Tag Archives: Wrecker

Tow Two

Every so often a creation arrives here at The Lego Car Blog Towers that makes us all go ‘…woah!’. This is one of those times. This beautifully presented model is Lucio Switch’s ‘Tow Truck MkII’ and it’s ridiculously brilliant.

As you’d expect for a model of this size (c10K parts and weighing 12.5 kgs) Lucio’s tow truck is motorised and remotely controlled, but before we even start looking at the electric functions there’s a host of non-motorised features to detail. These include all-wheel suspension (independent up front and live-axle at the rear), a fully suspended and pneumatically tilting cab complete with opening and locking doors, pneumatically suspended seats, and a V8 piston engine underneath. Storage lockers open on each side of the truck and five sets of Power Functions LEDs light the head and tail lights.

Which leads us nicely to the motorised functions, all of which are driven by LEGO’s Power Functions system with three on-board batteries hooked up to four third-party SBricks, allowing programable bluetooth control.

Nineteen separate Power Functions motors are present in Lucio’s model, with four XL motors powering the 8×4 drivetrain and three Servos turning the front two steering axles. Next are eight Medium motors, the first of which drives the pneumatic compressor that operates the aforementioned tilting cab and suspended seats.

The remaining seven Medium motors power the rotation and extension of the two enormous front outriggers, the extension of the two rear outriggers, the towing arm, and the rotation of the crane boom, whilst four Large motors power the crane lift, boom extension, and the two independent winches.

The four SBricks allow all of that functionality to be programmed neatly onto a smartphone from which the truck can be controlled remotely via bluetooth (take a look at the video below to see this in action), as otherwise you’d need a very large joystick controller indeed!

It’s one of the most outstandingly impressive Technic creations of 2019 and furthermore Lucio has presented his model beautifully, with superb high quality images and an excellent video demonstrating the truck’s functions. You can watch that video below, and you can see all the images at Lucio’s ‘Tow Truck MkII’ Flickr album here, join the discussion at the Eurobricks forum here, and read full details at Lucio’s own website by clicking here.

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Technic Towing

Huge, ungainly, and a regular picking up truckers. No, it’s not your Mom, but this enormous fully remote controlled Technic Kenworth tow truck by TLCB debutant Anatolich.

With twelve Power Functions motors, a 70cm length plus another 70cm of boom, and a 5kg weight, Anatolich’s Kenworth is one of the largest models of the year so far.

Those motors power a range of functions, with four taking care of the 8×4 drive, a Servo the steering, and the axle lift, outriggers, boom lift, boom extension, two winches and towing fork powered by a motor each.

If that wasn’t enough there’s also a V8 engine, working suspension, and no less than ten openable doors and compartments.

There’s lots more to see of Anatolich’s hugely impressive creation at both Eurobricks and on Flickr. Click on the links above to call for a tow.

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Mack Daddy

Lego Mack LMSW 6x4 Wrecker

This utterly wonderful vehicle is a 1940s Mack LMSW 6×4 wrecker, as used by both civilian towing companies and the British and Canadian military during the Second World War. The LMSW was powered by a 10-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine driving the two rear axles, with a Garwood single and later double crane (as shown here) mounted above them, each of which was capable of lifting 8 tons. The fiendishly complicated-looking booms and stabilisers are actually very simple, using steel wires to winch into position without the need for hydraulics and other complications.

Lego Mack LMSW 6x4 Wrecker SBrick

This stunning Model Team creation comes from Flickr’s Dirk Klijn and he’s recreated the classic Mack absolutely beautifully. Underneath the unbelievably realistic and superbly detailed exterior is a fully remote controlled drive train, with a combination of XL and Servo motors plus a third-party SBrick bluetooth controller allowing the model to be driven via the SBrick app on a mobile phone.

Dirk’s model is one of the finest Lego trucks you’ll find anywhere and there’s more to see of his Mack LMSW on Flickr. Head over to the Mack’s Flickr album via the link in the text above for all of the superb images.

Lego Mack LMSW RC SBrick

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Vintage Tow

Lego 1950s Tow Truck

This glorious 1950s tow truck by Flickr’s Redfern1950s is already making us feel like a slightly classier blog. Despite the sombre paint job and rusty chain it’s just so cool. There’s more to see at Red’s photostream – click the link above if you love this as much as we do.

Lego 1950s Tow Truck

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Train Crane

Lego Bangor & Aroostook Crane

We don’t often post railway-related builds here at The Lego Car Blog, but when we do they’re good. As demonstrated here by William Dumond‘s beautifully recreated Town-scale Bangor & Aroostook BAR X127 wrecker. Clever building techniques are in evidence throughout the build, and it functions too. See more on Flickr via the link above.

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Towing on Tour

Lego Technic Military Tow Truck

When you’re in middle of an Iraqi desert with mechanical trouble you can’t just call the AA. Luckily Ivan M has just the tool to help. Built to recover seriously heavy military hardware, Ivan’s military heavy duty tow truck features a V8 engine, working steering, all-wheel suspension, a rotating and raising crane, and a functioning winch. If your armoured car has broken down give him a call on either Flickr or Eurobricks.

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Kenworth Kaizen

Lego Kenworth K100 Wrecker

Kaizen. The philosophy of continual small improvements first pioneered in Japan by Toyota, is now a worldwide business practice. And thanks to the inherent characteristics of the LEGO brick, it’s a process that builders can apply too.

First featured on this site way back in 2013, Dennis Bosman (aka LegoTrucks) has recently updated his stunning Kenowrth K100 wrecker with a myriad of small improvements.

