Category Archives: Technic

Pagani Huayra Picture Special

Lego Technic Pagani Huayra

Here at TLCB we regularly mock the efforts of ambitious but rubbish millionaires who promise the arrival of a new Bugatti-beating supercar every other month. Most such companies never start production, and the few that do go bankrupt within weeks after delivering the square root of F-all. All that is, except one…

Pagani was founded in 1992 by Argentinian-Italian ex-Lamborghini engineer Horacio Pagani. Seven years later the company’s first supercar reached production, via a partnership with Mercedes-Benz, and it quickly became the new poster car of eight year olds everywhere and cemented Pagani’s membership into the premier league of supercar makers.

Fast forward thirteen years to 2012 and it was time for the risky second album. Pagani responded by launching the incredible Huayra hypercar, a car capable of pulling over 1.6 lateral G at 230mph.

Lego Pagani Supercar

A car as astonishing as the Huayra deserves an astonishing Technic Supercar build, and today’s post sure meets that criteria. Much like the Pagani company the builder of this Technic recreation is a new entrant into the premier league of supercar builders, having only been building for a few years, but with this build Francisco Hartley has made sure he’s going to get noticed.

Underneath the remarkably accurate bodywork Francisco has engineered a working V12 engine, 6-speed gearbox with clutch, independent suspension, damped gull-wing doors and – most impressively of all – the Huayra’s ingenious active aerodynamics.

Lego Technic PaganiAll of the working features are mechanical, there’s not a Power Functions motor or pneumatic cylinder anywhere, and all are exquisitely engineered. You can see all the details of this beautiful Technic supercar on MOCpages at the link in the text above, plus you can see the features in action via the slick video below. Welcome to the premier league Francisco!

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Airport Crash Tender Picture Special

Lego Technic Airport Crash Tender

Today we have a very special creation to share with you, one that’s had the whole office pouring over it all afternoon.

This amazing Technic model is the work of previous bloggee Lucio Switch, and it’s a sight common to all major airports, the essential Airport Crash Tender. Lucio’s creation looks – as you can see from these images – remarkably lifelike, but even more impressive is what this model can do.

Lego Technic RC Airport Fire Truck

Hidden inside are fourteen Power Functions motors controlled by five IR receivers and the previously blogged SBrick. These operate everything from the 8-wheel-drive, the 4-wheel-steering, the rotation, lifting and extension of the fire extinguishing arm, the emergency lights, and the direction of second extinguisher nozzle mounted on the front bumper.

Lego Technic Airport Fire Tender

Oh, and one more function… working water cannons. Yes, this Lego model really can pump water and extinguish a small fire! LEGO’s own Pneumatic System is used to pump air into the water tanks, forcing out the water for use when things are getting a bit hot. It’s probably the most amazing Lego vehicle you will see this year – you can see all the images on both MOCpages and Flickr – we can’t recommend making those clicks highly enough!

Lego Technic Airport Crash Tender

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Ticket to Ride

Lego Technic Hoist Truck

Getting a ticket isn’t fun, and in many cities if you’ve parked particularly poorly you might come back to find an empty space where your car used to be*.

Brickshelf’s pipasseyoyo has recreated the traffic warden’s favourite tool – the hoist truck – in Technic, and he’s included a whole host of Power Functions components too.

His build includes four motors running through three gearboxes, meaning the truck can drive, steer, tilt and lower the ramp, rotate, extend and lift the crane boom, and deploy stabilisers. Which is a lot more than most official LEGO Technic sets. You can see how it’s all packed in via the link to Brickshelf above.

Lego Technic Recovery Truck

*Or – if you’re an unsuspecting TLCB Elf – where your cage used to be, courtesy of a mischievous colleague.

 

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Smashing Truck

HW 01

The Homeworld strategy game burst onto the scene in late 1999. It soon gained a cult following, both for its game-play and its distinctive graphic design. Many of the ships were brightly patterned, reminiscent of designs from 1970s pulp book covers by the likes of Chris Foss and Peter Elson. The designs have inspired many Lego builders, most notably TLCB bloggee Pierre E Fieschi, who has built a variety of space and ground vehicles in this style.

Flickr’s curtydc has joined in the Homeworld inspired building with a micro-scale build of massive proportions. The Baserunner is a 6×6 truck, powered by two XL motors and steered using two M motors. Neatly tucked behind X-pod lids are 6 radio control car tyres. Although they’re not Lego, were very much appreciated by our Elves for their smushing potential. The rear of the vehicle features a hangar, with space for a fleet of micro-machines. You can see these in detail by clicking this link to curtydc’s Flickr Photostream.

