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Ford F-150 Lighting Monster Truck
Ford F150 Monster Truck.
About this creation
Yo !
Another year of university down, another summer back home...

Maybe not too much of a comeback model, but I'd been toying with the idea of making a monster truck for quite a while - to make something differently to usual. Where usually I would concentrate on making the looks accurate to the real car, and fit technical functions where there was space left to do so; this time round I started w=concentrating on the technic side and made the bodywork afterwards as well as it could fit around the structure.

The monster truck was built to a smaller scale than usual; around 16-wide (same as my old 007 Lotus Esprit, which has finally passed away and gone to a better place... seperated into parts sorted in various boxes of lego) - the scale, and decision to make it, decided by the fact that my brother had acquired a set of big offroad style wheels. The truck is loosely based on a Ford F150 Lighting pickup, though by 'loosely' what I mean is, it's recognisable as one, though I didn't put much effort into making it very accurate.

On the technical side of things, I started with a lower chassis connected to the wheels; the rear wheels are chain-driven by one motor each (which actually isn't enough to move the thing much, but looks good...) and the front ones connected to a steering systel that goes all the way up to the left-hand-drive steering wheel in the interior, which works quite nicely. Each wheel has two springs for suspension, though at this scale I couldn't think of a way to make independent suspension with the parts I had within the space available - so though the suspension of each axle is independent of the other, the suspension of each wheel of one axle is linked (when one wheel goes up, the other goes down). Still, the suspension worked out quite well in the end, and when fully depressed, the top of the tyre just clears the bottom of the bodywork.

All this was then connected to an upper chassis made from technic bricks, at the height of the top of the springs. This was all very well, though two problems arose - one, that this upper chassis was an odd number of bricks wide, where the bodywork would be an even number; and two that it was too high up to build the body on top of it. I found a way, though probably not of the strongest construction ever made, to get around both of these problems; and the bodywork is built not on top of, but around the upper chassis. The protruding parts were then hidden as best possible by, in the front, the engine; in the interior, the transmission tunnel; and in the rear, the battery packs.

Again, not too mcuh attention was paid to looks on this one, though I tried to make it somewhat good - opening doors (of interesting construction... which happened due to lack of yellow hinge bricks/plates), rear panel, and bonnet - to reveal the engine. The interior is fairly simple, just seats, steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake. Still, it turned out better than I thought it would when had just started building. I didn't want to make an 'over the top' monster truck - just a normal pickup body with monster truck wheels and suspension.

Also the last two photos are just a couple of mlego dudes I made last year, that I didn't think warranted their own MOC page for. One is Duke Nukem (a pretty good time to post him, and a sign of things to come...) and what looks like a victorian gravedigger. I made him some tails for his coat (just out of black paper that slotted between the legs and torso) but they can't be seen from the angle in the photo.
Next up: one of two models I've been meaning to make for a very long time...

