I decided when I got into middle school that I was too old to play with toy cars. That started the only brief period of my life where I wasn’t collecting diecasts, because I got back into it before I even got my driver’s license. Anyways, needing some sort of creative and playful outlet, I dove headlong into Lego. I certainly had Lego sets before then, but I lacked the will and focus to actually build the set. Once Lego became my thing, I would always start by building the set according to the directions. Then I’d play with it for a week or two. After that I’d either modify it, or tear it apart completely and build my own stuff.
What I would build were: cars, trucks, trailers, construction equipment, garages, and workshops. Occasionally I’d build a small place to live in the garage, because priorities. I never took to building houses, and I didn’t care at all about the Lego people (I never was interested in action figures as a kid either).
I kept that going regularly through high school, and then sporadically throughout college and grad school when I was home from school. Nothing was ever sacred, if I had an idea to modify something, I did it. If I wanted to build something and needed parts, I took apart something else I deemed to be surplus. While some me of these models do date back to middle school, none of them exist in their same form, they have all been changed, and some radically.
Right at the same time I finished grad school, my parents sold the family home. So, into three big plastic bins they went. That was nearly twelve years and many moves ago. I finally started opening them up this weekend. It’s good to see my old friends again :)
So here’s the bulk of it. Some I’m proud of, and some ... not so much.
This started life as a set that included this truck that reminded me of a Defender, plus a race car and a tilt-back trailer. The “Defender” slowly got modified into the monster with working suspension you see here, and the race car and trailer became parts donors. This is one set that I’d love to find an original version of ... if I could remember what the set was actually called or numbered.
The pulling tractor is a set, but I decided it needed a sled to pull, so I made one.
This truck spent many years as a flat bed truck. Making it into a carrier for these race cars was the last thing I remember doing before the Lego got packed away. I wasn’t thrilled with the results then, and I like them even less now. This will go back to being a flatbed truck I think, or possibly a tow truck.
This last one is an unmodified Model Team set that I love ... actually I may have added the trucker’s knob on the steering wheel, but other that that it’s stock. I got it from my grandmother during that side of the family’s huge Christmas Eve gathering when I was 12 or 13. I immediately disappeared to a table in a corner of my uncle’s house and spent the rest of the night putting it together. Grandma was very impressed when I left with it fully assembled. There’s a couple pieces missing that I’m going to fix, but this is the one that I will never ever change.
There we have the bulk of my Lego vehicle collection. I have a bunch of construction vehicles, and a bunch of tools I haven’t taken pics of yet. Those will come. I want to go through and clean up the colors used on some of them, and some of them I’ll probably give to my girls. I think then I’ll have to build some garages and workshops for them :)