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AA Recovery Truck
Not for the transportation of recovering alcoholics, but Automobile Association member's cars.
About this creation

Made last year, for display at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed on the AA's stand. A project for Bright Bricks .

AA Recovery Truck

Scale was about 1:10 using Unimog wheels and they asked for a Power Functions operated load bed and winch, which they got. They also got a detailed working engine and steering, but I threw those in for free :-)

AA Recovery Truck

The engine, driven by the rear wheels, was an inline 6, with crankshaft, pistons, camshaft, rockers and valves. I figured out a more compact solution to do all this than I managed in Bluebell and then forgot to photograph it before building a truck around it....

AA Recovery Truck

Here's another bit of it. Is this engine peek-a-boo?

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Ha! Got you.

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The angles on this are all subtle, but they're there.

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The sliding and tilting of the load bed is done synchronously (is that a word ?) via one XL motor which works quite hard with the weight of a car on top, but it'll do it.

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After finishing this, I discovered that these functions are separated in reality, which would have been easier.

Click on photo below for shonky video....

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Now the photo below is all kinds of wrong. Not just because the scales are out (2CV is 1:8) but it's really not fair on the second most reliable car I've ever owned, which has never in it's life been on one of these. Famous last words.... quick, touch wood!

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The tilting is done by 2 linear actuators, and there's a rack assembly built into the bed chassis that the bed itself slides along.

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Workings are pretty concealed, but I've tried to make it easy to manage...

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Battery box simple to remove so long as you know where it is.

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The box in this pic would have been ideal to hide the switches in, but the leads disagreed.

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Gears and things....

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The black knob on top operates the HOG steering and everything opens. Since this was glued, you can give it to your six year old to play with!

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The dashboard of a Renault Midlum looks a bit like this...

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Plenty of room in the back for four stranded travellers. Probably more comfortable than their Alfa Romeo anyway...

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The M-motor powered winch is man enough to pull the 2CV model up the ramp, but that's relatively light for it's size. With the big Mini it didn't want to know, not that that would have fitted on anyhow.

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The awkward diamond that is a Renault badge. Ish.

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Making both doors on each side identical saves a ton of money, I guess.

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The AA lettering turned out alright....

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To get this effect on the bed meant a lot of extra weight, worth it possibly.

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A simple rear arch assembly, but it looked right first time.

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Some lights... and another thing that doesn't move (space / weight / cost / racing driver's excuses etc.)

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This was great fun to make and since I delivered it to the Goodwood site as well, I can honestly say that my 2CV has been on the famous hill :-)

