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Massive Red Lorry
..or how to use up all your pieces when you thought you had too many..
About this creation

I've always wanted to make something like this - a big Technic truck with lots of features and lots of those big old wheels that appear slightly out of place on some of my cars but should suit this..

I like shiny things, so it's got lights - OK they're not that shiny, being ancient 4.5V jobs, but I like them..




Two happy British Maxifigs with the Union Jack in it's rightful place behind them. This is my first attempt at any sort of mosaic.




And this is my second...



The tractor unit without trailer but with driver.. for no particular reason, we'll call her Lola..*



Doors open, but you can see that..




A fairly sketchy interior, but what's there works - the gearlever is connected to a forward / neutral / reverse transmission and the crank on the left is correctly labelled - it does raise and lower wheels (the centre axle), just not on a space shuttle!

The steering works too - either from the wheel or by 'hand of god' on the top of the left exhaust. It's got a pretty good lock and works according to the principles of Mr Ackermann.




Lola: 'You could have made it power assisted! I'm gonna get biceps like Arnie!'




The cab tilts - after Lola and friend have escaped - to reveal more juicy stuff (possibly).. and yes, that spindly looking folding axle IS supporting the cab's considerable weight (just).




Here's the six cylinder engine in all it's.. err.. glory and the rods to control the steering, gearchange and auxiliary wheel lowering connect with the controls in the cab automatically with the cab down, or these can be controlled from other levers / wheels behind the cab.



Concealed behind the seats is the battery box for the lights - this flap makes it easy to change batteries after someone's left them on!



And it's even easier to switch them on..



There's even a box for Lola's lunch (or something..) The fuel tank on the right is made using a square 1970's battery box that's sadly defunct, otherwise I would have used this for the lights.



Still with me ? Well done! Keep going!

Here's the whole thing again.

Lola: 'Will you hurry up ! I've got a load to pick up!'



Here's the trailer, parked without box and with it's stabiliser feet wound down. These are controlled by the handwheel on the side and are strong enough to jack it up with the box on!

The box locates on six axles on the perimeter and is quite easy to pop on and reasonably secure (!) once there...



See .. ?




The back doors are secured shut at the top and bottom by a single twist of the handle..




Open..



To reveal a rainbow of exploding colour! Oh alright, I was running out of bricks so no attempt was made at colour co-ordination in here.




At least the roof's all one colour (oh alright then, two..)



With a handy flap to help me load it, or stowaways to escape etc..



Here it is from the side again, with an electrical socket..



And another view of the front. It's not styled to look intentionally like any truck in particular - I just did my own thing with this.

Lola: 'Are you done now ? I've got a load of funny little plastic bricks to pick up!'



Friend: 'There - I think that went well..'
Lola: 'Yeah, if only he would shut up!'



*Oh alright, there is a reason. The most uplifting, wittiest comment I've received came on my Citroen DS from a builder called LolaTruckDriver. Thankyou.



