Welcome to this month's edition of the LFC Blog! Today, we have the privilege of meeting up with Tom W, who hails from Australia! It's really awesome to see how many people across the globe enjoy the same hobbies. Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
TW: Hi I’m Tom a volunteer firefighter from Victoria, Australia. I have been building lego since I was a kid, I started designing my own trucks around 5-6 years ago to look like the fire trucks we have in Victoria and have been slowly growing my fleet ever since.
LFC Blog: It's cool to see that even in different countries, guys like you and me try to replicate the things around us! Who/what inspires you to build?
TW: What inspires my building is going on to the lego emergency pages on facebook or flickr and seeing the impressive work done by builders from across the globe like Steven Ashbury and Ralph Savelsberg and trying to incorporate those levels of details into my builds.
LFC Blog: I agree! Those guys are really have an eye for detail. What's in the name (CFA & MFB) and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
TW: I don’t really have a name for my lego fire department more just trying to kept it close as possible to the actual fire service we have here.
LFC Blog: Haha! That's actually pretty unique to not have a department name and instead model it after a real life department. What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
TW: The most challenging so far would have to be my C-130 Hercules LAT and the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane, trying to keep them as small as possible but the right scale and detail.
LFC Blog: I knew you were gonna say that! Both of those aircraft are amazing! Not too many can build the aircraft you have! Well done! What is your most favorite rig and why?
TW: My most favorite rig would have to be my CFA Scania heavy pumper cause its my main truck and always getting upgrades when I learn new techniques and up to about version 5 or 6 now.
LFC Blog: I can almost say the same thing for my own tiller :p What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
TW: The modified grill brick, different sizes would be nice cause I am using them more and more for my lockers now.
LFC Blog: You're not the only person to say that! I do hope that Lego reads this blog and will take that into consideration ;) What are your future plans for your department?
TW: Just continuing vehicles that we have in our fire service and branching off and doing some more trucks for the museum fleet.
LFC Blog: I think I could speak for the LFC in that we would love to see you do some classic rigs! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
TW: Seeing everyone else’s builds and seeing new techniques they come out with is the best part and the fact everyone is open and willing to help people.
LFC Blog: Indeed! Learning and being inspired by others are some of the best things in the community! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
TW: More lego fire trucks that’s for sure hahahah.
LFC Blog: Very true! That's how we improve! Any tips or advice for new builders?
TW: My main tip would be have a go, if the build does look like talk to one of your fellow builders and float ideas off them to try and improve it.
LFC Blog: Great advice! Sometimes the best way to learn is to just try and build something. Thank you again for taking the time to sit down with us Tom! We look forward to seeing new rigs from you! To those reading this blog, thanks for your continued support! Stay tuned for more awesome content! If you haven't yet, be sure to subscribe to get notifications when we post something new!
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Blog Updated: 01/28/21
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