Thursday, December 12, 2013

Building Instructions for Jennifer Clark Skid Steer Loader

It took almost one year since Jennifer Clark released her first building instructions together with Eric Albrecht (Blakbird), for her mythic JCB JS220 Hydraulic Excavator.
Now they have done it again, this time for another smaller but no less known and important model from Jennifer - Her Skid Steer Loader based on the New Holland LS160 and designed back in 2000.

This is a compact loader that features skid steering, similar to that of a tracked vehicle. It's driven by two electric motors while the remaining functions (boom and bucket) are pneumatic.
The pneumatic functions are the responsible for the fast responsive and smooth movements, which always result so beautiful in pneumatic models.
These are controlled from a tethered hand controller with a built-in automatic pneumatic pump, similar to what Jennifer also used in her JCB excavator. Naturally the building instructions also include the control unit, which is probably the most intriguing part for the less experienced builder.

As you might notice this is a studful construction model. It also uses some less common parts which are not produced anymore for current LEGO Technic sets, like the electrical motors, wheels and tires.You may probably find them in your parts collection or alternatively via the BrickLink market.
This was a cutting-edge model in the early 2000s, which time will preserve as one of the most advanced MOCs from their time, despite the LEGO Technic models, available elements and building techniques have evolved significantly since then.
Definitely a masterpiece deserving all the interest and attention, from the past, present and future generations of LEGO Technic builders also for its historical interest and the prominence from the work of its author.

This building instructions start with a chapter describing what is a Skid Steer machine, what are their historical origins, the inspiration of this particular model and some nice photos. Then it is followed by the mechanical details and the building techniques used by Jennifer. Much like the style she already used in the JCB building instructions and the detailed webpages for each model in her own website.
Finally there are all the steps necessary to built the vehicle, its remote controller and also an optional pneumatic grab attachment.

Find this and other videos from this model from Jennifer's YouTube channel, or the well know detailed pages in her website.

And as it could not be missed here, some samples of the renders quality in the building instructions, as we are already used to get from Eric.

You can check whether you already have all the required parts to build this model from Rebrickable, and for a small charge of $12 purchase this instructions from Jennifer and Eric.

This is where all the greatest Technic fan made models (aka MOCs) started.
Both the model and these instructions constitute a magnificent work that cannot be missed in every die-hard LEGO Technic fan's collection!

1 comment:

Thomas J Avery said...

Classic Jennifer Clark. I remember looking intensely over and over at her models as she released them in the early 2000's. She'd produce about one per year.

She had the perfect blend of Technic and Model Team. Her models were highly refined, each one approaching perfection. She would re-work sections of her models again and again until she was happy.

I was fortunate to meet her in 2002 at Brick Fest. She brought along her AC50 crane model. It was a real treat to see it in the flesh... er, brick.

I wish she'd continued on with the brick. She's ventured into other creative endeavors, and that's fantastic. Maybe we could hope that she returns to building some day :-)

I'm glad to see instructions of her work being produced. I think we can learn a lot from her work and also be inspired from it. It is so much better (in teaching basic mechanical concepts and functions) than the current Technic sets that are produced.

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