Category Archives: Technic

Kitten

Lego Cat Tractor

This tiny Technic Cat tractor was discovered on the creation-sharing image library Brickshelf. Despite its diminutive size this Cat is fully remote controlled, it’s even small enough for us to let the Elves have a go without fear of one of them getting smushed. Jorgeopesi is the builder and you can see the full gallery of his creation by clicking here.

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Nemesis

Lego Nemesis Supercar

Missed by the Elves, but discovered by you, R.Skittle makes his TLCB debut with his beautiful Nemesis concept inspired by the latest generation of hypercars like McLaren’s P13 and Ferrari’s ‘LaFerrari’ (which we still refuse to believe is a legitimate name, hence the quote marks). Underneath the swoopy bodywork sits a fully remote control drivetrain, with two large Power Functions motors for drive and a servo motor for steering. To see all the photos of the Nemesis make a visit to R.Skittle’s MOCpage here.

Lego Nemesis Supercar

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Red Baron

Lego Red Baron Hot Rod

Another day, another Elf returns to the office to be rewarded with a meal and a (red) Smartie. Today’s lucky worker uncovered this cool-looking Technic Volksrod on both MOCpages and Flickr. Built by newcomer sm 01 it’s entitled ‘Red Baron’ and it’s fully remote controlled. You can see more pictures and a video of it in action via the links.

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Big Bucket

Lego Technic Cat Excavator

This enormous Caterpillar 7495 HF bucket excavator was uncovered by a group of very excitable Elves on Flickr (a few weeks ago actually, when it wasn’t quite finished, so this is an updated post). It’s the work of LEGO-building genius Konajra, a man who’s featured here on TLCB a few times in the past with his incredible ships and Town scenes, and he’s now added technical-brilliance to his already expansive building skill-set.

Contained inside the Caterpillar’s wonderfully realistic body is an extensive range of Power Functions components which are used to control all the major aspects of the excavator’s movements. The Elves thought this functionality was great fun (at least the ones at the controls did), but with several of their colleagues smushed into the office carpet and others deposited on high shelves from which they had no hope of descending, the controls were swiftly taken away and returned to Konajra.

You can see more details of the Caterpillar, including an insightful ‘naked chassis’ shot by clicking the link to Flickr above.

Lego Cat Bucket Excavator

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This’ll Be a Blast!

Lego Star Craft Siege Tank

TLCB newcomer Antti Hakala makes an explosive entrance with his incredible Siege Tank from the game StarCraft 2. This might be our photo of the year. You can see both it and the techniques used to create the Tank on Flickr.

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Stig of the Dump

Lego Landfill Compactor

The Lego Car Blog is not a fan of landfills. They’re smelly, wasteful, and produce copious quantities of the global-warming contributor methane. However they are here to stay, at least for a while yet, so until they’re consigned to the history books man needs a way of moving all this waste about.

The answer is the awesome Landfill Compactor. Based on front-loader or bulldozer chassis these enormous machines look apocalyptically cool with massive metal spiked wheels and a huge front mounted blades. Perfect for hooning around a mountain of rubbish.

Jorge Gargia has built a brilliant tiny Technic version of a Caterpillar Landfill Compactor; it steers via centre articulation and features a raising and lowering blade by turning the exhaust stack. We think it’d make a great Technic introduction set. Certainly better than LEGO’s current one anyway. You can see all the photos of Jorge’s model on MOCpages here.

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Oshkosh

Lego Oshkosh HEMTT

Over to Briskshelf for something big. This monstrous Oshkosh HEMTT military truck features 8 wheel drive, 4 wheel steering, independent suspension and nine(!) Power Functions motors. It’s been built by marthart and you can see all the images via the accompanying Brickshelf gallery – just click on the link above.

Lego Oshkosh HEMTT

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A Forking Good Time

Lego Technic Forklift

One of our favourite builders, the Technic genius Nick Barrett, is back with two beautifully engineered forklift trucks. Each is loaded with Technic functionality, which Nick has used to hoist a rival, and most excellent, Lego blog’s logo. You can see Nick’s latest work on both MOCpages and Flickr.

We’re also delighted to announce that some of our Elves cornered Nick Barrett last week, and the result is that he joins The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Series as our 8th Master MOCer!

Click here to read Nick’s Master MOCer interview!