Comments

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  August 15, 2014
Dude! If you have the time, come see my new U-boat Type VIIB!!
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  October 19, 2013
I saw this in the 100+ Club. It truely is massive and has some massive windscreen wipers too! I love spotting the old bricks: the maxi-figs, the yellow Legoland 4x1 and the lights. The LEGO logo is nice and rounded and I think that it looks great. Was this hiding under the table at STEAM?
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  May 30, 2013
Massive and spectacular work, buddy!
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  October 24, 2012
This is huge. You got to make some Lego boxes to go inside it.
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  July 28, 2012
Quoting Teddy Master Looks awesome!! Encourages me to make one of my own. Any tips?
Thanks Teddy, glad you like it! If you make one, design-in strength and rigidity from the off. Use studded beams for the chassis and lots of them.
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  July 28, 2012
Looks awesome!! Encourages me to make one of my own. Any tips?
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  June 18, 2012
I love the size of this, and overall the whole thing- 50/5!
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  May 23, 2012
Stunning! excellent details, the LEGO logo is brilliant. You are the greatest car builder i have seen so far :-)
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  May 4, 2012
I can't believe I've never commented on this yet!!! This is such a great build. The Lego (R) signs on the side are perfect. The lights are cool also. Your Union Jack is also really good!!! This has to be my most favorite Lorry on here! Good Job!!! 100/5
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  March 29, 2012
Prize winning Material ! Love the way you have grafted the Lego Logo on the side. Those old lego figures are not often seen any more and a suitable scale for this one. Very patriotic !>.....well done
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  February 26, 2012
Oh,how i have missed that!?This is truly excellent!The LEGO mosaic on the sides is just brilliant,and the techniques you used are geniusly done!Overall shape and details are excellent aswell!Great job!:-))
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  February 20, 2012
That is really COOL!!!!!
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  February 15, 2012
nice!!
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  February 10, 2012
Yeah, finally there are some of the photos back online! This truck was great, the Technic functions were just amazing and the mosaic a real piece of art. RIP massive red lorry. Anyway, great job, Nick! :-))
  February 10, 2012
YAY! This is definately one of my all time faves, I wish it was still alive, it'd be perfect for storing your cars in :-) And BTW have you seen this yet? http://www.flickr.com/photos/detomaso/6851876289/ Made in one day lol
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  January 23, 2012
Booo I want to see it :-( I hope they manage to recover these photos! I love this Massive Red Lorry! How you doing? Are you managing to to get those curves on your D-Type? Not seen much from you recently so I expect you are. Can't wait to see it! I'm making good progress on the JPS transporter as you can see on my latest post, i'm very poor now though :-(
  July 7, 2011
Hello! Thanks for commenting on my Fiat 682 Bartoletti (v. cool to be on Brickpop!). What I really wanted to build was the Ecurie Ecosse Commer though, but unfortunately I have very little blue. Which is where you could come in... See the link on the Fiat page - if you're interested it would help start the ball rolling : )
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  June 19, 2011
99 others like it, and so do I =) Great!
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  June 16, 2011
Quoting Lego Builders P.S. Did you see Top Gear's lorry challenge?
Yes, that was so funny.. fortunately, nobody was murdered in the making of this lorry! Good luck with yours - looking forward to it.
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  June 16, 2011
I know I already commented but I just "had" to do it again! As I said before, this an amazing MOC!!!!! It's so huge!!! And I love all the studs!!!!! I'm working on a "top secret" MOC right now, and it'll probably be posted in a couple months. P.S. Did you see Top Gear's lorry challenge?
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  June 6, 2011
Sweet! And I love the flag!
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  May 27, 2011
WOOOOOW !!!!! That's a very very cool camion !!!! I love it !!!
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  May 14, 2011
very cool :D
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  May 9, 2011
Real piece of art !!!
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  May 3, 2011
it sure is massive, wow, those battery boxes must be old, love it, great job
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  May 2, 2011
this is the greatest lorry i ever seen in my life
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  May 1, 2011
wow.... this is most impressive ! After going through all the photos, I can see that it's far more detailed and functional than it looks upon first impression, and you do a marvelous job of showing that you can make excellent, detailed models using old lego parts. I think this must be one of the biggest vehicles on the site. I'm not sure what else to say really - just wow ! - Dan
