A fairly basic model, using up most of my remaining beams and connectors.
It's not meant to resemble any particular lorry as my styling skills aren't that great - this was done mainly to try out pendular front suspension on a model.
It also has a three cylinder in-line engine driven by the rear wheels.
About this creation
View from this angle shows the exhaust towers; each contains over 20 point wheels ! The exhaust includes an attempt at a three-into-two manifold.
Close up of front axle from below. The red element restricts the steering lock, otherwise the tyres would snag on the "leaf springs", which themselves are there purely to limit the extent to which the pendular axle can swing up and down to a sensible degree; these parts were a late addition, and the resemblance to leaf springs was purely accidental - I wanted something slightly flexible to allow movement, and the steering racks from the two small go-carts 8832 and 8815 seemed to be ideal - and once they were in I thought they looked the part as well. The "leaf springs" are not actually connected to the axle at all - there is a small gap each side when the axle is level.
View of underneath of lorry. if you look really closely, you might see the purely decorative rear "suspension" - a pair of worm gears tucked in behind the differential to represent coil springs. The two universal joints in the drive shaft are necessary as the front of the lorry, from which the engine is mounted, is at an odd level relative to the rear half of the vehicle, due to the way in which the two ends are connected it was not possible to use plates and studs to make the connection, so the join is purely by means of connector pegs. Consequently, a very slight angle is required in the drive shaft to allow for this.
A view to demonstrate the pendular front suspension in operation. The pivot point and steering pinion share the same spindle.
The hand of god plays no part in this creation - you can only steer it using the wheel inside the cab ! Not a lot of leg room though, given the rather inconveniently located gear wheel. No doubt the manufacturer will receive complaints from any drivers. If so, they can call them in via the CB radio provided. Hopefully, they won't notice that it's actually a walky-talky !