Lego Technic Forklift

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Power Up

Lego Power Functions Crane

It’s the opening weekend of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne, and the Elves are riotously excited. So what’s this Technic crane truck by Eurobricks’ Razor got to do with F1? Well, it’s the first race weekend under the new regulations with new engines, new hybrid systems, new cooling, new exhausts and new downforce. All of this means new reliability problems, and therefore we expect to see quite a few F1 cars being parked during the race.

The Melbourne track is largely on public roads, so crane trucks such as this one are vital in removing broken cars from the side of the track to safety. Razor’s Technic version is powered by nine(!) Power Functions motors, with three battery boxes and four sets of lights. To see it in action and join the discussion head over to the Eurobricks forum via the link above.

Back to our tenuous F1 link; you might see more of crane trucks like this than the Renault-powered cars at Melbourne this weekend… We can’t wait!

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Pinzgauer

Lego Pinzgauer Truck Trial

This weird-looking off-roady-van-type-thing is called a Pinzgauer. Originally from Austria it’s been used by Europe’s militaries for years, and it can go pretty much anywhere. This Technic version was built for Truck Trial by Flickr and MOCpages‘ Nimdian, and it’s packed with Power Functions. See all the photos at either site via the links.

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Technic Tuesday

Lego Technic Hot Rod

Today’s double-post takes The Lego Car Blog back to its roots, with two brilliant fully functional large scale vehicles.

First up is Srecko Mimica‘s hot rod pick-up. Under the minimalist Technic bodywork sits a highly detailed V8 engine, working gearbox, steering and suspension, plus a list of Power Functions goodies including RC drive and steering and working turn signals. You can see all the photos on Flickr via the link.

Our second Technic model was brought to our attention via the Feedback page and can be found on Eurobricks. Built by desert752 it features slightly odd Ferrari-ish ‘System’ bodywork over a Technic chassis, but what a chassis it is! Contained within are eight Power Functions motors that power the drive, steering, pneumatic gearbox, air-suspension and a weird ‘acceleration boost’ function that we really can’t figure out. See all the details at the Eurobricks forum by clicking the link above.

Lego Technic Ferrari RC

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Minecraft

Lego Technic Terex RH400 Excavator

The Elves, buoyed by their recent scoop of 2014′s Technic 42029, are feeling quite Technic-y at present. They don’t understand how Technic works most of the time, but they do have enormous fun playing with it. Especially when it’s something as big as this; a monster Terex RH400 mining excavator by Russian builder Sheo.

Powered by a total of nine Power Functions motors Sheo’s magnificent mining creation can drive, steer, rotate, raise and lower the boom, open and close the bucket, and – if you’re a Lego Car Blog Elf – run down a colleague and squash them into the office carpet. All this and it’s only mini-figure scale! You can see all the photos, videos and technical details of the Terex on Eurobricks via the link above.

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One For Your Nan

Lego Park Assist

With many of the Elves dispatched on a secret mission we’re relying on you a bit more for content at present. Luckily one of our readers suggested this via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page; 896gerard’s Power Functions Parallel Parking Car.

Watching the elderly trying to park might be funny, but one day it’ll be each of us struggling to get a Nissan Micra into a space outside the Post Office. Help is at hand though, with the latest generation of vehicles fitted with Park Assist. Having owned a self-parking car I must confess to only using the system to show off to mates, but 896′s invention might just be genius enough to work in the real world. See how he does it on MOCpages at the link above.

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Fork Me

Lego Forklift Truck

Everyone likes a good forking. Brickshelf’s legosamigos certainly does, and although his Crawler Forklift is a type of vehicle we’ve not seen before here at TLCB Towers, when you need to fork in a muddy field there’s probably nothing better suited to the job. You can see all the photos of the Power Functions controlled creation at the link above.

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KRAZzle Dazzle

Lego Truck Trial KRAZ 6233

Ukraine might be in the news at the moment for all the wrong reasons, but they still build a mean off-road truck. KRaZ has been at it since 1946, and this one is a 6233 in Truck Trial specification. Built by blaha it was discovered on Brickshelf, and you can see more at the link.

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Softly Softly

Lego Soft Tail Chopper

Over to Eurobricks now, where Jonsson has published his excellent Technic soft-tailed chopper, as suggested to us by a reader. Featuring a working V-Twin engine and of course some spongy suspension, Jonsson’s bike a lesson in less-is-more. See all the photos at the Eurobricks discussion here.

