As usual, we're pairing these pictures with a video on YouTube. The video will better show you the mechanics of actually building the truck, whereas here we will discuss the design of it and-- if you will-- the "history" of classic town style pickups. Firstly, here's the video:
I realize the "parts shot" goes by very quickly in the video, so here's a better look at all the parts (with apologies for the bad background color choice!):Police Station set in 1979 (as discussed earlier), the designers didn't have a pickup truck--truly-- until the 1988 Metro Park & Service Tower set#6394. It took them 9 years! We don't have that actual set, but we do have several that we've made based on that design.
This one is closest to the Lego design, but we've added a big grill to it and simplified the color scheme. As with all our trucks, the bed is also lined with tiles to give it a more finished look. The other version of this truck has a cleaner nose and a "high boy" type roof. Eventually, that one (which is black with a yellow chassis) will have its cargo bed converted to an enclosed box to match the roof height... once we acquire the parts. The truck doesn't use a car chassis plate but it does have the same overall dimensions as a standard car. While that size is useful, it doesn't quite have the visual mass or height (over the similarly sized car) that a real full-size pickup would have.Sail N'Fly Marina set#6543, which we've recently added to our collection. We'll do a write up and video tour of it soon-- but for now I want you to concentrate on the truck parked on the dock.
Another design variation we are considering is putting round headlights on one of the trucks. I think the Octan truck would look really good with clear round headlights. I just have to convince Tyler!
Well, it's time to get back to work!