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  April 25, 2011
Kewl Lego Brittania WTG!
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  April 25, 2011
He Nick, Brilliant truck. Nice size to. It's suprising to see how many lego you have tou use to build big. When i am short of bricks i use bricklink.com. I would say... build a second truck to. Well done.
Nick Barrett
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C H
  April 23, 2011
epically awesome!!!!!
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  April 23, 2011
O M G
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  April 22, 2011
Very awesome. I'm speechless.
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  April 21, 2011
wwo luv it
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  April 21, 2011
Love that LEGO mosaic!~H
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  April 21, 2011
Excellent !!! Good Job !!!
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  April 21, 2011
Very impressive work, I love the size and the details! The inside is a bit disappointing though, but I guess you ran out of parts.
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  April 21, 2011
v Congratulations, Nick! You really deserve it. :-)
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  April 21, 2011
... and now it's on the home page! Thanks again all..
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  April 20, 2011
Very nice job! I like it! Can you come see my u-boat?
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  April 19, 2011
Well, that was a hit! It's the first time one of my creations was illustrated on the explore page - for most of the last week. Quite a thrill! A big thankyou to everyone who commented on and rated this and I'm glad you all enjoyed it.
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  April 19, 2011
Quoting Tom Simon I think everyone should attempt a project that uses up all their pieces. That was the wittiest comment? So I have been wasting my time all this while!
Haha! Not at all, Tom - it's always a pleasure to hear from you - I think it's only fair my next truck driver is called Tom...
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  April 19, 2011
Hey Nick. I'm checking in for the month and am delighted to see this from you. It marries your usual technic functionality with lovely styling details. You may have a future in mosaics. I think everyone should attempt a project that uses up all their pieces. That was the wittiest comment? So I have been wasting my time all this while!
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  April 18, 2011
hey nick! good to see something new from you! ok, i have seen a lot of trucks, some very impressive stuff like 16 motors and lights, everything done by distance ect... but, i m still impressed by your transmissions, and play of gears, and multiple functions, what the others don t have...a verry funny narration, some of the coolest parts lego ever made [and don t anymore] like those very cool wheels! as hard a critic that i am, i NEVER though it looked odd in any way, turns out, you re harder a critic to yourself [as i am!] great semi! the flag, mosaics, paint style, neat motors-bat pack emplacements, charming front with lights, and...super funny maxi figs! and don t think i have nt seen these boobs on the lola character lol! it s funny how someone could use belleville figs for technics creations! how original! great work nick!!!
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  April 18, 2011
The Lego Logo on it is pretty awesome!
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  April 18, 2011
very nice! i wish i had that many red bricks.
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  April 17, 2011
Quoting Drako Roge Halo Nick Barrett, The most awesome truck that I have ever seen. How long did it take you to build it? <<KEEP IT CLEAN>>
Haha! About 3 weeks in my spare time.
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  April 17, 2011
Halo Nick Barrett, The most awesome truck that I have ever seen. How long did it take you to build it? <<KEEP IT CLEAN>>
Nick Barrett
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Rolling bricks
  April 16, 2011
This truck is really cool! I like the size of it. :)
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  April 16, 2011
Cool, Greatest truck ever!
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  April 16, 2011
Quoting MOCer of Random Wow.By the way,I thought they were called Homemaker 'figs,not Maxifigs.
That is their official title, but everyone seems to call them Maxifigs.
  April 16, 2011
Wow.By the way,I thought they were called Homemaker 'figs,not Maxifigs.
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  April 16, 2011
Fantastic detailed work my friend.I like all the little goodies around the vehicle.Absolute great.
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  April 16, 2011
Nice! I like the classic-LEGO style! Great job!
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  April 16, 2011
That is certainly one Ginormous Semit (er, uh, I mean to say, .... Lorry!) WOW
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  April 15, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut Personally I think a lot of old LEGO parts are better then the new ones. I like the old LEGO Technic better (though don't use it much) because you can attach LEGO system (to use the old term) directly to it. I also like the old hinges better, they are more compact, and the old tires were more realistic than the new ones. Sorry about the second post, wanted to reply to something, won't do it again.
