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Vintage Pump Rules

It’s one minute past midnight here at TLCB Towers, and this writer – for complicated home/partner-based reasons – is sleeping in the office. Or trying too.

An eerie whiring noise awoke said domestic refugee, which was followed by the unmistakable sounds of Elven rage.

Sigh. At least sorting out whatever shenanigans were going on would break the monotony of failing to sleep upright in a wheelie chair.

It turns out the shenanigans were rather unusual; an Elf, perched high up a Technic ladder, was squirting water down upon its previously-slumbering colleagues, much to their wrath.

The cause of the commotion was just as unexpected; a glorious fully remote controlled vintage fire truck, complete with a working water pump.

Flickr’s Nikolaus Löwe (aka Mr_Kleinstein) is the builder behind it, and not only does his vintage fire truck really pump water, there’s remote control drive and steering, motorised support legs, and an enormous elevating, rotating and extending ladder, which the previously mentioned Elf had deployed rather cunningly to soak its unsuspecting brethren.

Come to think of it, perhaps this TLCB writer should use a big ladder to get to the bedro… No, no… that’d probably make things worse.

You can check out more of Nikolaus’ beautiful build at his ‘Fire Ladder Truck’ album on Flickr, whilst this writer ponders his current predicament.

Camp Fire

We love repurposed vehicles (or anything else for that matter) here at The Lego Car Blog. Taking something and transforming for a different purpose is not only far less environmentally damaging than making something new, the results are often way cooler. As evidenced by Beat Felber‘s wonderful 1984 Land Rover 110.

Beat’s real-world Land Rover served as an off-road fire engine for about twenty-five years, before it was retired and converted into the superb off-road camper it is today, and Beat has now recreated it in Lego form, capturing his real-life vehicle beautifully.

Underneath the brilliantly life-like exterior – complete with opening doors and hood – is a remotely controlled 4×4 drivetrain powered by an SBrick, with L-Motors driving both axles (each of which is suspended), a Servo the steering, and an M-Motor the high/low gearbox.

It’s a delightful build made all the better by its real-world counterpart, and there’s more to see of both Beat’s Lego Land Rover 110 and the real fire-engine-turned-camper that inspired it via the link above.

Fireman Gaz

Classic British children’s TV show Fireman Sam will always have a special place in our hearts, despite the fact that we don’t remember Sam actually putting out many fires (they’re quite perilous for a show aimed at the under sixes), and the fact that fire’man’ is probably a bit old hat these days.

Still, we’re sure there are plenty of firewomen called Sam, and plenty of firefighters called other things too, such as Gaz. Although that’s a bit colloquial for the title of a kid’s show.

Anyway, it is the title of this post because this is a GAZ, although it’s short for ‘Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod’ rather than ‘Garry’. Built by Danifill of Eurobricks this GAZ 3307 fire truck features working suspension, twin L Motor drive, Servo steering, BuWizz control, LED lights, and opening everything, and there’s more to see at the discussion forum via the link above.

Ladder 4

This neat FDNY fire truck was found by one of our Elves on Flickr today. It comes from previous bloggee sponki25, and features rather excellent detailing and numbering made from duct tape! Head to Flickr to see more of Ladder 4, duct tape and all.

The Other M3

This is not a fast, irritatingly driven yet excellent German sports saloon, but it is an M3. Constructed by Spain’s awesome indigenous heavy duty truck maker Uro, the M3 is the military version of their F3 civilian truck, deployed by Spain’s ‘Military Emergencies Unit’ (UME) in disaster relief within the country and abroad. Which makes it probably the very opposite of its BMW namesake in terms of worthiness.

This superb Technic replica of the Uro M3 in complete UME specification comes from corujoxx of Eurobricks, who is using his time in coronavirus lock-down to pay tribute to his country’s frontline workers, such as those manning its Uro M3s.

A working winch and working suspension feature and there’s more to see of his excellent model at the Eurobricks forum – click the link above to take a look.

Time for Trumpton

From a British thing that’s pretty scary to a British thing that’s… definitely not. Sounding like what Donald Trump might call the White House, ‘Trumpton’ was a delightful 1960s stop-motion animation set in fictional English town, whose most recognisable feature was perhaps their fire brigade, formed of Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.

We’re not sure why the twins Pugh and Pugh had the same name, perhaps because they couldn’t be told apart, or why only Barney got a surname, but they were all marvellous nonetheless. This brilliant Lego recreation of Trumpton’s fire brigade is as delightful as the one found in the stop-motion TV series and it comes from Jason Briscoe of Flickr, who has managed to accurately portray the fire station, fire engine, and members of the fire brigade too.

Take a trip into Trumpton courtesy of Jason via the link above!

Wood You Believe It!

We’re pretty sure that for some of you reading this your very first car was made out of wood, and looked like this. This marvellous ‘wooden’ fire engine is not wooden at all, and comes from Jens Ohrndorf who has recreated the iconic classic toy beautifully from LEGO pieces. Head out to rescue Mr. Duck, Giraffe, big sister’s Barbie, and whatever other toys are in peril via the link above!

MAZter Firefighter

TLCB Elves are all making ‘NEE-NAW’ noises today, which isn’t annoying at all. The cause is this, ilya_laushkin‘s incredible MAZ-7313-AA60 8×8 airport fire truck. Catchily-named it isn’t, but masterfully-engineered it is, with eight-wheel-drive, four-wheel-steering, fully independent suspension (via twenty-six shock absorbers!), LED lighting, and bluetooth remote control courtesy of two SBricks. There’s much more of ilya’s amazing MAZ-7313 to see on Flickr, including some shots alongside the real thing. Click the link above to make the jump.

