Big red machines

In the last post we looked at the beginnings of a reusable truck chassic and I showed how it can easily be extended or shortened to suit the model in question. Next up: fire trucks!

The two finished models - ladder and tender. Keep reading to see more
The two finished models - ladder and tender. Keep reading to see more

One of my favourite models as a kid was the 6593 Blaze Battler - I have some weird hazy memory of building it one christmas at an aunt’s house. As often as I’d rebuild it, it was my only set with a ladder in so it never lasted very long!

So that was a decent jumping off point for an appliance variant. First however I needed to rework the cab layout, which would give me a few extra studs’ room on the back and also give the front end the beefier fire truck look I was after.

First iteration of the fire truck design, mainly to try and get the cab layout right
First iteration of the fire truck design, mainly to try and get the cab layout right

Once I had the cab nailed, the rest was a really fun build. There’s a few nods to the original 6593 set but it kinda took on a life of its own. I did think about adding the pump trailer and may still do that further down the line.

Version 2 - that's more like it!
Version 2 - that's more like it!

With the ladder truck done, time to move onto a tender engine. I had to wait for the red lifting frames to be delivered and I wasn’t totally sure they’d work, but once they were in it was an obvious choice. Since discovering steering wheels can be removed from their columns with a bit of force, I’ve used them pretty liberally on various models as the alternatve “proper” wheel/handle element is just a bit too big for a lot of applications.

Love me tender (...sorry)
Love me tender (...sorry)

And it wasn’t long before they were called into action thanks to someone taking a Legoland driving school car for a joyride…

That face says it all...
That face says it all...
· truck, MOC, fire