Sunday, October 28, 2012

Week TechVideo, 2012 #43 - New Holland W230C wheel loader

I've enjoyed this one! Hope you like it either.

It is a large New Holland W230C wheel loader, built by 55techniclego.




You can find additional photos from this model, at 55techniclego's  flickr gallery.


Well done!


Disclaimer:
Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.
We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand  that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).
Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.

Thanks for your understanding!

Friday, October 26, 2012

TBs TechPoll 33 - 2012, 3rd Quarter - Favorite week TechVideos

Q3 TechVideo poll time! Vote the videos weekly featured here at TBs during the last quarter.

In the next two weeks you can choose your favorite video(s) among those highlighted here during the 3rd quarter from 2012, under the 'Week TechVideo' tag.


Here are the videos posted within this period:


As usual you can vote for more than one video, if they reflect your preference.


Notes:
- This video poll does not aim to select the best MOC, but rather well done videos featuring a LEGO Technic model, a nice video reportage from a Technic subject as part of an AFOL event, or
some cool/innovative thing with interest for the Technic fans community.
- These are videos that somehow caught my eye at some point, thus based on a personal choice, and do not intend in any way to be considered as the best representatives from the work done by the Technic fans.
- Please notice, this is a poll taken for the fun. The authors of the videos here featured are not rewarded, independently of the final rank position they will achieve.




Edit 1:
I've heard before about instability and weakness of Blogger polls, but never had significant issues with them at TBs and hence never cared much about that.
However the present poll is running chaotic. Since the few days it has been running, we have seen the number votes increasing and decreasing permanently, so that there is only one vote now...
After some investigation, this is one of the symptoms I've found, describing the erratic behavior of Blogger polls.

As you can imagine we are not going to take any conclusion from the preset running poll. Nevertheless I'll let it running, just trying to learn a bit more about this behavior.

I've been looking online for an alternative free poll solution, but did not find s satisfactory one so far, that could fulfill the set of requirements from TBs . Also in terms of the number of voters usually participating in our pools.


Edit 2:
Everything seems back in order, by now!
All of a sudden it looks like the data regarding the previous votes, started to display correctly.
Hope it lasts...


Last Update: 2012.Oct.29 23:07 CET


Monday, October 22, 2012

Week TechVideo, 2012 #42 - Hitachi ZW 310 Wheel Loader

If it had nothing any better, it is orange, which always looks great in this type of machinery.

But this is another gorgeous model by dfs473, built a few months ago.



You may also see the Part II, at this other video.

The model features:
  • 1x PF XL-motor - For driving
  • 1x PF M-motor - For steering, via two mini-LAs
  • 1x PF M-motor - For raising/lowering the boom
  • 1x PF M-motor - For swinging the shovel

Apart the traditional functions from a Wheel Loader, there is also an interesting and quick releasing mechanism, to easily switch the front tool. In the video we can see how, with the shovel being replaced with a fork tool after 1'30''.

You can find additional photos from this model, on dfs473's Brickshelf and flickr galleries.


Awesome work and details!


Disclaimer:
Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.
We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand  that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).
Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.

Thanks for your understanding!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

1H13 Technic - Some B-models and other images

In the follow-up of the previous post about the new 1H13 Technic sets and taking the second photo also available for each set, lets make a few considerations.
In some cases this another photo  from the main model, in other it is a photo from the respective B-model.


42002 - Main Model: Hovercraft / B-model: Monoplane


Here we have the B-model, a monoplane with a V2 engine. The perfect match for the single propeller used with the hovercraft main model.
When first saw it, I was in doubt about the presence of the new 2x5 micro panels also in this model. But comparing both images I think it is a perspective illusion and that panels #3 and #4 are used at the front wings instead.



42010 - Off-Road Racer, 42011 - Race Car / Combimodel: Dragster Racer


From these it becomes more evident we also get a pair of new 2x5 micro panels in blue, from the 42010 Off-Road Racer.
The images above show a Dragster Racer, the 42010 + 42011 Combimodel, and also another image from the 42011 main model.
Guess each individual model won't have a B-model of its own. Also the "2-in-1" logo is absent from the respective boxes.



42004 - Main Model: Mini Backhoe Loader


In this case we didn't get any image from the respective B-model, but another one from the main model. The backhoe itself.
Not much to add except except there is already one exemplar running out there...

Each function or articulation is controlled from its own knob:

  • Articulated steering (via HoG in the top of the cabin)
  • Two articulations for the front loader
    • Main arm via exhausting pipe and
    • Shovel via side knob
  • Four articulations for the back tool
    • Sideways movement, rotating the whole back tool in each direction
    • Boom via rear knob
    • Stick via side knob at the end of the boom
    • The bucket uses LEGO hinges connector, thus it moves (rotates) manually


42007 - Main Model: Moto Cross Bike / B-model: Chopper Motorcycle


Is it a cross chopper, a dirt bike or has it bit of everything in it
From the chopper image it turns evident this one also uses the new 2x5 micro panels as handlebar guards. In orange...

