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Not So Honest John Rocket Launcher
Mobile Rocket Launcher with Support Vehicle
About this creation
This MOC was inspired by a toy that I was handed down from my cousin back when I was a small boy.
It was a Dinky toy truck that I was led to believe, by my cousin, was a “match stick” rocket launcher.
I’ve now handed it down to my boys and it still fires match sticks with the original mechanism even though it does look a bit worse for wear.

I decided to build a Lego version so I thought I’d do a bit of research on the original toy.
I found out that this toy originally came with a plastic rocket and was based on an Honest John Rocket Launcher from the 1950s.

My version fires rockets made from a technic axle and a space cone piece.
The firing mechanism is a bit powerful and I have to supervise my kids when playing with it, I really don’t wish to explain this at A&E.

This has working steering which is controlled by the steering wheel on the rear of the truck.

Opening doors (both sides).

Flip down windscreen.

Opening hinged bonnet to reveal the engine.

A steering wheel on the side operates a rack and pinion to elevate the rocket launcher.

The black block with the guage on it rests against the small cog to lock the rocket launcher in it's elevated position.

The grey cylinder is used to rotate the launcher (it can rotate a full 360 degrees) and the stabiliser legs are just there for show (there's one on the other side too).

The Firing Mechanism.
It is basically a technic elastic band with a few other things thrown in.
The blue peg #1 is pulled down away from the base of the rocket to put tension on the elastic band.
The firing mechanism is then locked in place by the grey rod #3 pressing down into hole #2. The grey rod is held down by another elastic band.

To fire the rocket simply press down on the lever #4 and the mechanism is released.

When I finished building the rocket launcher I felt it needed a support vehicle to carry spare missiles.
The support vehicle I built is loosely based on a British Army Leyland truck. It doesn’t really match with the missile launcher in terms of era but I just thought it would be a fun addition.

This has steering too.

With drop down sides (both sides and rear tailgate)

The black cylinder controls the steering.

What a time to want to sneeze!



Thanks for looking and I hoped you enjoyed it.
As always please feel free to comment and rate.



Comments

 I like it 
  January 2, 2013
thank you for your comments Andy! now, please choose a name for the loco! I ll wait for it on it s post, you know better than me how to name that kind of transport equipment, as soon as I see it, I ll adjust the post. thank you Andy!
 I like it 
  January 1, 2013
very cool combo andy! while not the same period, it really does nt look odd, it could be for many reasons these team up, leave it to me, lol, it s also nice to get the deeper meaning of the inspiration, I love that too, I miss a little technics now, I can t wait until I actually have time for one big, mean, military all in one post-apocaliptic monster! and, I also see you now have 'gf' soldiers too? lol, interesting! I finished the cargo train prototype, all I d need is advice, suggestions, what you d like to add, ect, I wait for your word, thunderbirds are go! and happy new year Andy!
 I like it 
  January 1, 2013
Fantastic trucks! I like the launcher mechanism and the functions, for example the steering and the things, which hold the tilt on the smaller truck! Happy new year! :)
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Very cool! Nice functions and rugged appearance.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Wow this is really cool. Looks like many hours of fun playing with it ;) Fantastic job mate!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Fantastic, and great fun. Seems like it works as good as it looks. Bravo, sir!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Nice stuff - good looking and great too see something so playable : ) Congrats on getting on TLCB too. 9/10 P.S. Bet the original toy is worth a fortune now!
Thanks Mr Fight. When I looked up the dinky truck on the Internet I did notice a mint one was worth quite a bit. With the state my one is in I think I would have to pay someone to take it.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2012
Quoting Marcus Paul Somehow this does not show up in my timeline ... But where it does show up is The Lego Car Blog, see http://thelegocarblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/green-day/ Congrats mate! I must admit that I am quite biased concerning military MOCs. But besides that it's all great stuff, the shaping is gorgeous, the functions are really amazing!
Thanks mate. For some reason when I uploaded this page I got an unsuccessful message but when I checked back later the page was all fine so I think that's why it didn't appear on your timeline. Thanks for the link to thelegocarblog, I am we'll chuffed. It was very unexpected.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Fantastic build! Its cool because edits moveable and playable!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Nice stuff - good looking and great too see something so playable : ) Congrats on getting on TLCB too. 9/10 P.S. Bet the original toy is worth a fortune now!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Somehow this does not show up in my timeline ... But where it does show up is The Lego Car Blog, see http://thelegocarblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/green-day/ Congrats mate! I must admit that I am quite biased concerning military MOCs. But besides that it's all great stuff, the shaping is gorgeous, the functions are really amazing!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
This is so awesome, I really like your use of the toy soldiers on this and the green goddess. The little truck is awesome, and the firing mech is genius. as for explaining to A and E... Hmm brings back painful memories, thank god I never had a real accident with my modified nerf gun :)
 I like it 
  December 29, 2012
Wow, it looks fantastic and there are so many great features in addition to the rocket launcher! I can see this moc being as well loved as the original toy!
 I like it 
  December 29, 2012
I love these and so would my kids. Excellent firing mechanism and hand of god steering. The original toy looks well loved :).
 
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