The LFC Blog Walk-around
Here we showcase some of the LFC's most recent built Lego fire apparatus.
In this edition of the walk-around, we have the privilege of featuring a rather unique classic rig by the one and only LFM! Typically, the walk-around exhibits brand new rigs; however, because of this particular MOC, we will now re-designate the section to showcase brand-new builds :p In a world where we see plenty of 2019 Pierce Arrow XTs and Spartan Gladiator war wagons, it is definitely refreshing to see an antique fire apparatus. This pumper is built on a White 3200 chassis and is equipped with a 750 gpm pump and 500 gal water tank. At this point, I would like to thank LFM for providing the photos as well as the following information about the rig!
About Van Pelt:
P.E. Van Pelt, Inc., of Oakdale, California, was the largest west coast manufacturer of fire apparatus. The firm originally was a Dodge sales agency. In 1923 Van Pelt built its first fire engine at the request of the Oakdale fire department. Two years later Van Pelt formed a separate company for the production of fire apparatus. By the 1940s Van Pelt had become the leading builder of fire apparatus on the west coast.
Van Pelt developed a business relationship with the White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and built a substantial number of apparatus using White conventional and cab-over chassis. Most notable of these was the streamlined White 3000 Series cab-over engine model.
In 1978, Van Pelt was purchased by the Farm Machinery Company, better known as FMC. Van Pelt continued to operate under FMC until 1987 when FMC moved all of its operations to Florida and shut down Van Pelt production for good. Over the course of five decades, Van Pelt built more than 3000 pieces of fire apparatus. Almost all of these served on the West Coast.
This is definitely not a rig walk-around, but this creation by Lachlan Wright certainly deserves to be recognized. Station 34 was in the making for over 9 months and notable features include over 2,000 1x2 grille pieces :0
Station 34 houses eight appliances and two trailers.
If there is a recurring theme here at the walk-around section, it's having a build that is super unique. James K's NCX Crash 1 is no exception. As probably the only Lego Colet Jaguar out there, NCX Crash 1 stands out among the ARFF rigs out there!
About the Colet Jaguar:
The Colet Jaguar K/30 RIV carries 3000 gallons of water and extinguishing agents on board. In addition, the rig has a 1600 horsepower, triple-turbocharged engine that allows it to travel up to 115 MPH. Also on the rig is a Colet Powerflow boom with piercing and fog nozzles capable of flowing both foam and water.
NCX fire department operates 1 Chief/Command ("800"), 2 ARFFs (CR801, CR802), 3 structural engines (E803, E803R, ET809), 1 interface engine (E806), 1 mini pumper (AX805), 1 brush (BX804), 1 aerial (TL807), and 1 ALS ambulance (M811). Future plans include a walk in rescue (R808), terminal F/EMS cart (AX810), Major Support Unit [MCI, HM] (R812), and stair truck ("813")
Seeing that we are on a roll with aerial ladders, here's one of the best Lego models of a Bronto Skylift, brought to us by Olivier L!
About the FDLC Bronto Skylift:
Quebec City, Quebec operates this 2016 E-ONE Bronto RLP134 as aerial 704. This is the city's second 134 after aerial 709, placed in service in 2011. The only difference between both units is that 709 runs as a quint unit and 704 as a truck company. On the Lego side, this unit was made possible by the help of David Hensley. Without his telescopic boom concept, I (Olivier) never would have been able to work this truck out. It took me several hours to develop the jib boom to have sturdy yet lightweight enough. However, this thing is still so heavy, the hydraulics are barely strong enough to hold it. I have to rework some small details to make it surdier in general. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the end result and with the return of a Bronto in the FDLC fleet. I remember my first one from almost 10 years ago and this has come a long way. The booms used to be made of bricks and technic beams and alway were enormous. I feel like this one captures the looks of the actual truck more than I ever was capable of doing before. As a builder, I always try and challenge myself to build more realistic units and better overall apparatus. This truck was probably my biggest challenge in a long time, but now that it has been accomplished, I have a stepping stone for more special projects like this one.
About the E-ONE Bronto Skylift:
Bronto Skylift is one of the premier developers for aerial platforms and appliances worldwide. Though the market is considerably smaller in North America, Bronto Skylifts can be found in many departments! Perhaps the major selling point for the Bronto Skylift is its ability to articulate and reach where other ladders cannot go.
Feuerwehr Farnheim is one of the most unique fire departments in the Lego Fire Community, due to the scale as well as the functionality/playability of the rigs. Most recently, they have placed in service this special ladder truck especially made for small streets and backyards where regular turntable ladders cannot fit.