I couldn't agree more! Old technic is much more versatile - and you're quite welcome to post as many times as you like :-)
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  April 14, 2011
Wow
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  April 14, 2011
Personally I think a lot of old LEGO parts are better then the new ones. I like the old LEGO Technic better (though don't use it much) because you can attach LEGO system (to use the old term) directly to it. I also like the old hinges better, they are more compact, and the old tires were more realistic than the new ones. Sorry about the second post, wanted to reply to something, won't do it again.
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  April 14, 2011
Wow, that is one huge lorry, or as I say truck. It is hard to find anyone that builds with old Technic pieces. Fantastic work
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  April 14, 2011
What's great about it is not just the size but the fact that you made a model with an old-school type of build and it's magnificent. I love it!
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  April 14, 2011
Awesome work from A to Z. Total respect!! This thing must be heavier than a horse! (lol) I like your sense of humour too, I enjoyed reading your comments...
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  April 14, 2011
Must be the biggest truck I have ever seen in Lego! I think it migh even be too big for those gigantic large Technic-wheels...? Very rugged old-school build, with lots of old-school pieces! Breasts of Lola does not convince. Check out the breasts on the girl in my "Cadillac at the gas-station" build. Might not be to actual scale though...
Nick Barrett
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Mitchell Andre
  April 13, 2011
Wow, this is great! I love every thing about it! The mosaics, the function, the fact that it is maxfigure scale (or whatever you call those figures)!
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  April 13, 2011
Quoting De Tomaso Pantera What does the other side of the trailor look like? I know it would be asking too much to expect another mosaic ;). I notice there's a likelyhood the studs are on the inside. Can't stop looking at it, The rear doors are genius...it's all genius :)
Thanks Tom. The other side is exactly the same.. studs facing out as well - it's all held together by a frame of technic studded beams. There's an identical mosaic too!
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  April 13, 2011
What does the other side of the trailor look like? I know it would be asking too much to expect another mosaic ;). I notice there's a likelyhood the studs are on the inside. Can't stop looking at it, The rear doors are genius...it's all genius :)
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  April 13, 2011
Looks great, if you can build a bigger one to fit a person in, I can send my gf away :D
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  April 13, 2011
Quoting Ryan Link This is truly massive! It's the sort of thing I always wanted to build as a kid but never had enough pieces to do. The mosaic on the side is great and the details/functionality are fantastic. But most of all I live the style, it's classic Lego. Great work!
Thanks Ryan - that's exactly why I built it.
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  April 13, 2011
Another great thing from you! I like the buildings with studs.
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  April 13, 2011
This is truly massive! It's the sort of thing I always wanted to build as a kid but never had enough pieces to do. The mosaic on the side is great and the details/functionality are fantastic. But most of all I live the style, it's classic Lego. Great work!
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  April 13, 2011
Quoting Lola TruckDriver Ha, yes, yes, Atkinson indeed. Good. Good. No witty comment this time, because we have a problem: Lola is, actually, a Blonde. Definitely. So all this lorry, all red and massive, doesn't fit her eye colour at all, you have to know that. I am truly sorry, but I think the only solution is to re-do all it in blue. It would worth your pain though, 'cause Lola isn't afraid the slightest by big wheels. Meet Lola here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2947442
Haha! Yes, I can see it would clash and, worse still, I've never seen blonde Maxifig hair!
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  April 13, 2011
Ha, yes, yes, Atkinson indeed. Good. Good. No witty comment this time, because we have a problem: Lola is, actually, a Blonde. Definitely. So all this lorry, all red and massive, doesn't fit her eye colour at all, you have to know that. I am truly sorry, but I think the only solution is to re-do all it in blue. It would worth your pain though, 'cause Lola isn't afraid the slightest by big wheels. Meet Lola here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2947442
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  April 13, 2011
Crammed full of great details and features Nick. Good looking (Love the mosaics)and full of functionality, this the kind of set you wanted as a kid wasn't it? Great work!
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  April 13, 2011
Big nice truck! Impressed!
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  April 13, 2011
It's a winner for that sign alone.
