This is a 1957 Crown Firecoach triple combination pumper. It has a 1250 gpm Waterous pump, a 400 gallon tank and is powered by a Hall-Scott 590 gasoline engine.
About this creation
The Crown Body and Coach Corporation of Los Angeles, California, traced it roots back to the Crown Carriage Company that was founded in 1904. By 1915, buses had become the company’s principal products. In 1951 Crown jumped into the fire apparatus business with a cab-forward fire engine. The Crown Firecoach design used the same front end sheet metal and windshields as Crown’s buses. Prior to this time only American-LaFrance had built cab-forward fire apparatus.
The iconic face of the Crown Firecoach would remain the same until 1977 when the second generation or “wide-cab” Firecoach was introduced. Crown Firecoaches were built in numerous configurations including pumpers, mid-mount, tractor-drawn and rear mounted aerial ladder trucks, snorkels, rescue trucks, tankers and quints. Crown aerials were introduced in 1967 and used Maxim aerial ladders.
In 1982 Crown stopped building fire apparatus. About 800 units were built. Most served on the West Coast. Some made it as far as Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Mexico, Venezuela and even Kuwait. Today Crown fire apparatus is highly sought after by collectors. Some pieces still are in service in Mexico and Latin America.
The most famous Crown Firecoach was the one used as the original Engine 51 for the television show Emergency! It was a 1965 Crown Firecoach triple combination pumper with 1250 gpm pump. It actually was Los Angeles County Fire Department Engine 60, which was assigned to Fire Station 60 on the lot of Universal Studios. This iconic rig now is in the collection of the LA County Fire Museum. BFD552@gmail.com
This model won the 2016 Lego Fire Apparatus Spring/Early Summer Building Contest here on MOC Pages.
Quoting Josh Amberman
Perfect! This is absolutely amazing! I don't know how you make it look so realistic! Keep up the amazing work:D
Thanks for the compliments. I think that how I photograph my models is what adds the most to the realism. I always photo the rigs outside in natural light with a neutral background. I try to get down at what would be eye level so that the photos are taken from the same perspective as in photos of real apparatus. I am not a photographer by any means, but I have come to appreciate how important good photos are to the overall impression.
hands down this is one of the nicest interpretations of a LEGO crown i have ever seen. you guys have quite the keen eye for detail. sadly i cannot go to that convention where we met last year, but i asked my dad to take photos of the rigs you guys bring up.