This is a somewhat complex, yet still tough model of what is likely my favorite vehicle worldwide (Emphasis on "worldwide," because this rig is and was not sold in North America).
About this creation
Aesthetics: I think that it looks pretty good, with some stickers and off-road add-ons. A rear panel is white because (A) I wanted it to look like an old, beat-up rig, and (B) I was out of light grey...
Opening stuff: The hood opens and has a support, the doors open, and the tailgate lowers with a realistic linkage to prevent it from opening too far.
Interior: The cabin is detailed, yet realistically simple. There is a working steering wheel, an opening glove box, little tires hanging from the rearview mirror, and folding rear seats, behind which an included mattress, sleeping bag, and pillow can fit, creating the budget camping setup!
Suspension: Like the real Cruiser, my model has front and rear live axles, with coil springs up front and leaf springs, made of axles, in the rear. It works fairly well, but could use some more travel, or a lift (Why did I decide to keep this model's suspension and tires stock again?).
Steering: An L-motor in the body runs a 24:1 worm setup, that pulls a linkage, which pulls the link connecting the wheels side-to-side to steer. There is lots of slack, and it is pretty terrible performing, but it is realistic (both in setup and in poor responsiveness(I think)). The steering wheel also works.
Drive: Two XL motors under the hood drive a V6 engine and all four wheels (SLOWLY!)
Gearbox: The gearbox uses a highly modified version of Sariel's heavy-duty 4-speed sliding gear gearbox (from his book), but with the gears rotated to make it more compact, and a very heavy duty shifting mechanism with stops to prevent the sliding gears from sliding ON rather than WITH their axles. It didn't skip once, but did jam sometimes when shifting.
Transfer case: There is a two-speed transfer case shifted with an M-motor through a worm gear and a 6L link. It performs pretty well, but strangely seemed to make little difference, though the ratios were far apart. Maybe it's just that it's infinitely slow in all gears!
RWD/4WD Switch: An M-motor slides some double-bevel gears either together or apart using a small linear actuator to engage or disengage the front wheels from the motors. Of course, you should leave it in 4x4 all the time!
Locking Differentials: Another M-motor used a small linear actuator, a fancy group of connected axles, and some 6L links to lock the front and rear differentials simultaneously.
Winch: Another L-motor uses a worm setup to pull the winch. However, more interestingly, I used the worm gear's sliding ability to create a directional gearbox, that allows the string to be pulled out four times faster than the motor reels it in! However, this complexity made the winch too weak to be practical.
Overall, I like this interpretation of this great truck, and I appreciate how tough the drivetrain was. However, this complexity made the truck's speed "abyssal" or, slightly more kindly, "sluggish to a fault" In addition, like most Lego models, I didn't quite match the real Land Cruiser's sterling reputation for reliability. You can, as usual, see my video on YouTube, at:
You can also expect a couple more posts in coming days, because I have a bit of a backlog, because Mocpages has been down for me for a while.