Sunday, February 8, 2015

The 42040 Fire Plane, as seen in Nuremberg and new video

You might have seen these already, but I did not want failing to present them also here at TBs .

Some days ago PromoBricks shown us some extra material about the 2H 2015 LEGO Technic sets, namely the 42040 Fire Plane for which we was missing some quality images still.

All the images are apparently different zooms made on the same original photo, hence always seen from the same POV. Although we can see from them enough details about this set, mostly forgotten until these images.

These confirm a few things we already knew or have heard about, like:
- The propeller is driven from the landing gears under the floats, as one plays with the model on a surface.
- There are 5 to 7 of those new trapezoid panels in white color.
- There is a 2 cylinder engine in the front.
- There is a compartment that opens and releases several trans-light blue 2x2 round bricks included, to simulate the water flush during a firefighting scenario.

We get also confirmation some other suspected features, like:
- There are working ailerons in each wing.
- There are working elevators.
- And working rudder behind the vertical stabilizer.

These elements that control roll, pitch and yaw on real planes, can be operated from a lever that we can see at the top of the fuselage between the cabin and the vertical stabilizer.
There is also a LBG axle with towball which function some claim to be related with the water compartment doors opening, but which I'm not convinced about. Can't see how these can be opened and closed from here, unless these are supposed to be closed by hand.

The model looks really nice and with a good set of functions for its size. The color scheme is also very pleasant.

Meanwhile PromoBricks released today another video featuring the 2H 2015 LEGO Technic sets displayed at Nuremberg Toy Fair. It is basically a a new montage featuring the same previous existing material, which intends to put all relevant info and functions in sequence and the same video. Although it also adds some details and tidy bits through new scenes and images.

From this we get at least the confirmation the engine below the Arocs cabin is indeed an L6 and not an L4 as some suspected.
The new clamshell bucket made with two identical new elements, can also be seen with better detail



Unknown said...

The 42040 seems to have 7 of the new trapezoidal panels in white color. The other two are on the end of the fuselage.

TechnicBRICKs said...

Yes, you're are probably right.
Forgot to include these when I wrote this post.

Will adapt it immediately.

Anonymous said...

I'm not convinced by the working rudder and elevator. Is there any indication how they would be controlled. I see the stick on the top, and how that controls side to side movements, but I see no back and forth pivot point. Any thoughts?

TechnicBRICKs said...


It is also not clear for me how the stick works, but the arrows in the box (bottom right diagram) clear indicates elevators and rudder control.

Eventually the stick controls the ellevators and rudder, and the axle with towball controls the ailerons. I was never much convinced it would open the water compartment (it might be another control).

Cpt. Kirk said...

the wheels on the truck looks rather small, and the steering looks flimsy :(

the aeroplane looks pretty nice though :)

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