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Firehouse 8
A micro-scale (approximately 1:75) model of a large modern firehouse, including a full a complement of firefighting vehicles.
About this creation
There certainly is no shortage of firefighting-related MOCs here on MOCpages. In, fact, If I had to guess, I would say that fire engines are the single most popular subject. Although I built a few micro-scale firefighting aircraft a while ago, I haven't really done anything else in the genre. Since I have been building a number of 4-wide vehicles lately, I figured the time was right to do some fire engines in that scale as well.

This model is a diorama featuring a large, modern, suburban firehouse. It is based on some artchitectural plans I found online, but I augmented it somewhat and changed the color scheme. The firehouse has six bays, including two extra large ones, and houses a number of different firefighting and emergency vehicles, including:

  • A 100' tiller.
  • Two 75' tower ladders (one is out back, with two firemen doing some maintenance on its hydraulics).
  • Two large pumper engines, of different types.
  • A rescue engine.
  • A Type III ambulance.
  • A Medevac helicopter.


The fire engines are not based on any partcular models, but I did look to a number of Pierce and Seagrave engines for some basic guidance. The helicopter is based on an AgustaWestland AW139, but I modified a few of its features.

I added a number of details to the grounds around the firehouse. There is a landscaped main entrance, including a tall flagpole. On the other side of the front of the firehouse is an old piece of artillery on display (I don't know how common it is elsewhere, but in New England, there's a pretty good chance that you'll find on old cannon or howitzer on display at some public location, like a police station, fire station, or park). Off to the left side is a helipad and at the rear of the firehouse are two diesel fuel pumps. Parked along the side road next to the firehouse are several DPW vehicles.

Here are some pictures of the entire firehouse from a few different angles:





And here are a few close-ups of the firehouse to give a better look at some of the details:





Now, for some individual vehicle close-ups. Below is a close-up of the tiller.



Next, a picture of the ladder truck:



Next is a picture of the medevac helicopter (based on the AW139):



Two different types of pumper engines:



Finally, the type III ambulance and the rescue truck. I'm not entirely happy with the ambulance, but it was difficult to figure out a way to build its relatively narrow front end at this scale.



If you'd like to see better quality, higher resolution versions of these images, you can visit my Flickr page.



