In the 2nd entry, we take a look at this blog's new co-editor, Martijn Meijdam, or better known as MM in the LFC. Founder of Studdsville Fire Department and Mercury County.
1) Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
My dad was a firefighter, and my uncle was an EMT so the fire part of the building came to me kinda natural. But when i was 4 years old, (I'm now 31) my dad bought two 6440 Jetport Fire Squads for me, and I was hooked.
2) Who/what inspires you to build?
My inspiration comes from a lot of builders over the years, but when I started, Tom D. Bob K. Steven Asbury, Matt J. and a few others were BIG inspirations for the start of what is now Studdsville.
But 11 years down the road, there are dozens of builders that inspire me, and I'd like to thank them all for letting me use their builds, their tips and tricks, critiques and ways to improve. .
3) What's in the name Studdsville and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
The name just came to me, I was first thinking in the lines of Brickhaven or something similar, but then Studdsville popped into my brain, and I liked the sound of it, been stuck eversince.
As for Mercury County, I'm a HUGE fan of Queen, so that explains a lot I think.
The color scheme of SVFD was something that I thought I looked good on the rigs, later I went to all red rigs with a blue stripe for the older rigs.
4) What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
That must be Crash 3, the Oshkosh TI-3000, the cab was an absolute nightmare, but in the end, I had a beautiful rig.
5) What is your most favorite rig and why?
Engine 13 by far, I'm a sucker for the Pierce Quantum, and this rig is just everything I would want on a US built Rescue-Engine.
6) What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
A 1x1 round plate with studs on both sides would be handy, for hose connections and adding more detail to rigs.
7) What are your future plans for your department?
There are 2 Type 3 Wildland units ordered, and I recently changed to a Task Force system, and that put a dent in the coverage, so I need 2 or 3 new Task Forces to get back to strength.
And to expand the Air Ops Division.
8) What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
The people, different characters from all over the world, sharing the same hobby, that forms a bond, and even tight friendships.
9) How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
More respect towards eachother, over the last few years I've noticed that there are issues between people over stupid things like where they live, what they build and how they treat the more veteran builders.
And more diversity in the builds, I'm getting a little Arrow XT saturated.
10) Any tips or advice for our new builders?
Get out of your comfort zone a little, try to expieriment with different styles, brands and types.
The only limit is your imagination!
Blog Updated: 02/19/19
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