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Lighted Arocs Truck (42043)
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Hey there Everyone,

Years ago the folks at Artifex Creations:

http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/23318

put together a lighting kit for the 8110 Unimog. Well, their site is down due to maintenance and it looks like they may be out of the lighting scene, so I don’t have pics for the kit, but I thought a lighting kit for the new 42043 MB Arocs would be equally as fun. The kit that I installed includes 16 individual lights. Six for the rear, and ten up front, six below the grill, the two that are in the front upper part of the cab, and the two on top of it. In the original model, the lights on top of the cab spin. I removed the gears and axles so they would not, and that allowed the fake lights to be now functional. I would much rather have working lights than spinning fake lights. Pics are included below.

















Now, most of the time I focus primarily on function and not looks of a model, but it should be remembered that lights ARE functional. Much of the work trucks do nowadays is after the sun has long gone down (or risen) so lights certainly add function. So this was a great way to add both functionality AND great looks!

Making the changes was easy in terms of making the necessary changes with Lego elements, but fitting it all into the model was a pain in the ……. well, you know. Here is a little information of how it was all done (I used the products found at lifelites.com, Artifex Creations, although a fine product, like I said, not sure they are in the lighting business anymore.

The rear lights are self-explanatory. Just install the lights into the pins and cover with light element. Nothing more. Ignore the fact that the wires show a little, as you can see from the pics of the overall model, they are not visible unless you specifically look for them.



For the top lights and the large head light in the grill I used the same elements. Remove the axles and gears (just the axles for the head lights) and install the lights accordingly. Make sure the lights are pushed up all the way into the fake light (Lego element). If you don’t do this the lights will not be bright at all. This goes for pretty much all the lights in the model. See the pics below.







For the orange side lights, I actually did not even remove the light. There is not enough space. Come in through the side and just place it behind the orange transparent plate. It works just fine, and although the wire hangs out a little, it really is not noticeable at all. See pic below.



Changing out the pieces is easy. But things get congested really, really, easily. There is a pattern to the madness. First connect all the lights on the lower half of the grill, and then put it on. Also, when installing the grill and shutting the cab, the wires have to be in the exact location in the pic below, or the wires will get pinched as the cab closes (and it will not close completely). Cab can then be put on.






This was actually a lot of fun to add to the model. I love the added details to the model. Hope you enjoyed looking and the quick read…… if anyone chooses to add their own light kit and have questions, feel free to add them to the comments below and I will make sure to try and respond. Thanks!





Comments

 I made it 
  November 28, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Another favorite builder MOC missed while e-mail notifications from MOCpages were on the fritz! Lights always add a lot to a working MOC, especially when they're as plausible as these. Thanks for documenting the use of these third-party LEDs. I'll have to give them a try now.
Honestly Jeremy, they are fairly compact. I would not doubt it if you can't fit it on one of your spinning tops. They would really look cool.
 I like it 
  October 1, 2015
Best looking LEGO truck with the lights I have seen! I love offroad truck versions... Congrats for these mods!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2015
Another favorite builder MOC missed while e-mail notifications from MOCpages were on the fritz! Lights always add a lot to a working MOC, especially when they're as plausible as these. Thanks for documenting the use of these third-party LEDs. I'll have to give them a try now.
 I like it 
  August 25, 2015
awesome!:D
 I like it 
  August 25, 2015
Nice way to give this great model a fine finishing touch.
 I like it 
  August 25, 2015
Excellent work, All the lights looks great.
 
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