One of the models that made me come back to Lego, and more especially to Lego Technics (Star Wars Legos were yet very present in the home :p) was this wonderfully well designed Pick Up Truck.
It’s clearly not the biggest model of its time, only 1063 parts, nor the one with the more rare items that you’ll be seeking around if you like to create custom models. Its functionalities are very common, a tipping bed and a winch, not even a Power Function motor, but… it has a look ! 4 huge wheels, a big hood with apparent motor exhausts, a front grill guard, openable doors and a feel of power which comes from its massive cabin and motor !
I definitely liked it in video when i was exploring Youtube, the box charmed me and building, as it was one of my first models, was a great pleasure ! For sure, that model is not, and can’t be a flagship, it’s to small, lacks originality, but it remains a very good one. I built it, disassembled it later, and finally built it again. My 7 years old kid likes it too, what’s better as proof ?!
Speaking of inventory, if you like the dark bluish grey and red parts, you’ll be fine. 4 hard shock absorbers, 1 small actuator, 22 red panels of all kinds, lots of 13 holes beams, 4 Wheel Hubs and 12 of those rare Perpendicular Pin Connectors are the noticeable pieces, the rest of them are those you’ll find everywhere.
In terms of playability, the winch works well, but it’s so… slow… even if you motorize it. The tipping bed has a nice mechanism but is moved by a small actuator, dont expect to raise heavy loads. The steering works well, but is fragile, if you hit hard something with the front wheels turned, the one which is turned inside will push its link very strong and the link will make its towball jump out of his housing.
As you can see if you read that page till here, this model is not the best one technically speaking, few functions, few interesting parts, not a challenging building but it’s still a very interesting one because it’s beautiful and will entertain you, your kid, the neighbours, or whoever will watch it ! It’s nice, it’s colored, it seems powerful and well designed !
As usual, a Youtube video, I choosed Sariel again, he is the master anyway, the choice was not hard 🙂
To complete that page, note that the B-Model, a Forest Skidder is just… good to be forgotten 🙂