- Dan












































Comments

 I like it 
  March 17, 2013
this is truck is cool! you should check out my 95 f250. its not as nice as yours thought. let me know what you think
 I like it 
  February 11, 2013
Winter 2012 contest scores Use of technique: 15/20 exterior detail: 10/15 interior detail: 11/15 overall score: 36/50 Good luck -LB Jr.
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  September 26, 2012
I like its big chunky look! :-)
 I like it 
  June 1, 2012
awesome i love it
 I made it 
  June 9, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 j aime bien la carrosserie! le 'filler' est un peu basique pour le reste du projet, ca detonne un peu quand meme, en dessous du capot, c est tres bien! ca donne le gout de voir tout ca s animer! [quand on l as connu lol!] ca repond a ma question sur tes moteurs...mais, la chaine? c est un peu facile non? c est un 'shaft' d habitude, pas facile, j admet, et la suspension en plus...je m embarque pas la dedans, lol! pour finir, si il est fun a controler, c est ce qui compte pour l instant, t as appris des nouveaux trucs, l autre sera mieux! beau travail dan!
Merci :) J'avoue, bien faire les moteurs aurait peut-être rendu la mouvement un peu plus possible. En fait les moteurs ont été un ajout quasiment de dernière minute, car mon frère n'arrêtait pas d'y insister. Une fois toute la suspension finie, cela aurait été plutôt dûr de mettre les moteurs à conduite shaft, car soit elles auraient dû être placés derrière les roues, et pas devant, ou soit le chassis d'en bas aurait dû être dégagé... ce qui aurait rendu tout le bas très faible. En même temps ce n'est pas ma création préférée, et sera la première de mes voitures à démonter quand je m'y mets à en faire une autre... en espérant que j'aurais assez de pièces :) - Dan
 I like it 
  June 8, 2011
j aime bien la carrosserie! le 'filler' est un peu basique pour le reste du projet, ca detonne un peu quand meme, en dessous du capot, c est tres bien! ca donne le gout de voir tout ca s animer! [quand on l as connu lol!] ca repond a ma question sur tes moteurs...mais, la chaine? c est un peu facile non? c est un 'shaft' d habitude, pas facile, j admet, et la suspension en plus...je m embarque pas la dedans, lol! pour finir, si il est fun a controler, c est ce qui compte pour l instant, t as appris des nouveaux trucs, l autre sera mieux! beau travail dan!
 I made it 
  June 8, 2011
Quoting MortalSwordsman . I really like it, and it looks like it was great fun to build (and play with). As you say its not as refined as your other mocs but technicality was the priority. The in-car steering system is very clever, as is the door hinges and suspension - all very unique. Love the front and bonnet. I really like larger mocs with the studs showing :) I have also been considering building a monster truck with these wheels. Thanks for your kind comments on my stuff. I really appreciate it coming from you.
Thank you for the kind comments too :) I meant it sincerely - I found your corvette most impressive (and the Cobra, too), they easily outdo a fair few of my cars ! I like to build larger models when possible (to be honest 16-wide to me is the smallest you can achieve any sort of detail with), the choice of studs showing is simply because most of my lego is a little older, I have few tiles, and it's just easier building that way anyway haha... I'll be very interested in seeing the result if you do decide to make a monster truck yourself, after seeing your cars I'm sure it will be great :) P.S. I tried to get the gravedigger to help break up the Lotus, but he just sat there motionless, being made of plastic, so I grudgingly did it myself... some models I just don't want to break (TVR, Bugatti and the big white car) though for the others, after a long time I eventually decide that it's time to recycle them, in order to be able to build more models... - Dan
 I like it 
  June 5, 2011
Quite the truck! I really like the way you built the front, the shaping is nice. It's funny to see those older motors; those are what I have. I always want to build them into something, but I never get around to it. Anyway, looks great, always nice to see something new from you!
  June 5, 2011
...ps love the minifigs. Rip the lotus - Did the gravedigger help you with the burial?
 I like it 
  June 5, 2011
I really like it, and it looks like it was great fun to build (and play with). As you say its not as refined as your other mocs but technicality was the priority. The in-car steering system is very clever, as is the door hinges and suspension - all very unique. Love the front and bonnet. I really like larger mocs with the studs showing :) I have also been considering building a monster truck with these wheels. Thanks for your kind comments on my stuff. I really appreciate it coming from you.
 I like it 
  June 4, 2011
Very cool, I see the resemblance on the front. The engine and seats are cool, but bike chain on a working motor? That might be why it doesn't run well. Not that I've had much success at it myself... anyway, definitely cool, and worthy of a 5/5.
 I like it 
  June 4, 2011
Simple, but very cool.
 I made it 
  June 4, 2011
Quoting Ape Fight It's good, but not your best if I'm honest. The engine is good, as is the interior, but the bodywork is, whilst OK, pretty basic and has a few errors (yellow with black pinstripe inner wheel arches for example). It's a nice filler MOC, but nothing more. Worth posting though : )
Hahaa well I'm only a skint student and really can't afford to keep buying parts to make cars like the Bugatti and TVR all the time... I hope I haven't set a high standard for myself lol. Agreed it's far from my best, though, as said - it was more just to make something with monster truck wheels and suspension than anything. The bpodywork was just built with what parts I have, fitting as best possible around the technical structures. The way it's built, either the pinstripe would be black; or the interior floor would be yellow... neither of which were desired... so I just kept it how it had been built at that point. Lol you should cherish it - it'll be a long time before I post another car haha :) - Dan
 I like it 
  June 4, 2011
It's good, but not your best if I'm honest. The engine is good, as is the interior, but the bodywork is, whilst OK, pretty basic and has a few errors (yellow with black pinstripe inner wheel arches for example). It's a nice filler MOC, but nothing more. Worth posting though : )
 I like it 
  June 4, 2011
Thats is a monster of a truck! Really nice model and looks like fun to play with! Shame about the Lotus dying a death, not seen it yet, will take a look now. Could you please comment on my Custom Truck? Thanks in advance :)
 
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