Fighting Fires in the Forest

Australia is under siege from tragedy right now, with 100,000sq/km burned or burning, thousands of homes destroyed, and millions (yes millions) of animals cooked. Australians love a barbecue, but not like this.

The cause is a prolonged drought, with the fires worsened by high winds. Whether or not the fires are specifically down to climate change, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s dismissal of it (and the fact Australia’s CO2 emissions have been rising every year, not falling) is spectacularly out of line with literally every climate scientist on earth. Apart from a few American ones obviously.

In TLCB’s home nation we have wild fires too, with 2019 seeing the most on record, again due to drought. Although the fires were tiny compared to Australia’s, the UK is tiny by comparison, so the propensity for damage is just as high. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Unimog fire truck used by his local fire station in the Ashdown Forest, previous bloggee Jonathan Elliott has constructed this lovely classic Unimog 406, and he’s filled it with details, with the roller shutters and chassis two of our favourites.

Head into the woods to save a koala via Jonathan’s photostream (OK, probably not a koala in England); click the link above to make the jump.

To the Rescue

Everyone likes a vehicle that goes ‘NEE NAW!’. Here are two, a fire truck and ambulance each built beautifully by Flickr’s Koala Yummies and packed with neat details, from brick-built stripes and pump controls to a fully fitted emergency bay. Head to Koala’s photostream via the link above for all the pics.

Wildfire

Wildfire is usually a completely natural phenomenon, and actually quite a useful one, allowing trees to spread their seeds and clearing land for regrowth. California’s latest (and tragic) wildfires are not. Sparked – literally – by crappy electrical equipment positioned over tinder-dry forest, thanks to hotter and drier summers, they have spread with ferocious verocity, claiming the lives of Californian citizens, destroying livelihoods, and wiping entire communities off the map. And in response the President is casting stones on Twitter. Yay.

Thankfully there is one constant source of goodness in these tragedies; the amazing California Fire Department, who have risked literally everything to save whomever they are able. This is one of the tools they have available to assist them, the HME Type 3 4×4 Wildland fire engine. This superb Lego recreation of one of CalFire’s wildfire response vehicles comes from previous bloggee sponki25 and it is well worth a closer look. Head into the forest with the heroes of CalFire via the link above.

*Today’s excellent title song.

Summer of ’69*

We were going to make reference to your Mom in this title but we’re better than that. This the New York Fire Department’s Engine 69, and it’s been built beautifully right down to the decals by sponki25/Sven. Sponki’s brilliant replica of the real-world fire truck includes some amazing attention to detail and there’s more to see at both Flickr and MOCpages via the link.

*Today’s (massively over-played) title song. If you end every night with this go and have a good long think about your life choices.

Ford to the Fire

It was getting to the point where we thought our remaining MOCpages-based Elves had starved to death or been forever trapped inside a broken server somewhere. However proving there’s still life in the crumbling ruin yet comes William Henderson, with a very apt rescue vehicle in the form of this beautiful Ford C Series fire truck.

William’s wonderfully detailed Model Team creation includes working steering and rear suspension, opening compartments and lockers, a realistic engine underneath the tilting cab, and superb attention to detail throughout a wealth of emergency equipment.

There are lots more images of William’s brilliant Ford C Series to see at his MOCpage (if MOCpages is actually working of course). Take a look via the link above whilst we reward a very hungry Elf.

Trouble in Tokyo

Lego Isuzu Fire Truck Tokyo

Tokyo’s 14 million inhabitants live in easily one of the coolest cities in the world. But it’s not without risks; such as earthquakes, Godzilla attack, and common fire.

Tokyo’s incredible population density, congested streets, and narrow roadways mean that to combat the effects of the above American or even European-sized fire trucks would be much too large. Toyko’s fire department therefore use a range of smaller vehicles that are better able to navigate the city (with even converted kei cars deployed in some districts), such as this Isuzu pumper.

This superbly detailed recreation of a common Japanese fire truck comes from Flickr’s Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist), and follows his excellent Toyota HiMedic ambulance that appeared here a few weeks ago.

With accurate fire fighting apparatus (including a hand-drawn cart used for Tokyo’s narrowest alleyways), opening doors and hatches, and even a pair of brick-built fire-fighters there’s plenty more to see – click here to check out all the imagery via Ralph’s photostream.

Lego Isuzu Fire Truck Tokyo

The Coolest Fire Truck

Lego Technic Tatra T815 Fire Truck

All fire trucks are cool. OK, maybe not this one, but pretty much everything else. The coolest of the lot could well be this, the awesome Tatra T815-CAS32. With six-wheel-drive and a 360-degree rotating turret-mounted water canon, there’s nothing we’d rather put out a fire with.

This fantastic Technic replica of the Tatra fire truck comes from previous bloggee Horcik Designs of Flickr, and not only has he nailed the exterior of his T815, he’s engineered a fully-working miniaturisation of the Tatra’s drivetrain, suspension and fire-fighting apparatus underneath too.

Horcik’s model features six-wheel-drive courtesy of LEGO’s Power Functions Motors, with remote control steering, powered hose-reel winches, an on-board compressor, and a motorised elevating and rotating turret.

There’s more to see of Horcik’s superb creation at his photostream, including a money-shot of how all of that lot has been squeezed in. Head to Flickr via the link above to dial 911.