It is not new, that we will get a new Dozer in 2009. Not as big as the 8275 in 2007, but instead a very small and cute model this time (in the style of the small yellow machinery, that we are used to, in the TECHNIC theme).
Don't know exactly why, but it seems some got crazy with it and took themselves the challenge to reverse engineer it.
In fact the model is really appropriate for such challenge. It is small/big enough, nice looking and at the same time the initial available image hidden enough details to make it a real challenge for the most experienced.
Because I've been following this from the 'back stage', can tell you which came-up first.
- Martyn Boogarts, from Duiven/The Netherlands (contributor to 'The NXT STEP' blog and member of the MINDSTORMS Users Panel - MUP2), made the first Dozer replica very early, from one single picture.
In addition to the set replica, you can see also a blade motorized version of it (amazing for the scale).
- Mike Hatton (Parax) from Nottingham/UK, later made also his own interpretation, with minor differences (most likely due to stock availability constrains).
See more of these here.
- And finally Alexandre (AVCAmpos) my co-blogger from Lisbon/Portugal, came with his interpretation and also made some animated stepwise instructions (see more here).
...this is giving me some ideas for the future...
Want a full view around the real model? See it on the previous Photosynth post.