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  1. Today, I decided to bang out something quick, and simple, to take my mind of of a couple of other projects I've stalled out on. It is a replica of the Overland Train, which was built by LeTourneau for the U.S. Army in the 1960's. The vehicle was 570 feet long, and could carry 150 tons of cargo over most any terrain. Sadly, the Army thought that newly developed, at the time, heavy lift helicopters made the concept outdated. And, in 1969, the vehicle was scrapped. However, the cab/tractor section still remains, as a display at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. Wikipedia article on this vehicle and other similar machines: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overland_train My model is actually not a straightforward replica, and is far more primitive than the real vehicle. Overland Train Concept by Saberwing007, on Flickr The only way to actually get a good view of the entire vehicle was to arrange it in a circle, as the real machine was arranged at least once. One thing my version does not have is steering on the trailers, which makes maneuvering a massive pain. The tractor is also tremendously slow, which makes driving it an even bigger pain. In addition, one of the gears in the drivetrain rubbed against some supports, making weird noises. In all, it was more to see what it would look like than to be an actual workable vehicle. Trailer Details by Saberwing007, on Flickr As explained earlier, the trailers are very primitive, and identical, with only the colors and the wheels being different. Tractor by Saberwing007, on Flickr The tractor, with some minifgs for scale. Going by this, I could in theory make it in minifig scale. All in all, it was meant to be a quick project, and it shows. Ah well, I hope this is of interest to someone... Parting shot: Wall of Wheels by Saberwing007, on Flickr