Model Team: Police HQ
Posted 23 January 2007 - 04:09 PM
The police station has been moved to the "container"
There's a removable holding cell in the rear, the "container" can of course be taken off and replaced with any other such container from the other trucks,
The engine is a basic V12, while the steering system uses the double steering rag for optimal turning diameter. The interior has details such as pedals at the floor (although it's pretty hard to see in this picture) and there are details like a tool box in the side of the truck.
But let's get on to the real deal.
The locks are opened and supports are pulled out. The two halves of the station follow and the middle roofs are tipped up. The ends on the roofs are turned out as well and...
suddenly we have a 12 studs wide and 50 studs long police HQ
The main entrance is using a lift, but you can also escape through the roof
The whole police force
The interior had to be made so that it can fold in and leave space for the roof when on the move. There are 8 rooms and a briefing room in the middle.
Mission control, armory, kitchen and a reception in one side
Lost and found (You can see the board for the briefing room in the picture), sleeping room, laboratory and interrogation room, which doubles as the place where mug shots are taken, on the other side of the station
The whole gallery at brickshelf:
Posted 23 January 2007 - 07:13 PM
The amount of fine details like the engine and the rear mirrors and the whole interior is brilliant!
I also like your clever mobile crane. Both MOCs are very ingenious. The differential and the
steering system are masterpieces! A wonderful work. *y*
Posted 29 January 2007 - 03:42 PM
You are absolutely right. If we take the normally accepted minifig scale of 1:40 to 1:45 and assume the normal with of real life trucks is 2.5m, then the ideal width for minifig scale trucks is 8 studs.
With 12 studs, model team (the old style like 5580, 5591 and 5590 that I build in) is 50% too large.
I only have two kinds of LEGO "people": minifigs and technic figures. One is too small and the other way too big. I think it's possible to make figures in the right scale that might work, but it's much more easy just to say that the trucks are meant for the American highways where "bigger is better". The current version of the mobile gas station even has an American flag (I think the flag was added in an earlier version around the time of 9/11).
Model Team lets you put in a lot of details while holding some very firm limits on the size. But if you want to make models that resemble real trucks, I suggest a size larger like the 5571 Black Cat.
I'm glad that there are so many who like Model Team and creations like this one. I will soon show a new Model Team truck (without minifigs) where the main focus isn't on functionality.
Posted 11 January 2008 - 01:27 AM
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:11 PM
You can see the bars in the shot where I was pulling the sides out.
The white bricks on this truck have suffered from a lot of yellowing last year, so I have to replace most of the bricks. I'm planning on adding PF to it so that it becomes remote controlled, doesn't that seem like a fun idea? There should be plenty of room between the fuel tanks and stuff for the PF-components.
I'm glad that you all like it, so I hope my motorization-madness doesn't do much to the looks. The hard part will be to place the receiver.
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