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!
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.
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.
Here you can see the ball hitch in the bed.
Now on to the command trailer..
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..
Here you can see the teloscoping light towers and slide out work stations. Slid in for transport...
Slid out for work inside!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
With the slides in for transport.
Out side we have the much needed storage.
Cones, barriers, tables, just bout anything can be stored up there!
A few shots of the trailer setup for the duty!
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.
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
Edited by Phred, 17 December 2011 - 07:33 AM.