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The TLCB office (Ford Transit)
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.

Video:



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 TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)


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 TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)


The interior is about as simple as it gets. Really straightforward dashboard and a simple bucket seat for the driver

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

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?!
The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

Large boot in the front to store all the smarties for those little buggers.

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

Roof hatch opens for some fresh air inside. *takes deep breath*

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

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.

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)

Working V8 sits right in the middle for optimal weight distribution. Totally needed in a van...

The TLCB office (Lego Ford Transit)


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.

Thanks for watching and enjoy your day!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 3, 2016
The best van I've seen, I liked the elves seat, and you're definitely not afraid to show some studs!
 I like it 
  October 11, 2015
man, you are my hero, what a great model!!! never seen a studed car like this one, incredible!!
 I made it 
  September 13, 2015
Quoting Greg 998 TLCB summer contest winner! Congratulations Thomas !
Quoting Mister Hashtag Congratulations on your win at the contest!! :D
Thank you, guys!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2015
Congratulations on your win at the contest!! :D
 I like it 
  September 10, 2015
TLCB summer contest winner! Congratulations Thomas !
 I like it 
  September 8, 2015
Terrific build! The studs out construction really lets you finesse the shape smoothly, and all the features are an impressive touch. Love it!
 I like it 
  August 27, 2015
Love the studs xD
Thomas Graafland
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Dr. Petrolhead
  August 19, 2015
Great work - though I think you should have put a Jaguar XJ220 engine in it, like on Top Gear ;)
 I like it 
  August 16, 2015
Solid effort!
 I like it 
  August 13, 2015
Gotta tell you, I absolutely LOVE this. Maybe it's the functions, maybe it's the V8, maybe it's the studtasticness, but this is just brilliant!
 I like it 
  August 12, 2015
this is just fab Thomas one of your best to date looks smart and very playable
 I like it 
  August 12, 2015
This is a.w.e.s.o.m.e! Loving the engine in the back (and all the other working functions too). 5 stars
 I like it 
  August 12, 2015
I love the style of your Transit. The overall study body fits very well with its Technic chassis. Very amazing Transit!
 I like it 
  August 12, 2015
Certainly crazy work, and I'm sure TLCB will love it! Good luck :)
 I like it 
  August 12, 2015
Great work!
 I like it 
  August 12, 2015
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.
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Interesting that you went with the studsy look, and I do like the driver's seat.
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
A V8 is necessary for a van prime spot too, less space for drive lines and such.
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Awesome! I love this. A bit of fun with the V8 in the middle! Can you imagine tearing down the street in this bad boy?
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
awesome!:D
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Stellar build, very well detailed and engineered. BOAJVWD.
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Wow! Great to see something ready from you! The Transit is perfect, I realised it already on the small photo! The video is fantastic, too! Hope you will make more in the future! :)
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Epic! Brilliant scale model, accurate all the way. I actually thought it was a real one when i saw the thumbnail :-)
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
A great work of Lego "Transit" creationism! Lots of great features!
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Sweet little Transit! :-)
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Fantastic "supervan" build!
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Tof!, natuurlijk heb je een V8 middenmotor nodig in een bestelwagen! :-)
 I like it 
  August 11, 2015
Amazing build!
 
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