Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Build THE Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future!


One day during the early 1920’s Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler sat down in Germany and agreed to merge their two car companies into one and start producing Mercedes-Benz cars. They had each made their own versions of the world’s first petrol-driven cars back in 1886. Within years, Gottlieb Daimler sold his first truck – almost 120 years ago!

Some of the first Mercedes-Benz branded diesel powered trucks were built in Stuttgart in 1923. Today, in 2015, half of all trucks on the German roads are Mercedes-Benz trucks.

Just imagine how Karl and Gottlieb would react if they were time-warped from 1925 to 2015 to witness just how big, fast and capable the Mercedes-Benz trucks have become 90 years later! What would they say if they could see what their vision has led to?

Your vision…

Think the new LEGO® Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 is the coolest Technic set ever made? (Yeah, we like it, too!) And have you thought about what the perfect truck would look like if you could design your own?

Hold that thought, and now, imagine yourself traveling 30 years into the future, to 2045. You’re taking a brand new Mercedes-Benz Truck out for a spin. It’s the truck of your dreams! What does it look like? How does it move, and what will it haul? What will be required of a truck in the year 2045? What will it be fueled by – diesel, electricity, recycled waste, or something completely different?

Be a visionary, and build the ultimate Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future with LEGO Technic!

Ready, research, design!

How to join


Look back 30 years: how have truck designs evolved since 1985? And looking ahead, can you spot the latest trends in truck design, alternative fuels, transportation needs, infrastructure changes, and combine it all into the perfect future truck?

To join the competition, research, design, and build your model, take a great picture and upload it, and if you feel like recording a video of your design process, feel free to send that to us, too.

Rev up your engines, and join the competition on here on ReBrick! You will find all the fun details and small print there - we can’t wait to see your designs! Enter now until October 5th, 2015!

Win!

One talented design winner will take home an exclusive first prize: LEGO Technic models worth 1,000 EUR, a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 box, and a specialized Winner certificate.

Nine runners-up will each be awarded a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 box, and a specialized Winner certificate.

Before you get started, make sure to read the official rules here.

Watch a video about the competition below:

Happy building, and good luck from the LEGO Technic Team!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LEGO Technic 42042, Crawler Crane - Live Build Event (Streaming Now)

We are now broadcasting the LEGO Technic 42042 (Crawler Crane) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 2H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...

We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts On Air, so you can enter your questions about this set at the event page. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream.

Please avoid entering your questions by any other means like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube page, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll hardly be able to spread my attention across these sources, while building this set with you.

During the building process I'll also occasionally do some interruptions to take a few photos, that will be used later for an offline TBs TechReview.






Another TBs Live Build Event. Enjoy!

LEGO Technic 42042, Crawler Crane - Live Build Event (Warm-Up)

Today (2015.Jul.02, Tue) at 23:00 CEST*, we'll be streaming the LEGO 42042 (Crawler Crane) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 2H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...



We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts on Air, so you can already leave your questions about this set at the event page, or during the Live Build Event if you prefer. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video part when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts right there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream, so it will take a bit for you to see the answers to your questions.

Please avoid entering your questions by any other available channels like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube channel, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll very difficult to spread my attention across all these sources, while building this set with you.

Feel free to join the party!






*) Use the link provided, to find the correspondent local time at your Time Zone.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LEGO Technic 42043, Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 - Live Build Event (Streaming Now)

We are now broadcasting the LEGO Technic 42043 (Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 2H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...

We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts On Air, so you can enter your questions about this set at the event page. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream.

Please avoid entering your questions by any other means like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube page, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll hardly be able to spread my attention across these sources, while building this set for you.

During the building process I'll also occasionally do some interruptions to take a few photos, that will be used later for an offline TBs TechReview.






Another TBs Live Build Event. Enjoy!

LEGO Technic 42043, Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 - Live Build Event (Warm-Up)

Today (2015.Jun.30, Tue) at 23:59 CEST*, we'll be at 1 minute from start streaming the LEGO 42043 (Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 2H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...



We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts on Air, so you can already leave your questions about this set at the event page, or during the Live Build Event if you prefer. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts right there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream, so it will take a bit for you to see the answers to your questions.

Please avoid entering your questions by any other available channels like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube channel, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll very difficult to spread my attention across all these sources, while building this set for you.

Feel free to join the party!






*) Use the link provided, to find the correspondent local time at your Time Zone.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Humble Bundle by NoStarch




No Starch Press, publisher of a wide range of LEGO related books, has teamed up with Humble Bundle (again!) to provide the new Humble "Scholl's Out" Bundle - a selection of ebooks designed to keep kids (and adults) busy and interested during the holidays. In adddition to books on Arduino, Scratch and Linux, the promo includes The Art of LEGO Design, The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide, and the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book.

