MOC MHE Aircraft Loader
Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:41 PM
Aircraft Loader - Material Handling Equipment
Dimensions: Length: 80,5 cm / width 17,5 cm / Height: 16,5 cm (platform lowered, excluding antenna) 30 cm (platform raised, excluding antenna)
Max speed: 0,72 km/h
Turn radius: 68 cm
Weight: 2658 g
- steering - PF Medium
- 2 x PF XL
2 x PF medium - platform raising/lowering
Small pneumatic cylinder for opening the doors
This size and kind of trucks are used usually in conflict zones where the cargo plane after landing has to take off ASAP because on the airport it's sitting ducks. Hitting a plane like Hercules or Galaxy C-5 is quite easy (if you compare it to other objects) even with the RPG. It's obvious that such plane costs a fortune.
Why did I choose this kind of truck? The reason is very simple. I wanted to make something that was never built before from LEGO bricks. I've spent lot of time on brickshelf and couldn't find vehicle of the same kind:)
Let's go back to functions. As I said before there are not many. Although I'm really satisfied with the chassis and drivetrain, I'm still not satisfied with the platform raising lowering. It was luck of parts (I've literally three black beams left) and what's more important - lack of experience. I didn't manage to balance the front of the platform and it's tilted to the left a bit. It takes much more time to raise front than back of the platform. To balance the platform I filled the backup wheel with black pins - it really helped. On the platform you may find some rollers to allow better movement of the cargo crates.
The truck has 5 axles. 1,2,5 are steering axles and 3,4 are driving axles. No suspension :( Two PF XL motors handle the weight of the truck with ease even if you put a 4996 Beach House on top these still have huge reserve of power.
The cabin is provided with the pneumatically opened doors. The pump is on the bottom on purpose - I wanted the platform to weight as much as it was only possible. The doors open from 0 to 90 degrees.
In the rear there are lights - in red colour. There is a cable attached to the front but I didn't manage to buy the next pair of lights yet :(
How to take off the battery box is written on the photo.
Link: O tutaj :)
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Unfortunately you may see the lack of experience but as I said before: this is my first technic MOC EVER and the first one since the Dark Age :) Beofre I only had the 8042
Please share any comments & constructive critics.
my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:16 AM
I must say that to me this looks like a bigger project, creating a vehicle of this size and with several functions. Certainly not something I would consider even trying, and yes I am myself working on my first "real" Technic moc.
Great to see technic work shared here on EB.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:54 AM
As long as you are taking on big, unusual aircraft related projects, a natural extension of this would be the huge loader used in conjunction with the 747 LCF (Large Cargo Freighter). It is very similar to what you built.
The only official LEGO product I've seen along these lines is the 8454 airport fire truck.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 06:00 AM
I have always thought that the various types of ground support vehicles for planes have a lot of potential for interesting Technic models, but haven't seen many of them on Brickshelf.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 03:03 PM
I completely forgot to write that I based on 60 k tunner loader and it has the cabin raised along with the platform :)
Personally I thought that this truck has got a very small number of functions so I'm really surprised by your words:
But of course, I'm glad to hear that.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 03:18 PM
but of course I´m more the System kind of guy...
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