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#1 Carbohydrates

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:10 PM

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When I decided to build a SWAT truck, I noticed that most real-world designs are pretty ugly. They're flat black and tend to look like delivery trucks. For inspiration, I turned to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's SWAT truck design, which is significantly more attractive. I took some liberties, of course, making it look a bit meaner and tougher, but you can still see the influence.

Also, I tend to neglect play value in favor of aesthetics, but this model's actually pretty good in that regard. The side and back doors open and the roof comes off to see the inside. Two figs fit comfortably in the cab and you could cram a bunch of troopers either standing or sitting in the back.

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The model's also 7-wide at most points. I love building at odd widths! This has the benefit of making it large compared to modern 6-wide LEGO city vehicles, but not comically oversized.

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#2 Eilif

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:46 AM

Brilliant Job! I especially like your work on the front and the side angles of the hood. I've never seen anything like it before.
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#3 Ricecracker

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 02:48 AM

Great job as always Carbs! I agree with Eilif that the hood is beautifully done, and I'm loving the exhausts. Keep up the good work.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 03:33 AM

I oh my goodness, this is spectacular Carbohydrates!  I especially love how you've made the rear doors and the front engine section! Beautiful!  :wub:

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#5 Darth_Legois

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 04:00 AM

View PostBatbrick, on Apr 4 2009, 01:33 PM, said:

I oh my goodness, this is spectacular Carbohydrates! I especially love how you've made the rear doors and the front engine section! Beautiful! :wub:

Batbrick Away! :devil:

I agree, This is probable the best LEGO SWAT truck I've ever seen. :cry_happy:  :thumbup:

I might have to try and make it. Also I agree that odd numbered cars look better. But im hopeless at building them. :sadnew: Probable 'cos I dont have many 3x1 plates/bricks ect...or other oddnumbered bricks. :hmpf_bad:

Anyway I love it dude, great work. Also it does look like the one from GTA :thumbup:


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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:40 PM

This is simply perfect. MOCs such as this one are a real inspiration to anyone who hasn't decided on how wide their cars and trucks should be (such as myself)... Your design solutions are very crafty & quite unique, I absolutely love studying them and I guess I might even copy a few of those :]]] I do hope to see this truck built out of actual bricks, but I have to congratulate you on being able to build such a marvellous model - I personally couldn't for the life of me build something THIS complicated using only digital bricks :]
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#7 Freddie

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:58 PM

Wow. That does look fantastic. The hood is, as others pointed out, brilliant, and I love the exhaust ports as well.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 01:12 PM

A very detailed and cool looking SWAT truck indeed!  :classic:

#9 Carbohydrates

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 07:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

View PostDarth_Legois, on Apr 3 2009, 08:00 PM, said:

I might have to try and make it. Also I agree that odd numbered cars look better. But im hopeless at building them. :sadnew: Probable 'cos I dont have many 3x1 plates/bricks ect...or other oddnumbered bricks. :hmpf_bad:
You'd need a bunch! This MOC uses 24 1x3 plates, 17 2x3 plates, and 35 1x2 w/ 1 stud (jumper) plates.

View PostAsya & Bobby Otters, on Apr 4 2009, 04:40 AM, said:

I do hope to see this truck built out of actual bricks, but I have to congratulate you on being able to build such a marvellous model - I personally couldn't for the life of me build something THIS complicated using only digital bricks :]
Thanks! I'd love to be able to build it, but at 481 pieces, it's right in the "prohibitively expensive" range until I get some more spending money.

View PostFreddie, on Apr 4 2009, 04:58 AM, said:

Wow. That does look fantastic. The hood is, as others pointed out, brilliant, and I love the exhaust ports as well.
Funny thing is the idea for the exhaust was probably one of the very last ideas I had for the MOC. I'm glad you guys dig it.

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#10 Guss

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:19 PM

that's a really really cool truck ! seriously this is the best "police" lego vehicle I saw for now^^ I love it!
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Posted 06 April 2009 - 01:05 AM

i like the back doors and the hangover over the windscreen :thumbup:

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 01:25 AM

Woah, now that is one cool truck! I love the techniques used. Clever job! :classic:

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