This is my Lego version of a great toy by Matchbox, the K111 Rocket Launcher.
Mine is a bit worse for wear as it has a wheel missing (on the side you canít see) but I still have one of the five original missiles that came with it.
I got this as a present from my Uncle when I was about 6 and it now gets bashed around by my boys.
Iím impressed itís lasted this long as it is well over 30 years old.
This was a challenging vehicle to recreate in Lego as itís quite angular and the pop-up missile launcher and rotating sides are quite a pain to engineer.
The sides on this semi rotate but not all the way round as the thickness of Lego plates dictate how far round it will actually turn before hitting the missile launcher platform.
The missile launcher platform raises and lowers by 2 chain and gear systems working simultaneously when the black lever on the back is operated.
Iím not a great lover of Lego flick missiles usually but I decided to use them on this.
Having a lever to do the flicking works very well and the missiles fire reasonably far.
Spare missiles are stored in compartments on both sides of the truck.
As shown in the main title photo this has steering and it is controlled by rotating the spare wheel on the back. The Matchbox toy has no steering, I wanted this one to steer and as an added bonus I thought I'd make the rear axle steer too.
Room for 2 crew.
Opening doors (both sides).
Side flap on the cab for tool storage.
The tools are clipped onto a plate that slides in and out of the flap shown above.
As you can see the Lego version dwarfs the original Matchbox one. This is 11 studs wide with the cab being 7 wide. This is minifig scale on the ridiculous.
Brings bag good memories- when I was a little kid I used to go through dad's 70's matchbox catalogs and wondered how could i get some of those amazing things. We still have unfinished scale models from that era, but only a handful of toy cars.You MOC captures the shape of the original perfectly and I love to see builds such as this here, keep up the good work!
This is great! I Looooove it! This was one of my favorite toys as a kid and I still have it too. I built a giant version (in red). You can see it here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/315031 Happy New Year!
Another one of your AMAZING 7-stud wide wonders! Your building skills for vehicles with functionality are superb. Nice door design too with the cheese slope at the hinge to close off the space but allow rotation of the hinged door too! SO many nice features on this vehicle, I know I am going to be coming back to your site a WHOLE LOT over the next couple months!
Very cool, and very playable too so big plus points there! It might have been nice to slant the sides a bit as per the toy, but it's still great : ) 5/5 FYI It's on http://www.thelegocarblog.com today congrats!
Absolutely superb! I knew friends who had this model when I was a kid. Your version gets the shape just right. Combined with all of the fold-out and pop-out playability, this is a great MOC. I want one (but don't own enough green bits!).
Awesome! I love that you made it to fit figs . Love the front end and the rocket launcher in the back and sides. I really like the doors and how you can close the side windows. It looks just like the matchbox version. Excellent!