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Fighting Fires in Flight

Lego Sky-Fi Firefly Ship

The Skytanic has floundered. After departing the Maersk Pier some weeks ago the great skyliner reached the treacherous Northern Floating Icefield and the welcoming navigation lights of Trusty Rusty. Only Trusty Rusty’s lights weren’t showing.

Unable to see the floating icebergs the Skytanic stood little chance, and the huge ship – now engulfed in flames – is doomed. With the evacuation underway the passengers and crew are hoping for a miracle, a miracle which which may arrive in the shape of the FRSS ‘Firefly’.

Lego Sky-Fi Airship

A mighty ‘Dipteria Class’ airship, the Firefly can stay airborne for a month at a time, travelling at up to 60 knots thanks to two massive ‘Brickerton’ engines powering a pair of enormous platinum-coated six-blade rotors. With a capacity of 400,000 litres of water, plus nine water cannons, sucking moisture-rich air out of the clouds and firing it up to 250 metres, the Firefly is the Skytanic’s only hope.

Only Markus Ronge knows if the Firefly will arrive in time. Until then you can check out his amazing Sky-Fi airship by clicking here, and you can catch up on the complete ‘Netbrix’ original story ‘Full Steam’ at Markus’ Flickr photostream here.

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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.

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I’ll Be There

Lego Dodge Ram Baywatch

We’re not sure what was going on in the ’90s, but TV theme tunes seemed to focus on simply turning up, Friends and Baywatch being prime examples. This writer was much too young to appreciate Baywatch at the time and thought it was actually serious rescue drama, rather than light pornography for Dads, but nevertheless they did occasionally save people from the dangers of two feet of salt water.

One of the tools at their disposal to accomplish this was a fleet of bright yellow pick-up trucks, such as this Dodge Ram by Flickr’s ER0L. ER0L has recreated the ageing Dodge brilliantly in 7-wide Speed Champions style, and he’s thrown in a plethora of rescue apparatus for when the Baywatch lifeguards do finally actually rescue someone. See more of the classic Ram at ER0L’s photostream by clicking here.

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Nee-Naw!

Lego Scania P410 Fire Truck

The Lego Car Blog Elves are being particularly annoying today, thanks to one of their number finding this. It’s a stunningly accurate replica of a Scania P410 Aerial Platform fire truck, and it’s beautifully detailed. Flickr’s Robson M built this Scania as a comission-piece and has used some excellent custom decals to further enhance his model’s realism.

You can see more of Robson’s Scania P410 at his photostream, where you can also see the model with the aerial platform in use and find a link to the real truck on which this creation is based. Head over via the link above, whilst we dig out Mr. Airhorn and put a stop to some considerable Elven ‘NEE-NAW’ing with warning siren of our own.

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Land Rescue

Land Rover Defender Rescue

The Land Rover Defender is not the fastest rescue vehicle ever made. It can however, rescue you where ever you are, and if you need rescuing it’s probably because you’re a long way from civilisation. This neat Model Team version of one of the world’s most adaptable and versatile vehicles comes from Flickr’s Gilcelio chagas, which includes opening doors, a fully kitted interior, and a plethora of rescue apparatus. There’s more to see of Gilcelio’s Land Rover Defender at his photostream via the link above, and you if you want to see an even weirder version of the iconic British off-roader, take a look here…

Land Rover Defender Rescue

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Storken the Coast

Lego Coast Guard Mech 'Storken'

This spectacular looking creation is, apparently, a Storken Coast Guard robot, built by the Swedes to retrieve objects lost to rapidly rising sea levels.  Whilst we’re well out of our depth (hah!) with sci-fi builds, this simian-esque mech is a spectacularly cool way for us to dip a toe in the sci-fi pool (hah!). There’s more to see on Flickr courtesy of LEGOLIZE IT MAN‘s photostream, where there’s a wealth of other-worldly builds available to view.

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Water Bomb

Lego Canadair CL-215

Ah Canada. The United States’ slightly boring neighbour. Home of singing-horse Celine Dion, the catchy pop of Carly Ray Jepsen, and perennial annoyance that is Justin Bieber. Fortunately they also know how to make some cool stuff up there, thanks almost entirely to transportation giant Bombardier.

Founded in the 1930s Bombardier began by making snowmobiles, and have since expanded to build ski-doos, trains, ATVs and aircraft. It’s the latter we have here, in the form of a Canadair CL-215 water-bombing amphibious plane. Designed in the late 1960s to operate at low speeds and in tricky winds, the CL-215 was sold to eleven countries for fire-fighting and search and rescue operations, with 125 units produced until the design was replaced in 1990.

This lovely replica of the Canadair CL-215 comes from previous bloggee Dornbi of Flickr and he’s captured the unusual shoulder-mounted engine configuration of the aircraft brilliantly. There’s more of the build to see at Dornbi’s photostream – click the link above to drop the world’s biggest water bomb.

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Swiss Rescue

Lego Aérospatiale SA-315 Lama Air Zermatt Swiss mountain rescue service

Ski season is in full swing here in Europe, and this catchily-named Aérospatiale SA-315 Lama Air Zermatt as used by the Swiss Mountain Rescue Service is on hand to mop up the casualties. This lovely Town-scale version is the work of Flickr’s Legohippie and there’s more to see here.

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Ho Ho Ho…

Lego HH-3E Jolly Green Giant

…Green Giant. We’re not convinced that the marketing department at Green Giant canned vegetables were being completely original when they came up with their tagline, but in fairness if Father Christmas hadn’t trademarked it first it was a bit short sighted of him. Anyway, it does allow us a tenuous link to Christmas with this blog post title, so we’re cool with it.

This superb military helicopter, complete with some of the best brick-built camouflage that we’ve ever seen, is a Sikorsky HH-3E ‘Jolly Green Giant’. Launched in the early 1960s the big Sikorsky has been in continuous use ever since, with both it and the UK variant (the Westland Sea King) forming the backbone of American and British search and rescue fleets.

The brilliant Lego recreation of the Jolly Green Giant featured here comes from Flicker’s [Maks] and it’s without doubt one of the finest Lego helicopters that we’ve come across since this site was founded. There’s lots more to see at [Maks]’ photostream – click the link above to take off.

Lego Sikorsky S-61R

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Urban Search and Rescue

Lego Fire Logistics Truck

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.

Lego Fire Logistics Truck

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Poseidon

Lego Sea King Helicopter

Nope, not the slightly dodgy remake of the slightly dodgy film of the 1969 book by American novelist Paul Gallico, but this – the King of the Sea, the Sikorsky/Westland SH-3 Sea King helicopter – the aircraft of choice for maritime rescue agencies the world over. This lovely 1:40 scale mini-figure version of the iconic helicopter comes from Flickr’s [Maks] and there’s more to see at the link.

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Three, Two, One, Fire!

Lego Fire Trucks

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.

Lego Fire Engine Ladder

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Fireman Sam

Lego Technic Fire Truck

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.

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To the Rescue

Lego Iveco Fire Truck

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.

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Burnt Turkey

Lego Fire Truck

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.

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