This is a 2007 Smeal Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck built on a Spartan Gladiator Chassis with a 12 inch raised roof. It has a 100-foot Smeal five-section steel aerial ladder. It is powered by a Cummins 525 HP engine.
About this creation
Mid-mount aerial ladders trace their roots back to the Pirsch "Junior Aerial" that was
introduced 1932. Service aerials, as these were then called, were two-axle ladder trucks, which featured an aerial ladder ranging from 50- to 75-feet. The most common lengths were 65- or 75-feet. Eventual service aerials would carry ladders as long as 100-feet. The first service aerials had wooded ladders. Within a short time service aerials were being built with all metal aerial ladders. Mid-mount aerial ladder trucks were less expensive than tractor drawn aerial ladder trucks. This allowed more communities to afford to purchase their first aerial ladder truck.
Today we call these trucks mid-mount aerial ladder trucks. The advantages of these trucks are their shorter wheel base and overall length compared to a tractor drawn aerial ladder truck. However, without the tiller, they are somewhat less maneuverable.
Mid-mount aerial ladders have become increasing rare. The vast majority of aerial ladder trucks today are of a rear-mount configuration. BFD552@gmail.com
Quoting Scott Bertaut
Nice job, I like all the detail on the ladder and how you made the nice steps up to the cab. Does that ladder actually move? If it does that would make an already great build even better!
Yep. On all my ladder trucks the ladders move and rotate; the outriggers extended out from the body and there is internal ladder storage for three ground ladders - a three-section, a two sections and a wall ladder. Six minifigs also fit in the cab, although my son somehow can get eight in there.