Here it seems we got a one cylinder engine, and also have a better perspective on the new cross tires.



42006 - Main model: Excavator / B-model: ... sort of fork something...


Take your own conclusions about this one...

Where did the two large LAs went
Another great use for the 92907 part in the treads train though.



42000 - Main Model: Grand Prix Racer / B-model: Racing Semi Truck


It is not the first Race Truck neither the second one we get in the LEGO Technic assortment.
But I like it, despite its bonnet/windshield controversial proportions. The front bumper looks great!



Disclaimer: All the considerations above are based on the images and descriptions currently available only. They may not reflect precisely the function set of the final products, when we get to see them on the market.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

This is what Friends are for!...

Friends now ... You say!
GBC fans can rest assured the LEGO soccer and basket balls price hike is about to stop!

These are coming back in 2013, within two Friends sets (41008 and 41011).
Both use the football mold. The first includes one orange ball and the second one white with a blue stamping (which some may feel won't fit that nice into a GBC layout).

Can you find them?



This is what Friends are for!...

Technic link treads - new color for a change

What's this SYSTEM box doing here

Certainly you already realized we are getting the Technic Link Tread (3873) in LBG next year.



Not that this is IMO the best color for such part (would have preferred them in DBG or Reddish Brown), but for a part never relased before in other color than black, it is welcome for a change.

Friday, October 19, 2012

First official images from 1H13 LEGO Technic sets

Just a quick shot before leaving to work, and after a deserved rest from a LEGO event setup last night from my LUG...

The first official images for the 1H2013 LEGO Technic sets are finally available, via one store selling LEGO sets online in Switzerland (the usual kind of source we have to get access to this kind of media).

There was a certain confusion at some point about the references for 2013 as listed earlier on Brickset, where we came to think that it included already the sets for the 2H (or part of them). This seems cleared now and what we finally have are the references and images listed below.
Although these do not seem to the final boxes artwork as far as I've seen from the 1H dealers catalog. There should be a new classification system, where the sets are labeled with a number (1 to 4, maybe 5 or 6 when we came to see also the 2H sets), according to their building difficulty level.



42002 - Hovercraft



We hadn't seen one for long, but we also know this a criteria to approve the new sets to release every new year.
This is the most simple model and entry level LEGO Technic product for 2013. However not available at retail for some markets.
As it seems it has a large propeller in the back side, connected to the model fake engine. Don't know whether these are linked to some kind of wheels that move them as you push the model over your playing surface.



42010 - Off-Road Racer, 42011 - Race Car

     

These are two pull back models, which unique function is exactly the pull back feature. The two can be combined into a larger red/blue combimodel, likely running with two pull back motors.
These have been typically models from the Racers theme, now in the Technic line as it seems.
Wonder whether some of the already existing pull back motors will be used in these, or we will get some new PF stylized pull back motor.
The new 2x5 micro panel we came to see here, is also present in both of these. In blue at 42010 and red at 42011.



42004 - Mini Backhoe Loader



Here it starts the difficulty level 2 and I don't think it even has some kind of linear actuators.

As for the functions it looks we have:

  • Articulated steering (via HoG in the top of the cabin)
  • Two articulations for the front loader (shovel and main arm)
  • Four articulations for the back tool (sideways movement, boom, stick, bucket)



42007 - Moto Cross Bike



Apparently building difficulty level 3, with the functions below:
  • Steering (of course)
  • Front and rear suspension with shock absorbers (2+1)
  • Fake V2 engine
The panels #13 and #14 will get released in orange color with this.
New tire with cross tread, to go with the new wheels released with the last Technic motorbike (8051)



42006 - Excavator




Building level 4 - Shouldn't it be a material handler!?
It is like a tracked Excavator (as 8294 released in 2008), but with a different tool head and of course a different color and design.
We see two large Linear Actuators and on small to open/close the grabber tool

As for the functions
  • Tracks moving back and forward (obviously)
  • Superstructure rotation
  • Boom and dipper arm with respective articulations
  • And grabber tool

The grabber includes 4 of a new part made specifically to git it a more realistic look and likely more functional too.
If one of the 1H13 sets will get modification instructions for a motorized version, I'd bet on this one, despite there is nothing indicating that on the box image.



42000 - Grand Prix Racer


Also Building level 4 and it is the Technic March release, next year.
There is also nothing much to add about this one, I'd recommend to read what is know about here, if you haven't done it already.



42003 - Action Race Car

This is another reference listed at Brickset for some time, although not yet confirmed neither having known images.



Disclaimer: All the considerations above are based on the images and descriptions currently available only. They may not reflect precisely the function set of the final products, when we get to see them on the market.

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