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  February 9, 2014
There's nothing quite like a good ol' Landie - lovely work!
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  August 26, 2013
Nice job! You've captured the right functioning and detail on this truck!
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  June 10, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  May 9, 2012
I though I commented on this all ready! I love It!!! Great job!
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  May 7, 2012
Love it ! Great technical detail !>.....well done
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  April 29, 2012
Great job with the update, Dude!
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  April 29, 2012
Great done on the model Nick, a lot better than the original for sure. As always a wonderful job!
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  April 18, 2012
That looks awesome, i like the way you made the suspension.
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  April 15, 2012
Very cool! I love old land rovers!
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  April 14, 2012
Wow, that's a great adaption of the classic Tow Truck. I looks so cool with your Citroen! Great job! :-)) Maybe I'll try a studless version of the classic model one day ... And the longer I think about that the more I want that original model I missed to buy as a kid :-))
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  April 13, 2012
I like snot work on it, very smooth. The cab looks a little bit narrow from sideview but 8846 narrow too so realistic MODding :)
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  April 13, 2012
An old style fantastic work!
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  April 13, 2012
That technic set was one of my first. It didn't last long, as I hadn't another car to tow. Your modern interpretation is excellent. I still wonder how you can put that much functionality in that 'tiny' mocs.
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  April 13, 2012
Nice! I like all the working functions. Excellent work
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  April 12, 2012
once again very nice, great shape, all the features of the original and then some.
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  April 12, 2012
NIck, I love the classic wheels, I still wish I had some of those to use, they bring back memories, really nice build, Chris
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  April 12, 2012
i like this .lots of details for a small build well done
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  April 12, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . BTW, how'd you get the photo of it rolling over without your hand in the picture pushing it?
Ah-ha... there's a little something under a rear wheel.
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  April 12, 2012
Awesome! Great looking creation. 5/5 :-)
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  April 12, 2012
Where are the studs? lol, great creation, I love the suspensiony bits and such :)
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  April 12, 2012
BTW, how'd you get the photo of it rolling over without your hand in the picture pushing it?
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  April 12, 2012
This is really nice Landie!Looks just like real thing.Well done!:)
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  April 12, 2012
30 years of progress indeed! A massive improvement over the old set. Looks very rugged and yellow, the fenders are nice and the color choices go well together. And all those nifty functions, too! Maybe stiffen the rear springys? =P
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  April 12, 2012
Hi Nick, hope you are well. When ever you go quiet for a bit I know that another cool moc is on the way :). I always wanted this set as a kid but now I want it even more. Your mods (complete rebuild) are excellent. Love the ‘roll free cornering’ photo. Excellent snot work on the arches and I really like the door hinge technique – never thought of doing it that way. I much prefer snot doors, as apposed to a the studs up technique. My only concern is the ‘show’ engine – Are you feeling ok? Only joking ;). Excellent stuff as always from you. Good luck
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  April 12, 2012
looks great!
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  April 12, 2012
You did a fantastic job on reworking this set. I like the looks. I like the features. I like everything! :)
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  April 12, 2012
hahah, so true!
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  April 12, 2012
You did a great job! I recognised the original immediately through your model, but still it looks distinctively different when you take a closer look. Well done, sir!
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  April 12, 2012
Love it. Even more playable than the original (or mine) and it looks miles better! Lovely stuff, 5/5
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  April 12, 2012
Well, yours is certainly WAY better than the old official set. -Hands down! Very nice. Impressively packed with functionality.
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  April 12, 2012
Not as sexy as a Citroen... but hey... it's got moving parts with gears and a drive shaft(?)! :)
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  April 12, 2012
Nick, another great car from you! Showing your unique style but still captures enough from the original.
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  April 11, 2012
It's towing Brum!
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  April 11, 2012
Despite the lack of studs, this could only be yours, with all the great working features and efficient design. Fantastic, Nick!
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  April 11, 2012
What a nice land rover you have. I like the suspension.
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  April 11, 2012
Haha! Did you weigh it down on one side for that cornering action shot? And who is going to work on those Citroens in the shop? Need any repair droids to help out?
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  April 11, 2012
Impressive, all sorts of crazy features!
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  April 11, 2012
it s a great idea to have the original for comparison, I did nt remember this particular model, the impact of your project is amplified as I did nt remember the original to be so basic...your version is a jewel, the original is good for me...to learn how it works to get to do like you lol! great post, like always nick!
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  April 11, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ That is a precious tribute to my first technic set; you made me remember when I was 10 or 11... Fantastic job!! The "80's" look is here: I would go further adding that vintage is YOUR touch! You're the only one I've seen on Mocpages building this way. Do you still have the "maxifigs" they released for a few years?
Hi Marc. I assume you mean the Technic ones from late '80s/early '90s, in which case, yes!! I plan to make use of those guys soon, as well.
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  April 11, 2012
That is a precious tribute to my first technic set; you made me remember when I was 10 or 11... Fantastic job!! The "80's" look is here: I would go further adding that vintage is YOUR touch! You're the only one I've seen on Mocpages building this way. Do you still have the "maxifigs" they released for a few years?
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  April 11, 2012
An excellent overhaul! Looks like a lovely lellow Landie. How do you pack all those functions in. Great work Nick!
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  April 11, 2012
Fantastic! I love the suspension!
 
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