About the Alley cat:
The Alley cat is special ladder truck that is in service at the Copenhagen and Stockholm fire departments. This device is used in some areas which cannot handle the weight of a traditional turntable ladder. This Bob-cat, or alley-cat (as referred to by our friends from Europe), is therefore an excellent alternative. This particular unit is stored on a tilt-deck and unloaded as close to the fire as possible since the maximum speed is roughly 6 miles per hour (~10 kilometers/hour). An interesting feature is that the device can move with the ladder raised to 50 degrees, making it more maneuverable. This motorized aerial device can reach 65 feet (20 meters) in the air.
Today's walk-around features Matt J. and his fantastic Seagrave Lo-Pro! What sets this rig apart from other rigs are the many details including the fully pre-piped waterway, the K-12 box, the company shield design, the tribute to 9/11, the Seagrave logo, and the electrical tape for hose, amongst other details.
About FDLC Truck Co. 57
Liberty County's Truck Co. 57 operates this 2007 Seagrave Lo-Pro. It is equipped with a 100' rear mounted aerial with a pre piped waterway. Truck 57 is housed along with Engine 57 at Station 57 in Arcola, NJ.
For today's walk-around, we have the privilege of having a close-up view of Sven's replica of FDNY's TSU 1. This model contains many of the features the real rig has which includes a 4x4 chassis, a working crane, and the life boat.
About FDNY TSU 1: FDNY operates two Tactical Support Units (TSU). TSU 1 is housed at Special Operations Command while TSU 2 is housed with Engine 160, Rescue 5, and Division 8 on Staten Island. Both rigs are twins and are built on a 4x4 International 7500 chassis with Seagrave bodywork. An Auto Crane on the officer's side of the body helps lift the six-person Avon boat and heavy equipment from the top of the body. The apparatus also carries generators, special chainsaws for underwater use, powerful electric generators, portable pontoon boats, a telescoping light tower, and night-vision goggles.
We're back baby! During our short three-month hiatus, plenty of awesome MOCs were posted across the various social media platforms, and we are trying our best to gather some of the best rigs and give them the recognition they deserve! If you know of some rigs that should be featured on this page, hit us up on the comments below, or the contact form!
To kick things off, we have a pair of Ocean Brick's blue rigs. Even though each rig serves a different community, they pretty much have the same color scheme. While one is a newer piece, the other is a true classic. Blue fire trucks are definitely a unique commodity in the LFC! Well done!
Here at the LFC Blog, we do our best to present MOCs (My Own Creations) that are unique and are not your typical fire truck. Some of you might know that I am fairly intrigued by articulating platforms. Josh A's E-ONE Quest/Bronto certainly fits the bill!
About Mesa Beach Fire Department: Mesa Beach Fire Department is a beachside community just outside of Brick Borough. At the time of the photoshoot, Mesa Beach had just acquired the E-ONE/Bronto from Brick Borough, hence the decals from Brick Borough.
About Mesa Beach Truck 1: Truck 1 is a 2018 E-One Quest equipped with a 114' Bronto Skylift, 2000 gpm pump, 270 gal water, and 30 gal foam tank. The articulating aerial device is extremely useful for technical rescues or getting into hard to reach areas that the beach has to offer. Boom credits to DH, and cab credits to Paulo R.
Continuing with the trend of posting awesome tillers, this is one of the first E-ONE tillers with an accurate tiller man's cab that I have seen! Congrats to Stud Ridge Fire Rescue for building a great rig!
About Studington Fire and Rescue Station 6: Located in the Northeast part of Studington, SFR Station 6 - Riverview is a densely populated area located adjacent to the Brick River, and bordering the city of Stud Ridge. This area, covered by Station 6, has both residential and commercial buildings, mostly five stories or more. Some buildings are heritage, while others are brand new. Riverview has several schools in it, including Riverview Secondary and Studington Christian School. In addition, the Studington Spartans’ Stadium (the Triple S) is also in the district. Due to the dense population, Station 6 is one of the busiest fire houses in Studington, with 35+ calls a day.
About SFR Truck 6: Truck 6 is a 2018 E-One Cyclone II Tiller. It carries standard truck equipment, and since it is a SOC Support Truck company, it carries some hazmat, technical and water rescue, and other types of specialty gear. (A small support truck is on order to carry the more specialized items). Truck 6’s first due includes the eastern part of Downtown Stud Ridge, or Riverview. This area is predominantly hi rise buildings and borders a large river. The tiller enables a small turning radius for the highly urban district. The aerial rotates 360 degrees and can be deployed at a negative angle. Cab credits to Ed Vulcano, and some help with the turntables from Paulo R and Michael P.