With The Lego Car Blog’s home nation victim of a terror attack this week we’re acknowledging the incredible work that our emergency services perform in the face of horrific acts of violence. NHS paramedics, doctors, nurses, cleaners and caterers, bomb disposal teams, the Greater Manchester Police, and of course the people of Manchester, demonstrated the very best of British society in the aftermath of the May 22nd attack.
Our police officers don’t get to drive big RWD V8-engined sedans, although their fast-response BMW, Audi and Volvo diesels look quite fun, but they’re the backbone of the US and Australian forces’ fleets.
Big, wallowing, and not actually that fast, RWD V8 sedans really aren’t suited to European policing, but that doesn’t stop them being – at least to our eyes – quite cool.
This neat generic Police Interceptor comes from previous bloggee pipasseyoyo, and it features the obligatory V8 engine hooked up to a four-speed gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, working suspension and steering, opening hood, trunk and doors, and a deployable spike-strip to apprehend the bad guys.
There’s more of pipasseyoyo’s Technic Police Interceptor to see at his Brickshelf album via the link above, and if you’re reading this and represent one of the emergency services, wherever you are; thank you.
These, Ladies and Gentlemen (OK, probably mostly gentlemen) are the most realistic Lego replicas that you may ever see.
They’re not replicas of real vehicles of course, but of three wonderful die-cast Hot Wheels toys from way back in the 1970s. Lego builder Brick Flag of Flickr recently decided to recreate his favourite model cars from his childhood, and in doing so he may have built the most accurate-to-life Lego models of the year.
Hot Wheels launched their die-cast vehicles ‘Ramblin’ Wrecker’, ‘Emergency Squad’ and ‘Fire Eater’ between 1975 and 1977, and now 40 years on Brick Flag has faithfully rebuilt the iconic toys so brilliantly that in some photos it’s hard to tell whether you’re looking at the metal original or the plastic replica.
It’s been ages since we’ve posted a Town scale truck (apologies to fans of such models), but we’re back in the Town trucking game today with this, Steven Asbury‘s lovely Fire Dept. Logistics Support Unit. With opening doors, custom chrome pieces and some good detailing for the scale it’s a model worth your click – check it out on MOCpages at the link above.
…You need a really big fire truck. A really big fire truck like this one, the enormous Pierce Arrow XT ‘Tiller Truck’ as used by the San Jose Fire Department.
This spectacular (and absolutely massive) replica of the Arrow XT has been built by Pavol Vanek of Flickr, and it’s one of the most impressive models that we’ve ever featured here at TLCB. Every detail of San Jose’s real truck has been captured brilliantly in Lego form, and Pavol’s model includes a wealth of functions too.
A tilting cab complete with a fully detailed six-seat interior sits above a working piston engine, the ladder can elevate, extend and turn – stabilised by functioning outriggers, both the tractor unit and trailer feature functioning steering, and every door, storage compartment and hatch opens.
Befittingly for such a humongous creation there’s a huge gallery of images available showing each aspect of the truck in greater detail – and we cannot recommend taking a look highly enough! Click this link to see more of Pavol’s incredible build, just prepare to be there a while!
Like one of those T-shirts showing the evolution of man, Flickr’s Galaktek has been charting the evolution of the fire truck, from its beginnings as a motorised vehicle before the Great War until the mid-’60s (with more to come we hope), and our ingenious special effects department* has collated Galaktek’s three builds chronologically above.
From top to bottom; 1912 Mercedes-Benz Feuerwehr-Motorspritze, 1950s Mercedes-Benz L6600, and 1960s Seagrave open-cab tiller.
There’s lots more to see of each historic fire truck at Galaktek’s photostream – click the link above to dial 911 through time.
If The Lego Car Blog Elves were to design an ambulance, it would probably look like this. Flickr’s Nathan Proudlove could well be an Elf if it weren’t for the fact that he’s a) a human being and, b) he can build creations as excellent as this one. You can see more of Nathan’s ‘Whambulance’ at his photostream – click the link above to dial 911.
We’re in the mood for terrible title puns today… Anyway, these three classic fire trucks from Flickr’s Galaktek aren’t terrible at all. In fact we think they’re rather lovely, and they perfectly juggle play value with realism. There’s lots more to see of each via Galaktek’s photostream – click the link above to dial 911.
Things quickly escalated from today’s earlier post, and – after a few Elves had been rounded up – we may have attempted to jump a Power Functions powered LEGO off-road vehicle over some them.
By ‘we may have’ we actually mean ‘ we definitely did’, and by ‘a few’ we should probably say ‘a few too many’.
Luckily, although the model in question landed quite violently onto several of our too-trusting workers, this neat Town-scale Iveco Fire & Rescue Truck with rear mounted crane by Flickr’s Smigol was on hand to scoop up those squashed.
Don’t worry, it didn’t really – it is only Lego after all. We used a spatular.
You can see more of Smigol’s excellent Iveco EuroCargo emergency response vehicle at the link above – click the link to make the jump.
These two FDNY vehicles are the work of TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist) who has recreated brilliantly the Seagrave ladder truck and Ford F350 ambulance common to the emergency crews of Manhattan. There’s more to see of each on Flickr – click this link to make the jump.
When he hears the fire bell chime,
Fireman Sam is there on time.
Putting on his coat and hat
In less than seven seconds flat
He’s always on the scene, Fireman Sam!
And his engine’s bright and clean, Fireman Sam!
You cannot ignore, Sam is the hero next door!
This beautiful 1980s Dennis fire engine comes from Flickr’s Ricecracker, and he’s used more brilliant building techniques in one model than we’ll sometimes see in a whole week of blogging. Click the link above to see more.
Because it’s a Land Rover Ambulance! Yup, we’re a clever bunch here in TLCB office. Anyhoo, you can see more of this lovely Land Rover Series III at previous bloggee Joao Campos’ MOCpage – click here for the full gallery.
This strange beast is apparently a Vunssen & Groebe ‘Gorhound’ Class Search and Rescue truck. Built to recover crews shot down in enemy territories it’s the work of previous bloggee iomedes !…. on Flickr. As we don’t really know what we’re talking about when it comes to sci-fi we’ll end the model description there, although to us it does look very cool in its (unintentional) Repsol Racing paint-job. You can see more of the Gorhound on Flickr via the above link.
Following yesterday‘s RNLI Land Rover, previous TLCB bloggee pitrex contacted us with his own Technic life guard build. Featuring a host of Technic functions, piterx’s quad and jet-ski combo includes; Power Functions RC drive, working steering and suspension (quad), controllable impeller (jet-ski), and a working winch on the trailer. About as good as an official LEGO Technic set then! Join the discussion on Eurobricks via the link above.