Next week I'll be traveling to the UK to attend AFOLCon and The LEGO Show in Manchester and I built this model for the occassion. I've displayed military models at shows in the UK many times, but this time around I wanted something that was civilian as well as recognisably British. A few months ago I already built a British Police car and an Ambulance. I felt that the twosome wouldn't be complete without a fire engine of some sort. The vehicle I chose to build is a Mercedes Econic turntable ladder as used bye the London Fire Brigade.
The model has a two-piece extendable ladder that is approximately 70 cm tall when fully extended.
Mercedes Econic turntable ladder (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
The turntable ladder uses a Mercedes Econic chassis. The Econic was designed with a low cab and a low step into the cab. This makes it particularly suitable for uses where the driver or passengers have to frequently step in and out of the vehicle, for instance for distribution or refuse trucks. It also means that with an Econic chassis the overall height of a ladder truck can be lower than if it were to use a conventional truck chassis and cab, allowing the truck to go under low bridges.
Mercedes Econic turntable ladder (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
British emergency vehicles typically have a pattern of chevrons on the back, increasing their visibility.
Cabin doors and equipment hatches can be opened, the outriggers can be extended and raised and the model also has an old 9V Light and system for the roof lights and siren.
Mercedes Econic turntable ladder (7) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
Here are all three vehicles together.
British Emergency Vehicles (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
I am very much looking forward to displaying these (as well as my collection of Dutch police vehicles) at AFOLCon/ the LEGO Show and look forward to showing them to those of you who'll be there in person. If you're considering going, if only as a visitor, do so! It'll be grand.
Edited by Ralph_S, 26 April 2012 - 08:20 PM.