Here it is. My new masterpiece. The Tridder Coastliner. A flatbed transport truck with a rotary hearth.
About this creation
I started the truck based on the 4x4 arch/macaroni, orange bricks that make up the wheel fenders.
There were a lot of complicated design problems on this truck, that i can assure you.
The biggest problem was the length and width.
When i started to build the truck in LDD i didn't yet decided how will the cockpit look like.
At first i had a crazy idea of making the cockpit above the flatbed, making the truck compact.
That ended up going into the "Another time pile".
So i realised there is this big windscreen which is beautifully curved. So i made my choice and went with it. It fit the design perfectly. Now the problem was how it would open. I thought about using some string or rope to make it look like it's being lifted up, but it didn't work on this scale. So a simple hinge made it work.
For the cockpit i planned it to be like a interior&trunk style. Having seats and room in the back for stuff.
While there was room for a Mclaren F1 style seat position, there was barely room for LEGO Minifig tools. So here i placed a roof high-beam headlights for ugly weather conditions.
For the ramp i used the two 2440 pieces. The are wide enough to hold the tires in place when getting the car up.
The other challenge was to build a car for showing how the car loads onto the truck without crashing in the rear wing.
A hair thin space was just enough.
Tail lights. For them i wanted to make two thin LED lines. Problem was that i didn't want to use usuall
plates to make them because i wanted to make them really thin. So i realised i had exactly 4 Trans. Red 4865, if positioned one the side the would be perfect. So i did that, managing to hide the rest of the bricks
even better then expected.
Next up are the wheels. I wanted some really cool looking, old-school hot rod pick-up style rims for the Coastliner.
And having found no wheel to satisfy my design needs, i figured i could cheat a bit.
I had an old Tamya 4X4 RC truck, which had chromed, six spoke, deep dished rims.
They were absolutely gorgeous. And to my luck, they fit inside the 44309 tires.
For the engine, i built a 4 Rotor Rotary engine (It was suppose to be 6 Rotors, but it didn't fit).
Finally the finishing touch. My truck was almost finished. I needed some nice detailing,
something that i never used before.
Chrome, chromed parts that is.
They would fit perfectly with the wheels. So i scavenged the Bricklink site to find the needed parts,
some were specially ordered because they were not chromed yet.
But it worked, the chromed parts make the truck a thing of beauty!
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Ideal tool for picking up a broken down car at countryside. Great styling. The problem is that if there is dirt on the bottom of the car transported, air intakes will directly suck that in. Portable steam washer should be built in the ramp...