The Nifty Fifty, by Retro Motors . A 1950's stile pickup truck concept. This is what a 50's pickup truck could have looked like, though even more awesome! It takes stiles from multiple years and models, plus some ideas of my own, and rolls them into one vehicle. .
The Building of a Truck:
This is one of the quickest builds ever! I put it together in less then 24 hours. I started work when I got home from school one day and finished it the morning of the next. It was about 8-10 hours of total building time. This is also my first build which is pretty much entirely Studless. I am not a Studless builder, nor do I want to be (LEGO has bumps, why should we hide them?) but it just sort of happened that way by accident. This is one of the MOCs that I had origonaly drawn on paper. Unlike the Retro Wagon, the brick-built version changed a lot from the drawing and ended up being much better for it.
About a year later I modified the suspension design to allow the truck to roll better. The original design involved 1 by 2 pin hole bricks, later changed to 1 by 4 pin hole bricks to improve wheel strength, but both allowed too much friction. The current design involves 2 by 4 axial parts as can be seen in the picture of the bottom. I also fixed some of the miss-matched colors, changed the rear bumper to allow better tailgate movement, and modified the front so that the fenders fit better.
The original Drawing:
The drawing was a lot more rustic like the trucks from the 30s and 40s. The drawing is still good, but I thought that it could be better. I wasn't sure how until I build the LEGO version which came out more like the trucks from the early 50s. It turned out that it needed less rounded parts and more hard lines, something that LEGO does very well.
Under the Bonnet (about the truck):
The Nifty Fifty, by Retro Motors is the perfect half ton for any job. It has the same carrying capacity but more power and towing then any other truck in it's class. It also gets better MPP (Miles Per Push) thanks to the revolutionary Fireball V8; it is available in both gas and diesel engines with hydrogen available soon! (We have the engines, there just aren't any stations for it!). The bed is a huge 9 by 4 studs that is 3 bricks deep!
"I'm Johny Thunder, and I approve the Nifty Fifty!"
Picture from: http://lego.wikia.com
The Nifty Fifty is the 3rd car to be manufactured by the Company "Retro Motors."
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The real story:
“Retro Motors” is a fictitious car company I made up, it is a company that really couldn’t exist in the real world because there isn’t enough of a market for classic stile cars in the modern world. But in LEGO I can do what I want, aerodynamics can be thrown out the window because they all get the same MPP (Miles Per Push), they are all imagination powered after all! The company is really just an excuse to relate all my custom cars together by creating a back story for them, it’s a good outlet for my imagination to.
The fictional story behind “RM”:
Retro Motors, or RM, was created by young inventor Scott Bertaut in Buildington, New Jersey. The first car it made was a custom “El Camino,” followed a year later by “the Retro Wagon.” These first prototypes were really just one of a kind cars thrown together out of old parts in Scott’s family’s garage but soon became mass produced as part of an actual company. “The Retro Wagon” was mass produced first to gain funds to purchase the “El Camino” name from GM, the name “Astro” was also part of the deal The company mainly makes new cars that looks similar to the classic cars of old but have all the features of a modern car from one of the “Big 3.” The company is really held up by its use of revolutionary engines and other technology that allows the cars to be fuel efficient and powerful at the same time. It’s these new technologies in its cars that allow them to have any shape but still be fuel efficient and handle well. As soon as the rest of the country is willing to cooperate, the companies CEO planes to introduce advanced hydrogen burning engines into all of its models. The company also has a small side branch that does restoration work on actual classic cars. Retro Motors is one of the only American car companies to enjoy growth in the current recession, and it plans to continue to look into the past to bring people the future cars.
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Nifty Fifty V1:
Nifty Fifty V1.2
The Hood, or Bonnet as Johnny would say removed to show the Fireball V8 Engine
Front: the Nifty Fifty's Fireball V8
Back: the Retro Wagon's Imagination V8
And here's Johnny carrying a load of rocks while doing some serous off roading!
"This truck is Johnny Thunder Approved!"
Drive into the sunset... Wait, what?!
Need More Chrome! That is my main plan, I want to make all the bumpers and pretty much any gray part of the truck chrome. I found a store that chromes LEGO parts, it isn't even that expensive, but the store is in Germany so shipping would be a $$$$ of money!
Another plan I have, though not quite for this truck, is to make a modified version. The Nifty Fifty is a one ton truck, I plan on making another version called the Nifty Five Fifty that would be a two ton truck. The front would be about the same, but the back would be bigger with duel wheels.
The Nifty Fifty MK II is here! Featuring improved styling and body on frame construction.