Thursday, January 30, 2014

LAND ROVER Defender 110, CUUSOO news

Another round of the LEGO CUUSOO Review process results and Sara unveils "The LEGO review board has completed the LAND ROVER Defender 110 and unfortunately we decided not to produce this as a set".



I cannot say this hit me by surprise as LEGO CUUSO seems primarily a small set operation.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

...and here the new Customized Pickup Truck

Also from Nuremberg Toy Fair 2014 off course, the first video from the new 42029 Customized Pickup Truck, by Hobbymedia.




Again a few short comments to eventually detail later:
  • No 4WD.
  • HoG steering.
  • Rear tipper.
  • Front winch, probably one could motorize it extra PF Motor set.
    Probably driven by the gear under the left door.
  • 6x2 steering arm (57515) at front axis.
  • Some new parts in the rear axis (kind of C-frame!?)
  • 4 wheel suspension
  • 9x 1x5x11 red panels (quite rare nowadays)
  • 2x 1x3x11 panels, now in red too
  • 3x 3x11 curved panels (new mold with 10 holes) now also in red color.

Enjoy the red!

2H14 Flagship debut at Nuremberg Toy Fair

Nuremberg Toy Fair 2014 will open tomorrow, and we already got a first video with great quality, of the new LEGO Technic flagship - The licensed 42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader that you have been expecting to see since some weeks.






Some short comments that I'll try to update later today with more details:
  • New mold and huge bucket as anticipated, which justifies the larger box.
    Volvo L350F specific design.
  • 4x Unimog tires as we already knew.
  • New yellow wheels for this size.
  • Portal axles on the front axis mounted at horizontal, as it seems to me.
  • Differential on the front axis, which suggests an articulated 4WD vehicle!?
  • 3 large linear actuators. It looks they're driven by one M-motor plus one L-motor (as seen from the box in the video). The M-motor is clearly seen in the video.
    We was expecting two L-motors as depicted in the preliminary box artwork, although we already new the previously advanced motor configuration was not 100% accurate.
  • Steering is too fast and shaky or jerky. It looks it is geared by the PF servo motor, as some have feared.
    The video suggests there is no return to center!? Can't be... or is it too heavy for RTC?...
  • The PF remotes setup looks a bit strange in the box!?? (It was the same with preliminary image).
    Has it something to do with RTC mystery? Can't see how...
  • Two IR receivers in the back
  • And most likely an XL motor to drive this beast...
  • New Green engine blocks (most likely Dark Green).

Delight yourself with this videos!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #04 - EV3 homing methods

This week I bring one video by Iain Hendry where he explains and demonstrates a couple of methods of homing a Cartesian axis with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3.



The ideas presented by Iain are used in the automation industry for homing servo-driven axes. The precision of the new EV3 servo motors lend themselves to the methods described in this video.



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!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sheepo's Mustang GT500 building instructions available

Earlier this month, Sheepo (Fernando Benavides) made available the building instructions for his Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

These were prepared by Sheepo himself and Jurgen Krooshoop, and this time they came in two versions.

  • RC Version: With sequential gearbox
    4032 parts / 611 pages / 152MB

  • Manual Version: With 5+R manual gearbox plus handbrake
    3592 parts / 543 pages / 132MB



Before you buy the building instructions, you can download a couple of files made available by Sheepo, and take a look on the parts required to build this huge model.
These files include the part list in .bsx format (Brickstore), XML format (BrickLink) and 3 pages with visual format.

Download them here:

Some samples to see the quality you'll be getting.
Ive seen the full set and these really look like official instructions. Also easy to follow!


You can buy the full building instructions from Sheepo for 20€ and 15€, respectively for the RC and Manual versions.
In order to make your purchase, you should follow this link to get into Sheepo's website.


Finally the video from this Technic Mustang as prepared by Sheepo.



Enjoy the build enterprise!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #03 - Cement Truck

Since all time, a large LEGO Technic Cement flagship has been in my imagination...
The large barrel is the fundamental and most important element, but it is also the least obvious to build with LEGO bricks.

I knew the Model Team style interpretation that Lasse Deleuran gave to this challenge, about two years ago.
He also made it in such a way that it can work as a GBC module.

Now he made some updates in the drivetrain to make it a true 8x4, and also used some new elements.
Here it is the end result. Awesome!



Although it is a Model Team style, it also includes a lot of built-in Technic expertize, but does not resume to that. The inner side of the barrel, which forces the "cement" content to come out, is a masterpiece made in bricks.
There is also a clever mechanism to start/stop and reverse barrel rotation.

If you want to build your own Cement Truck like this, you may download the preliminary building instructions from Lasse's website.
Additionally you may also find many pictures from this model, at his Brickshelf Gallery.



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!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Torque talk by MK

Official LEGO Technic blog, published a post with a long Torque Talk about gears.

After an introduction to the different type of gears, Markus Kossman also talks about the different functions of the 42009 Mobile Crane MK II, how different gear trains helped to achieve them, the challenges faced and adopted solutions.



And we got to know that guys in Billund are really happy with the newly-developed frictionless 8 tooth gear wheel that slides across axles, and promise to use it again in future models.

Read it all, here!


