Thursday, December 5, 2013

42009 Mobile Crane MKII design process explained, by Markus Kossman

Since the LEGO Technic website got its last transformation, it is not providing an RSS feed for its own blog.
Hence it has not been as easy as before to follow the sporadic posts published there, by the LEGO Technic Designers team, or to notice them shortly after their publication.

This is the reason why it took me a couple of weeks to notice the latest posts, where LEGO Technic designer Markus Kossman writes about the design process followed with the 2013 flagship, the huge 42009 Mobile Crane MK II.

Across two excellent articles, he give us an overview of the process, the requirements, the difficulties arisen, the way they were overcome, some exclusive images from design studies and much more.

Nothing that I had not already guessed before, but it was interesting to read in first hand the real motivation/need behind the design of the newest Technic 3x11 curved panels.

Here the two mentioned posts, to make it easier for you to find and read:

Have a great reading!


Blakbird said...

Very interesting and detailed posts by Markus! I was interested to see that "Separating the extension of the boom and the operation of the winch" was listed as an improvement. While I think the MK II crane has improvement in many ways over 8421, the capacity to pay out cable while extending the boom was one of the most clever and useful features of the original. It is much harder to use the MK II in this regard.

Fernando Correia said...

Indeed! Although if I remember right, in 8421 both movements are not totally synch, i.e. while extending the boom one may need to extend cable as well at some point(s).

Now I'm curious about how it works with real Mobile Cranes.

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