The LFC Blog Walk-around
Here we showcase some of the LFC's most recent built Lego fire related MOCs!
Our very own Jeff B has done it again! Not only does this rig have a unique color scheme, but this also has an amazing decals package. From the chevrons on the bumper, to the customized grille, Jeff has outdone himself once again.
About Quartz Twp FD Engine 3221
Engine 3221 is a 2002 Pierce Dash equipped with a 2000 gem pump, 900 gal of water, 30 gal of Class A foam, and 20 gal of Class B foam.
Today's walk-around features CC with one of his latest engines for Brickville!
About Brickville Fire Department Paramedic Engine 8:
Engine 608 is a 2018 Spartan Gladiator/SVI Industrial Foam Engine with a 500 gallon water tank and 750 gallon foam tank, capable of putting out up to 750 gallons of foam a minute. Formerly Engine 601, Engine 608 now serves the Ranchland Hills subdivision and is special called to any incident in the city requiring large amounts of foam.
In today's walk-around, we are privileged to have Gerrit U. share his beautiful large-scale model of a Magirus Rescue Pumper!
About the Magirus Rescue Pumper Model:
The fire department of Ulm (Germany, Population of ~125,000) consists of 15 individual, mostly voluntary, departments and more than 50 vehicles. Most of the fire trucks and all of the turnable ladders are manufactured by the company Magirus, which is based in Ulm. The Lego-truck itself has no real engine it is modeled after, but the light-yellow stickers are the current design of the FD Ulm and the Magirus “Team Cab” front- and “Alu Fire” rear-superstructure of the vehicle are currently procured in new engines. As a Lego model, the basic idea was to build an engine with detailed exterior but also an interior as detailed as possible with Lego-bricks, while maintaining some technical functions. The model has a working suspension (independent suspension on the front, suspended ridig axle with differential on the back, 10 yellow shock absorbers because of the weight of 1,5kg – 3,3lbs), functional steering and driving (2x4 rear-wheel-drive) by a buwizz and an L-motor. The Engine is based on an IVECO Eurocargo 150 320 4x4, converted by Magirus, has an “Team Cab” cabin for a group of 9 firefighters in total (2 breathing aparatus inside the cabin) and an Alu-Fire-3 superstructure with 7 individual compartments and one compartment on the roof. The pump is, typical for German designs, rear mounted with an internal watertank (used to store the buwizz for driving the lego model). The equipment stored inside the compartments is an approximation of what a rescue pumper would carry: water hoses (rolled, in “hose carrying baskets” and quick intervention equipment), nozzles, manifolds, foaming agents, 2 portable ladders, fan for ventilation, 2 additional breathing apparatus, suction hoses, fire extinguishers, fire hydrant (with wrench), broom, shovel, pike pole, chainsaw, chocks, power generator, spotlight with tripod, hydraulic resque tools (shear, spreader, cylinder), supporting materials, breaking tools. (Different equipment like spineboard, binding agent, hose bridges, hose reel on the back are planned to be added).
This week's walk-around comes from one of my favorite builders! Sven's HME Model 34 is amazingly accurate to the real life rig, featuring details such as the reflective striping, chevrons, hoses, and even the license plate! This replica was built to commemorate the firefighters who risk their own lives to fight wildfires, those who died in the line of duty, and civilians who lost their lives as a result of the devastating wildfires. Job well done on this cute little rig!
About the HME Model 34:
The HME Model 34 is a 4x4 wildland firefighting apparatus that resulted from working with CAL FIRE. Despite its size, the HME Model 34 can access areas where other trucks cannot fit, yet carry all the necessary tools and equipment to combat wildland fires. The HME Hydra Technology™ delivers fire suppression with 500-GPM performance and a 500-gallon tank.
Continuing the trend of outstanding builds, my buddy Jeff B. has recently completed this beautiful tower ladder. What makes this apparatus really unique is the blue ladder, a bold color choice compared to the regular white, gray, or even black aerials commonly seen today.
About Sherman Terrace Tower 5:
Sherman Terrace Fire Dept Tower 5 is a 2016 Pierce Velocity PUC 100’ RM Tower Ladder equipped with a 1500gpm pump, 500 gal of water, 30 gal of Class A foam, and 30 gal of Class B foam.
About Sherman Terrace:
Sherman Terrace is a booming community with a population of 26,457 in 6.5 square miles. Sherman Terrace Fire Department staffs 6 apparatus with 28 full time members. Other apparatus include (1) 2000 Ferrara Inferno Custom Pumper, (1) 2016 Pierce Velocity PUC Tower Ladder, (1) 2019 Medix MSV-II 170 Type I Ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis, and (2) Identical 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Chief vehicles.
It's been a while, but the LFC Blog is still going strong! For the first walk-around of the decade, we have Greyhawk Fire Rescue Engine 122, built by my good friend Christian Collins!
About Engine 122:
Greyhawk Engine 122 is a 2017 Pierce Velocity PUC 1500/750/20a, inspired by Grapevine Fire Department, TX. Engine 122 is staffed by 3 Firefighter/Paramedics and is housed with Medic 122 on the North side of town bordering Brickville. Engine 122 regularly runs with Brickville Station 1 on their first alarm assignment.
Greyhawk is a bedroom community for the wealthy bordering the south side of Brickville with a population of approximately 50,230. The fire department operates out of 3 stations, with 3 Engine companies, 1 Truck, 2 ambulances, and 1 Battalion Chief.
In today's edition of the LFC walk-around, we have this incredible replica of a Ford C Series fire truck! Built by William Henderson, who specializes in large scale builds, this roughly 1:15 scale Ford C Series fire truck is modeled after the Ford C Series and various photographs from several decades to create a familiar yet generational truck. The chassis and steering are LEGO Technic based while the highly detailed cab and body are more closely related to Model Team and Creator styles. This creation is packed with details including functioning steering, detailed engine, rear suspension with dual wheels, chrome wheels and mud flaps. Detailing continues with appropriate lighting, rear view mirrors, seating dashboard, hose, ladder and a wide variety of emergency equipment in all of the opening compartments. Equipment includes air bottles, wheel chocks, various hooks and tackle, saws, and lights. The pump panels feature hose connections, gauges and dials. Unique details include the windshield wipers on the front, bumper mounted siren, and tiltable cab. To learn more about the Ford C Series, click this link!
Special thanks to William Henderson for providing the information!
For today's walk-around, we present to you this model of a classic 1980s Chevrolet Suburban FDNY Battalion Chief built by Thomas Van den Hoof. Some really cool features of this model include the all-terrain tires, the searchlight on the roof, and the functional warning light bar! View this model and so much more modern and classic FDNY rigs here!
Today's featured build is Revelbrick's Fire Hall No. 1! While the primary focus of this section has been apparatus, we certainly don't want to forget about architectural achievements! This modern station houses two apparatus. Special thanks to Revelbrick for allowing us to feature his station!
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.