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Truckin’

Lego Technic Peterbilt Truck

Today’s creation is one of the simpler models to appear here in recent times, but it’s no less lovely for that. Artemy Zotov makes his TLCB debut with this neat Technic Peterbilt 379. It’s got hand-of-God steering, opening doors, and – somewhat oddly – a working two cylinder engine. There’s more to see on MOCpages at the link above.

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High Roller

Lego Technic Rolls Royce Phantom II

I left the Jag and I took the Rolls, if they aint cutting then I put ’em on foot patrol.
How you like me now, when my pinky’s valued over three hundred thousand,
Lets drank you the one to please, Ludacris fill cups like double D’s.
Me and Ursh once more and we leave ’em dead, we want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed

Indeed. The sage words of Ludacris and Usher there, on why driving a Rolls Royce is a splendid thing to do. This one is a classic 1934 Phantom, built by martijnnab of Eurobricks. It’s fully remote control with a working engine, functioning rear suspension, and side-opening bonnet, suicide doors and trunk. You can see more of the Roller at the link above.

Lego Technic Rolls Royce Phantom II

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The Power of Dreams

Lego Technic Honda RA300 Formula 1 Grand Prix Car

The 2015 Formula 1 Championship kicked off in Australia last week, and with a long-absent name back on the grid. Or should we say back of the grid? Honda’s F1 return with McLaren has not been an easy one, and due to ever more ridiculous FIA rules restricting development, innovation, and fun, the once mighty engine supplier will probably be at the back for some time yet. But we like Honda here at TLCB, so we’re going to take a trip back to when they were allowed to do what they do best – innovate.

1967 Honda RA300 Formula 1 Lego Technic

This gorgeous 1967 Honda RA300 is the work of previous bloggee Nico71, and not only does his Technic recreation of one of Honda’s finest moments look completely beautiful, it works too. There’s Power Functions controlled steering and drive, functioning suspension, and of course, a replica of Honda’s masterpiece V12 engine which powered the car to victory in its first ever race.

There’s lots more to see of Nico’s RA300 Formula 1 car on the image sharing platform Brickshelf – click here to make the jump.

Lego Honda RA300 V12 Formula 1 Grand Prix Racer

 

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Accessorise My Set

Lego Technic 8258 Trailer

This enormous Technic rig was discovered by an Elf on Flickr. It starts of course with the official LEGO 8258 Crane Truck set behind which Ingmar Spijkhoven has constructed a matching Power Functions controlled steered-axel trailer (complete with excavator set load). The set-up features a huge variety of working functions, both from the official LEGO sets and Ingmar’s complimenting creation – it’s definitely something we’d like to see more builders attempt.

If you own an 8258 set Ingmar has released instructions for his creation so that you can add your own trailer too – click the link above to see more.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Ferrari Ferrari

Lego Technic Ferrari LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari is the stupidest name even given to a car. But what a car it is.

Powered by the combination of a 6.3 litre V12 800bhp petrol engine and a 160bhp KER system the LaFerrari could be the fastest car in the world right now – although unless Ferrari decide to let journalists test it, and until BBC’s Top Gear returns to be able to air a race between the LaFerrari, McLaren’s P1 and Porsche’s 918, we may never know.

Until then we’ll make do with this version of Ferrari’s hybrid hypercar, which was suggested to us by a reader who discovered it on Brickshelf. Brunojj1 is the builder and you can see the full gallery of his beautiful creation via the link above, including digital renders of the V12 engine, gearbox and Power Functions drivetrain.

Lego Ferrari LaFerrari Supercar

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Arctic Roll

Arctic 01

It’s Technic! It’s Power Functions! It’s Pneumatic! It can smush 17 Elves into The Lego Car Blog carpet in one go! We’re still scraping up and plumping up our flattened workers after some of their colleagues brought this giant machine into the office. It has the perfect blend of Lego features to excite our excitable workers.

Russian builder Desert752 Kirill’s land leviathan looks as though some of his countrymen have put one of their mighty ice-breaking ships onto tracks. Weighing in at 6.9kg, the handle-like gantry in the middle is actually a handle, so that the machine can be carried around. Click this link to MOCpages to see more of this beast, plus diagrams of the pneumatics and drive-train and lists of all of the PF gear that makes it function. There’s also a video of the Arctic Explorer in action.

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F1

Lego Technic McLaren F1

The 2015 Formula 1 season kicks off this weekend (which should take the edge off the cancelation of BBC’s Top Gear*), and the big news is that Honda have decided to return to the sport after several years away. McLaren are looking to Honda to help revitalise their form (having won several world championships with them in the ’80s and ’90s), and Honda are looking for anything to make them interesting again, after spending quite some time being spectacularly boring in almost every way.