AA Recovery Truck



Comments

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  March 19, 2017
ravishingly beautiful!
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  September 29, 2016
I was at GFS 2015 on Sunday only but the event was so saturation couldn't find time to visit AA stand and see this beauty in real life. Looking all good and LEGO-impressive ;)
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  September 19, 2016
The logo seems really well made. I'm sorry there is no en face photo.
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  August 18, 2016
Quoting Vibor Cavor You know, sometimes when I see a model and wonder how did the author do some things, then realise he used stickers to shape some things, I'm slightly disappointed. That's why I have my respect about this model. Even the AA logo is bricks only. Well done, man! The whole model, of course is a beauty and by my own taste because I love it when technic is used for function and bricks for the looks. Awesome!
Thanks Vibor. Yep, this one was right up my street :-)
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  August 18, 2016
You know, sometimes when I see a model and wonder how did the author do some things, then realise he used stickers to shape some things, I'm slightly disappointed. That's why I have my respect about this model. Even the AA logo is bricks only. Well done, man! The whole model, of course is a beauty and by my own taste because I love it when technic is used for function and bricks for the looks. Awesome!
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  August 8, 2016
Brilliant (like its color), massive, efficient and mostly impressive. Awesome.
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  July 15, 2016
Just like the one that I saw on the road last week. I like all of the working detail but my favourite bit is how you've made the radiator badge from cheeses and 2 stud 1x1 SNOT bricks.
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  July 14, 2016
All that I can utter: it's gargantuan!
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  July 6, 2016
Another masterpiece from the master!
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  July 5, 2016
Wow this thing is huge! Amazing amount of detail, even in such a large scale, it is impressive. Epic!
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  July 3, 2016
Amazing work!
  June 30, 2016
SuperB work Nick. I loved all the details on it. And a very warm welcome at the scaled model group. Best regards, Edwin Korstanje
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  June 30, 2016
Wow! I can't really picture the scale of that, that's massive!
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  June 30, 2016
Wow, I love it! Favorite part is definitely the AA lettering, it looks spot on!
Nick Barrett
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Golden Knight
  June 29, 2016
Masterpiece :)
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  June 29, 2016
Awesome! So many cool details and functions, the AA-sign and the Renault-badge both turned out really well. Great work :-)
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  June 28, 2016
A masterpiece of form and function, Nick! This may be my favorite of your MOCs yet. Especially love the cab styling and the tilting and sliding of the bed. Now all you is a beater for the tow.
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  June 28, 2016
This is just simply amazing. The details are spot on, I love the AA lettering on the doors (I thought they were stickers at first). The engineering, the looks, it's just spot on. I think this might be my favourite of yours, Nick.
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  June 28, 2016
Beautiful mix of system and technic pieces. Well done my friend.
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  June 28, 2016
Nice flatbed Nick! I'm impressed with all of the details on this truck, keep up the good work.
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  June 28, 2016
Very nice! Some 9interresting combinations. Impressive size (that always matters!).
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  June 28, 2016
WOW. The size, the details. Everything about this build is exquisite. Really awesome.
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  June 28, 2016
Incredibly built, awesomely design and very accurate to the original. A build to be remembered. Nicely done Nick!
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  June 28, 2016
It's massive and really good looking. I love your attention to details. My favorite has to be the instantly recognizable AA logo. MOCpages lives!
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  June 28, 2016
Thanks everybody for your kind comments. MOCpages lives !
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  June 28, 2016
Quoting Loek M Again, a great job and the functionality is ace. Just noticed, you used a Midlum Range D cabin (2016 model), a brand new truck, that is unexpected from you! ;)
Yep, straight out of the box! I wonder if they made these in 1960 ? ;-)
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  June 28, 2016
Quoting Nils O. Wow, Nick, that's awesome! And it's almost studless... (did it hurt?) ;-))
Only a little... thanks Nils!
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  June 28, 2016
Quoting Joost Cumps Stunning work sir! I'm intriged by the bed mechanism, and the engine-rocker-camshaft thing! Still some technical possibilities : (solid axle) suspension and a working fork I'm sure you're able to pull those ones off :-) Just a really tiny bit of critiscism : steering on that front axle (those 'old' pieces) must be fragile, surely with the weight of the truck...
Thanks Joost. As for the steering, the beauty of the older pieces (properly braced) is that they are stronger, and using (as here) a wedge belt wheel pinned to the inside of the wheel makes it less wobbly than a new hub piece. Suspension and fork movement would certainly complete it nicely, but these weren't required by the client. I'd have definitely done these if it were mine :-)
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  June 28, 2016
Stunning work sir! I'm intriged by the bed mechanism, and the engine-rocker-camshaft thing! Still some technical possibilities : (solid axle) suspension and a working fork I'm sure you're able to pull those ones off :-) Just a really tiny bit of critiscism : steering on that front axle (those 'old' pieces) must be fragile, surely with the weight of the truck...
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  June 28, 2016
Really beautiful work! I immediately noticed the nice subtle slope of the window cutouts, and many other great details also caught my eye!
