Thursday, January 12, 2012

9397 B-Model surfaces

Today, on a German toy store's site, the first picture of the 9397 Logging Truck appeared.



The previous description we got, about a “snow shovel vehicle”, turns out to be correct: a road truck with a snow plough in front and a bed, possibly for salt, in the rear. Too bad my hopes for a more esoteric kind of vehicle were in vain...

Clearly the bed can tilt via an LA, and the plough assembly looks complicated enough to suggest at least two degrees of freedom: probably raising/lowering and turning side to side. There’s also a hint of the two rear axles being longitudinally pendular, like on the 8273 Off Road Truck and the 8264 Hauler.

There's a curious detail about this model: there is a red lever at the vehicle's mid-length surrounded by light grey beams: this structure is the same as in the set's A-model. The same may be said about the mudguards (excepting the detail of a blue pin) and, by extension, the general proportions of the chassis. This suggests that the A- and B-models share the same chassis and core mechanics, and only differ in the "topping" and end mechanisms.



On one hand, this is a bit of a let down because the set becomes less of a "2-in-1" than a "1.5-in-1", like the 8466 4X4 Off-Roader, which similarly shares its chassis between models, and, more egregiously, the 8288 Crawler Crane, whose difference between models is just the placement of one of the booms. On the other hand, the fact that the Logging Truck's chassis has four functions all stemming from the same motor and is capable of having different bodies is a sign of modularity, which potentially makes it a good base for modifications. This is also happening with the 8110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400 and its front and rear mechanical and pneumatic PTO's with fans coming up with different attachments of their own. Also, considering that the A-model has four motorised functions and there are only three immediately visible functions on the B-model, either there's a fourth hidden function (the only one I imagine is a 3rd degree of freedom for the plough, but, at this scale, it looks unlikely), or the core multiplexing mechanism is underused.

Thanks to Eurobricks user Totenkopf for the discovery

14 comments:

Jorge said...

May be the rear axle can be up and down?, looks a little un in the pic.

DanielM said...

That's a nice looking B model. I agree with Jorge...it looks like the rear axle may be liftable. If so, this is a nice feature.

carzzzz9999 said...

Yes the rear axle really does move up and down, here's the translation of the features
Accessories
• Power Functions to move the robotic arm and take one of the stabilizers and.
• The gripper can be rotated to reduce you and lift.
• The opening doors provide access to the cab!
• Under the hood of the highly detailed engine with moving pistons to light.
• Can be controlled completely and steer!
• 2-in-one model: Can be converted to snow shovel into a container vehicle.
• Use the Power Function to reduce the rear wheels and tilt the container!
• Raise and lower the snow shovel Dump Truck!
• Be moved the snow shovel by hand to the left or right.
• Overturn the cab using high the Power Functions to take a look at the oil column.
• The timber truck is 36 inches high, 23 cm wide and 50 inches long
, the container vehicle • with snow shovel is 22 cm high, 15 cm wide and 56 inches long.

Triumph said...

This is not new. Even, mytic sets like 8421 crane or 8448 supercar, shared the same chassis for A and B models, only changing the body or the kind of accesories.

Alessandro Bartoli said...

Even though the liftable rear wheels are a nice function, I don't think this set has a nice look. Much better the American style of set A.

As per the comment above, it looks like it is possible to "Overturn the cab using high the Power Functions" .. this would be a new function. Similar to those of 8070.

Wiseman_2 said...

I don't think the chassis of the two models will be too similar. The gearbox will probably be fairly different, for which the chassis will have to be altered; the only real reason it looks similar is that it has six wheels and the same switch. And I guess the motor is in the same place. But then, it works well enough, so why make it radically different?

I think it will be sufficiently different that you can still call this a full B-model.

Surya said...

I'm not sure the chassis is the same. It looks VERY similar, but on the B-model the distance between the switch and the rear wheels looks shorter than on the A model where it has both the gray panels as a fuel tank and the outriggers in between the switch and the wheels.

Aqualize said...

Yes the rear axle is the 4th function. Road trucks can often lift their rear axle. I guess it is because they don't need it when they are without cargo and to save the tires.
So this is more interesting than any pendular boggie wheels.

james said...

new part in this set!!!!!!!! more info on my facebook page, my facebook name is james bernard

james said...

the new part is alot like the 4143466 but with an extra axle hole at the top the part number is 4652234

carzzzz9999 said...

9397 can already be bought!!!

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9041273/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CToys+and+games%7C14417629/c_2/2%7C14417629%7CLego+and+construction+toys%7C14417829.htm

james said...

yerp got the set on the 21 jan 2012 will be making it tomorrow!! il post a pic of the new part on my facebook page tomorrow. check it out at facebook james bernard

frank4fax said...

The 9397 B Model was my first MOC attempt. You'll found details here in my YouTube Video Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddPwWv6cBcM&feature=plcp

frank4fax said...

Modifying 9397 model B was my first MOC attempt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddPwWv6cBcM&feature=plcp

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