Retro Rigs Pumper II Fire Engine . My second 10 wide Fire Engine, and what an improvement! The Retro Rigs Pumper II has just about all the features of a real fire engine, opening doors, tilting cab, organized storage compartments. The detail even continues into the cab with seats designed to accommodate a Minifig's air tanks! .
Behind the scenes:
I have been wanted to rebuild my old fire engine for years now. My original 10 wide Fire Engine (my 3rd or 4th Fire Engine of any size), dated back to around 2007/2008. Although I had modified it since then, it was still out of date compared to what I could do now. I forget why I scraped it when I did, but I decided it was finally time to build a new fire engine and I'm glad I did!
Building the truck:
As usual, I have no idea how long it took (don't even ask how many parts it was), but it was one of my most complex MOCs in quite some time. Not even counting the build time (again, no idea) I spent days just doing research on real Fire Engines. This wasn't even for the look but the layout of equipment and functional parts (such as the tilting cab). I scraped my old fire truck (except the engine - I still can't figure out how I built something that good so long ago!), and was surprised when I found no Megablocks in it. I had modified it after becoming purest, but was sure I would still find some if I took it completely apart.
After building the bumper, I spent a really long time trying to get the front to look the way I wanted. The main difficulty was in the grill, which I had decided I wanted to outline in black requiring a lot of SNOT building. I really like how the headlights came out, with the stacked, rather then side by side headlight bricks. With all of that, I still had to find some way to attach the complex front end to the rest of the cab and add hinges to make it lift to service the engine.
The tilting cab is one of my favorite parts of this truck, its just like the real thing. Where on my old Fire Truck the cab simply lifted like a lid, on the Pumper II the cab actually lifts off the whole chaises! It was quite hard to do as I had to make sure the fenders would clear the wheels. After I got the design to work, I had to modify it to make the chassis stronger as it would flex when the cab was tipped.
The rest of the truck was much easier, lots of dials and hose attachments in the middle, and a bunch of compartments on the sides/back. Then I just made a hose rack on the top. The hoses are actually shoe laces!
Then came the name, I had decided a while ago to have the manufacturer be Retro Rigs (a branch of Retro Motors), but had no idea what to call the truck itself. It was my second 10 wide Fire Engine, and LEGO Fire Truck 2 just didn't sound right. Fire Engines are sometimes called Pumper Trucks so I decided to call it the Pumper II, after one of my water guns.
The Power Soaker Pumper II:
This is where I got the idea for the name, after all this is my second LEGO Fire Engine (sometimes called a Pumper Truck). The Pumper II water gun is a Super Soaker from 1994, one of the oldest in my collection. I have around 60 classic water guns in my collection which takes up almost as much space as my LEGO!
About the truck:
The Retro Rigs Pumper II as a workhorse of a fire engine. Powered by a V12 engine, it has the power to get to an Emergency quickly but is still small enough to navigate the small streets of places such as Buildington. Just because it isn't a huge hook and ladder truck doesn't mean it is lacking. It has a large water tank for fighting fires when not near a hydrant, Two large hose hook ups on each side as well as another in the front. The right side also has a smaller diameter hose reel for putting out brush fires quickly.
The truck has a total of 7 compartment for gear as well as equipment racks in the truck. The cab can seat 4 Minifigures and the rear seats even allow them to where their tanks while rolling on a call! As it was designed primarily for towns and smaller cities, it has handrails for two additional Fire Fighters to ride on the back. The truck is easily serviceable as the cab can tilt up to allow work on the engine and internal components.
The Retro Rigs Pumper II is the perfect truck for any small fire station and a great supplement to a larger one.
Side compartments and hose hookups:
Right side (from back to front):
walkie-Talkies and megaphone | Small diameter brush fire hose | Axes and sledgehammer | main water output (two large diameter, one small) and emergency shut off switch | fire-extinguisher
Left side (from front to back):
fire-extinguisher | main water input (two large diameter) | traffic cones, warning sign, and medical supplies | chainsaw, circular saw, wrench, and shovels
In part of my research, I found out that Firefighters don't ware their helmets in the truck because it is a safety hazard. I planed the interior accordingly with a central equipment rack to hold their helmets and breathing equipment. Because they would want to be mostly ready when they arrive at the scene, I designed the rear seats to allow the Minifigs to have their oxygen tanks on while siting in them. I wanted to do this for the front to, but their wasn't space.
Fire fighters riding on the rear
While they probably wouldn't do this in a large city, in a small place like Buildington, the truck isn't likely to travel very far. It is always useful to have more people on the scene.
The tilting cab:
The hinges for the cab are actually disguised as part of the front grill design. That engine is from my old fire truck. I built it so long ago but that is still one of the best looking engines I have ever done!
On the Scene:
Just a quick throw together I did as a final picture. It was so good I had to take multiple pictures. Prepare to see it again when I upload my new police car, the Crime Cruiser by Retro Motors.
Oh no, the two denominational house is on fire!
A fireman ascends up the ladder to rescue the woman, but it looks like Nanobot is going to get there first!
(You'll see more of her later, consider this a sneak peak of my new Superhero!)
Climbing the ladder
A close up of Nanobot, she is coming in a future MOC, I still have to get more parts first though.
Control, Nanobots sidekick. Most sidekicks hate being in the shadow of the main Hero, but Control doesn't. Control himself has no powers but is the greatest Wheelman ever!
Unfortunately, the police don't think much of Vigilantes (Superheroes as they prefer to be called), even if they are just trying to help. Don't worry though, Control can outdrive anyone and the Green Turbo is a pretty fast car! You can also get a peak at the Crime Cruiser in this shot which I will upload soon (Edit: it is now uploaded). The Green Turbo can't be seen because it is parked around the corner, not because I haven't built it yet. ;p
Now that the women has been rescued, the Firefighters are focused on saving the house. The fireman that went into the building is not trying to put out the fire on the roof. They probably wouldn't do it by climbing out the window, but it looked cool.
I have no plans for this MOC itself, although someday I hope to build an ambulance to go along with it as well as a fire-station. As far as the other MOCs I mentioned go, I have now uploaded the Crime Cruser and will upload the Green Turbo as soon as a finish building it.
("But Scott, I thought you said it was just parked around the corner.")
(Right, that is what I meant. I deny everything!")