A couple of new high quality images from the upcoming 8110 Unimog U400, were published at Car and Driver blog, likely to confirm us some new details (click on the images to enlarge, or here for an even larger resolution sample from the first picture).
But this is something to return ahead in this post...
Despite these images there are few statements in the posted article, that points towards new informations. Below, those that I found most relevant:
- It is a 1:12 scale model from the real Mercedes-Benz Unimog. Point here is the scale identification, not that it is a model from the Mercedes-Bez Unimog of course...
- "to commemorate its 60th birthday, Lego and Mercedes teamed up to create a build-it-yourself version."
Ok, this model pretends to be a celebration of the real Unimog.
- "Not only are details such as the engine and hub gearboxes painstakingly recreated with tiny moving pistons and operable gear-reduction systems, but the small rig is electrically driven and sports a fully pneumatic gripper arm mounted aft of a pneumatic “dump” bed."
One confirmation and something still unknown, here.
- "The Lego Unimog also sports four-wheel drive, coil-spring articulating solid axles, and a power front-mounted winch."
Two confirmations here of some anticipated options.
As for the details found in the images above, let's take closer look on the areas highlighted below,
- Green: I had this suspicion before, but not I'm pretty sure it is confirmed. With 2.048 parts the Unimog should be quite heavy and thus requiring stronger suspension or shock absorbers.
The spring coils used on the Unimog look different from all those ever released in the previous LEGO Technic models. The coil pitch looks quite larger than usual, likely meaning stronger springs and consequently heavier suspensions.
Bet it might open some new possibilities (e.g. for the heavier TrTr vehicles).
- Red: This doesn't seem to match with anything known to date. Maybe a new kind of frame similar to 64178 or 64179. A new C-Shape frame would be highly appreciated and it seems to fit nicely in this application (an articulated solid axle).
- Yellow: Still quite fuzzy but the hub gearboxes behind the portal axles might be here...
- Blue: It looks the PF M-motor with its multiple functions. The pneumatic pump seems running from a single pump cylinder!? The only strange thing it is the way it looks positioned. Just behind the motor, i.e. in the opposite direction to the motor shat output...
Or is it another cylinder for the pneumatic "dump" bed!? Don't think so...
Also this pneumatic dump bed feature, came to puzzle the way I have imagined the Unimog controls should work.
Somehow I still doubt on this information about a pneumatic dump bed.
Tires inscription indicates "94,3 x 38R", which would mean the largest in diameter straight tires (non-balloon and non motorcycle) ever released by LEGO.
Just another range of possibilities for larger scale cars, despite a bit inappropriate profile and tread. But surely very useful for large trucks.
There is also a large amount of stickers in this model: some indicators, some warning signals and some ads all around.