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#1 5150 Lego

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:24 AM

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I've been wanting to build my own mobile command trailer for some time now and unfortunutly work has been slow, so on my extra days off i just started building. I've meantioned in the past that i build emergency vehicles for a living and this trailer is loosly based on a real mobile command trailer that my company built for one of our local law enforment agencies. So here's a little background story.

So last year my lego city purchased a needed command trailer. Most are familar 7743. After its inital purchase, the chief did his inspection and..... Well.... He was not impressed. Only two work stations, room for two officers inside and no orginized storage. A few months after being put into service it was used during a hostage negotation and it was then, that the intire police force realized that this paticular vehicle just wasn't going to work for our police department. It was decided that a new mobile command unit was going to be needed.
The police department quickly drew up plans for what they required in a mobile command unit.  Propper lighting, radio  comunications, surveillance equipment and storage were all in the plans. A local coach builder won the bid, and began construction immediatly. After a few months of building (these guys work fast) my Lego Police department took delivery of there new pride and joy!

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It was decided to keep a truck and trailer combination vs. a self motorized unit cause this setup has proven to work just fine for the department.  lets start with the truck.

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The truck is loosly based on a chevy Topkick medium duty truck. It has been out fitted with all the nessasary lighting for police duties. The truck cab is 6 wide, and the rear bed is 7 wide. I think this gives the truck some depth, as well as making the transition to the 8 wide trailer more "flowing'. More on that later. One more shot of the truck bed.

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Here you can see the ball hitch in the bed.

Now on to the command trailer..
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The trailer is 8 wide (technicly 9 with the wheel flares). The size was needed to acomadate the equipment inside. Speaking of size, lets take a look at the highlight of this beauty..

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Here you can see the teloscoping light towers and slide out work stations. Slid in for transport...

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Slid out for work inside!
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The purpose of this is to give more interior room. Speaking of interior, lets take a peak inside shall we?
Here the happypolice chief awaits to give us the tour!
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this is the forward slide out. It is has two work stations and can be tied into any of the radio systems in the trailer. Next we have the forward galley.
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We have a sink, refrigerator and for those long nights of surveillance, a coffee maker! This is the chief's favorite part of the trailer!! We all also have a work light, as well as a TV to keep up with local news.
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Here we have some storage for radios and clean up equipment.
On the oppiste side we have two small storage bins, and a large equipment locker.
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We have some hand cuffs for the bad guys, and i know its hard to see, but right above them is a saw.
    Next we have the rear slide out. It features one work station with two computers.
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The rear work area also features a map of the city, and right behind the it is a back up work station in case a 4th officer needs to work, as well as a TV like in the forward work area.

Ariel shot with slides out...
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With the slides in for transport.
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Out side we have the much needed storage.
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Cones, barriers, tables, just bout anything can be stored up there!
  A few shots of the trailer setup for the duty!
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You can also see comunication antennas for UHF, VHF, 800 MHZ, radios and satalite TV. You can also see the scene lighting whitch is very important in a mobile command unit.
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All of the barriers and cones you see can be stored in the trailer.
So thats it! Thanks for looking. The department hasn't had the chance to use yet, but in training exercises, it has already proven that its much more capable than thier last MCU. Coments are welcome, as well as sugjections for any improvments

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:43 AM

I love the appearance and design of this MOC, especially the slide-out compartments. You have added quite a bit of detail into it without using any flimsy techniques. :thumbup:

One thing I would suggest is to add a third axle on the truck though. It looks big enough to justify it.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:47 AM

That is absolutely amazing. The amount of detail and function and just general fun stuff is ridiculous. This is a very well thought out design and your experience in working with these definitely shows. It has a very practical feel to it but still feels very LEGO. I'll just end with this: it's been a long time since I've seen a MOC that makes me want to just sit down and play with it, but yours definitely qualifies!

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:49 AM

Wow.  I used to be a fan of the TLC Mobile Command Unit.  Yours makes theirs look like a boy scout troop outing.  That is one nice truck.  It looks like you updated just about everything that you possibly could.  I would not want to be a criminal in your City.  :classic:

The pop-out sides are fantastic.  My parents had a motorhome with sides that popped out and it really increased the room.  I bet this thing would have to have it's own parking lot when it is opened all the way.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:38 AM

View PostCP5670, on Feb 25 2009, 06:43 AM, said:

I love the appearance and design of this MOC, especially the slide-out compartments. You have added quite a bit of detail into it without using any flimsy techniques. :thumbup:

One thing I would suggest is to add a third axle on the truck though. It looks big enough to justify it.

  Thanks! The reason i used 2 axles for the truck instead of 3,is because the real truck itsbased on has 2 axles. That and i like the storage compartments on the side. I'll see if i can dig up a pic for referance.


View PostCarbohydrates, on Feb 25 2009, 06:47 AM, said:

That is absolutely amazing. The amount of detail and function and just general fun stuff is ridiculous. This is a very well thought out design and your experience in working with these definitely shows. It has a very practical feel to it but still feels very LEGO. I'll just end with this: it's been a long time since I've seen a MOC that makes me want to just sit down and play with it, but yours definitely qualifies!

