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K’NEX monster challenge for RBLI team

Published on: 10th February 2012

In a monster challenge, a team of people with disabilities and health conditions from Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) have assembled a life-size Monster Truck entirely out of K’NEX parts.

RBLI, a not-for-profit charity and social enterprise based in Kent, teamed up with American based touring property, Monster Jam and American construction toy company K’NEX to build the ambitious structure. The life-size model was built by RBLI to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the world famous Grave Digger monster truck and 20th Anniversary of K’NEX.

The proud RBLI team and the K'NEX Grave Digger

Monster Jam fans were astonished to see the impressive structure – as it ‘came alive’ after being fitted with custom tyres – during a Monster Jam pre show party at the Alamodome Stadium in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 14th, 2012.

Within their 15-year partnership RBLI and K’NEX have built a variety of models but none that challenge the scale of the Grave Digger monster truck. The truck required months of planning and took the RBLI assembly team 1,000 hours to connect close to a quarter million K’NEX pieces.

RBLI provide support and employment to those with disabilities or health conditions, particularly those from the Armed forces. The successes made from commercial activities such as the Monster Jam Grave Digger 30th Anniversary K’NEX monster truck are re-invested into RBLI’s charitable programs such as LifeWorks. LifeWorks is an innovative guidance course designed for the Armed Forces Community, to build on their existing skills beyond the Armed Forces.

Painstaking work on the monster truck

David Church, Head of Assembly at RBLI says, ‘It’s been such an exciting project for us. The team here have really come together and shown that despite the challenges faced by their disabilities, no project is too big!’

The Truck will spend the remainder of the year touring North America, accompanied by a specially trained team, able to make any necessary repairs that the Monster Truck may require as it tours from city to city. When the tour completes, this one-of-a-kind monster truck will reside at Digger’s Dungeon in North Carolina, a museum dedicated to the history of Grave Digger, where it will it remain as a symbol of RBLI’s assembly skill and monster truck engineering for fans to admire for many years.

The project has been documented from its construction in Kent, England, to its final reveal in Texas, America. To watch videos of the monster truck being built, log onto http://www.rbli.co.uk or follow RBLI on Facebook  and Twitter @RBLI

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