You can check if your suggestion meets The Lego Car Blog’s criteria by reading our Submission Guidelines.

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Mr. Muscle

Lego Muscle Car

Today’s second post was also discovered on Brickshelf, it’s also Technic, and it also comes from a Lego Car Blog veteran; the wonderful Crowkillers.

Crowkillers’ vehicles have a reputation for being the best in the business and his latest offering looks set to continue the trend. Whilst both simpler and smaller than many of his previous creations, the quality – as always – is on a par with the official LEGO sets coming out of The LEGO Group. See more of his 1960′s style muscle car on Brickshelf, and you can read his story in the Master MOCers Series here.

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Having a Dump

Lego technic Dump TruckOver to Brickshelf now, where TLCB regular pipasseyoyo has built a colossal 6×6 articulated dump truck, earning him his fifth appearance on these pages. Pipasseyoyo’s latest work features a huge volume of technical goodies, including no less than five Power Functions motors; two for drive, two for steering and one for the activation of the tipper. You can see all the technical details at pipasseyoyo’s Brickshelf page via the link above, and you can see those five motors in action via the excellent YouTube video below.

Lego Technic Dump Truck

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Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry

And they’re the same lorry…

Lego Technic 42024

This is Technic set 42024, ‘Container Truck’ which will henceforth be referred to as a ‘Skip Lorry’ since I write this in the UK and that’s what it is. It’s a mid-market set that sits in the not-too-extravagant £60 sweet spot, so let’s see what it offers…

Firstly, Technic boxes these days look pretty good; a clear image of what’s inside and simple, elegant graphics. Shame you have to rip it to get into it. Now to empty the (un-numbered) bags into my customary unsortable heap and get building…. you may wonder at this point if a rainbow has vomited on your work surface…. Time will tell if all those colours work well (8860) or not (8865)…

It’s a fairly standard build that starts with a gearbox. This seems like an unnecessary complication, since it’s only switching between two functions and there’ll still be two controls, but there is a perfectly good reason for this. Be patient. There’s nothing too difficult here and the two instruction books give you completely clear guidance. What is refreshing is that it seems like there’s a few more pieces per build step than in many recent kits – a possible reflection of it’s intended age group (10-43 since you ask…)

After a leisurely hour or two you’ll have a skip lorry that looks quite nice, and your earlier fears over it’s colour co-ordination will prove unfounded. This is an attractive model. Although the feature count is quite modest, and nowhere near the let’s-stuff-everything-in 42008, what it does, it does well.

Even the stabilizers do a good job… they are linked to a connector that engages with a bar on the skip when left up. This enables it to tip the container, which is something I’ve never seen a skip lorry do; perhaps I’m just not paying attention. It’s an effective, well thought out system.

With the stabilizers down, two linear actuators move the skip in a graceful arc onto the surface behind, accompanied by much furious wheel twirling. As standard, this is a manual control model but said manual control is the usual black gear, when an old fashioned pulley and pin would be more ergonomic given the lowish gearing here.

Or better still, stuff a motor in. It’ll take a PF M motor and battery box with the greatest of ease – so much so I suspect that it was intended to be motorized all along (hence the gearbox). The only reason it’s not being that it didn’t hit it’s price point so equipped. Allegedly. This would be a much better set at £80 with the motor included, but I can see why Lego wouldn’t want it troubling 42008′s market position.

Now let’s talk about styling…

Lego Technic 42024 and 42008

It does look good, and I think the colours help here, although it might be time for Lego to make a bit more effort in the cab area. There’s nothing bad here, but it’s a bit same-again. Detailing is a tad sketchy and ill-thought-out (if the doors had glass, the mirrors would go through it when they open, for instance). Presumably, it couldn’t be seen to out-shine the more expensive 42008. I prefer the grille treatment on 42024, though – those silvered grille tiles always look a little flat. Maybe I’m just pining for the 8292 Cherry Picker from a few years ago – an otherwise unremarkable set with a very attractive cab design. Or you can simply treat it as a blank canvas to put your own ideas on – it’s Lego after all!

One piece (or rather six pieces) of very good news is the tyres – new for this set (and the digger in 42023), they’re proper square-shouldered, not-too-wide truck *ahem* lorry tyres that greatly enhance this model compared to the smaller, wider items on 42008.

