Ever wondered what the guys from The Lego Car Blog drive to cover the whole Lego community so quick?
About this creation
It's been more than a year since I posted something, but I have finally managed to finish something. I have been trying to build over the past year, but my creations either failed halfway through or I couldn't find the time. Anyway, enough crying about life's miseries, let's get to it.
Right when reading the Summer Building Competition from The Lego Car Blog, I knew I was gonna make a Transit with the rear furnished as an office space. I started off by doing the complete bodywork, which was done in about a week. The building was then interrupted by a three week trip to France, but off course immediately resumed after getting back. After getting back it took me another week to build a frame, an interior and rebuild the bumper, so all in all, it took about two weeks.
The first plan was to put a V8 in the front and do a manual gearbox and steering. Halfway through I realized a V8 was never going to fit in front, so I decided to build the thing RC. My experience with Lego PF is minimal, but all the components work fine and it doesn't drive really slow, which was one of my biggest fears. It occured to me that I could move the office a tad backwards and put the engine right in the middle. So I did and here it is.
Making photos was done with the same set-up as with my Volvo F88, although the results are a bit less good, I find. I also did a try at a video and I find it's not that bad for a first try, but judge for yourselfs obviously.
The whole thing weighs around 2,5 kilos, is 46 cm. long, 20 cm. wide and 22 cm. high. Functions are RC drive, RC steering, working independent suspension, working front & rear lights, opening front & rear doors, opening boot and two little openable windows in the roof.
The LEDs are coupled straight to the battery-box, so they are on whenever the battery is on. Steering is done with a PF servo motor and drive by two hard-coupled Large PF motors. Final drive ratio is 1:1.667.
The interior is about as simple as it gets. Really straightforward dashboard and a simple bucket seat for the driver
Where the passenger seat is? There isn't one, off course; the elves are up here. You didn't really think they'd be locked up in the rear all the time?!
Large boot in the front to store all the smarties for those little buggers.
Roof hatch opens for some fresh air inside. *takes deep breath*
And the office! Headquarters of TLCB with a nice and comfy seat to crawl up in, and a state-of-the-art PC for lightning fast blogging, off course.
Working V8 sits right in the middle for optimal weight distribution. Totally needed in a van...
Hope you like it! It is a very cool challenge and although I don't have the most fantastic entry, I'm happy to at least have finished a MOC after this long.
V8 Transits!? Why haven't these been mass-produced yet!? :D This model is awesome -fantastic functions coupled with great looks and a crazy idea mean this has to be one of the best entries in the TLCB competition.