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LL-924 Backhoe
The LL-924 Backhoe was a lesser known utility variant.
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You are kindly invited to read the other articles concerning the LL-924 and many of its variants:
- Part I: LL-924 & Variants
- Part III: LL-924 TIE Cruiser

Many people have sent us testimonies about the LL-924 after our previous article and thanks to some A.T. from the North (who prefers remaining anonymous), we were told about a new strange variant of the LL-924: the Backhoe. The LL-924 Backhoe was created by the public construction services to supply the lack of adequate vessels.
LL-924 Backhoe

The Backhoe is immediately recognizable because of its large bucket in the front and its bulky belly. The bucket allows to effectively help in moving bulk materials away.
Bucket Loader
This transformation was made possible by replacing the front landing gear by the bucket engine and two powerful light projectors.
Useful Bucket
Useless to say that this modification helped greatly, particularly during the expansion phase of the colonisation where there were constructions sites literally everywhere on the newly colonised planets and asteroids.
Backhoe in Action
The front bucket was only the first modification of the Backhoe. That ship was also full of anchor points where workers and crew could hang various tools: hammer, shovel, mattock and so on.
Fully Tooled Backhoe
But the Backhoe still had more secrets and the next really is probably what makes of it a unique vessel. Unlike other LL-924 variants, the Backhoe cockpit opened in full.
A particular cockpit
The entire ship roof and engine compartment could rotate at up to 90 degrees, revealing a huge opening in the ship body.
Full opening
Needless to say that this impressive opening had a specific utilitarian usage.
Backhoe in open position
The opened Backhoe reveals a hidden crane.
There is a crane inside
The on-board crane can be controlled directly from the cockpit but a remote control was also available.
Remote control
And the crane could then slowly get out of the Backhoe
Hidden crane
A subtle combination of hinges allowed the crane to move out of the ship and extend its reach slowly.
Deploying crane
The full reach of the extended crane was quite remarkable allowing to grap materials and other stuff up to a few meters away from the ship.
LL-924 backhoe with fully extended crane
The crane could easily be manipulated to load materials.
LL-924 Backhoe during loading operations
Materials could then be carried inside the LL-924 Backhoe.
Carrying the load
This variant allowed to carry any load inside the ship thanks to its large belly.
Under the crane
Even when the ship was loaded with materials, the crane could still fit back into the hold.
Crane and Load
The LL-924 Backhoe bulky belly revealed also with two panels that could open.
Unloading materials
First the rear panel opened progressively then the front panel followed, allowing for progressive evacuation of the bulk freight.
Unloading materials II
When both panels were opened, the bulk materials could be dropped exactly where the pilot wanted it. The precision of the system was quite handy.
Unloading materials III
Here comes an interesting top view from the LL-924 Backhoe with the open cockpit and panels.
Unloading materials IV
In conclusions, because of its front massive bucket loader and its bulky belly, the LL-924 Backhoe was always immediately recognizable.
Backhoe Bulky Belly
As such the Backhoe remains today one of the most heavily modified versions of the LL-924. Considering the number of its specific equipment, that version is without doubt one of the most particular variant but also one of the less known ones.
LL-924 Backhoe

You are kindly invited to read the other articles concerning the LL-924 and many of its variants:
- Part I: LL-924 & Variants
- Part III: LL-924 TIE Cruiser

LL-924 & Variants on Flickr




Comments

  March 2, 2014
That's a cool variant, LL-924 was always my favourite design.
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  July 22, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Another wonderful variant to fall in love with. Love the front end loader, seems so important yet so undersized. ;) (Not a very aerodynamic feature.) The only thing this could use is a Caterpillar emblem on the 3X6 slope. And, perhaps, an entire crew standing around watching one guy working. XD (You'd think in the future that someone would have invented a shovel that stands on it's own!) I still think the dump truck is my favorite but this one is definitely up there. Excellent!
Thank you. Aerodynamism is not too much of a concern ... in space and on asteroids or planets with little to no atmosphere. ;) I wanted also more caterpillar-like tiles but I used all I had. Same for the minifigs, if I had had more firemen equipment then I would have made more of these. And next version will be quite a surprise. ;)
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  July 22, 2013
Another wonderful variant to fall in love with. Love the front end loader, seems so important yet so undersized. ;) (Not a very aerodynamic feature.) The only thing this could use is a Caterpillar emblem on the 3X6 slope. And, perhaps, an entire crew standing around watching one guy working. XD (You'd think in the future that someone would have invented a shovel that stands on it's own!) I still think the dump truck is my favorite but this one is definitely up there. Excellent!
 
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