Massive Red Lorry . ..or how to use up all your pieces when you thought you had too many.. .
I've always wanted to make something like this - a big Technic truck with lots of features and lots of those big old wheels that appear slightly out of place on some of my cars but should suit this..
I like shiny things, so it's got lights - OK they're not that shiny, being ancient 4.5V jobs, but I like them..
Two happy British Maxifigs with the Union Jack in it's rightful place behind them. This is my first attempt at any sort of mosaic.
And this is my second...
The tractor unit without trailer but with driver.. for no particular reason, we'll call her Lola..*
Doors open, but you can see that..
A fairly sketchy interior, but what's there works - the gearlever is connected to a forward / neutral / reverse transmission and the crank on the left is correctly labelled - it does raise and lower wheels (the centre axle), just not on a space shuttle!
The steering works too - either from the wheel or by 'hand of god' on the top of the left exhaust. It's got a pretty good lock and works according to the principles of Mr Ackermann.
Lola: 'You could have made it power assisted! I'm gonna get biceps like Arnie!'
The cab tilts - after Lola and friend have escaped - to reveal more juicy stuff (possibly).. and yes, that spindly looking folding axle IS supporting the cab's considerable weight (just).
Here's the six cylinder engine in all it's.. err.. glory and the rods to control the steering, gearchange and auxiliary wheel lowering connect with the controls in the cab automatically with the cab down, or these can be controlled from other levers / wheels behind the cab.
Concealed behind the seats is the battery box for the lights - this flap makes it easy to change batteries after someone's left them on!
And it's even easier to switch them on..
There's even a box for Lola's lunch (or something..) The fuel tank on the right is made using a square 1970's battery box that's sadly defunct, otherwise I would have used this for the lights.
Still with me ? Well done! Keep going!
Here's the whole thing again.
Lola: 'Will you hurry up ! I've got a load to pick up!'
Here's the trailer, parked without box and with it's stabiliser feet wound down. These are controlled by the handwheel on the side and are strong enough to jack it up with the box on!
The box locates on six axles on the perimeter and is quite easy to pop on and reasonably secure (!) once there...
See .. ?
The back doors are secured shut at the top and bottom by a single twist of the handle..
To reveal a rainbow of exploding colour! Oh alright, I was running out of bricks so no attempt was made at colour co-ordination in here.
At least the roof's all one colour (oh alright then, two..)
With a handy flap to help me load it, or stowaways to escape etc..
Here it is from the side again, with an electrical socket..
And another view of the front. It's not styled to look intentionally like any truck in particular - I just did my own thing with this.
Lola: 'Are you done now ? I've got a load of funny little plastic bricks to pick up!'
Friend: 'There - I think that went well..'
Lola: 'Yeah, if only he would shut up!'
*Oh alright, there is a reason. The most uplifting, wittiest comment I've received came on my Citroen DS from a builder called LolaTruckDriver. Thankyou.