Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week TechVideo, 2008 #48 - Window-blind driver

This week, decided to highlight a video from Tomasz Zajac, who won the 2nd prize, at Klocki "Home Improvement" contest with his window-blind driver.

A remote controlled window-blind driver, for those too lazy, who have difficulties getting up in the morning.
See below some photos of this project, taken from Tomasz's BS folder.

Getting ideas!?...

Friday, November 28, 2008

The missing B-model, from 1H2009 sets

Thanks to our reader Ryan Welsh, who found this at, we have now the B-model for 8256 Super Kart, too!

I'm not sure about what it is, but probably a farm vehicle as some guessed in comments, to the previous post about the B-models subject .

Another small but nice looking model, taking the main model size in consideration.

It became now clear that this 8256 set, will also include one of the new "T-Beams" (see the rear side on the B-model image).
Probably we will get also anothe 9L axel in the rear axis from B-model too.

Some in the comments to this post and by mail too, have suggested it might be a Lawn mower or more exactly a Racing lawn mower.
Despite a different drive wheel, from those on the several images I've seen (some examples below).

Never imagined such vehicle to exist...

Last Update: 2008.Nov.28 1:38 GMT

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Power Functions website at got a new Power Functions section at the products webpage.

There you may find lots of information about the LPF elements, from respective Bios with feature descriptions, FAQs, to a Gallery with users constructions.
Also there you will find, lots of movies explaining the PF system, how the several elements work, interconnect and some LEGO Designers explaining how to integrate the PF elements into real LEGO models.
Below, one example where Alfred integrates a dew PF elements into the 8295 Telescopic Handler.

Everything well organized and prepared to receive any new upcoming LPF elements, once they get released.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Week TechVideo, 2008 #47 - PF enabled Enzo

This week take a look on this 8653 Enzo MOD, and how NXThomas integrated several PF elements to drive it remotely.

There were integrated in this LEGO original:
  • 2x XL-Motors
  • 1x M-Motor
  • 1x Battery Box
  • 1x IR Receiver
  • 1x PF Pole Reverser / Switch
  • 1x PF Lights

And even managed to find space, to integrate both front and rear suspensions, into the original.
Now, it seems we are going to get instructions soon.

Great work!

Friday, November 21, 2008

B-models for 1H2009 TECHNIC sets

Anio from SeTechnic website and forum, published at his BS folder, some images which most likely should be the B-models for 1H2009 TECHNIC sets.
At least the B-model for 8261 (Monster Truck), matches with what we have seen here a few days ago, from the correspondent set box photos.

So lets take a look on these new images,

8259: Minidozer and Excavator (very good and functional for the part count).

8260: Mini Tractor and Moto (a surprising B-model for a tractor).

8261: Monster Truck and Truck (a not so nice looking truck, with functional steering).

8262: Quad-Bike and Buggie (a very nice B-model, with rear steering).

8264: Dumper Truck and Tow Truck (also a very nice looking model with functional lifting platform).

Still missing, is the B-model for the 8256 Super Kart.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Klocki "Home Improvement Contest", ready for voting

Klocki "Home Inprovement Contest" nominees were selected and ready for voting.

You must go there and select your favorite!

Monday, November 17, 2008

B-model for 8261 (Monster Truck)

TBs reader "spugnoir", just sent me a few photos, actually waiting for moderation at BS.
It looks like he found one the new models at his local TRU. It was the new 2009 Monster Truck, and this way we get know, which B-model is LEGO suggesting for this reference.
It is a Truck with front steering, as you can see from the photos below.

And there is the much discussed 9L light bluish gray axle, just in the top front of the cabin.
Hopefully, he can finally check this for us.

And it looks the new orange image in the boxes, is really "2 in 1" as suggested before.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Week TechVideo, 2008 #45 - Tower Crane

This week one video from a Tower Crane with Luffing Boom, by Mike Hatton (Parax).

This is a crane with very generous dimensions and noticeable structure rigidity (see how easily, it lifts an '8294, Excavator').

