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Speedbuild 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

Ok, I finally got my ass up and going and compiled a speedbuild video. The Mercedes-Benz Arocs is a fantastic example for a proper  first try.

I can say, the build was very enjoyable. Lots of interesting techniques and a lot of firsts for LEGO Technic, like a truck with suspension. Apart from that, the Arocs is not only the biggest set ever in terms of parts, but also it has the most wheels as well as new and updated (!) pneumatic pieces, mainly longer cylinders and better inlet ports.

Buildtime: ~6 hours

I hope you like it. If you have suggestions or feedback for me,  please use the comments section here or below the video.

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Progress on the Prado

I did some progress on the Toyota Prado by rm8. I did already post some pictures on Facebook showing the first representation of the rear axle made in LDD and the first gearbox version I had built with real bricks. Since I am somewhat on vacation currently, I had some time to take care of the rear axle. I wasn’t yet satisfied by the original design and even rm8 advised me to build it with the newer axle hubs. And so I did. I had already tried to use the hubs that were introduced with 42000, but this still seemed kind of flimsy and unstable, though only digital. So I decided to use the portal hubs from the 8110 – Unimog.

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Woohoo – 100 Facebook Page Likes

Congratulations to me, congratulations to me *sing*

Okay enough of this. This came somewhat unexpected. But I reached this big milestone. 100(!) people and pages liked my Facebook page. This is awesome. Thank you all very much for reading, commenting and liking.

To celebrate this a little, I pulled out the big camera and tried to make some good photographs. After that, I really did some editing *yay*

So here it is:

42029 Big and Mini

What we have here is of course the 42029 Customized Pickup Truck and it’s slightly smaller version made by Artemy Zotov. The smaller version was a really cool build with only the LDD file as source material. Also I did some minor modifications, but nothing really outstanding. Both models look really cool next to each other and I hope you like it as much as I do.

Again, thank you all for your support. Next milestone: 1000 page likes 😉

Set reviews for 1H15 Technic sets

Sariel, as one of the masters of Technic reviews, has gotten all the sets from the first Technic wave of 2015 for review by TLG. As he promised, he has finished all the reviews for the new sets by today. You can watch them on YouTube, of course.

The playlist also contains older reviews. So if you missed them, you can watch them there.

“Incredible LEGO Technic” incoming …

At first I thought I would have to wait until Dec 6th so I can hold Sariel’s new book in my hands. It would have been a great date, since here in Germany it is Nikolaustag. But, the earlier the better. I am eager to finally get it, just because other people already have their copy and some reviews are already available.

And today I got this:

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Tuesday, that is cool with me!

What am I building?

I was a little busy yesterday and today. And will be probably tomorrow as well. I am currently building a digital model of a certain Technic car. Actually, it is not my own MOC. It is by someone else and I am dreading for a long time now to build something similar. I was hoping for a digital model or even instructions from its creator, but until today nothing has happened.

The person who originally created this model is not staff from TLG, but he achieved to be somewhat famous among the Technic fans. I think the car is pretty cool and huge and has some great functions. A real supercar. That is why it is so interesting to me. I build the digital model to find out if I can build it with my collection or if I need some substantial parts orders. As source material I have the “release” pictures of the model (which contain some pretty good and stylish photography) and some WiP pictures. The big problem is, that I need to build the chassis mainly from the WiP pics, but the finished model is a little different at a lot of areas. Also, I am doing some “color polishing” to improve some sections myself directly. So the big question remains: What am I building?

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A hint: This is the rear axle.

Who can guess from who and which model this is?

Proper Box Arts for Technic Sets 1H15

New pictures of the box designs for the Technic sets for 1H15 have surfaced.

Most of the sets still resemble the preliminary images. Only 42039 has undergone major differences. That is quite disappointing, since the promo video for 42030 showed a poster of 42039 in the same design as the preliminary image showed. Personally, I liked the preliminary version better. And the new mudgard pieces don’t look as useful now.

