[Note: This is like 95% complete, all I need now is a windscreen and some tiles for headlights/mirrors and finishing touches... also, I need to wash this thing, it's filthy xD]
More pics on flickr if you wanna scribble notes all over it and see more features. Also on MOCpages and Brickshelf. http://www.flickr.co...os/drnightmare/
There were two important goals in mind while designing this van, the more important one was that it had to be tough! That meant it had to be big and look tough, as well as be able to smash through brick walls without flinching. So instead of using little bits to add lots of details (which would just fly off the second it crashed into something), I focused on using standard bricks, to not only make it look a little more blocky and old-school, but also to make sure it wouldn't cost too much by needing to buy a bunch of special bricks. Also, I like sharp angles on my vehicles. :)
The wheels are attached very simply, with long technic bars on each side. Ideally I'd use only one LONG technic brick for more sturdiness, but you work with what you got! This also leaves a large space under the van to add surprises...
I fell in love with the bricks with studs on the sides, they're perfect for the second goal; to make the van as customizable as possible, inside and out. I used a lot of 1x4's to riddle the inside-walls with studs, so I can place clips and hang gear from wherever I want! I can even slip tools directly into the bricks to save a lot of space, it's very roomy in there.
By flipping those 1x4's around, I can place the studs on the outside of the van, to attach missiles, lasers, or whatever ridiculous weapon I can invent. Basically, The Punisher can modify his van to handle any mission. Notice the roof is all studded, anything can be attached up there.
Granted, I don't have that much gear equipped on it, that's only because I don't have any gear to put on there! I have to hit Bricklink again.
The front bumper is also fully customizable! (and yeah, I know, ALL LEGOs are like that, haha). Those black tiles come off to reveal a 6x2 studded area where anything from a winch to a battering-ram, to a bunch of flamethrowers can be added by SNOT. And yeah, the brackets are MB 2x2 plates connected at a right angle, LEGO doesn't have a counterpart (they have 2x2 connected to a 1x2), the MB is sturdier in this case.
Yeah, I've thought of a lot of improvements now that I have the van built instead of just as a picture in LDD, and I welcome any more suggestions! I haven't built anything for years, so I'm not completely up to date on new elements.
Man that was a lot of typing, har har. And yeah, I still need to buy the hairpiece for my Punisher fig x_X Also 2 more heads, so I can have a young, middle-aged, and old version of Frank.
Edited by Rufus, 24 June 2011 - 07:17 PM.