The crane features,
Loosly Based on Terex CTL 340-24-HD23

Power functions controls:
Boom Luffing
Hook Hoist
Counter-balance Extension

Tower Cross Section Square: 10.5cm
Base Cross Footprint: 31cm

Centre to Boom Tip: 92cm
Centre to Rear Max: 38cm

Height To slew ring: 98cm
Height To superstructure: 142cm
Height Maximum Boom @ 14cm radius: 203cm

Max Lift Height @ 90cm Radius: 110cm
Max Lift Height @ 14cm Radius: 195cm

Lift Capabilities:
Radius: Normal Lift: MAXIMUM Lift:
30cm 750g (1.7lbs) 850g (2.0lbs)
60cm 450g (1.0lbs) 500g (1.2lbs)
90cm 300g (.67lbs) 340g (.75lbs)

Component Weights:
Tower 1472g
SuperStructure 865g
Boom 325g
Counter Balance weight 748g

Total Weight: 3410g

It is always good to have a face to put on a name, Mike.
You can find more images from this crane, at Mike's BS folder.

For a detailed description about the design process and how the required stiffness ws accomplished for the studless lattice, read Mike's Tower Crane presentation at LUGNET.

Last Update: 2008.Nov.13 18:29 GMT

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Towards hyperrealism

Some of you, should remember the "Amazing LEGO TECHNIC raytraced images" post, almost one year ago.
Today, Nannan from TBB, found at Flickr a forlder from Ernesto Carrillo, with tons of digital renders. Many of them from TECHNIC models or MOCs.

Not yet like this, but a good step towards hyper realistic renders, I would say.

Click on each image to see them in full size and detail.

See more, at Ernesto's folder.
Wish, I would know to render like this, or find the time learn...

Meanwhile went to the Dimitri Burakov's folder at BS (also mentioned above), for a better look to this Lithuanian talented renderer work, and found he also has some amazing renders for LEGO TECHNIC models.
See a few examples below.

Click on each image to see them in full size and detail.

Last Update: 2008.Nov.07 00:48 GMT

Monday, November 3, 2008

Scaled-Up TECHNIC cars

Today we will talk on the subject of scaled up TECHNIC models, ever produced by LEGO.
Usually they are cars reproduced with regular LEGO bricks and made at human scale, i.e. about 10 times larger that the original TECHNIC sets, they represent.

Maybe the most famous one came out in 1994, after the release of '8880, Supercar' in the same year, and which TLG's professional model makers, built ten times larger. About 650.00 bricks were used at this scale, to reproduce the original which has "only" 1.343 parts.
This car was unveiled at the "Mondial de l'Automobile1994" exhibition in Paris and since then, it has been in several places and exhibitions, like the LEGOLAND parks int the 90s and LEGOWORLD events.

From left to the right: LEGO Designers working on the model; News about the exhibition in Paris at a Danish newspaper; The model in exhibition at LEGOWORLD Oslo 2008.

It should be quite heavy and difficult to keep all the bricks tight in place. Realize on the metallic supports used below the front and rear axis to support the weight.

This model made the its last public apparition at LEGOWORLD 2008 in Zwolle, last month from where I took the video below, trying to capture the most important construction details for you to see.

In the right, a close-up image taken by my fellow PLUG member Ricardo Oliveira. Find about a dozen more after this, at his BS folder.

Another large scale model for a LEGO TECHNIC car, was built based on the '8386, F1 Ferrari Racer' from 2004.
This model was exhibited at Copenhagen Motorshow in Denmark, from which we could see some photos at the BS folder from Byggepladen (Danish LEGO Fan Club).

It was also present at LEGOWORLD 2008, and again I did a video for you to admire the details. Unfortunately when compared to the photos above, it looks the large scale soft axles rubber is getting aged and discolored, quite fast...

Some other similar models are known to have used a metallic structure, which was then covered with LEGO bricks, as it is the case from the Volvo XC90 in the images below (however not a TECHNIC model) resulting from a partnership between Volvo Cars North America and LEGOLAND® California, for exhibition in the park.

More recently LEGO Designers made another large size replica from a TECHNIC model, the '8285, Tow Truck' from 2006. It was made to be used as in-store promotion material in Germany.
It was not 100% at human scale this time, but around 4 meters long. So, still a pretty big model.

The original model on the left, and its large scale version at Bricking Bavaria 2008 on the right.

A good source to be updated about large scale models, is always of course the 'Scaled-up LEGO Bricks' blog.

Thanks to a Parax (Mike Hatton) comment on this post, we came to a few other large scale models, I didn't see before or even know about.
Unfortunately doesn't seem to be much information available, but here they go anyway.

The '8458, Silver Champion' from 2000 on the left, and '8461, Williams F1' from 2002 on the right.
This last one being exhibited during 'International Motor Show 2002', at Birmingham (courtesy of Flash Bristow).

Last Update: 2008.Nov.04 19:36 GMT

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