They enhance the B-model too – another grader! It looks pretty good though – at least as good as the 57,000 grader B-models that have preceded it… one of these days there’ll be a grader A model but I won’t hold my breath. You have to go online to build it, however, and that’s always a faff….

So, what have we learned? 42024 is quite stylish, in its multi-coloured, unadorned way, and it works quite well (if you add a proper handwheel) or very well if you put a motor in. 8/10 – if you’ve already got a motor. 6/10 if you haven’t.

I’ve just realized that I’ve done an entire Technic vehicle review without moaning about the steering. This lorry has a good system. It really does.

To see all the official LEGO sets reviewed by The Lego Car Blog, including 42008, visit the LEGO Set Review Library here.

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Enzo

Lego Enzo Ferrari

We kick off the new year in style with an incredible supercar; Sariel‘s new Technic Ferrari Enzo. His latest work features Power Functions remote control drive and steering, a lifelike V12 engine, fully independent suspension, pneumatically opening doors and a remotely controlled 4-speed gearbox. We certainly can’t do all that justice here, so view the video below and then take a trip to Sariel’s MOCpage to see all the photos.

Lego Technic Ferrari Enzo

 

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Construction Cuteness

Lego Technic 42023

Welcome to the Lego Car Blog review of set 42023 – Construction Crew, one of the latest additions to the Technic range. We’ve got our finger on the pulse here at TLCB towers…

So, there I was in the Lego store, staring at the Technic range and torn between buying this and the Skip Lorry. I’ve seen women choose shoes faster. We’ll see if I made the right choice soon enough…

First impressions are good. The three vehicles do look cute on the box, and they all seem to do stuff. The box is quite elegantly designed as well. There is, however, precious little sign of any B-models shown on it; just one tiny picture of a laptop with a road grader model that looks like the alternate for the front end loader. Said laptop won’t help either, for as I write this, the instructions aren’t up on Lego’s website yet.

Lego 42023

There are three instruction books and 3 pairs of numbered bags of pieces – one for each model – and a small sticker sheet that managed to survive the onslaught of not being protected by cardboard. Taking each of the three models individually, I’ll start with the blue one.

It’s a rather fetching looking tipper lorry, 9 studs wide and it features working steering and a tipping box, the latter raised and lowered by a small linear actuator. It’s not a difficult build, by any means, but it’s an enjoyable thing to put together. You build the front end first, then the box and the chassis rails that hold it all together come last. The resulting model does look nice, especially as attention has been paid to the colour of the fixings and blue ones have been used on the cab where possible.

So, it’s pretty, but is it clever ? In a word, no. The steering is rather vague and imprecise with a very limited lock, and the tipper bed has a few too many holes in the bottom – a shame as it did seem from the pictures that they might have designed this properly for once. It does work OK, though, and the hinged flap at the rear opens as it goes up. It’ll open before it goes up as well, unfortunately; there’s no means to lock it shut. So, an aesthetic success but not a technical one. Next!

A little red excavator, which wears stickers on the side that somewhat redundantly say ‘Excavator’, just in case we weren’t sure… this features another little linear actuator to lift the arm and it’s extended manually via a set of simple crossed levers. This aspect works well, and it’s got a control to rotate the body on the base. This is completely pointless as the thing will swivel around of it’s own free will anyway. If it was geared down it might have worked.

It’s got a pair of caterpillar tracks, using the older, small black chain link type – 40 per side so get clicking! – and I always like seeing these, although they appear to be made of a softer plastic than used to be the case. These need gears at each end to act as sprockets, and this model doesn’t have that – the chains simply slide over the ‘sprocket’ provided by pairs of bevel gears that don’t mesh with them, meaning the tracks have some free side-to-side movement, and will slip over the sprockets. They won’t slip right off, though. So, a partial success and, like the truck, it does look good.

The best of the three is undoubtedly the yellow front end loader. This looks very purposeful with it’s big yellow wheels, with new squarer tyres that’ll suit most of your truck mocs very well – and it features articulated steering and a lifting, tilting bucket at the front. The joint in the middle is very sturdy, it steers nice and smoothly and the bucket’s lifting mechanism is fine, although the bucket itself tips back as it goes up. The tilting action is a bit sloppy, however, and could not be more basic. That aside, this is a good model.

