Saturday, February 9, 2008 - January 2008, Model of the Month runs contests and challenges on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Model/Scene Of The Month contests, are part of this program which intends to select every month (if there are enough candidates) the best Digital LEGO Model and Scene, made in LDraw format.
There are other contests like Part Of The Month (POTM) which runs monthly and The RAytracing CHALlenge (RACHAL) wich runs on a quarterly basis. For more details, read here.

The MOTM winner for January 2008 was a TECHNIC model, which is not very common, so I de
cided to make here an highlight for this.

It was an Hooklift Truck with Crane, by Norbert Taxberger

Norbert Taxberger wrote about his model:
I was inspired of the TECHNIC set 8436 (Truck with crane), but this set was expandable, therefore I built a four axle truck with double steering, crane and hook-lift system. The most difficult part of this truck was the hook-lift mechanism. At first I tried it with pneumatic components (similar the real trucks), but the stroke of the pneumatic cylinders was to short and haven't enough force (untight). So I started a test with gears, with success.
Functions of the hook-lift truck: lift up/down of roll-on containers, 2 backwards column for roll off process, two-axle steering, lift up the cabin, open of the driver and passenger door, 2 sideways column for the crane, pneumatic crane from set 8436
Length: 48 cm
Width: 17 cm
Height with crane: 23 cm
Number of parts: 2058
Development and building: approx. 300 hours
MLcad time: approx. 120 hours

You can see more pictures at or Brickshelf
Because of the missing of the tyre (32019) and wheel (32020) in the part library, I had to use related tyres (32003/32004a).

Below some images from the model real brick version, with a less controversial color scheme...



Cagri said...

I liked the truck, well done! Perhaps you could use another colour, something less pale :) And for the hook-lift mechanism, you may use double cylinders like in 8421. That seems to be the only way until we have longer pneumatic cylinders.

Captainowie said...

The Scene of the Month has a technic model as its centrepiece, so it's hooray for technic this month (of course, I may be a little biased!!)

Conchas said...

I also considered to work the image in order change the blue color... ;)
But at the end wouldn't do that to the author!

Anyway, it's one contribution to add some virtual color diversity to the TECHNIC models, we can get from the shelves.

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