Storm Chasers TIV 2
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This is a Lego version of the Storm Chasers car, the Tornado Interception Vehicle 2 (also known as the TIV 2). This model took me about two months to complete, including everything such as ordering parts and designing stickers.
The functions of the Lego model include:
- Side skirts pull up when you turn the gear (the rotation of the lift-arm creates enough friction on the Technic axle to keep the side skirts from falling down (pic 17). This worked quite effectively, and I'm pleased.
- The front skirt can be pushed up without it coming back down. I had to make it ride up on the track, without coming off the track, all in the space of 3x4 studs (along with the dashboard for the mini-figures (Pic 12),it is a tight fit).
- The back skirt can be lowered to the ground (pic 21).
- The front section of the roof can be pulled off to access the mini-figures, and you can also see the lift-arms this way (also pic 17 ).
- Sorry, the dome does not rotate; maybe Lego could design a piece that would allow this. This was probably the hardest part of the whole thing, I mean how many clear domes of that size are available from Lego? There is only one, according to LDD. Lego would just need to produce a sticker to outline the windows, but that's not a huge problem (pic 20).
A video you need to watch:
Take a look at pic 1 and check out some fun facts about the real thing:
- Designed by Sean Casey
- Built off a Dodge Ram 3500
- Has a modified 6.7 liter Cummins diesel engine
- Top speed is 100 mph
- Weighs 14,000 lbs.
- Was completed in 2008 by forty welding college students
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I really think that this set would be a lot of fun for kids and teenagers, simply because it's based off a very functional and detailed car, and the daring chasers would offer lots of playability. I'd like the box to look like the Tornado Alley cover (pic 2), with the TIV 2 heading towards two or three tornadoes. And if you could put some of the facts about the real car in the instruction booklet, like I did here, that would be neat.
Thanks for considering,