As for this particular truck, it's modeled on the common 6-wide vehicles, and rolls in at a nice 36 studs long. Features include:
- Cab & Tiller compartment for two firemen to sit
- Extendable ladder, capable of a wide range of heights, including the top roof of the Green Grocer.
- Ladder turntable has an undisturbed 360* degree range at most heights.
- High output nozzle integrated onto ladder, capable of spraying in various directions.
- Storage compartments/areas for air masks, oxygen tanks, utility saw & extra blade, an axe, large pry-bar, large roadside reflectors/hazard lights, and hydrant hoses!
- Each side of the rig also has a capped side tank fill valve.
Hook & Ladder trucks have long been a staple for fire departments all across the world. While working through this design one of the most common design issues that was targeted, and that was deciding how to make the back end serve a 'real' tiller capacity.
There have been several good attempts for minifig scale, and even more for larger scale MOCs, but this is the first that I believe successfully addresses what an actual tiller truck and driver are needed for. In our LEGO Town, we have lots of great trucks sent our way from Billund. While there is a certain amount of imagination needed to successfully navigate your town with these trucks, it came as an idea to see if the 'what if' could be taken out.
While the back end does not entirely resemble a modern tiller truck/hook & ladder, the design that came out adds a bit of the character and imagination that we've come to know from LEGO. Through some ingenuity and patience the back end rotates counter to the cab and is held steady while completing a successful turn. This is NOT just a swivel end that leaves room for turning, but the mechanism is designed to take the back end around most corners/obstacles you could come across. Especially, say, a 32 X 32 base-plate w/ curve. Now the LEGO Firemen can travel with a little more ease.