Well, here is the video where all pictures are shown:

Also, Paul from Australia posted the available pictures on his Blog: Click

Funny fact: A first picture of 42041 has occured as well. That means, that the famous 8041 Racing Truck will hit the shelves once again. This is rather nice, but I am not sure if this set still has the appeal to reach big sales. Apart from the black 5×11 panels, this set was not very outstanding in terms of parts.

When the thumbs hurt like hell

When your thumbs hurt like hell, then you probably have done something big. At least I did. In preparation for building the awesome Phantasm TwinTurbo supercar made by Crowkillers, I first had to disassemble Sheepo’s GT500. That was a sad moment, because this was such a cool car. No, it wasn’t just a cool car. It had a great design, it was really big, lots of parts, had very cool functions and very interesting techniques. But, I need the parts. So I disassembled it.

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This is the result of approximately 4 hours of disassembly spread over 2 evenings. ~3600 parts. Ok, something around 1100 pieces are pins, but I guess you understand now, why my thumbs hurt so much. Disassembly was really painful at times, because this car was so well-built and sturdy. And today (probably not 😉 ) I will start sorting all that. Usually I do some pre-sorting while disassembling a set or MOC, but all my boxes are filled, so I’ll do it the oldfashioned way.

The good news is, I finally have received my last Bricklink order last Saturday. That means, after sorting, I can start pre-sorting the parts for the Phantasm. And what you see here, are the complimentary parts for both versions.

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I’ll probably build it in a week, as there is something else I want to complete first. There is a very special contest currently running and I want to participate. And the deadline is already approaching. But you’ll get some information soon enough 😉

1H2015 set images leaked

Update: The link to the images became invalid already. Well, at least we had a glance at the new sets. Whoever missed this will have to wait.

Monday morning … a new week has started and motivation still needs to kick in. When checking the Eurobricks Technic forum for new replies I realized there has been some action in the “Technic 2015 Discussion and Speculation” thread. And finally, a link to the leaked pictures for the Technic sets for the first half of 2015 has been posted. In fact, all currently available leaked pictures for all available product lines have been publicized. Some lines are still missing and these are just preliminary pictures, so changes will most likely happen to the sets. I won’t post the pictures directly here, but here is the link:

Leaked pictures for 1H2015

When looking at all these box images, the first half of 2015 seems to become a great time for everyone. There are some really nicely designed sets with a lot of cool new pieces along all ranges. Also TLG tries to convince more girls of Lego with a lot of new Friends sets and a new line called “Elves”. Perhaps I’ll get my nieces to ditch their Playmobil with that. And there is good news for fans of “classic” product lines. Pirates AND Bionicle are both back again.

Here are some thoughts on the new Technic sets:

42031 – Platform Truck

This is the smallest set of the wave. To me it has no real appeal. It could work as a gift or I’ll get it for myself because of boredom. Something for a spontaneous takeaway. It seems that this set has no new parts.

42032 – Compact Tracked Loader

This set seems quite interesting. It is rather small, but seems like a good parts pack. It has a lot of the smaller wide track links and the small wide bucket (which I don’t yet have). I don’t see any particular new pieces, but I like the design of this set a lot.

42033 – Action Rocket Car

This is a pullback racer. I don’t like these in general. But this one seems to have some of the dark blue panels that appeared in 41999 Crawler.  At least it looks like these panels. Also it could have 2 2×4 panels in dark blue. But that is just a guess from the picture. This is one of the sets I would just get for parts, not for looks.

42034 – Action Quad

Again a pullback racer. We always seem to get two of those. Nothing very special here, though it looks quite ok.

42035 – Dump Truck

This is one of those high load yellow dump trucks that you can find in the mining industry. Though, the scale is rather small. It is even smaller than the dump truck that has been released in City scale. It has those newer wheels from last year and also seems to feature new panels for the dump bed. The panels seem to be 5×11 in size, but one side is 5 studs long and on the other side it is 3 studs long, thus having a slope. This is the only set where this panel seems to occur, at least in the Technic line.

