I asked to receive this one because I had the pleasure of meeting Boone, one of the Beyond The Brick team, at last year's Fan Media Days in Billund and he's a top guy :-)
I have to admit not really knowing much about antique fire engines, particularly American ones, but the model looked so huge and impressive that I was keen to take a look for myself.
It's often hard to tell how large models are without some reference so this picture with a minifigure standing next to it should help. It's about 50cm long and 15cm wide: in other words it's huge!
As you'd expect a fire engine to be, it's primarily red but with lashings of gold detailing all over it.
A ladder and water pipes are attached to the sides. I presume that more equipment and firefighters would have been bundled into the back of the vehicle: there's certainly plenty of space for them.
The vehicle's large scale has enabled Boone to add a lot of detail. I've no idea what, for example, the gold cylinder under the seats with genie lamps on the end is, but it looks great!
Driver controls are simple, I guess they would have been on an early vehicle such as this.
The bonnet can be raised to view the engine underneath.
It's a spectacular model and its impressive size has to be seen to be appreciated. The subject matter is a bit specialised but if old vehicles or fire engines are your thing you'll find a lot to like with this model.
Thanks to my daughter Alice and her boyfriend Archi for building it. I normally build all the sets I review myself but in this instance I wanted to get it done before May the Fourth weekend and I didn't have a lot of time, what with the LEGO Story one as well, so I asked them to give it a go. I thought they'd get bored after the first couple of bags but Archi really got into it and wanted to finish it before he returned home.
In fact, it was a good test of the instructions: if non-AFOLs can follow them then they must have been produced to a good standard. There was one part at the end that was not entirely clear and caused us to believe there were parts missing but I've fed that back to the ADP team who have said they will look at what can be done to improve it before they go to print. It probably wouldn't have been an issue if I had built it: the parts in question were used to strengthen and support the model at an earlier stage of construction and needed to be removed and used later on.
The 1277 part set is priced at $149.99 and can be ordered from BrickLink until the end of June.
Thanks to BrickLink for sending the set for review. All opinions expressed are my own.