Sunday, February 16, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #07 - Super awesome Madoca car

Today a beautiful crafted RC supercar by Madoca.

It is not a new model, but one published by him at YouTube back in Dec.1012.
Just got its time to pop here as well!



It features,
  • 2 XL-motors for driving
  • 1 servo motor for steering
  • 1 M-motor for changing gears
  • 1 M-motor for switching lights on/off

Enjoy!



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Saturday, February 15, 2014

New media from LEGOWORLD DK

LEGOWOLD Copenhagen is running until tomorrow (13-16.Feb) and this year we can find there the 2H LEGO Technic sets available for the children to try and play with them.

The use of a real L350F rocket bucket to put the children playing inside was really nice idea!
There they can load from a pile of bricks and dispose them at the dump trucks improvised from of the old 8258 Crane Truck released in 2009.



It is also an opportunity to get better images and close-ups from the sets details not yet seen before.
Bellow some reasonable quality images from the 42028 Bulldozer (for the first time) and 42029 Customized Pickup Truck.



From the Bulldozer image, I guess the rear knob controls the ripper and the exhaust pipe is used to raise/lower the front blade.

We have also some short and raw videos from all the models, nice close-ups with the inner details and children trying the new models.
One example bellow. I still think the servo based steering from 42030 VOLVO L350F Wheel Loader is too abrupt and jerky...




Sell all them from the BrickGlow YouTube channel here.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Jeppe presents the "new" sets

Check the latest LEGO Technic promotional video, where the LEGO Technic Design Lead Jeppe Juul Jensen presents the 1H sets, respective sets and some other insights.



Strange this didn't came from an official channel in first place, but that's not really a surprise.

Enjoy! If you do not live in North America...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #06 - Single motor excavator

It  looks the the release of 42006 Excavator and the year end, inspired several builders to come with some innovative thinking.

LEGO Technic official models which feature several functions, use to have a switch box to attach one or several motors to a set of selectable functions. Then the direction of each function also uses to be controlled directly on the battery box switch.
This is indeed not the most intuitive nor the easiest way to operate a machine most of the times, and it seems to be annoying some the Technic fans out there.

Then some guys came with the idea of having single motor driven models with a special designed switch box
which enables each function e both directions and extracts power from that single motor.
While this kind of operation is a lot easier and more intuitive, it also better represents the way that real construction machines are operated.

I leave you with one beauty and compact excavator by Yannmar from Russia (Saint-Petersbug), published about one month ago.



You may find the full set of pictures from this model and some LDD interns at Yandex.
Also some other great compact models by Yannmar from his Brickshelf gallery here.


Steph77 explored the same principle about one month before, using the same model as inspiration, a larger upper structure base but also controlling all the six functions from this model. Instead of the three main functions for the upper structure, as proposed by Yannmar.




This idea seems to be most suitable for small and compact models with few functions and it even seems to perform quite well while selecting more than one function simultaneously.
Although I'd like the videos to focus a bit more on this ability. I'm also wondering about the number of simultaneously running functions allowed, and how this escalates to larger models, bigger motors and more power demanding functions where torque demand and friction play a bigger role.

And coincidence or not, another guy (Arik) exploring the same concept (three upper structure functions) about the same time.



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Building instructions for the Arvo's 'Super Size Me' series

The Arvo brothers started to produce building instructions for their 'Super Size Me' series of miniatures from the official LEGO Technic Supercars.

Naturally the first one to become available is the 853 Auto Chassis.



You can purchase the building instructions for these awesome models at MOCplans.com.


If you have no clue on what I'm talking about, maybe it is time to revisit one of the first posts in TBs blog history.

I've just seen the miniature of the 8448 Super Street Sensation, and I think it was not yet designed at those early days. It turned to be so cute that I decided it would deserve to be highlight it here today as well.


Let's see if the Arvo will come with a miniature version from the 8070 Supercar as well...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #05 - Floor jack

Today a very small model by Sheepo (Fernando Benavides), and small is very unusual from this guy.

This is a mechanical Garage Jack to help servicing all his great cars.



You can find additional photos and even download the building instructions at Sheepo's blog.



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AFOLCON and The LEGO Show, 2014 Edition

After taking a break on 2013, both shows will return this year!


