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  1. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    Some Fire Trucks

    Okay, that makes sense. I only brought it up to explain why actual photos of these builds are unlikely to be posted here. Thanks for explaining your concerns. The last thing I want to do is provoke any animosity or upset anyone.
  2. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    Some Fire Trucks

    Thank you, and of course I do not and will not post pictures of clone brick models. If I manage to post images of the above models in bricks it will only be because I have built copies from actual Lego parts. In the meantime I thought the LDraw digital designs were worth sharing. If I was wrong and have offended anyone then I apologize. I'm afraid I really don't understand your objection. You seem to be broad-brushing all clone brands as being the same. They are not. I am well aware of what companies like Lepin have done, and they've stolen my work before too. That's why I'm very careful about who I work for. Please note that I am not promoting any non-Lego brand by sharing these LDraw designs here, and I would never post photos at EB of a model that used clone parts.
  3. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    Some Fire Trucks

    Excuse me? I design for whoever commissions my work, though I am also careful to avoid working with any companies that violate copyright law. The designs here are 100% Lego-based and instructions will eventually be made available allowing anyone to build these from their own Lego bricks. I realize many are 100% purist and extremely loyal to the Lego brand, but even so your reaction here seems a little extreme. Do you expect me to turn down all commissioned work from legitimate off-brand clients? Why would I do that?
  4. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    Some Fire Trucks

    The ladder extends using plates-with-door-rails sliding inside 1x4-bricks-with-recesses and uses Technic pins and small gears on gear racks for friction. I've tested it and it works really well, though it's only one level of telescoping so it doesn't extend as far as the real thing. There's a link in the OP to a demonstration of the steering mechanism. These were produced for a commercial client so they will definitely get made in bricks – but not Lego bricks, so I probably won't be able to share the photos here.
  5. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    Some Fire Trucks

    I designed these two models recently as commissioned builds. The pump vehicle is based on a Scania P410 and the ladder vehicle is based on a MAN TGM. Both are built to 1:20 scale. They each share the same steering mechanism, an engine with rotating fan driven off the rear axle, and a detailed cab interior. The Scania pump vehicle has multiple opening panels with plenty of accurate details and equipment inside, while the MAN ladder vehicle has extendable stabilizer jacks in addition to a rotating and elevating telescopic ladder.
  6. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOD] Ferrari F40 (10248) & F430 (8671)

    Excellent mod! Definitely a lot more work involved than the simple 1-stud extension on my version, but the increased space in the interior and on the rear overhang really pays off. I like the added 1x1 round tiles on the tail-lights too. If I may be picky for a moment, one small but easy improvement you've missed is swapping out those blue Technic pins in the headlights for black ones.
  7. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Road Train Truck

    This is a commissioned model representing an Aussie-style 'road train' truck at minifigure scale. The tractor unit features a detailed engine under a hinged cover, space for two figs in the driving compartment, and room for a third lying down in the sleeper unit which is accessible via the detachable roof panel. The generic flat-bed trailers and bogie unit allow for any kind of cargo, and are pictured here transporting my city-scale Ferrari 458 an Porsche 919 racers. The trailers feature folding supports, folding rear ramps, and a storage compartment containing chains and tools.
  8. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Airbus A320 & ATR-42 Aircraft

    I decided to build the ATR 42 in bricks...
  9. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Star Trek USS Enterprise

    Full PDF and LDraw instructions are now available for this model through my website. Click my signature banner or follow the link in the OP.
  10. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Star Trek USS Enterprise

    Thanks! I design whatever my customers ask for, and my next booked projects are not going to be Star Trek-related. But a TNG Enterprise would be cool and is certainly doable.
  11. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    The front suspension looks a lot better in the Beyond the Brick review than in Sariel's review.
  12. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    Very excited for this new luggage set. Apparently there's some kind of vehicle accessory included as well.
  13. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Star Trek USS Enterprise

    Thank you. And yes, the saucer-section does already have the required upwards slope on the opening top surface.
  14. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Star Trek USS Enterprise

    Thanks. The best Enterprise I've seen is this one which I came across during initial research. The Mega Construx model certainly looks great too. Both of these models are significantly larger than my present design though, where the goal was to keep it as small as possible while still achieving the opening bridge with minifigs inside. Thanks. There's an outer octagonal perimeter of 1x2 cheese slope computers, and a lower inner circle containing the captains chair and a computer console for helm and navigation. The inner circle transitions via steps in the forward, rear, left, and right positions, with rails around the rest of this circle. The captain's chair is brick-built, with printed 1x2 tiles with buttons on each armrest.
  15. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [MOC] Airbus A320 & ATR-42 Aircraft

    Thanks. The nose shaping can be challenging, but it's much more satisfying than the prefabricated one-piece solutions used by Lego sets. The Airbus is indeed pretty big, measuring 74x72cm. It contains 2,377 parts while the ATR 42 contains 1,480 parts. I agree on the wings, but decided on the stepped solution for better overall strength and rigidity. Due to the wing design the Airbus lacks working flaps and ailerons, but I was able to incorporate these into the ATR build. The Airbus does have adjustable elevators though, with an internal Technic mechanism to link the two and provide the necessary friction. Thank you. I haven't built them myself in bricks (except for various test builds to check the functional mechanisms), but the client who commissioned these models has built them already from my instructions. I've seen preliminary photos but will wait for final pictures to be posted on Flickr before posting anything more here.