Model Team: Shell Road Tanker
Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:28 AM
It is actually only the front, some few details and the overall shape that has stayed unchanged. I wanted a new way of making the window arrangement. This is the first time I have used three small windows. Combined with the shortened bonnet, this allows for a longer and wider cab with doors that open sideways instead of the usual upwards Delorean style.
The frame of the last version provided little support. The use of sideways Technic beams has made the frame so rigid that it doesn't need additional support from the container like the old green one provided. The loading system is the same as the one for the mobile crane and Police HQ
The additional room did wonders for the interior and the engine has been given a more neutral color scheme instead of the screaming yellow
The old green tank was already "round", but I wanted to make it better by using half-stud steps or other techniques. I ended up with this design because of my limited supply of yellow tiles and I actually like it better than the optimal studless design. The big challenge was the 9 studs wide Shell logo which had to fit into the rounded shape. I have mostly used the 5:2 technique, but in order to make the 3 studs wide section in the middle, 1x2-1x4 brackets are added to the line in the middle. You can try to recreate the logo - I thought it was a fun challenge with the chaos on the backside that was needed to make everything stable
The inspiration came from this little Märklin H0 train car.
Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:58 AM
This idea with those three windows is great, they provide some extra functionality and a very distinct shape.
The frame is for sure a strong and neat construction and the engine looks really better in grey and black I think.
The logo is smart and I assume it was a pretty hard work to make it look so good. Maybe the lack of snow
was not the biggest problem to overcome.... X-D
Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:35 PM
It is quite strange that I have never seen this solution for the windows been done before. It surely is a distinct shape as you say, but it doesn't look equally well from all angles. It appears very industrial from the front while the off-angle shots make it flow more with the design of the front.
I have taken some additional images.
The engine isn't seen very well because of the way the hood opens up, so I took it off the hinges to get a better view.
And this is what the logos looks like from the other side
It is made up of many small parts
(As always - click the images to see them in full size)
Posted 09 March 2007 - 08:15 AM
Posted 10 March 2007 - 06:58 PM
Posted 16 March 2007 - 11:37 PM
I will make more trucks in this scale in the future. I just need the time - The police station took two years from the first prototypes to the final model because I could only build when not studying :'-(
I'm glad you like it. If you want to see it in person, you are welcome to come to the Danish version of Brickfest, Klodsfest, in April - I have been asked to bring it along. I'm sorry I can't go to the European event this year.
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