They are now in London, in The O2, from 7th to 8th May 2014 (AFOLCON) and from 9th to 11th May 2014 (The LEGO Show).

From the press release:

For those of you that haven’t heard about the show before, ‘AFOLCON’ is a special adult only fan convention for AFOLs from all over the world. After private convention days, the show is opened to the public as ‘The LEGO Show’.

Make sure you check out the press release for all the details about the events,including how you can participate.

Yet another video from Nuremberg Toy Fair

Another video from Nuremberg Toy Fair with the 42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader.



There you could also see the 42029 Customized Pickup Truck in the background, with the tipper at raised position.


Enjoy!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Nuremberg Toy Fair news, continue to flow!

New images and info continue to flow from Nuremberg Toy Fair...


The video in the previous post bring us the first image from the 42028 Bulldozer - See the end of previous post from today, for further details about this set.



Sometime minutes later we also got the first image from 42030 B-model. Another Volvo machine - A25F Articulated Hauler.



This model's functions, are:
  • Remote controlled drive
  • Remote controlled articulated steer
  • Remote controlled tipping
  • Open hood, that shows the L6 green engine

When it comes to this alternate model it looks there is some shortage of panels... Like this, we shouldn't be able to take the most of this Hauler in terms of playability.

Online info and images always shows the A25F in 6 wheeled / 3 axle configuration, while this model has 2 axles, because there are only 4 wheels in this set.
However we can find online images from its ancestors A25E and A25D both in 6x6 and 4x4 variations. So maybe there is also some 4x4 A25F configuration. If not, then there is the LEGO variant...

LEGO Technic Volvo L350F has a rear pendular axle!

At this new video from the Nuremberg Toy Fair, we can clearly see the 42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader has a rear pendular axle/suspension.




At second 18th, you can also see the 42028 Bulldozer for the first time.


Nice!

Reflexion on the 2H14 LEGO Technic sets

That's weekend and I was to update my comments in the previous posts [1, 2] from this week about the new LEGO Technic sets for 2H14, which debut at Nuremberg Toy Fair. But since it took me quite awhile to find the time for doing this, I decided for new post about the two sets revealed.

So here we go, one after the other!



42030 - Volvo L350F Wheel Loader

Some comments and observations taken from the previous videos and some images meanwhile made available.

Main and accessory functions:

  • Loader bucket arms lift (driven by L-motor and two large linear actuators)
  • Loader bucket tilt (driven by M-motor and one large linear actuator)
  • Steering (driven by Servo motor) - as some have feared...
    This turned to bee too fast when compared to real wheel loaders and wobbly or jerky. Definitely the most controversial design decision in this model, amongst AFOLs.
    While it is quite unrealistic it also doesn't seem to work very well. Although it was a good excuse to introduce another PF Servo motor into a set and eventually set their prices down in the after market.
  • Driving the beast... (XL-motor driven

  • Rear pendular axle/suspension
  • The rear right mudguard folds out to ease access to the engine
  • L6 engine
  • Backdoor and upper side panels open, to let us see or service the inner engine

Parts:
  • New mold and huge bucket as anticipated, which justifies the larger box used for this flagship.
    The new design mimics the specific Volvo L350F bucket.
    Here we have already the finished molded part, while the box mockup still shows the early 3D printed prototype.
  • 4x Unimog tires as we already knew
  • 56mm wheels (15038) released in yellow for the first time
  • It uses portal axles (92908) at least in the front axle with a 24t/8t (3:1) reduction
  • 4WD - Front axle differential and u-joint barely seen at articulation point
  • Two IR receivers in the rear side (likely the V2 is being used)
  • New Green engine blocks like the color of the real Volvo L350F engine

Highlights and remarks:
  • At a certain point 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
  • PF Battery box goes at the bottom of the rear part, for easy battery replacement

  • At first sight one of the videos where the Wheel Loader is operated, suggests the servo was not able to 'Return to Center' (RTC). Eventually because the model was too heavy and there is too much friction from the tires on the floor (but that's why there is the differential in the front axle).
    Explanation was that the operator was holding the remote stick for steering while operating the other functions.

