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Mobile Generator Truck
A truck carrying a mobile electrical generator. A modification of set 3179 (Repair Truck)
About this creation
The Mobile Generator Truck (or MGT for short) is, as its name obviously implies, a truck that carries with it a mobile electrical generator.

The MGTs aren't commercially available vehicles themselves. Rather, they were custom-built for use by ZX Industries. A small fleet of 10 MGTs were created.

Back during the days of the Spec2 of test-type Hub.ZX, the MGTs were a back-up in case the Hub.ZX's interal power supply and Q-Burst System failed. However, they were never needed for this role and the swap over of the MAS's power supply to its current crystalline source obsoleted them.

However, they didn't lose their usefulness. The fleet of MGTs was since doubled in size and they now spend their time split 50-50 between being contracted out to commercial operations, where they can provide power in areas with none (such as rural areas or areas affected by blackouts), and being on call in case Murphy's Law gets an itch and a Mobile Armor System has need of an external power supply. The MAS units' power sources are inexhaustible and apparently very very hard to destroy, but again, better to have and not need.


Left side of the MGT.


Each MGT carries various cable adapters and a tool kit containing a screwdriver, wrench, Visual Electroscope (visual device that "paints" electrically charged objects in the viewfinder), and a flashlight. There is also a fold out lamp so workers can see into the storage bins at night.


Right side of the MGT. The generator is controlled by a computer. The lever closes or opens the circuit, allowing or denying plugged in cables to take in power from the generator. This side also has a fold-out lamp. The two holes are smaller cable plugs.


The MGT in use. The lever is up, closing the circuit and allowing power to flow. A cable is plugged into the lower plug. Warning: open the circuit before connecting or disconnecting any cables.


Back side of the MGT. The circular bit is a very large cable plug for very large cables. This side, too, has a folding lamp for night work.


Back side with the larger plug's cap removed.


Front side of the MGT. The cabin is a standard cabin used on most utility trucks.


Shot of the inside of the cabin. Being a Japanese truck, of course the driver is on the right side instead of the left.

Creator's Notes
I bought some LEGO sets the other day, one of which was Set 3179 "Repair Truck". I originally intended to convert it into a mobile bipod for the DIVINE Buster but after finding out the bipod couldn't fit on it normally and I was out of pieces to adapt 3-stud-wide to 4-stud-wide, I gave up on that idea. After thinking for a while, I thought I'd make a mobile generator instead.

I think this is a much better use of a flat-bed truck than a simple cherry-picker.

If not for the fact I no longer decal my LEGO models, I would have put the set's "electricity" stickers onto the sides of the cabin. Makes sense considering what the truck is.



Comments

 I like it 
  January 20, 2011
Cool. I like how you shaped it and how it has cabinets and plugs.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2010
A cool mod for a simple truck! Can ARMAX buy some from you? We have some spare MBUV - 03 that we could exchange. MBUV - 03: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/209278
 
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