Comments

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  August 19, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great set Matt! The vehicles and fire station are amazing. Excellent work!
Thanks! I like working in this scale, so it probably shows in the results. I expect that I'll be doing a few more builds like this one in the near future.
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  August 18, 2014
Great set Matt! The vehicles and fire station are amazing. Excellent work!
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  August 11, 2014
Quoting A Taylor Very nice. Good work with the 4 wide apparatus.
Thanks! The 4-wide vehicles were the the original inspiration for the MOC, and the station house just grew from that initial concept.
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  August 10, 2014
Very nice. Good work with the 4 wide apparatus.
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  August 6, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Amazingly high-quality build. Everything looks perfect here, especially the trucks, and there's five blades on the helicopter! Excellent :-)
Thanks! I knew that getting the vehicles to look convincing at this scale would be crucial to "selling" the build as a whole, so I tried hard to get it close to right. The 5-blade prop is a technique I borrowed from another micro-build. The prop isn't too strong, but at least it looks right.
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  August 6, 2014
Amazingly high-quality build. Everything looks perfect here, especially the trucks, and there's five blades on the helicopter! Excellent :-)
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  August 4, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee I adore the design! It looks like I could find this in Lego or Lincoln Logs. The trucks and the copter make me want to vroom and swoosh. ;) Fantastically playable, almost want to see this in minifig scale. Outstanding!
Thanks! You know, now that you mention it, I wonder whether I was subconsciously trying to get that "Lincoln Logs" look with my choice of colors. It would be pretty neat to build this at minifig scale, but this is already a pretty huge MOC even at this scale (over 6,000 parts with all of the vehicles!)
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  August 4, 2014
I adore the design! It looks like I could find this in Lego or Lincoln Logs. The trucks and the copter make me want to vroom and swoosh. ;) Fantastically playable, almost want to see this in minifig scale. Outstanding!
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  August 4, 2014
Quoting Marcus Paul I really love this. When looking at the accuracy of it (the vehicles included) I'm really wondering if it's worth all those bricks when building in minifig scale ...
Thanks! No matter what scale I'm building in, I always try to push the accuracy as far as I can go. I often see builds at larger scales that haven't done much to add any detail over smaller scale builds -- they're just bigger. I don't like to waste bricks like that, even if they are just virtual.
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  August 3, 2014
I really love this. When looking at the accuracy of it (the vehicles included) I'm really wondering if it's worth all those bricks when building in minifig scale ...
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  August 1, 2014
Quoting Jimmie Martinez 10/10 A tour de force of Lego master craftsmanship on a micro scale. I am absolutely blown away by the level of detail put into this station Each rig is recognizable for what it is on first glance. And that is hard to do at this scale. I've built 2 stations in 1/64th scale and form over function seems to be the balance point of believability at these small scales. Once again a magnificent job and keep up the good work.
Thanks! I agree with you 100% about form over function at this scale. I try to include functionality whenever I can (e.g. the ladders can rotate and elevate on my trucks), but obviously a lot of functionality had be sacrificed to make things look good.
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  August 1, 2014
10/10 A tour de force of Lego master craftsmanship on a micro scale. I am absolutely blown away by the level of detail put into this station Each rig is recognizable for what it is on first glance. And that is hard to do at this scale. I've built 2 stations in 1/64th scale and form over function seems to be the balance point of believability at these small scales. Once again a magnificent job and keep up the good work.
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  July 30, 2014
Quoting Oran Cruzen Great work of Lego creationism! Realistic.
Thanks. I always strive to make these micro builds as accurate as possible. I am gratified when others think they are realistic.
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  July 30, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism! Realistic.
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  July 30, 2014
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Very nice project. Interresting scale!
Thanks! I like this scale -- there aren't many MOCs built at this scale, so there are plenty of relatively new subjects to cover.
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Very nice project. Interresting scale!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Lego Jim .... Awesome. I love it. Microscale is my most favorite stuff. Excellent work.
Thanks! Although I have built in a variety of different scales, I think I have to agree that micro scale (maybe about 1:75 and smaller) is my favorite, too.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2014
Awesome. I love it. Microscale is my most favorite stuff. Excellent work.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Wonderful stuff. Love it.
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Jonathan Lopes Fantastic. Love the fire trucks. Very well done, all around.
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen It is a pleasure to see all the fine miniature vehicles, with the beautyfull building in the center. There is not much more to add that hasn´t already been said. Excellent Work!
Thanks! I can only take partial credit for the building, since I had some architectural drawings work from. I am pretty happy with most of the vehicles, too, except for the helicopter and ambulance, which I might edit at some point on the future.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Excellent work. And, as usual, the vehicles are simply stunning. Nice work!
Thanks! I have one or two more vehicle-centric dioramas planned at this scale, so expect more micro vehicles in the near future.
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  July 29, 2014
Wonderful stuff. Love it.
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  July 29, 2014
Fantastic. Love the fire trucks. Very well done, all around.
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  July 29, 2014
It is a pleasure to see all the fine miniature vehicles, with the beautyfull building in the center. There is not much more to add that hasn´t already been said. Excellent Work!
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  July 29, 2014
Excellent work. And, as usual, the vehicles are simply stunning. Nice work!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Lego 4 Life Great work! I've always wanted to make a diorama at this scale. How many bricks did u use?
Thanks! I would definitely encourage you to go ahead and try a micro-scale diorama. It is possible to create a decent scene with a "reasonable" number of bricks. This diorama required a little over 6,000 parts, including all of the vehicles. Many of those parts are the 1x2 profile bricks used in the walls.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Hi Matt, i really enjoy the pics of this fantastic fire station and the rigs around it. Everything is spot on and i miss no detail! My favorites here are the firetrucks with their nice functions like the working ladders etc. Absolutely impressive work in this small scale. Respect :)
Thanks! I did try to put as much functionality as I could into the fire trucks, but the outriggers actually required completely separate builds -- there was no way to make them functional at this scale.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Very cool. Everything looks terrific, and the artillery gun is a neat detail. Great work.
Thanks! The big gun is always a crowd pleaser :-).
