A few days ago, we have started the '8049, Tractor with Log Loader' review, with Part I.
So lets now continue for Part II.
Having finished to build the main model, there were a few parts left, as seen from the photo below.
Did you noticed anything unexpected?
So do I, when first opened the box... ...well in fact even before that.
Those with most attention, may have wondered why didn't I post any picture from the box backside, in the 1st part of the review?...
That's where the surprise gets revealed in first place!
Yes! 8049 comes with some extra parts (including one very welcome small pneumatic pump) and instructions, to build and integrate an air compressor, inside the trailer chassis. Thus making this set even more complete in terms of pneumatics assortment, for those who want to initiate into the topic.
But that (the pump), was already there in a few photos... if you look through very carefully.
Also it is worth to mention, this is the second Technic set ever, to include such a feature, after the venerable Air Tech Claw Rig (8868).
To build it you will need however, also some parts from the 8293, PF Motor Set. Those also in the photo below.
The instructions for doing it, are in the end of the 2nd instructions booklet as expected, and you must start by removing some parts from the trailer chassis, before you can install the compressor inside.
Then it proceeds to the parts assembling for the compressor it self.
Funny to see they have used the Engine Crankshaft (2853) part, to create the displacement.
Below some photos from the compressor, after integration into the chassis.
And finally the renewed and complete trailer, for the Log Loader, where the PF Battery Box replaces the grill to separate the crane section from the cargo.
It is interesting to see how such a small displacement from the crankshaft, is enough for the PF M-motor together with the small cylinder and 1:1 gearing, to produce the pressure required and fast enough, to operate the both pneumatic cylinders, in the crane arm.
Here a small video, where you can see it working.
Great playability, for such small set!
It was great fun, to prepare and write this review! Even more knowing many of you would be anxious for it and probably not imagining that we would get such a great set.
This will be a mark in the LEGO Technic timeline for several reasons and definitely an evidence that beyond the LEGO Technic core target group (boys aged 9-13), there is a team also willing to please their adult fans with fantastic sets and give answer to their wishes.
But we should not forget, this was only possible when they found that boys really liked being able to play with pneumatics in this particular model. And so it should always determine what we can get and expect from LEGO Technic.
This is also a must have set, for those who never had the chance to play with LEGO pneumatic elements. Here you get almost a bit of everything needed to start! and just need to buy two or three boxes if you want more...
It still misses the air tank and the small pneumatic cylinder, but maybe we get to see them again into a Technic set, soon.
Guess this will be selling like bananas!...
as set value for money
for set design
for functionality and playability
for quality (no issues with the exemplar received, like missing parts, parts color variation, defects, etc...)
Overall rate: Highly Recomended
One of our readers sent me a note about this review, and he is absolutely right.
I didn't made it in this detail initially, but when we have a motor running a pump, we get a motorized pump, not a compressor. For a compressor we need to add an air tank to "compress" air into it. That is were the name "compressor" comes from.
Last Update: 2009.Dec.14 08:25 CET