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  June 28, 2016
Wow. What a beauty. That bed is sleek, and the functionality is amazing. Great work Nick.
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  June 28, 2016
So I am enjoying studying this beautiful model, the functionality, the working bed and drive train, the elegantly simple interior, and the wonderful sculpting of the cab and the rear wheel arches. But then I look at the AA lettering, is it a decal? No! its all brick built and the Renault emblem too! WOW! Kudos to you - I am inspired!
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  June 28, 2016
Wow, Nick, that's awesome! And it's almost studless... (did it hurt?) ;-)) Shaping and functions are perfect as usual. My favourite detail is the Renault badge. Great job! :-))
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  June 28, 2016
Great stuff yet again my friend!
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  June 28, 2016
Wow, I would love to play with it my friend. Such a great truck with so many functions. Awesome work!
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  June 28, 2016
This is outstanding even by your lofty standards. The badge is a touch of class. That tray looks real!
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  June 28, 2016
Again, a great job and the functionality is ace. Just noticed, you used a Midlum Range D cabin (2016 model), a brand new truck, that is unexpected from you! ;)
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  June 27, 2016
That's so realistic! And most of all its always fun reading your descriptions :b
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  June 27, 2016
The boys and I are particularly impressed! The realism is really great and the hidden functions envious. Loren and I like the cab - it's perfect.
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  June 27, 2016
Quoting Elijah Lane Very cool!i love AA trucks and I am glad that you made such an excellent model! I love how you made the tipping bed . The overall look of the truck is spot on .for some reason,mocpages won't let me upload photos so I am hoping for it to be fixed.i have built at least 20 things I wanted to post but couldn't.any way that truck is a true piece of art,Nick!!
Thanks Elijah. The uploader is a bit of a nightmare. Don't even try with the 'fancy' one, just go to the simple uploader and avoid doing more than 4 photos at a time. If that fails, simply embed everything from Flickr as I've done here, then use the simple uploader to give you the first image
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  June 27, 2016
Quoting Ape Fight This is fantastic! One of the nicest trucks on MOCpages - a beautifully built model : ) 5 stars
Cheers Ape, you're too kind :-)
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  June 27, 2016
Quoting Henrik Jensen Wow! A genuine masterpiece, with all the features you can dream of, and a wealth of nice details, like the AA letters, the truck-bed, and the nice cab doors. However, one important thing is missing; The twin rear-wheels!
Well spotted! Grrrr ;-) Thanks Henrik.
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  June 27, 2016
Quoting Oliver Becker Btw: I don't believe that the 2CV will need support 'cause it's resilient as a beetle because of ingenious simplicity... ;)
Very true, that's the genius of it. Thanks Oliver.
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  June 27, 2016
Beautiful job!
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  June 27, 2016
Very cool!i love AA trucks and I am glad that you made such an excellent model! I love how you made the tipping bed . The overall look of the truck is spot on .for some reason,mocpages won't let me upload photos so I am hoping for it to be fixed.i have built at least 20 things I wanted to post but couldn't.any way that truck is a true piece of art,Nick!!
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  June 27, 2016
I don't know anyone who could make such a fascinating, exciting and beautiful MOC of a formally everyday object, but you Nick! Btw: I don't believe that the 2CV will need support 'cause it's resilient as a beetle because of ingenious simplicity... ;)
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  June 27, 2016
outstanding Nick so good so realistic
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  June 27, 2016
Mindblasting job! I just love the winch.
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  June 27, 2016
so beautiful and neat! another jem!
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  June 27, 2016
This is fantastic! One of the nicest trucks on MOCpages - a beautifully built model : ) 5 stars
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  June 27, 2016
Wow! A genuine masterpiece, with all the features you can dream of, and a wealth of nice details, like the AA letters, the truck-bed, and the nice cab doors. However, one important thing is missing; The twin rear-wheels!
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  June 27, 2016
The angles are subtle, but the mastery is plain and clear.
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  June 27, 2016
Excellent build and it is so massive! Nicely done my friend...
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  June 27, 2016
The details, the functions, everything! This is pure awesomeness!
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  June 27, 2016
I will state it again here.... "What amazes me is how you are always able to incorporate all the detailed mechanics and motor and how it all comes together in a beautifully realistic looking vehicle! Exquisite at every level!" :)
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  June 27, 2016
amazing!:D
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  June 27, 2016
Fantastic work. Many details and functions. 5/5 :-)
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  June 27, 2016
Wow! Impressive truck! A lot of functions and details. Great work!
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  June 27, 2016
Wow, wow, wow, did I say wow? This is a great looking and functioning Recovery Truck! Well done Nick!
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  June 27, 2016
Wow! That is enormous! What a brilliant design! I love the subtle angles, excellent functions and the overall look! Simply amazing!
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  June 27, 2016
Quoting LimitlessBricks.com LEGO Models Again a masterpiece! Very well done, Nick! I love this!
Thanks Milan. Thought it would be right up your street :-)
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  June 27, 2016
Again a masterpiece! Very well done, Nick! I love this!
 
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