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American Ambulance
An American-style ambulance crammed full of details and functionality.
About this creation

UPDATED and now on Lego Ideas! Please check out the new photos below and support the project to help it get made into a real set!
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/17901

The updated version features a new emergency light configuration and an improved patient compartment that can hold three minifigures. In the previous version, a minifigure couldn't sit on the side bench when a stretcher was in the ambulance.

Besides an updated white ambulance, I made a red fire department version with a different build for the emergency lights.








Older version below:


I've been wanting to do an American-style ambulance ever since I got back into Lego. I've seen a few good MOCs, but they were either based on larger ambulances or were not at the scale I like.

All together, this took maybe 4 days to design and build, but that was over a two week period. I had a few specific goals with this model: a six wide cab that can hold two minifigs, an accurately shaped cab, an 8-wide rear wheelbase, and basically just make it look like the ambulances I typically see in my city.


At first I wasn't going to make an actual side door; it was just going to be a fake side door. After I figured out how I'd do the rear doors, I said, "What the heck" and made the side door a real door.




The top of the cab and rear section come off for easy access. I had debated on just using 8-wide tiles for the roof, but I also like seeing studs to remind me that this is Lego.




Here you can see some of the details in the rear section. Lots of storage for medical supplies and monitors to monitor the health of the patient.








The ice skater is injured! Her fans are upset and worried for her. You can see how the doors are attached using robot arms. This allows the doors to be pulled straight out and then swiveled to the side. I think I'll use this design for the doors of an 8-wide city bus.



As mentioned earlier, the side door uses the same design as the rear doors.






That bus from the City Corner set is looking kind of small now. You know what that means! Time to design a bigger bus!





Additional photos:

Here's an overhead shot of the rear doors. They work in a similar way as the airplane door in the latest official airport set. Before then, it's been used on plenty of other people's MOCs, though I'm not sure where I saw it first.



Here's a shot with the doors open. Something that I think is unique to my MOC is the use of the 1x1 corner panels to allow the robot arms a little more range of motion.





The opposite, previously unseen side of the interior. You can see the small bench for a passenger or EMT to sit on and a fire extinguisher hanging from the wall. It's also a good shot of the inner door connection.



LDD instructions added! The instructions are a slightly revised, slightly more accurate version. Basically, the rear wheels have been moved forward one stud since the rear wheels should be almost in the middle of the box. This also required me to move the side door and storage box forward, but other than that, it's pretty much the same model.



Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  October 3, 2014
I love your creation! My computer would not allow me to download your instructions, but it's probably an error that I can fix. I wish LEGO would make American ambulances, but the only American vehicle I have seen as a set is the cargo train released last summer. Most LEGO sets are European styled.
 I like it 
  May 29, 2014
The red and white ambulance reminds me of one of the ALS ambulances used by the Los Angeles Fire Department. I'd definitely like to see Lego actually do this model.
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  May 8, 2014
Nice work. LEGO Ideas has taken over CUUSOO; I'm supporting over there:)
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  November 5, 2013
if LEGO sold it...I'D BUY ONE! (why don't they make an ambulance like that?)
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  September 26, 2013
I hope you do not mind but I was inspired by the design of the doors so I used it on my Ford Econoline.
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  July 30, 2013
great job!!!
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  July 6, 2013
nice ambulance!
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  July 6, 2013
great ambulances
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  August 25, 2012
hallo ist geil
 I made it 
  August 12, 2012
Quoting Polomoche Mann Stunning level of detail and accuracy! The interior details are fantastic and they really compliment the great exterior. This is so neat and tidy - it's a top build! :-)
Glad you like it! I've actually updated it, so I think it's now even better. I'll try to update this page one of these days. http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17901
 I like it 
  August 11, 2012
Stunning level of detail and accuracy! The interior details are fantastic and they really compliment the great exterior. This is so neat and tidy - it's a top build! :-)
 I like it 
  December 8, 2011
Whoa excellent work, one of the best ive seen on here.
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  September 15, 2011
Can u please make instructions please!!!!!
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  August 25, 2011
You are correct, great details and it would make an excellent set! Very nice, send one over to In and Out to cart the patrons who had heart attacks to the hospital.....HAHAHAHAHAA, oh I am SO not funny.
 I made it 
  June 22, 2011
Quoting Eric and Lawson B This is a very advanced ambulance. It has a ton of features that make it one of the best, if not the best minifig scale vehicles done here. From the doors to the fenders on the box, this is outstanding. Regards, Eric.
Thank you for the comments and thanks for adding me to your group!
 I like it 
  June 20, 2011
A lovely ambulance. This has got loads of features and the door mechanisms are very good. This looks like a lot of fun. Great work!
 I like it 
  June 20, 2011
This is a very advanced ambulance. It has a ton of features that make it one of the best, if not the best minifig scale vehicles done here. From the doors to the fenders on the box, this is outstanding. Regards, Eric.
 I made it 
  June 16, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut Really good! I love this ambulance, it is much more acurate then the ones LEGO makes, I love how you made the rear fenders, they look amazing. Do you think you could take some more pictures on those rear doors? I am really curios as to how you made them.
Thanks for the comments! I too, felt that the official Lego ambulances didn't accurately depict the ones in my city. I just added 3 new photos which show how the rear doors are attached.
 I like it 
  June 16, 2011
Really good! I love this ambulance, it is much more acurate then the ones LEGO makes, I love how you made the rear fenders, they look amazing. Do you think you could take some more pictures on those rear doors? I am really curios as to how you made them.
 I made it 
  June 16, 2011
Quoting Josh Smith babe only thing is you should add a patient bench and cpr seat
Is that the bench that would be parallel to the stretcher? If so, it's in there, I just didn't get a good shot of that side of the interior. I'll try and get a good shot and post it.
 I like it 
  June 15, 2011
only thing is you should add a patient bench and cpr seat
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  June 13, 2011
Nicely done! High quality model, Dude!
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  June 13, 2011
Very cool and well detailed! I know how hard doors can be when the stock Lego hinges dont work, but I'm impressed you managed them in such a small space
 
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