Thanks! You know whats funny, i have this down stairs every night since i "finished" it trying tosee if there's anything else i can improve. In the mean time, i've been roling it around, poping the slide outs in and out, setting up the trailer and such! It really is fun to play with! :classic:
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:31 AM

That is really SUPERB !
Slide out compartments for efficient space usage, very good.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:38 AM

Woah that's amazing! :oh:  :wub: I don't think it would've worked out in anything below 8-wide for the trailer. :sceptic:

So much gear and stuff fits into it and so compact it's perfect! I can see why the police chief chose this one! :classic:

And I like the stuff that slides out [I think some big Japanese amulances do that to...probable other countries to but only remember Japan]


Also even if you just had the original Mobile Command Centre and just put that coffee maker in it it'd be "Win" :tongue:  :laugh: [I love those little things I've made heaps of 'em :wub: ]

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:19 AM

That's an absolutely awesome MOC, 5150 Lego! :oh:

I really like it!
It looks with all that great and accurate interior very realistic! :oh: And it looks much better than the official Lego version of it!  :wink: I especially like the sliding out working station.

Very well done!  :thumbup:

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:41 AM

I like this a lot!

It brings back memories from 1994: after months of saving up I finally managed to get the amount of money together that was needed for the purchase of set 6348 Surveillance Squad, I played with it for hours, improving the design, setting it up and rolling it around.
This model of yours seems the ultimate 6348, with all the storage space (I love the doors on the inside compartment), the sliding-out workspaces and even a sink and coffee machine!

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:13 PM

Its a futuristic design with a modern mix. I LOVE the doors. Excellent MOC :thumbup:
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:56 PM

A beautiful work! The size and the amount of detail for the exterior as well as for the
interior´s great, and I especially like these cool and ingenious slide-out sections!  :classic:

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 02:22 PM

this is a great mobile command unit i've ever seen.
you've done this very well.
i like the caravan unit. very nice design and facilities.
great MOC.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:10 PM

I like the whole thing and especially the drawer full of handcuffs! :laugh:
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:32 PM

That is awesome great design.

Great job Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:03 PM

It is very innovative!  :thumbup:

I am amazed with the amount of interior details which you have considered and implement it into your design such as your radio system, pantry, comms compartment, gear storage and etc. The amount of features which are included have defintely greatly enhanced the playability and an excellent addition to your Police Department.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:52 PM

You've clearly put a lot of thought into this! Which is an excellent thing, in this case. Lots of playability and fun bits of realism, too. Nicely done!

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:05 PM

Lovely design and the slide-out compartments are such a brilliant idea! This one would look PERFECT in simonwillems' Riot scene...
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:55 PM

View Postsimonwillems, on Feb 25 2009, 11:41 AM, said:

I like this a lot!

It brings back memories from 1994: after months of saving up I finally managed to get the amount of money together that was needed for the purchase of set 6348 Surveillance Squad, I played with it for hours, improving the design, setting it up and rolling it around.
This model of yours seems the ultimate 6348, with all the storage space (I love the doors on the inside compartment), the sliding-out workspaces and even a sink and coffee machine!

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Thanks Simonwillems. The Surveillance squad was one of my favorite sets when i was a kid! I still think it was the best Mobile command unit that TLC ever made!


View PostWhiteFang, on Feb 25 2009, 06:03 PM, said:

It is very innovative!  :thumbup:

I am amazed with the amount of interior details which you have considered and implement it into your design such as your radio system, pantry, comms compartment, gear storage and etc. The amount of features which are included have defintely greatly enhanced the playability and an excellent addition to your Police Department.

By the way, this has make it to Classic-Town.net.  :wink:

Thank you White Fang! I appreacaite you including it in your classic town web site! I'm truely honored!

Thanks again to everyone for there nice comments! Much appreaciated!

Here is a shot of the real truck mine is based on.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:47 PM

I was never a big fan of the Police Command Center (7743) from LEGO but your set should be the replacement set for LEGO to sell.  I would buy it in a heartbeat!

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:19 AM

Wow! Awesome MOC.  Especially love the slide outs!  Would be great on a motorhome MOC

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 06:52 AM

I love that MOC! :wub:
There's so many features inside it (like the sink, tools, computer screens, etc.).
It makes me think why LEGO sets aren't that good... (probably because of the set price)

P.S. Where did you get the stickers? I know that most are from the Police Command Center, but where did you get the others?

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 04:51 AM

View Postjeffjcc, on Feb 27 2009, 06:19 AM, said:

Wow! Awesome MOC.  Especially love the slide outs!  Would be great on a motorhome MOC

Thank you! A motorhome is actually going to be my next project. I'm think of making a toy hauler 5th wheel.

View PostILikePi, on Feb 27 2009, 07:52 AM, said:

I love that MOC! :wub:
There's so many features inside it (like the sink, tools, computer screens, etc.).
It makes me think why LEGO sets aren't that good... (probably because of the set price)

P.S. Where did you get the stickers? I know that most are from the Police Command Center, but where did you get the others?

Your correct. Most of the stickers are from LEGO mobile command center,and the rest are from the  7741 police hellicopter.

http://city.lego.com...olice/7741.aspx

I bought the hellocopter a year or so ago, and the sticker sheet was perfect for the truck!
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:27 AM

Did you get the window stickers from the 2006 Ambulance? That's the only set I know with those white and clear striped stickers.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 06:46 AM

View PostILikePi, on Feb 28 2009, 06:27 AM, said:

Did you get the window stickers from the 2006 Ambulance? That's the only set I know with those white and clear striped stickers.

Yes i did. They let in light, but still give some privacy!
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 07:25 AM

i really love this MOC. it's amazing to have come up with something with so much more playability AND detail than the original.




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