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.
If our Elves were to design a fire truck it would probably look a bit like this. Firstly it wouldn’t be red, because fire trucks are supposed to red and the Elves are idiots. Secondly, anything of value for extinguishing a fire would be thrown away and replaced with something likely to cause one. A jet engine for example. And finally, it would feature styling by a six year old on a lot of sugar.
Moritz‘s ‘Afterburner’ drag racing fire truck has thus ticked all our Elves’ boxes, and has caused quite a lot of them to run around the office making ‘NEE-NOR!’ noises. We’re going to get the Mr. Airhorn out of the cupboard to make a noise of our own in a bit, so whilst we do that you can see more of Moritz’s build on Flickr via the handy link above.
We’re not sure if our worldwide audience will know who Fireman Sam is, but as we grew up with him this neat Technic fire truck (or ‘fire engine’ as Sam would call it) has taken us back to our childhood – it’s uncannily like the cartoon hero’s machine. Horcik is the builder and there’s more to see here.
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.
We’re back! The Elves have been re-released after their enforced Christmas ‘break’, and they must be hungry because this superb Town-scale American fire truck was returned to the office within minutes.
It’s been built by Steven Asbury of MOCpages, it’s packed with detail, and it has a whole host of nice play features too. There’s more to see at the link above.
Volkswagen’s original Transporter is an undeniably cute vehicle, but it probably isn’t the best platform on which to build a fire engine. Still, despite it being their slowest response equipment since the horse, the T1 did indeed find use with fire departments. We hope the fires were small…
This neat recreation of the world’s most slovenly fire engine comes from previous bloggee sm01. As well as looking rather nice it’s also remote control, and you can see more on both Flickr and MOCpages.
Today we have a very special creation to share with you, one that’s had the whole office pouring over it all afternoon.
This amazing Technic model is the work of previous bloggee Lucio Switch, and it’s a sight common to all major airports, the essential Airport Crash Tender. Lucio’s creation looks – as you can see from these images – remarkably lifelike, but even more impressive is what this model can do.
Hidden inside are fourteen Power Functions motors controlled by five IR receivers and the previously blogged SBrick. These operate everything from the 8-wheel-drive, the 4-wheel-steering, the rotation, lifting and extension of the fire extinguishing arm, the emergency lights, and the direction of second extinguisher nozzle mounted on the front bumper.
Oh, and one more function… working water cannons. Yes, this Lego model really can pump water and extinguish a small fire! LEGO’s own Pneumatic System is used to pump air into the water tanks, forcing out the water for use when things are getting a bit hot. It’s probably the most amazing Lego vehicle you will see this year – you can see all the images on both MOCpages and Flickr – we can’t recommend making those clicks highly enough!
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.
We often post old-timey vehicles here at TLCB, but it’s a rare treat when we can post old-timey vehicles that have been built in an old-timey way!
These charming 6-wide Town vehicles were discovered by… er, The Brothers Brick*, and are the work of Flickr’s grubaluk. There are lots more photos of the individual models available to view on Flickr – simply click the link above to make the jump.
*Our Elves have been sternly reprimanded, the lazy turds.
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.
It’s red and blue Smarties all round for the Elves at The Lego Car Blog today, as they’ve returned from MOCpages with a pair of little trucks. First up is a micro fire engine from Taiwanese builder Chung-Po Cheng, whose bin lorry we featured a couple of days ago. You can click this link to MOCpages to see more of the details that have been squeezed into this truck.
Second is Tommaso Garosi’s Unimog. Christmas is coming (there have been decorations in the shops for weeks now) and Tommaso’s crew are busy loading trees onto their truck. Underneath this classic 4×4 are prop-shafts and difs, which you can see by clicking this link to MOCpages. You can compare this with LEGO’s new, official model by clicking this link to our mini 2015 City preview.
Following the sinister MAZ 7907 featured earlier this year, the Elves have snaffled another, and this one performs slightly more friendly duties. Nexus7.1‘s MAZ 543 airport fire truck is a beautiful bit of kit, recreated by way of some fiendishly clever brickwork. See the full gallery on Flickr at the link above.
This monster airport firetruck was suggested to us by a Lego Car Blog reader, ER0L, who became an Elf for the day and uncovered it on Brickshelf. Hypo is the engineer behind the creation, and he’s constructed some superb functions. Check out the video to see it in action…
Due to the excellence of Lego’s official Mercedes-Benz Unimog set, there’s a steady stream of elves returning to the The Lego Car Blog office clutching modified versions and home-brewed attempts. Most are given a swift and hard kick back out of the door, but not this one, which manages to take the Unimog theme up a considerable notch. ‘VFracingteam’ is the creator, and you can check out further pictures and the awesome technical features on Brickshelf.