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  July 29, 2014
Great work! I've always wanted to make a diorama at this scale. How many bricks did u use?
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  July 29, 2014
Hi Matt, i really enjoy the pics of this fantastic fire station and the rigs around it. Everything is spot on and i miss no detail! My favorites here are the firetrucks with their nice functions like the working ladders etc. Absolutely impressive work in this small scale. Respect :)
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  July 29, 2014
Very cool. Everything looks terrific, and the artillery gun is a neat detail. Great work.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting BRICK IT Productions I think that this might be your best creation so far! Incredible work, you make miniature scale models look like regular ones. P.S.: When is that USS Hamilton gonna be done?
Thanks! For this diorama I was lucky to have found an architectural model for a really good-looking firehouse. I changed it around somewhat, but the basic idea of the gabled roof with glass doors was a good place to start. Regarding the USCGC Hamilton. I had taken a break from it because I ran into a tough problem connecting the flight deck to the deck immediately below it. I think I have solved that problem that and plan to resume work soon, but I always have more ideas than I have time to build. At his point, I have good ideas for at least two more micro dioramas, both of which are in various states of completion, plus an idea for a pair of macro-figures.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 fabulous! great work!
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
I think that this might be your best creation so far! Incredible work, you make miniature scale models look like regular ones. P.S.: When is that USS Hamilton gonna be done?
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  July 29, 2014
fabulous! great work!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great work!
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Mariner 1000 Great job, Matt!
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Deston Fire & Rescue The tiller only has 1 pair of outriggers http://chicagoareafire.com/blog/tag/pierce-tda/ but nice build!
Thanks! You are absolutely right about the outriggers. They were a last minute addition when I created the individual picture of the tiller and I just borrowed them from the ladder truck without thinking about it too much. I will take your advice and fix the tiller -- I'll post a fixed-up picture in a day or two.
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  July 29, 2014
Great work!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Digital Dreams Nice renders. I'm currently rendering 20 shots of something with 1400 transparent pieces, so I can appreciate how long your windows took to render!
Thanks! I feel your pain regarding the rendering time for transparent parts. There are a few tricks that seem to help (like turning off radiosity), but rendering models with a lot of trans-clear parts is always going to take a lot longer.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Stephan N wow Matt, this is excellent.
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 . I just love these type of creations! Such great detail, and very nice shots! Do you use the program L-Draw to build these MOCs? Anyway, such an epic job! You are a master at mini-models! Spectacular work, Matt! 5/5! :-)
Thanks! I really like doing mini/micro-scale dioramas like this, too. I already have another one in the works, on a much different subject. To answer your question: I use LDD to create the model and then LDD2POVray to render it into an image. Unfortunately, a model with a lot of transparent pieces like this one can take a pretty long time to render, especially for the close-ups.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland great job!:D
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Great job, Matt!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting T.J. Brammer Wow!
Thanks!
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Kayla . Wow! It looks like you didn't leave out anything!
Thanks! Yes, I pretty much included everything I could think of, even though it is probably somewhat unlikely that they would all be together in one firehouse like this.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! I love the howitzer out front. Awesome firehouse. Love the fire trucks . The detail is astounding at this scale. Those work trucks on the side look great too. Brilliant work Matt!
Thanks! From the moment I started this project, I knew that the howitzer was a detail I wanted to include -- you see quite a few of them around where I live. Just a few miles away is a park with a piece of World War I field artillery, and there is an American Legion hall nearby with a self-propelled howitzer parked in front.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Brickcity 101 Oh my god, this is amazing! It's so detailed! My favorite is the tiller, followed by that rescue. This is an outstanding build!
Thank you! I'm glad you like -- it was definitely a lot of fun to build (but a real pain to render, especially with all of the glass).
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Joe Ramlet JEEZ! Great job. Fantastic job. Amazing job. You get the point... Nice change up! That helicopter is nice, too.
Thanks! I hope to have some close-ups of the helicopter posted pretty soon, so stay tuned.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Joshua O'Rourke Very nice work! I gotta agree with Paulo, that tiller is awesome.
Thanks! Based on Deston Fire Rescue's advice, I may be modifying it and posting new pictures shortly.
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Paulo Rodriguez This is awesome! I love the little tiller, not too common to see 3 truck companies in one firehouse, but a nice build! I gotta agree with you, the LFC is pretty active, not as much as it was before, but certainly still present.
Thanks! I realize that likelihood of that many companies being present in one firehouse is pretty low, but I wanted to build a variety of different trucks and put them together in a diorama. I thought about having the trucks respond to a fire in progress, but seemed a little more difficult to do, so I went this way.
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  July 29, 2014
The tiller only has 1 pair of outriggers http://chicagoareafire.com/blog/tag/pierce-tda/ but nice build!
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  July 29, 2014
Nice renders. I'm currently rendering 20 shots of something with 1400 transparent pieces, so I can appreciate how long your windows took to render!
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  July 29, 2014
wow Matt, this is excellent.
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  July 29, 2014
I just love these type of creations! Such great detail, and very nice shots! Do you use the program L-Draw to build these MOCs? Anyway, such an epic job! You are a master at mini-models! Spectacular work, Matt! 5/5! :-)
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  July 28, 2014
great job!:D
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  July 28, 2014
Wow!
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  July 28, 2014
Wow! It looks like you didn't leave out anything!
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  July 28, 2014
Wow! I love the howitzer out front. Awesome firehouse. Love the fire trucks . The detail is astounding at this scale. Those work trucks on the side look great too. Brilliant work Matt!
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  July 28, 2014
Oh my god, this is amazing! It's so detailed! My favorite is the tiller, followed by that rescue. This is an outstanding build!
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  July 28, 2014
JEEZ! Great job. Fantastic job. Amazing job. You get the point... Nice change up! That helicopter is nice, too.
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  July 28, 2014
Very nice work! I gotta agree with Paulo, that tiller is awesome.
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  July 28, 2014
This is awesome! I love the little tiller, not too common to see 3 truck companies in one firehouse, but a nice build! I gotta agree with you, the LFC is pretty active, not as much as it was before, but certainly still present.
 
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