    In fact the steering is manually controlled by the large gear and looking better into this, considering the way one usually handles this I think it perfectly natural the one continues to hold the gear while steered and operating the other bang-bang stick controls.
    Then my verdict is that RTC is working here. Wobbly and shaky but working!

  • The PF remotes setup looks a bit strange in the box, which together with the initial apparent lack of RTC, may have raised some rumors and suspicion.
    A closer look shoes this is just a bad Photoshop in this still preliminary box artwork. In fact they're are just using the remote + hands image from the 9398 4x4 Crawler and duplicated it side-by-side.

  • 3D Building Digital App compatible

It looks the LEGO Technic team intentionally missed the best opportunity in many years to release longer pneumatic cylinders, PF electric valves and so on...
Certainly it would cost a lot to develop, but some fans wish these so hard!...

Eventually the cylinders or better said a feasible LEGO pump (component or discrete) would not provide the same strength and precision for such a large loader, as LAs will. When I mention lack of strength, I'm thinking about the huge bucket and the load kids may want to carry on it.
But on the other end I still think it would be feasible and cope with high standards.



The new and huge bucket has a kind of grill in its upper side what makes it a bit too specific to build other machines IMHO.
I understand it because this is a licensed model and they want to make it look as close as possible to the original. Let's say the L350F bucket is really huge and it might be an iconic element for this Wheel Loader.
Although I'd have preferred a custom bucket design for the 8043 Motorized Excavator, were the shovel used at the time seemed quite wide and inappropriate. It would have helped also to improve model performance by reducing weight and minimize the problems we saw with the stressed Linear Actuators...
After all a new large bucket for excavators would have more potential for re-utilization IMHO... And could be used also for a large scale and remote controlled backhoe...


Meanwhile there is a new video taken at LEGO booth from Nuremberg Toy Fair, from where we can see some further details and also a wobbly drive...






42029 - Customized Pickup Truck

From this one we have still the same video available, but a closer look and some analysis made meanwhile engaged with Technic fans, can be summarized in the following statements.

Main and accessory functions:
  • Front winch, probably one could motorize it extra PF Motor set
  • Lift the tipper bed on the rear

    It looks one can switch among these function with the yellow lever on the side of the left seat or the changeover catch in the center.
    The gear knob below the left door should be used to manually run each of the two functions above.

    Hopefully this set is also prepared to be motorized with an extra 8293 Motor Set!?
    It looks there is plenty of space behind the seats and prepared attachment points to accommodate a PF Battery Box.

  • 4 wheel suspension
  • HoG steering
  • V6 engine
  • Doors that can be open
  • Hood that opens too
  • Tipper tail gate which opens, probably by means of a large Linear Actuator (it pivots on the bottom side)
  • Fold able mirrors

Parts:
  • It uses the same front and rear wheel hubs as the 42000 F1 Grand Prix Racer
  • Return of the 6x2 steering arm (57515) at front axis
  • Rear axis suspension setup uses conventional beams, and eventually we could have also a new part here (something like a kind of small C-frame!?) to limit the suspension travel, otherwise it may just use some already known parts but in quite an odd arrangement...
  • 9x 1x5x11 red panels (quite rare nowadays)
  • 2x 1x3x11 panels, now in red too
  • 3x 3x11 curved panels (new mold with 10 pinholes on the side) now also in red color

Highlights and remarks:
  • No 4WD unfortunately, as it seems
  • The engine sticks out from the hood
  • For a scale perspective it uses the same wheels and tires than 42005 Monster Truck (also red btw)
  • 3D Building Digital App compatible

Opinions divide regarding the looks of this pickup truck, but it is what it is
There is however a more positive consensus around this set as being a great sort of existing and new red panels (some currently quite rare and expensive)



42028 - Bulldozer

Still no sight of this one in Nuremberg. Maybe at New York Toy Fair (Feb. 16-19), which would be quite surprising, considering the 1H14 Technic sets are not yet selling in NA...

Although this is expected to be a set box with exactly the same size of 42005 Monster Truck.
  • Yelllow
  • V4 engine
  • Triangular shaped tracks
  • Some stickers
  •  Functions include the front U-blade and rear ripper with three shanks
  • Panel and brick built blade



Now let's wait for August!

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