Lego Kenworth K100 Wrecker

From grey to chrome, standard to dark green, and studs to smooth, LEGO’s continual product development has allowed Dennis to take advantage of an expanding variety of bricks to refresh his beautiful Model Team Kenworth wrecker.

There’s more to see on Flickr, and you can check out our interview with Dennis as part of the Master MOCers series by clicking here.

Lego Kenworth K100 Wrecker

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Big Tow

Lego MAN TGX Tow Truck

Heavy duty tow trucks such as this huge MAN TGX spend most of their time at the side of the road waiting for a trucker in need*. This brilliant Model Team TGX wrecker is an updated build by previous bloggee Nanko Klein Paste, and it’s packed with detail inside and out, with everything that a stricken truck could require. There’s also twin-axle working steering, multiple opening compartments and a working under-lift too. There’s lots more to see on Flickr – click the link above to call for a tow.

Lego MAN Heavy Duty Wrecker

*Just like your Mom

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Daffy Truck

Lego DAF XF Space Cab NYR

This big block of red and white is a DAF XF Space Cab heavy duty recovery truck, as operated by Neil Yates Recovery. It’s the work of previous bloggee and DAF specialist Arian Janssens and, like yesterday’s DAF model, it’s a remarkably detailed thing. There’s an extensive gallery available to view on Flickr – see more via the link above.

Lego DAF XF Recovery Truck

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Wroll-back Wrecker

International Harvester Durastar Rollback Wrecker

This beautifully built International Harvester roll-back wrecker, complete with ’70s Buick, comes from TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist. There’s more to see at Ralph’s photostream, plus you can read his interview as one of the eleven builders in TLCB’s Master MOCers series by clicking here.

Lego International Harvester Tow Truck

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The Power of Functions

Lego Technic RC Tow Truck

In the right hands LEGO’s Power Functions system can do some truly amazing things, and Eurobricks’ builder D3K definitely has the right hands. This is his beautiful 4-axle tow truck, and it features a vast array of Power Functions components and gearboxes to multiply the ability of the motors. Concentrate, here comes the science part;

D3K has engineered a remotely controlled linear actuator operated tilting cabin, front, middle and rear stabilisers, working front winch, wheel lift elevation, extension and tilting, and crane lifting, extending and winch. And he’s thrown in some old fashioned mechanical functions too, including a working V8 engine and three-axel Ackerman steering.

Lego Technic Tow Truck RC

You can read the full details of D3K’s incredible creation at the Eurobricks forum where there also renders available showing the truck’s internal workings. To get a true idea of what this model can do though, you’ve got to watch in in action…

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MAN Wrecker

Lego MAN Tow Truck

It sounds like a disgusting drink you’re likely to find in a dodgy bar in Magaluf, but it’s also this lovely Town style tow truck by previous bloggee Marin Stipkovic. You can see more of his excellent three-axle MAN truck with towing boom on Flickr.

Lego MAN Truck

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Wrod Wrecker

Lego Hot Rod Tow Truck

LEGO’s Power Functions are an excellent way to add play value to your models. Cheaper than the previous 9V motors, more powerful, and with the added benefit of being remotely controlled if desired, they have quickly become the electronics of choice amongst Lego builders.

MOCpages’ Mate Lipkovics shows how versatile the Power Functions system can be with an installation in his fantastic hot rod wrecker. The remotely controlled functions include steering and drive, a two speed gearbox and the crane winch. You can see all the detailed photos of how Mate has squeezed that lot in via his MOCpage – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Technic Hot Rod Wrecker

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Big Man Picture Special

Lego MAN TGS Tow Truck

This beautiful MAN 8×4 tow truck is the work of Flickr and Brickshelf‘s Marek Markiewicz (aka M-Longer), and it’s one of the finest looking Model Team trucks of the year. But its beauty is much more than skin deep. Within the wonderfully replicated bodywork sits one of the most advanced Technic systems we’ve seen to date.

Lego Technic Tow Truck

Thirteen separate functions are generated by a variety of Power Functions motors and Technic pneumatics, which are all remotely controlled through LEGO’s infrared receivers. These include drive, steering, working stabilisers, raising and extending the boom and under-lift, four separate winches, plus an electrically driven pneumatic compressor with auto shut-off.

Lego Technic MAN Wrecker

The only way to do this incredible engineering feat justice is through a video, and fortunately Mr. Markiewicz has created just that. Watch below, be amazed.

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American English

Lego Kenworth Wrecker

One of TLCB’s favourite builders, the brilliant Dennis Bosman, is back, and his latest astounding model is already lining up to win ‘Best Truck of 2014’.

Dennis took a trip to see the company that owns the real version of this Kenworth K100E Aerodyne, who are oddly enough based in the UK. American trucks are a rarity on European roads and NYR imported their Kenworth K100E from the US especially for their recovery fleet. The cab and chassis were then fitted with a monster Century Rotator 1140, which Dennis has recreated in truly incredible detail.

Dennis has published an extensive gallery to coincide with the completion of this model, including close ups, shots of the Century Rotator in action, and photographs of the real UK-based wrecker at his Flickr photostream. Head there now to join us in our amazement by clicking the link above.

Dennis has also become The Lego Car Blog’s seventh ‘Master MOCer’, joining the six previous elite builders that make up the exclusive Master MOCers club. Read Dennis Bosman’s Master MOCer interview here, plus you can see all the interviews in the series by clicking the ‘Interviews’ tab of the main menu.

Lego Kenworth Wrecker

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