For those who pay any amount, the following books are included:
  • Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games
  • The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More!
  • The Manga Guide to Databases
  • Wonderful Life with the Elements
  • The Art of LEGO Design

Customers who pay more than the average user also receive:
  • JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
  • The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide
  • Learn to Program with Scratch
  • Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects
  • The Linux Command Line

And customers who pay $17 or more receive all of the above, plus:
  • The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots
  • Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming
  • Automate the Boring Stuff with Python



The Humble Bundle initiative is attractive on several fronts. It is a cheap way to get a number of interesting (LEGO related!!) books. Also, a part of the money generated through the sale of these ebooks goes to charities. The previous Humble Bundle presented by No Starch Press last February, raised over $100,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Freedom of the Press and this time these same organisations will again benefit from the initiative. If you want to get thes ebooks cheap, get them as soon as possible, but if you want to help make a difference, you can choose how much (more) you want to pay for them to benefit these non-profit organisations.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week TechVideo, 2015 #20 - EV3 Mosaic Printer Series

Jason Allemann (JK Brickworks) started a video series where he intends to show the evolution of a mosaic printer project, he started some days back.

After a first video with basic functionality implemented like parts pick and place, he added now X-Y positioning to place 1x1 plates in a 2D mosaic and an amazing simple plate supply system.




I really love the pick and place solution used by Jason! It is really clever, amazingly simple and effective.
This is definitely a series worth to follow, as we are already used to Jason geniality.

Looking forward to see more!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

There is a Predator in the highway!



Full featured supercars are definitely among the favorite models for LEGO Technic fans. Many try to build one but only a few really master the techniques to fulfill the challenge.

Nathanaël Kuipers is one of those talented builders who gave us real pearls in this domain, and this year he proposed us a new fictional supercar. Predator of its name!

In his own words "Predator is the result of several months of work and is inspired by exotic supercars like for example Koenigsegg, Pagani, Bugatti and Gumpert. What most of those cars have in common is that they all have their unique character despite their clean and generic supercar look. The idea was to give Predator a similar identity, keeping things clean, but still give it a unique and clear supercar styling. But its uniqueness should not be limited to its looks alone; also what's going on under the shell should give it a little extra, covering some innovative ideas."

Unlike almost everyone who got immediately rendered to this model, I must confess it took me some time to get used to it and to appreciate the looks when seen from all angles. Don't know exactly why but probably the proportions, the roof shape or the apparent very short bonnet. But this is a rear engine car after all and I've meanwhile learned to appreciate this design masterpiece.



But proportions apart, this car fundamentally lives from its innovative and uncommon functions or solutions we use to see in other Tecnhic supercars. Nothing less than we should expect from a model coming from Nathanaël's desk.
Highlights goes for the vertical gearbox layout located between the rear axle and the V8 engine, the ackermann geometry front axle steering with caster and kingpin inclination, and the gullwing doors.

Another remarkable aspect about this model is the fluid, modern and aerodynamic lines in perfect coexistence with a clean bodywork where almost every nook and cranny looks filled, without using unnecessary bricks or nothing more than the essential. Hence the car shows a relative low part count (1797) for its size and functions.

Finally what I like the most the most in this car looks is the rear view, where the tail lights, rear bumper and engine cover really stands out from the rest in my point of view. And off course the orange highlights over the predominant white color.



One of my favorite views in what concerns large Technic models in general and supercars in particular, is the bottom view which easily says a lot about a model. Hence here it is another set of images ending with the indispensable bottom view.
It looks quite unconventional and here we can see some details about the innovative gear shift mechanism. We can also see the unusual high number of Technic frames used, several of them used in vertical position (also unusual in itself) which gives extra rigidity to this model.



If you like to know a lot more details about this model, there are a few resources you should not miss:
  • Natanhaël's model presentation and personal's view abot the creative process leading to this magnificent model.
  • And a more independent view at Blakbird's eyes, in his review at EuroBricks.

At this point you are probably willing to build your own copy...
If this is the case or if you just want to take a closer look at the details, you probably would like to know the building instructions are available at the exchange of a small fee at Crowkiller's website or MOCPlans.

These are not done at the same level of detail as Nathanaël's previous Concept Car building instructions which were much more LEGO like and took an eternity to create, but they are still very detailed, complete and easy to follow.

Bellow some sample pages that should allow you to evaluate the finest quality and decide by yourself.





Happy building!

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