Lego Renault Magnum with luxurious and sporty upholstery, authentic dash, mate-with-all trailer hitch and Lotsa SNOT!!
About this creation
Well, Iím not a town guy, Iím a train guy, but occasionally I get these impulses. This time it was after seeing James Mathisí wonderfully simple WWYM Truck . Here are the instructions for it. It made me want to build trucks again, (otherwise, I generally suck at building trucks. However, I hope that this is the beginning of a comeback.)
This is the Renault Magnum. Apart from the chassis and the mudguards, the entire truck is SNOT. (can you make out?) It has luxurious upholstery, room for a driver and an authentically replicated dash. I used a tile 1 x 1 for the diamond logo of Renault, and a 4 x 4 turntable base for the trailer hitch. This is authentic too, and also should allow most town-size trailers to hook up to it. The fuel tank is also of SNOT, and is similar in construction to the tank on the HAL-8 Locomotive. The entire front lifts open, like the real thing, but there is no engine under there! The hardest part was the windscreen, which is dead vertical in real life. I could have used 1 x 2 x 2 panels, but they looked ugly. I finally compromised and used this slope brick. Whether it looks better than a 90-degree vertical windscreen or not, you decide! Building instructions (.ldr and .mpd) are also uploaded at the gallery URL. Download the .ldr module instructions, then assemble them as shown in the .mpd, or download the .mpd only, since it has all the component .ldr files.
Here is a real world pic. You can always find more using google.
Here's a better look at the dash. (I really should have put the RPM and speedo in a better position) also note the 1 x 4 black piece is a plate and not a tile, unlike the others around it. This is for extra support of the SNOT cab, which is otherwise attached by only two studs on the dash. The shift stick, if positioned correctly, goes exactly into the hands (or claws) of the driver.
It's amazing how a crappy color scheme and a blurry pic can screw up a perfectly good MOC. The color scheme is based on the parts I had available at the time. The camera... well, it's not meant for close-ups.
Seeing how LEGO builds trucks in this scale nowadays, your Renault Magnum puts them all to shame with all the great (SNOTTY) details and it looks like the real truck without using stickers like on the big Scuderia Ferrari-truck.
This is probably one of my fave. trucks on MOCpages simply 'cause of the really neat ideas you put into in it like the windsheild wipers and I think the way you used the windsheild sideways is really cool. Peace out dude ;)