PS: For the case that someone who can change it, reads this... - Unfortunately the latest version of LEGO Technic Designers Blog does not provide the usual feed to integrate with TBs favorite blogs notifications list (one of the Blogger widgets on the right columns), hence we notice the new posts sporadically (yeah, I do not get there everyday to look for news...).

Friday, January 17, 2014

Try Building Digital!

Hi! Look at the new video that TLG released about the Digital Building Instructions (Try Building Digital!).



To me it looks inspired by some old LEGO Technic commercials. :fixe:

Unfortunately the app is still available for a few devices only. But finally at least I got why it is available only for iOS and Android devices above certain display sizes.

But even if you do not have a tablet device, you can now try the web version of this cool App.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #02 - LEGO braiding machine

This week I decided to highlight the latest creation from Nico71 (Nicolas Lespour), a braiding and wristband machine.
Although it is not a first time we see some kind of weaving machines made with LEGO Technic elements. We have seen machines for braiding, knitting and even a mechanical loom (this one also developed by Nico), all applying different mechanical solutions.



You can read a detailed explanation about how this model was build and how it works, at Nico's website.
There you will also find many photos and building / machine setup instructions in a photo sequence style, as we're already used from Nico.



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, January 12, 2014

More building Instructions for 1H2014 LEGO Technic sets, available at technic.LEGO.com

During the past week, the LEGO Technic web team (actually one guy afaik) updated  the technic.LEGO.com website to include some missing building instructions.

Not that it became 100% complete... but I managed to find what's still missing. Hence I've updated the previous previous post with all at the most recent links for you to download all the 1H14 building instructions. Follow the link to access this.
Some of the BI files also got newer and better quality media.


Now you can build all the main and B-models. Enjoy the build!

Monday, January 6, 2014

TBs TechChallenge, 2013 - Reverse 42020 - The prizes have arrived (sometime ago...)

The prizes for this TechREVERSE Challenge edition have arrived sometime ago. Although I'm still to start evaluating the mismatches... but sooner or later I will do, as always!

We got 32 participants this time, which will be a feat to evaluate.

In the meantime I also plan to list in a separate post, images from all the submissions, as usual.


The prizes are:
  • 1st place - 42024 Container Truck
  • 2nd place - 42022 Hot Rod
  • 3rd and 4th places - 42020 Twin Rotor Helicopter

Here you have a photo from the boxes as an appetizer...
Signed by the respective LEGO Technic Designers, as promised.



As you can check from the signatures (at least those which are easier to read), the respective designers were:

Results to be published later in January (attempt as it will be done in best effort), as previously communicated.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

TBs TechPoll 41 (Results) - Most popular and Best selling 2013 LEGO Technic sets



And here we are already in 2014. Time to find about new 2H sets and for the results on the last yearly poll about the "Most popular and Best selling 2013 LEGO Technic sets" at TBs . Almost 700 answered to this poll, so we hope the response to be statistically representative about the facts.

This year and despite the absolute dominance and favoritism of 42009 Mobile Crane MK II, we got a different population for the two podiums, which is an interesting fact and probably partially explained by the limited availability of 41999 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition.

See below the results from the polls that closed recently and find the most successful LEGO Technic sets in 2013.





As done in the previous years, we have again decided to run both polls in parallel, so that we can achieve the most consistent results.

As it is already usual we see about 200 voters difference among both polls, the same number as it happened to be in 2011 and 2012. If it corresponds to fans following us here, but not buying any Technic set all, will again remain to know... Once more I forgot to add the "Didn't buy any of these" option... Hope to remember the next time.

For a change we didn't get the same three sets in the exact same order, in both polls ('Best Set' and 'Most Bought'), this time. We got 2H sets only on the 'Best Set' poll (42009, 41999 and 42008), and a majority of 1H sets in the 'Most Bought' poll (42009, 42006 and 42000) which is somehow a surprise. Personally I would have expected to see 42008 Service Truck performing a lot better, although it follows close in fourth place among the most sold. Maybe the yellow is still the favorite color after all, or at least the green not that appealing to most of you...

As usual the smaller sets didn't get any expression among the best, but still sell reasonably well among our readership. If we go into the not affiliated general public, they should dominate the sales, I'd expect.


Now let's see the 2013 winners in both categories, side-by-side!





The Best
2013 LEGO Technic sets
The Best Selling
2013 LEGO Technic sets *
42009, Mobile Crane MK II 1st Place 42009, Mobile Crane MK II

41999, 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition 2nd Place 42006, Excavator

42008, Service Truck 3rd Place 42008, Grand Prix Racer




By the end of the year, will come back with similar polls, for the 2014 sets. These already promise a big fight for the podium!...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First rumors on 2014 2H sets

Today we got the first rumors about the 2014 2H sets.

One Hungarian online shop listed two 2H LEGO Technic sets.

  • 42030 - Model type still unknown
    Partcount: 1626
    Box weight: 3.290g
    Price: 59.875 HUF (~200€)

    The uncomon price / partcount / weight combination suggests some kind of RC vehicle with several motors, or then some kind of breakthrough for the current LEGO Technic assortment...
  • Of course until the first images will pop-up this will remain totally uncertain.
  • 42029 - Customized Truck
    Box weight: 1.758g
    Price: 23.915 HUF (~80€)

If I recall this correctly, it is not the first time in the past few years that we get the first 2H Technic rumors in the New Year's Eve... Tradition still is what it used to be!


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