However, it was not Honda that powered McLaren’s most famous road car, but BMW, who supplied the 1995 F1 supercar with its monstrous V12 engine. MOCpages’ Paul vdB has recreated the product of that McLaren/BMW partnership with his beautiful Technic McLaren F1. His model features the huge aforementioned V12, plus a working gearbox, suspension, steering, butterfly doors, and a pneumatically operated air-brake/rear spoiler.

All of the McLaren’s details can be found on MOCpages, including digital renders of the design and close-ups of the chassis and pneumatic functions – click the link above to visit Paul’s MOCpage.

Lego Technic McLaren F1 Supercar

*Hopefully the return of Formula 1 will mean that the Elves’ Top Gear-related depression will disperse. We’re not really bothered about their happiness, but the news has affected their productivity somewhat. Luckily our readers have filled in the gaps; today’s creation being suggested to us via the Feedback page. You can read what we look for when blogging creations by visiting the Submission Guidelines here.

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Swiss Army Knife

Lego Airport Truck

With the Elves still moping at the cancelation of the Top Gear TV show we’re turning to you for Lego models to feature. This one was suggested by a reader, and it’s a bit of an odd creation. At first glance it looks like a neat, but straightforward, airport tug. It’s got Power Functions remote control of course, but then so do half of the Technic creations we feature these days. But it’s far more than meets the eye.

There are three XL motors for drive, plus another two servos for the front and rear steering. And then things start to get nuts:

There are eight pneumatic cylinders – powered by compressor – that extend stabilising jacks under the chassis. Why? Because this is also a crane. And a snow plough. And a bull-dozer.

Lego Technic Airport Tug

Additional motors are used for power-take-offs (PTOs) at the front and rear, allowing a variety of different attachments to be connected using Thunderbirds-esque genius. Then there are another two pneumatic cylinders (taking the total to ten) that lift the two independent cabs up on arms so the driver/s can see over whatever it is they’ve attached to the front PTO. Oh, and twelve pairs of LED lights and another two motors for the winches.

We’re not sure that such an incredibly able vehicle exists in real life, but if it did it would probably be the only vehicle that would ever be needed. For anything. Ever. It’s all been brilliantly engineered by previous bloggee Desert752, and you can see more details of how it all works on MOCpages.

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Thinking Outside the Box

Lego Technic Bucketwheel Excavator and Train

It’s rare that we come across a Technic creation that genuinely surprises us. This is because a) our workforce of smelly little Elves appreciate quite a narrow range of models, mostly those with racing stripes and/or those of a transforming robotical nature, and b) because Technic builders themselves seem to mirror this approach.

It therefore makes a very welcome change to post a pair of Technic models like these, from MOCpages newcomer Desert752. Desert has built a complete mining set-up, with a huge bucket-wheel excavator and – even more unusually – a working Technic train. It’s all controlled remotely via LEGO’s Power Functions system, including the train’s movement, the emptying of the hopper cars, the rotating excavation bucket and the loading conveyer.

You can see how it all works via the link to MOCpages above where there are more images as well as a video of the set-up in action, and you can also be the first to leave Desert752 a comment welcoming him into our online Lego community.

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Soon The Hunt Will Begin

Lego Predator Supercar

Ex-LEGO set designer, published author, and generally nice chap Nathanael Kuipers is back with a bang. This is his latest creation, a V8-engined fully-functioning Technic supercar entitled ‘Predator’. The aforementioned V8 is mid-mounted, with the 5+R gearbox mounted behind it and controlled by linkages to the cabin. There’s also steering, independent double-wishbone suspension and opening gull-wing doors.

Nathanael’s Predator can be found on several sites, including MOCpages, Flickr, and his own excellent website NKubate, plus you can read TLCB’s interview with him by clicking here.

Lego technic Predator Supercar

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Super Caddy

Lego Technic Cadillac ATS Supercar

This simply excellent Technic Cadillac ATS appeared online courtesy of friend of TLCB Thirdwigg, who has – whilst normally famed for his construction machinery and a very big plane – decided to join the elite ranks of supercar builders.

His first entry into the Technic Supercar club is a good one; his ATS features everything you’d expect from a large scale Technic car, including all-wheel suspension, working steering, a 6-speed gearbox and – more unusually – three interchangeable engines of different configurations (I4, V6 and V8).

There’s lots more to see on Flickr, and on Thirdwigg’s own website where instructions for the Cadillac can be downloaded.

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