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K111 Rocket Launcher
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My Lego recreation of a classic Matchbox toy
About this creation
This is my Lego version of a great toy by Matchbox, the K111 Rocket Launcher.
Mine is a bit worse for wear as it has a wheel missing (on the side you canít see) but I still have one of the five original missiles that came with it.
I got this as a present from my Uncle when I was about 6 and it now gets bashed around by my boys.



Iím impressed itís lasted this long as it is well over 30 years old.



This was a challenging vehicle to recreate in Lego as itís quite angular and the pop-up missile launcher and rotating sides are quite a pain to engineer.



The sides on this semi rotate but not all the way round as the thickness of Lego plates dictate how far round it will actually turn before hitting the missile launcher platform.



The missile launcher platform raises and lowers by 2 chain and gear systems working simultaneously when the black lever on the back is operated.



Iím not a great lover of Lego flick missiles usually but I decided to use them on this.
Having a lever to do the flicking works very well and the missiles fire reasonably far.



Spare missiles are stored in compartments on both sides of the truck.



As shown in the main title photo this has steering and it is controlled by rotating the spare wheel on the back. The Matchbox toy has no steering, I wanted this one to steer and as an added bonus I thought I'd make the rear axle steer too.



Room for 2 crew.



Opening doors (both sides).



Side flap on the cab for tool storage.



The tools are clipped onto a plate that slides in and out of the flap shown above.



Gunner hatch.



As you can see the Lego version dwarfs the original Matchbox one. This is 11 studs wide with the cab being 7 wide. This is minifig scale on the ridiculous.



Thanks for looking.



Comments

 I like it 
  December 26, 2013
This is great! I Looooove it! This was one of my favorite toys as a kid and I still have it too. I built a giant version (in red). You can see it here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/315031 Happy New Year!
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  November 17, 2013
Another one of your AMAZING 7-stud wide wonders! Your building skills for vehicles with functionality are superb. Nice door design too with the cheese slope at the hinge to close off the space but allow rotation of the hinged door too! SO many nice features on this vehicle, I know I am going to be coming back to your site a WHOLE LOT over the next couple months!
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  October 30, 2013
it looks great, but, the functions make it a jewel! congrats!
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  September 30, 2013
Thank you everyone for the great comments. I really appreciate it.
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  September 29, 2013
I remember this, great work on the reproduction!
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  September 25, 2013
This is really really fantastic, captures the look perfectly and its a bit more playable, i love it.
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  September 23, 2013
Wow! Very cool truck! I like that you built the parts of it in a lot of different directions!
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  September 23, 2013
Great replica!
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  September 23, 2013
Amazing! Love the shape and the functional steering, and it really looks like the little toy :D and you're right, old toys can last ages...
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  September 23, 2013
Very nice design and perfect colour harmony..
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  September 23, 2013
Cool! Very detailed truck. Good work!
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  September 23, 2013
Classic. Rocks!
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  September 23, 2013
Brilliant. Happy to see this on the Lego Car Blog, too.
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  September 23, 2013
Fantastic build, I like it very much.
Andy L
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Dr. Monster
  September 22, 2013
Very well done! Your model looks accurate and awesome.
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  September 22, 2013
Nice recreation. I could spend all day playing with this moc.
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  September 22, 2013
Nice work, and extremely accurate :-)
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  September 22, 2013
Very cool, and very playable too so big plus points there! It might have been nice to slant the sides a bit as per the toy, but it's still great : ) 5/5 FYI It's on http://www.thelegocarblog.com today congrats!
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  September 22, 2013
I spent hours playing with that toy as a kid, and I recognised your MOC immediately. Brilliant!
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  September 22, 2013
Woah! Amazing work!
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  September 22, 2013
fab build i remember this as a kid well done andy top rate as usual
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  September 22, 2013
Absolutely superb! I knew friends who had this model when I was a kid. Your version gets the shape just right. Combined with all of the fold-out and pop-out playability, this is a great MOC. I want one (but don't own enough green bits!).
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  September 22, 2013
Awesome! I love that you made it to fit figs . Love the front end and the rocket launcher in the back and sides. I really like the doors and how you can close the side windows. It looks just like the matchbox version. Excellent!
 
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