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#26 bootz


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Posted 23 December 2011 - 02:52 PM

Its funny how dainty the old 4-wides look compared to their 6-wide counterparts.

#27 Strikeman


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:04 PM

Holidays are over, back to building :-)

I've used my time off to reorganise my whole LEGO room, and now I can build things without moving boxes around all the time. Downside is I had to remove my city layout for the moment, but I'll learn to live with that ... :cry_sad:

On to the next one. It's the first iteration and comments are more than welcome. I'm particularly unhappy with the outriggers, so any good suggestions will be listened to !

The 1987 - Snorkel Squad was probably my most beloved fire-fighter vehicle. I only have two though, so there wasn't much choice :tongue:
I loved making scenes with small high rises that I'd build and fire-fighters rescuing townspeople from certain death :wink:

The only gripe I had (and still have) is that the cab isn't completely closed in the front: you can see the minifig drivers legs when sitting in the cab due to the low nature of the vehicle.

The original instruction manual:
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And in real bricks:
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And with boom and outriggers extended:
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When converting it to 6-wide I ran into some problems. I couldn't really make it a lot longer because I couldn't extend the boom and I didn't want to make it much higher, making for less leeway when rebuilding the cab.
However, except for the outriggers, I think I managed to capture its look in 6-wide version. Remember, the plan is to keep the sets recognizable.
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The new outriggers actually lift the whole thing upa little bit, providing more stability when using the boom.
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I think I managed to give it a more "current" look, even with the limitations of the small cab.
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I didn't have this set twice, which meant I had to cheat with another boom. Overall length is increased by a little over 4 studs
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All images link to higher resolution images, rest of the images in this Brickshelf folder.

Comments and suggestions more than welcome !

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