American Ambulance . An American-style ambulance crammed full of details and functionality. . UPDATED and now on CUUSOO! Please check out the new photos below and support the project to help it get made into a real set!
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17901The updated version features a new emergency light configuration and an improved patient compartment that can hold three minifigures. In the previous version, a minifigure couldn't sit on the side bench when a stretcher was in the ambulance. Besides an updated white ambulance, I made a red fire department version with a different build for the emergency lights.
Older version below:
I've been wanting to do an American-style ambulance ever since I got back into Lego. I've seen a few good MOCs, but they were either based on larger ambulances or were not at the scale I like.All together, this took maybe 4 days to design and build, but that was over a two week period. I had a few specific goals with this model: a six wide cab that can hold two minifigs, an accurately shaped cab, an 8-wide rear wheelbase, and basically just make it look like the ambulances I typically see in my city.
At first I wasn't going to make an actual side door; it was just going to be a fake side door. After I figured out how I'd do the rear doors, I said, "What the heck" and made the side door a real door.
The top of the cab and rear section come off for easy access. I had debated on just using 8-wide tiles for the roof, but I also like seeing studs to remind me that this is Lego.
Here you can see some of the details in the rear section. Lots of storage for medical supplies and monitors to monitor the health of the patient.
The ice skater is injured! Her fans are upset and worried for her. You can see how the doors are attached using robot arms. This allows the doors to be pulled straight out and then swiveled to the side. I think I'll use this design for the doors of an 8-wide city bus.
As mentioned earlier, the side door uses the same design as the rear doors.
That bus from the City Corner set is looking kind of small now. You know what that means! Time to design a bigger bus!
Here's an overhead shot of the rear doors. They work in a similar way as the airplane door in the latest official airport set. Before then, it's been used on plenty of other people's MOCs, though I'm not sure where I saw it first.
Here's a shot with the doors open. Something that I think is unique to my MOC is the use of the 1x1 corner panels to allow the robot arms a little more range of motion.
The opposite, previously unseen side of the interior. You can see the small bench for a passenger or EMT to sit on and a fire extinguisher hanging from the wall. It's also a good shot of the inner door connection.
LDD instructions added! The instructions are a slightly revised, slightly more accurate version. Basically, the rear wheels have been moved forward one stud since the rear wheels should be almost in the middle of the box. This also required me to move the side door and storage box forward, but other than that, it's pretty much the same model.