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Fully remote controlled tow truck
About this creation
This is my attempt on building tow truck.
I based the MOC on International 4400 tow trucks serving highways in Illinois.
Tow truck are quite popular among Lego fans, so i've tried to include unique features in this one. First, it is fully remote controlled model of truck, meaning it is capable of picking up, lifting, towing and releasing another scale model without manual actions from me or someone else. Second, it is strong, the fork can handle about 1Kg, which means weight of towed vehicle can be around 2Kg. Additionally, the tow truck has remote 2 speed gearbox with first gear designed for pulling something heavy.
However, I had to sacrifice authentic look of the fork for functionality and strength. In the result the fork looks bigger than it should be, and all internals are visible from outside.
Other features includes: suspension, openable doors, narrow fenders (which is sometimes hard to implement in lego). Total: 5 M motors, 1 XL motor, 3 IR receivers, one 88000 battery box.
Video avalaible on flickr









Truck has axle front/rear suspension with Watt linkages. I used two soft shock absorver in front, and four hard ones it rear. Front suspension is quite soft, like showed here. Rear suspension is hard and holds under the weight of towed MOCs well.


Bottom layout of components.
Steering system that allowed narrow fenders is inspired by LPEpower videos. These videos are amazing!





Fork deployment and claws folding/unfolding.






















Comments

 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
Beautiful two truck.
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  January 15, 2014
Quoting Yakov Selutin Beautiful work))
Spasibo!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2014
Beautiful work))
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  December 11, 2013
Thank you for comments!
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  December 11, 2013
This model is exceptional, you have maintained the realism of the prototype and incorporated a tremendous amount of power functions. I love the fact that the clamps are PF! Kudos!
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  August 22, 2013
Looks pretty cool if you ask me
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  May 4, 2013
The functions of that tow fork looked really authentic. Well done!
 I made it 
  April 29, 2013
Thank you guys!
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  April 29, 2013
Looks great. Fantastic work. -LB Senior
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  April 29, 2013
Absolutely brilliant build!
 
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