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  April 13, 2011
Hehe, no worries, Oh and I forgot to mention, that Union Jack in the cab was a smashing touch!
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  April 13, 2011
Quoting Parrington Levens DUDE!!! Massive effort, this is a fun old build mate, cheers...
Thanks Parrington. Yes, this was fun! Thanks everyone for the kind comments :-)
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  April 13, 2011
DUDE!!! Massive effort, this is a fun old build mate, cheers...
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  April 13, 2011
Really massive, massive in size and quality! love the LEGO logo at the sides of the container, the head is also well made, allover another amazing creation from you.
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  April 13, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut I only have one question (besides that one) how long is this; can you post its diameters?
It's 26 studs wide and around 150 long (about 1.2 metres). It also weighs 40 tons ;-)
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  April 13, 2011
wow. this is the best Lego truck EVER! awesome details and shape, working steering AND transmission, what else you could want?!
  April 13, 2011
Wow, it's massive! I like the lights and usage of the older elktric parts. You've gotta play with the cards you've been dealt my friend.:-) Also I love the lego emblem. :-)
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  April 12, 2011
Awesome! I love all the features. Great job
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  April 12, 2011
this is really good! looks like you put a lot of effort into it... awesome job!
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  April 12, 2011
Nick, this is amazing. The level of detail and working features are superb but I absolutely love the Union Jack in the cab, nice touch. Maybe you could make a Lego yorkie bar for Lola. This lorry is another fine example of your Lego engineering genius.
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  April 12, 2011
I haven't had too much time to comment on stuff but this needs it! Amazing, absolutely amazing! This must be the biggest LEGO truck ever constructed! You spared no effort in making every detail on this truck. I consider myself a good builder but I don't think I could ever build something so grand. Not just skill wise but the amount of time and effort this must have taken I wouldn't have the patience. Extremely good job, an epic MOC, in the top 5 if not first of all the MOCs I have seen. Why don't they have a 6 :) rating for something like this? I only have one question (besides that one) how long is this; can you post its diameters?
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  April 12, 2011
Wow, this thing is huge! Very well done!
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  April 12, 2011
Amazing truck! One of the best i've seen so far!
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  April 12, 2011
Amazing!
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  April 12, 2011
The title says it all! Great work love the old school figs!
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  April 12, 2011
Awesome rig, Dude! Great old school techniques and parts, all very familiar to me. Although nowadays I use those wheels for raptor engines...Great to see those old figs, too. Bet this thing weighs a ton!
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  April 12, 2011
This thing is a beast! A very magnificent beast at that! Great job!!!
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  April 12, 2011
Good God this is amazing. There is too much to say about this. I agree with the comments below; the technicality, the flag, the lock, the logo... etc. You must have biceps like Arnie just to lift this. However, you have missed out one crucial thing - A teddy bear stuck to the front;). Stunning Moc. PS. Arnie rules.
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  April 12, 2011
A brilliantly titled brilliant MOC. I can instantly tell it's your work as you have quite a unique build style, it looks very 1980s! Superb working features as always, and the Lego logo is excellent. 5/5 P.S. My 'massive red lorry' isn't too far off being completed either - it's not as big as this though!
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  April 12, 2011
Interesting... Lola... Oh well. All the functions are great, it really makes the MOC.
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  April 12, 2011
Quoting De Tomaso Pantera L O L A Lola lol a. The mosaics are majestic! I really want to play with this!
So do I :-)
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  April 12, 2011
L O L A Lola lol a. The mosaics are majestic! I really want to play with this!
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  April 12, 2011
Oh my wow! Moc of the day please! Love it, want it. Very good job, liking the figs! Cannot fault this, i could go on. I really want to make a transporter truck for all my exotic cars.
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  April 12, 2011
AMAZING!! So huge, and loads of details everywhere, and the UK flag in the cabin is a common sight in UK trucks! Good observation!
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  April 12, 2011
Wow - what a beast. Wonderful. The technic feature I like most is the lock for the back-doors - I have not seen something like this before. But the rest is also impressive. Brilliant as always.
 
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