Model Team road rig like those from the commercials. Power, lights and functions in the trailer are all controlled by remote.
About this creation
This model is a classic 12 stud wide Model Team truck. I began planning it when building the mobile Shell station back in June 2007. The first prototype for powering the truck was built in September and a full chassis was finished in November.
I had yet to find a way to change the gears, but in December I found a solution using only the motor for steering to change gears, decouple and turn on the lights when in gear.
The rod that changes the gear required a lot of force and some cogs were damaged, so I came up with a different solution that still used only one motor for all functions apart from propulsion.
A couple of BrickLink orders later and I had the first full prototype for the truck. Presenting it to my LUG lead to a couple of changes of the sleeper and I began building the trailer. By using a turntable, I was able to power 8 functions using only 2 motors. The model was displayed at Klodsfest 2008, which turned out to be a great field test. I found problems with nearly every function. Even the steering didn't work properly because of all the additional functions that engaged when they shouldn't. The mechanics had to be almost completely changed, leading to the version you can see in the video.
Pretty much all LEGO trucks have V8 engines, so I have always thought this to be normal. This was until I met a fellow LEGO truck builder (and LEGO Technic designer) at Klodsfest who told me that all trucks have straight 6 cylinder engines - even the American ones!
So for the first time a truck of mine has an engine of the real type. The new engine (which is coupled directly to the twin XL Power Functions motors) has both a moving flywheel and camshafts as seen in the video.
There are 4 motors in the truck: 2 XL motors for propulsion (as mentioned above), 1 M motor for steering and one for changing gears. There is a high and low gear. The lights turn on when in gear and the trailer coupling is disengaged when in high gear.
You might notice it's very easy to hook onto the trailer: simply drive into it!
This is possible because of a new coupling system. I have had similar systems in the past, but this new one is much easier to build, use and both the truck and trailer can decouple.
The first prototypes used only 9V for the lights, but then LEGO released LEDs, so all the lights on the truck are now of this kind, making the 9V power supply obsolete (the first prototype had two battery boxes)
There are 8 functions in the trailer:
Open the top lid
Turn on the rear lights (or make them flash)
Operate the jack
Open/close the lift gate
Elevate the lift gate
Operate the auxiliary output (an NXT motor in the video)
Turn the power off
The trailer still uses the old 9V lights because they can flash, while the display on the top is made using fiber optic bricks from the '90s.
There is an antialiazing effect built into the logo. Try to zoom out or move away from the screen and you will notice the logo appearing sharper.
It has the same width as Agents Mission 6, and is slightly wider than the Ferrari truck.
can i buy this truck by Lego? with number of Lego is this truck?
i'm a big Coca Cola collector all ready 25 years! the truck is very NICE!! how many day's or weeks take it to build this truck?
greetings and a nice day,
I bet if you show this MoC to the Coca Cola marketing people in their Head Office they will ask you to display this in one of their events (maybe even in your city). Or better yet they just might offer to buy it from you. ;-)
You should definitely find a way to get them to notice it.
This is all, of course, if they haven't already...
Anyway, I really enjoyed your creations and envy your talent.
This is so impressive! The use of robotics to such level always amazes me! Plus the model is very realistic and beautyful - not just a robot. congratulations! you must be very proud:) if not you should be!
this is like the coolest thing i have ever seen, 1st i thought the truck looked awsome, but then i saw how it worked, man that is so cool, how does this only have 20 some comments? and all your other truck models r just as nice, very, very cool. LOVE IT.
first let me say: GREAT MOC!!!
I have a question... I tried to use your ntx controller program downloaded from http://www.daimi.au.dk/~ld/lego/software/rc.zip without success. As I understand, I need to make controller.nxj binary and upload it to ntx brick. I installed current lejos ver. 0.7 (and the older one ver. 0.6), java etc. and the compilation and linking didnt work for me. Could you provide ready-to-upload binary file or explain how to use files in downloaded rc.zip archive? Thanks in advance!
hi lasse i like all of your trucks and trailers and other creations
but there's one thing can u send me instructions how to make a truck trailer please:D
i'm giving u my msn if u can send me the instructions:) my msn is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only does this truck look good (really good) but the amount of motorization you have been able to build in is astonishing! I am literally blown away at the complexity of the engineering that I imagine went into this. You have done an exceedingly good job at concealing it all and keeping the scale and detail intact. Thank you for sharing. I doubt I'll ever be this skilled with my Lego bricks, but at least I have an idol now!
Quoting Ozzy(Phil) Ozborne(AcDcRocks)
INSANITY!!!!! can you email me the nxt file please?
The NXT runs LeJos (Java for NXT). If you install LeJos 0.6, then the following files will do the trick:
rc.Controller is the main program. The binaries are included so you only have to upload them after installing LeJos on the NXT.
I have not yet been able to control PWM on the normal LEGO firmware, and working with LeJos is very hard without programming experience.
One of the best creations on MOCpages I've ever seen. This is so so far ahead of the truck in your last pics! Without any exaggeration I can say you've created one of the best LEGO vehicles ever, 10/10