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Basicially, three days ago, the model winning by a margin of 35% was 'Crazy1993' - The Police Enforcer. Then a Russian lego website posted there number one news item as 'Vote for local Russian boy rm88'.
Now the RM88 model is ahead by 500 votes, and almost certainly is going to win the competition
This is NOT the in the spirit of lego.
Please show your support for fair play, and vote for who you genuinly want to win
Also - A russian political chat site calles YAP is running chatrooms promoting the russian entry
This isn't the fault of rm88, but it still is very unfairly penalising all of the other entries
I voted for the Hummer mainly because I always liked Hummers, while the Russian forum users in the Russian site seem to keep pointing out the part count or weight of the hummer as a reason not to vote for it they should realise TLG won't release a set that won't work or sell so naturally the Technic designers in TLG would tweek any entry to make it viable, hell I might even purchase it if they make it slightly better looking.
I could not exactly replicate the Hummer design due to copyright reasons. The design I eventually came up with after weeks of hard work is shown below:
The body includes a manually operated winch which could easily be motorized, opening doors and tailgate, and the battery is changed in exactly the same way as the original body design. There is also a rear roof section which can be removed to give the choice between full bodied or pickup style forms.
Because the Hummer has such a bulky design, I had to be careful to build lots of the body around the wheels to reduce the height and not just stick the body right on top of the 9398 chassis. Even though this is a virtual model, it is obvious that this will greatly optimize stability, not just by lowering the height, but by having much of the weight (around the doors) far lower than in other designs.
I would also like to point out that the main purpose of this model is not to be able to crawl over very steep obstacles, but rather present a great building challenge and an imposing appearence while still being able to drive over everyday mildly rough terrain.
Just days before the top 10 finalists were announced, I decided that this design would look brilliant in a police theme as there are many good examples of Hummers that have been adapted into police themed vehicles:
The final result of my work was this, the Highway Enforcer:
This design has exactly the same functions as the original but has a totally overhauled colour scheme and new accessories such as the police lighting and rear radio antennas. The new version was so successful that it was picked for the top 10 finalists over the original entry.
Below are some images showing the LDD model in more detail:
The first image shows the ground clearance and height of the body as well as showing the space above the wheels left for suspension travel.
The second image shows the space under the beam structure used to maintain rigidity when hinging the bodywork to change the battery. It is also possible to make out some of the gearing for the winch.
The third image shows some of the interior. There are only 3 seats because I could not fit 4 in due to the hinge mechanism positioning for the battery changing. I think that actually only 2 are needed as this would reduce weight and parts.
The fourth image shows the door lock and hinge. The hinge actually contains 2 smaller hinges so that the door does not get stuck on the frame while opening and closing. The lock consists of the grey rotating part on the end of the door which slots in behind the door pillar when the handle is turned.
The reason that this had to be a digital design is because I don't have anywhere near the number of parts to needed to build anything like a 4 x4 crawler real life. I played with LEGO all the time when I was a child but now I am at University and this is the only chance to do something amazing with LEGO that I have had since then.
EVERY VOTE COUNTS so please take a moment of your time and follow the link to vote:
VOTE HIGHWAY ENFORCER
You can only vote until the 22nd of January inclusive and you will need to create a LEGO ID account if you do not already have one so hurry and make your voice heard!
Thank you for your attention!
This entry was in first place until rm88's design drastically pulled ahead because of good advertising within the Russian LEGO community, but I do not believe hope is lost especially with such an active community!