So, it actually was missing a piece, and a big one at that. There was supposed to be a red 8x6 baseplate that made up the bottom middle of the truck. Instead there was an 8x4, which I combined with an 8x2 and bridged below it with a 12x2 to regain the lost strength. It looks fine, and it worked, but tomorrow I’ll go back to the store and see if I can get the proper 8x6 to build it the way it’s supposed to be.
The set is every bit as great as I remember. Actually maybe a bit better, as I don’t really remember the pit equipment. I mean, I know I had it, because I still have some of the distinct pieces that were part of it, but I must have pulled that stuff apart to use on other builds pretty quickly.
Here it is with my original, now very heavily modified, truck.
I cannot properly communicate how excited I am to find this set! It was my favorite set from back in the day. I still have the Defenderish truck, but it’s been HEAVILY modified over the years. I still love the modified version, but I’ve been dying to get another one to have unmodified.
Well, today my wife spotted a used Lego store while we were driving around. THEY HAD IT!!!!
It’s “Certified used,” with all pieces and instructions. As soon as my kids go to bed, it’s on!