Thanks for your comments guys. I'm glad you like it. It was a fun build.
Sinner, on Feb 5 2009, 11:40 AM, said:
Oh my! I didn't think it was possible to make a wrecker that good in that scale!
Does the mini-fig go inside?
That is more-or-less what I aim for. I think LEGO has done a great job with its trucks (the garbage truck and the cement truck, for instance) in the city line. I really like them, but they are models that are designed such that they can be built by and played with by children. As an AFOL I'm not restrained by those criteria and can take the detail and the construction just a bit further. The minifig can indeed sit in the cab.
Sammael, on Feb 5 2009, 11:57 AM, said:
Fantastic wrecker truck and a wonderful SUV.
The SUV is something I built a few months ago as part of a series of cars that I built to go with a car transporter. I just needed something to hang behind the wrecker with a bit of ground clearance, but I am glad you like that too.
Bricks, on Feb 5 2009, 03:11 PM, said:
I really love this, it looks so amazing. A bit like the older sets from 1960-1980.
So really great work and thanks for sharing
LEGO did have some pretty nifty 6-wide vehicles in the 'sixties. I haven't looked at any of them when building this, but I was constantly reminded of the Model Team highway rig from 1986 when building this.
Eilif, on Feb 5 2009, 04:04 PM, said:
Great job. It reminds me of one of the old "Model Team" trucks from back in the day. I really like the amount of detail you achieved with relatively straitforward building techniques and the feeling of "largenes" you managed to capture in a relatively slim 6 wide vehicle. It's a great size comprimies that would look great pulling 4, 5, or 6 wide vehicles.
It is actually 7 studs wide and I think that gives just enough room to do a few things I couldn't have done otherwise. Part of what gives is the look of largeness, I suppose, is that there are quite a few sections with different width. The radiator is four studs wide, the cab five, the sleeping cab six and the wrecker body and the front mudguards seven. This gives it some volume. I'm not really known for being on the cutting edge of building techniques, but I sure love half-stud offsets and there's also a bit more SNOT-work in there than might be obvious at a first glance.
Edited by Ralph_S, 05 February 2009 - 07:53 PM.