42036 – Street Bike

I have no motorcycles yet. So, this might find its way into my possesion. The color scheme is somewhat strange with blue and red. Also, the construction itself is not so nifty as other motorcycles have shown in the past. This seems to be one of two sets this wave that comes with flex axles, but it is “only” 2x 11L or 12L red flex axles. I also would have wished that this bike has a wider rear tire. From the picture, both tires look the same.

42037 – Formula Offroader

This set has some color problems. Obviously, racecars don’t care about color vomit. Sometimes, that is good. Other times it is bad. Here, I don’t like it that much. It has some light blue and lime green panels. The most of the rest seems to be black and dark bluish grey. I think the 3×11 long panels are new in light blue. The set seems to bring back the newer double wishbone suspension pieces (which seem to have gotten quite rare) and uses the newer wheel hubs introduced with 42000. Else, it has nothing else that is obviously new.

42038 – Tracked Arctic Vehicle

This seems to be the clear winner of the wave. It has a lot of orange parts and panels (even a 3×11 panel in orange), which is quite nice. Also it looks really good in my opinion and goes well with the arctic sets from the City line. It has four tracks which seem to be connected through the balljoints from the Unimog, which is a nice application and provides a nice suspension. Also, just the lot of track pieces is really nice. The model itself also features a crane, which gets its movement through 2 Mini-LAs. Unfortunately, the tracks don’t seem to power anything. There are no diffs and the likes. But, this set goes on my wanted list anyway. I am curious already, if someone will try to motorize it.

42039 – Long Distance Racecar

This is the biggest set from the first wave. From the picture it looks quite nice and has a nice color scheme with green, grey and white. I cannot really decide if this is dark bluish grey or light bluish grey. Could als be some kind of medium grey. We’ll definately need better pictures to know that. This set has some new fender panels, which seem to be different in the front and back. Also you’ll get some other pieces in new colors, like the slopes used in trans-clear for the headlights. We’ll get steering and there is a gear on the side which does trigger some unknow function. I assume it is for lifting the hood to inspect the motor. What you can clearly see is, that the car is pretty low on the ground. This could be a indication, that it doesn’t have suspension, but we’ll see that later. It could also be that the suspension is built horizontally like in 42000. I am not yet sold for this one. It is at least a good parts pack and provides a plethora of panels.

So, these were my thoughts on the new Technic Sets. What do you guys think? Please leave a comment below if you want to share your opinion.

TechnicBRICKs: Are these the 1H 2015 LEGO Technic sets?

Over at TechnicBRICKs a list of new set numbers and names has occured. These sets seem rather interesting at first. Please note, that this is no official list and should be regarded as a rumor.

Here is the list:

  • 42031 – Platform
  • 42032 – Compact Track Loader
  • 42033 – Action Rocket Car
  • 42034 – Action Quad
  • 42035 – Dump Truck
  • 42036 – Street Motorcycle
  • 42037 – Formula Off-Roader
  • 42038 – Arctic Tracked Vehicle
  • 42039 – Long Distance Race Car

But we shouldn’t get our hopes too high. The set names sound interesting so far, but as far as I remember the new sets with lower numbers are the smaller sets and the higher numbers are bigger sets. That means, that the Track Loader, Platform and Dump Truck are probably rather small sets, the action cars probably pullback racers. The arctic tracked vehicle being a medium set like 42028 and the long distance race car probably being in the scale of 42000 or 8070. But these are just my thoughts, that stem from my subjective experience with last years releases.

But, the motorcycle seems interesting enough to get, as I had previously skipped motorcycles and really regret it.

So, it’s cool to already have some set numbers and names, but pictures might be way more interesting.

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TechnicBRICKs: Are these the 1H 2015 LEGO Technic sets?

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