This is the new and improved version of my RV, the camper now has jacks and the El Camino has been majorly revamped. Theoretically (I don’t know the actually stats off hand) an El Camino could not support the weight of a camper, at least of this size, but this is LEGO where imagination triumphs physics! (Although at Brickfair 2011 I raced it down a ramp and when it hit the bottom where the ramp curved onto the floor the weight of the Camper broke the front axel off! Then of coarse the axel went upward, knocked the fenders off, and opened the hood. This caused the Camino to swerve left, hit the guardrail of the ramp and flip spectacularly. It was really quite a sight! Wish I got it on camera.) This El-Camino isn't really based on any one particular model, it is really a custom car/pick-up so I have dicided to have it mass produced by my company "Retro Motors."
About this creation
To see the original use this link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241386
Uber long story start The real story:
“Retro Motors” is a fictitious car company I made up, it is a company that really couldn’t exist in the real world because there isn’t enough of a market for classic stile cars in the modern world. But in LEGO I can do what I want, aerodynamics can be thrown out the window because they all get the same MPP (Miles Per Push), they are all imagination powered after all! The company is really just an excuse to relate all my custom cars together by creating a back story for them, it’s a good outlet for my imagination to.
The fictional story behind “RM”:
Retro Motors, or RM, was created by young inventor Scott Bertaut in Buildington, New Jersey. The first car it made was a custom “El Camino,” followed a year later by “the Retro Wagon.” These first prototypes were really just one of a kind cars thrown together out of old parts in Scott’s family’s garage but soon became mass produced as part of an actual company. “The Retro Wagon” was mass produced first to gain funds to purchase the “El Camino” name from GM, the name “Astro” was also part of the deal The company mainly makes new cars that looks similar to the classic cars of old but have all the features of a modern car from one of the “Big 3.” The company is really held up by its use of revolutionary engines and other technology that allows the cars to be fuel efficient and powerful at the same time. It’s these new technologies in its cars that allow them to have any shape but still be fuel efficient and handle well. As soon as the rest of the country is willing to cooperate, the companies CEO planes to introduce advanced hydrogen burning engines into all of its models. The company also has a small side branch that does restoration work on actual classic cars. Retro Motors is one of the only American car companies to enjoy growth in the current recession, and it plans to continue to look into the past to bring people the future cars. Uber long story end
So your probably asking, what changed? Well I have to tell you, it’s more a mater of what hasn’t. At first glance you think it looks about the same, but then you notice that all the mismatched colors are gone, spin it around to the back and you will notice the bed has been completely redone. I spent probably two hours rebuilding the bed so that it would be deeper and have fenders. Then, that night, I decided: what the heck, I will take the whole thing apart and fix the inconsistencies in the colors. I am ashamed to say I found two mega blocks parts in it! But now I am %100 that those were the last two, I striped this thing down to the 2x16 that connects the front and rear wheels. Cleaning up the colors probably took another hour. The camper didn’t get changed much, I did however add four jacks on it to raise and lower it onto the bed of the Camino.
El Camino description:
This is my custom El Camino; it was based roughly on the 1970 El Camino but mainly just the idea of a car/pickup. It has opening doors, tailgate and hood with a slightly detailed engine. Its main color is blue and it has an offset racing stripe. It can set two Minifigs in the cab and now has more cargo space then ever in the bed.
The new bed:
…and no, I was not crazy enough to paint LEGOs, those are pieces of scotch tape that I sharpie’d.
All the opening parts:
One of the only two parts I’m not satisfied with. The other is that the jacks some times fall off.
The camper features 4 jacks to easily raise it off your truck bed (you wouldn’t want to carry it around all the time would you?). The inside has a kitchen with a 4 burner stove, fridge, and a two bucket sink for easy dishwashing. It also features a dinette set which can turn into a bed by lowering the supports. There is also a loft bed that can fit two people and even has a third bed that flips down from it over the kitchen! There is also a bathroom for when nature calls; complete with a fan on the roof, as well as a cabinet for storing cloths and of course, what would RVing be without satellite TV and air conditioning! It can sleep up to 4.
The opening door:
He pauses for the applause.
Here you can see the bathroom fan, AC unit, and satellite dish.
Another scotch tape decal, the camper’s name: El Campino.
The inside with beds folded down:
Lower the jacks:
Bye, bye all!
Dang, I spent about as much time making this page as I did doing the mod!
I have now done some slight modifications to the car (it now has 2x3 doors and a few other improvements). I have also fixed up the mismatched colors on the camper. I would upload new pictures but I have decided that the entire camper needs a rebuild (or at least the interior).
New Major Update!!!
This MOC has been scrapped! I still have the camper part (though will probably rebuild that soon) but I was no longer happy with the overall look and design of the El Camino so I broke it and rebuilt a completely new one from the ground up. The El Camino was based on the Chevy Chevelle but I am more of an Oldsmobile guy. So my new one is what the El Camino would have looked like if based on the Olds 442 platform! I'm still working on a name, but it will probably be called the Retro Motors Sporty Forty, being the little brother of the Nifty Fifty pickup truck.
Lovely improvements, Scott. The smartened up colour scheme really does improve the look. I like the legs on the camper so it can easily be removed and refitted. Great work!
BTW I've had a crack at building a minifig one, I'd be very grateful if you could have a look and tell me what you think. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/294430
Thanks Mate, Andy
Love it. In fact I want one ( but not made of Lego). The only problem is that I live in the Uk and you can never rely on the weather. All the details are very good especially the inside. I really like how it stands on its own legs too. The last photo is great. Thanks for your kind and detailed comments on my stuff I really appreciate it. I remember seeing your airwolf (and others) when I first joined moc pages (at the beginning of the year ) creations like yours have inspired me to build planes too. I have made 3 so far and am currently working on a F14 tomcat / transformer (jetfire). I hope to post it on the weekend. Thanks again. Joe