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#1 Ralph_S

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 10:08 PM

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I know there are a lot of military builders who build for minifigs. I've built a few minifig scale military vehicles myself, but I prefer a larger scale. This is my latest effort: a US Army LMTV truck.

In the mid-nineties the US Army started replacing a lot of their older trucks with a new 'Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles' or FMTV for short. The trucks were based on the Austrian Steyr 12M18 truck, but built in the US. FMTVs come in a large number of different versions, including 5t 6x6 cargo trucks, wrecker trucks and trucks with van bodies. The model I built represents the lightest version, the 4x4 M1078 LMTV 2.5t cargo/troop transporter, where LMTV stands for 'Light Medium Tactical Vehicle'.
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As usual with my large-scale models, I've added some functionality. The doors can be opened and the spare tyre, normally stowed behind the cab, can be lowered.
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Normally I don't spend a lot of time detailing the undersides of my vehicles, because they aren't visible anyway. However, because the real truck sits fairly high on its wheels a lot of the mechanical bits are visible, so I spent some time on making them look right on my model as well.
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One of the things I decided I wanted for this truck was a working tilt cab so that you can see the Caterpillar engine.
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Cheers,
Ralph

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#2 Legostein

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:57 PM

Hello!

Another great vehicle! And again you've used excellent techniques and details. The holder for the replacement wheel is particularly nice. And the mudguards using hinge bricks are truly amazing. One of my favourite detail is the box on the underside where you used brackets for cover. I don't know what exactly it is because I am no expert im truck technology but it's bricked great! :classic:

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:17 AM

You've out done yourself with this Ralph S! So much detail has been packed into this thing, everything seems to be in the right place. I'd love to see you tackle a minifig scale one of these sometime.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:42 AM

Another great vehicle, but I agree with MacK. You should attempt to make a minifig scale military vehicle, even though I know you will blow us away with that too. :thumbup:

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 06:12 AM

'Ralph_S' you are a genius ! :grin:
This is possibly the best MOC you have ever done in my opinion ! :grin:
The details, tillt cab with big engine and desert sand paint job - I think you would see one of these in Iraq - brickstorm ! :devil:
AWESOME job and keep on bricking ! :sweet:

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:48 AM

Well done!

#7 Ralph_S

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:01 PM

View PostLegostein, on Mar 5 2010, 12:57 AM, said:

Hello!

Another great vehicle! And again you've used excellent techniques and details. The holder for the replacement wheel is particularly nice. And the mudguards using hinge bricks are truly amazing. One of my favourite detail is the box on the underside where you used brackets for cover. I don't know what exactly it is because I am no expert im truck technology but it's bricked great! :classic:

Cheers,

~ Christopher
Thank you. I think I'm usually fairly conservative when it comes to techniques, preferring old-fashioned studs up building over fancy SNOT techniques. However, if a particular shape requires it I can get creative. I too have no idea what the box is for. I just model them  :laugh:  

View PostMacK, on Mar 5 2010, 02:17 AM, said:

You've out done yourself with this Ralph S! So much detail has been packed into this thing, everything seems to be in the right place. I'd love to see you tackle a minifig scale one of these sometime.
Thanks. I'm not sure whether a minifig version of this would be all that interesting, really. I had a lot of fun building the tilting cab and the details on the underside, but on minifigscale (which I;d take to be about half the size of this one) I'm not sure I could do it justice.

View Postprateek, on Mar 5 2010, 05:42 AM, said:

Another great vehicle, but I agree with MacK. You should attempt to make a minifig scale military vehicle, even though I know you will blow us away with that too. :thumbup:
I built some minifig scale military vehicles a while ago, but I prefer this larger scale. It allows me to add far more detail and functionality. It's also the same scale as my Abrams tank, so that I can possibly put a few vehicles together in a diorama.

View Postlightningtiger, on Mar 5 2010, 07:12 AM, said:

'Ralph_S' you are a genius ! :grin:
This is possibly the best MOC you have ever done in my opinion ! :grin:
The details, tillt cab with big engine and desert sand paint job - I think you would see one of these in Iraq - brickstorm ! :devil:
AWESOME job and keep on bricking ! :sweet:
Thanks. I'm happy with how it turned out, although it's hardly the biggest or most complicated MOC I've built. I enjoyed building it, but most of it is fairly basic stuff.

View PostTobbe Arnesson, on Mar 5 2010, 11:48 AM, said:

Well done!
Thank you.

Cheers,
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:19 PM

Mindblowing model!
I like the bigger scale and this one is extremely detailed. It almost looks real  :thumbup:
Tan suits well, maybe a mix it with dark & light bley to create a camo?

Anyway, another inspiring model, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:16 AM

View PostPerterz, on Mar 7 2010, 12:19 AM, said:

Mindblowing model!
I like the bigger scale and this one is extremely detailed. It almost looks real  :thumbup:
Tan suits well, maybe a mix it with dark & light bley to create a camo?

Anyway, another inspiring model, thanks for sharing.

Kevin

Thanks Kevin. I agree that some disruptive camouflage would make it look more interesting than just tan overall. However, it's based on a real-world US Army vehicle and they use one of two camouflage schemes: this desert scheme with tan overall and a disruptive scheme consisting of brown, black and dark olive green.

Here's a tan one:
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I would have preferred to build it in the disruptive scheme, but recreating it in LEGO is tricky. Dark green is a reasonable approximation of the olive green, but the selection of parts available in that colour is very limited and so are my supplies :hmpf_bad:
I intend to use some of the dark green that I currently don't have tied up in MOcs I don't want to part with for an armoured vehicle sometime soon in disruptive camouflage.  

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 12:17 AM

wow...   THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!  love all the detail :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:



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