The three models are also provided with a small pile of round 2×2 bricks to dig up/load/carry. All great fun, although they had to be this big lest they fall through the holes in the truck’s floor…

If all this sounds a bit.. lukewarm, blame the reason I chose this set:

Lego Technic 42004

I already had 42004, the little JCB, and it’s a complete delight: the thought of three more like that in one set was extremely tempting. That wouldn’t be too much to ask either, as the 42004 costs £18 to 42023′s £50, and it has less than a third of the pieces. IT’S GOT AN INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR THE B MODEL AS WELL. If I shout maybe someone at Lego will hear me…

Whereas each of 42023′s models have 2 or 3 functions/moving parts, 42004 has 6 on it’s own, in a model that’s the same size. These functions are not perfect, but they’re at least as good as any similar systems on 42023. All this and cuteness; can’t ask for more.

So, to sum up, I should probably have bought the Skip Lorry… 42023 is a nice enough set, and it would make a very good starter kit for someone new to Technic, but there’s not really enough here for the seasoned builder at this price. 6/10. 42004 on the other hand, is an outstanding little model that looks even better value now. 9/10.

This is the Lego Car Blog. We make these mistakes so you don’t have to!

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Seasonal Service

Lego 42008 Truck

With the red and green, it looks like it could belong to a jolly fat man… welcome to TLCB’s review of the Lego Technic 42008 Service Truck.

Not quite the latest in a long line of mid-range truck models that always seem to be the meat of the Technic range, this one with its 1276 pieces and £100 price is definitely edging upwards from mid-range, despite its still-modest size.

It’s got most of the sophistication of a much larger model too, as we shall see.

First impressions: Well, you’ll either get on with the green or you won’t… Personally, I think a grey or black (not red) chassis would have helped. Nevertheless, it is good to see Lego broadening the Technic colour palette once again – long may that continue! You get an entirely typical box, well stuffed with goodies and three instruction books. And a sticker sheet, natch. You’ll need that…

Building it is a reasonably familiar experience for anyone who’s had any other mid-range truck set in recent years, apart from the pneumatics, possibly. This may be unique in combining pneumatics, linear actuators and a PF motor in the same model – I can’t think of any others that have all three – and it’s this fact that makes the price seem pretty reasonable. It’s a fairly intricate and densely packed thing, with little wasted space, but the instructions are typically clear and simple to follow.

After a leisurely afternoon’s building, you’ll have a pretty impressive model with many functions:

Steering: A very well engineered progressive-rate system that operates on the first two axles via the usual gear on the roof. It works very smoothly, there’s a reasonable amount of lock and nothing for me to complain about. Technic steering systems would seem to be improving, at last.

Rear Stabilizers: Operated via the left hand gearbox and motorized, like all the following functions, these raise and lower via a pair of small linear actuators and are of limited use, frankly. They don’t lock in place and they’re not strong enough to lift the rear of the model. Next!

Hook: Anyone expecting this to take an age to raise and lower, like every other motorized crane, is in for a surprise. The thing fairly rips along, assuming you’ve lifted the stop-lever if you’re extending it…. which item won’t stay up on it’s own so you need three hands to do so. Grrr! It has the strength to pull a similar size model onto the ramp, so it does it’s job.

Boom Lifting: Done by a single large linear actuator and operated via the right hand gearbox, this works smoothly and well. It goes a lot further up than it needs to for a service truck, but I’m not complaining. Much.

The pneumatic compressor is actuated via the right hand gearbox and this powers the boom extension and the ramp lowering mechanisms. Each of these items uses a small pneumatic piston to actuate it, which works fine – if rather suddenly, as is the way with airtank-less pneumatics – without a load, but the small pistons don’t have enough grunt to do much actual work. The standard, larger, pistons would have been better.

That’s an impressive array of working functions for what is still a relatively small model; the more so because there’s a motor and battery box packed in as well. Most of them work alright, after a fashion, and it does make this an extremely playable set. The only major gripe concerns operating the motor via the switch on the battery box; you’ve got to be delicate to avoid switching it to the other direction when you want it off. Adding a PF switch would make this a much more manageable thing to use.

You can use it well enough, though…

Lego 42008 Truck

Model Team trucks are pretty but they break down a lot…

42008 will never be called pretty, exactly, but it looks… purposeful. There’s a fairly minimal amount of detail around the cab, but there’s enough. The doors open to reveal the usual pair of angled-liftarm seats and a rudimentary dashboard and (unconnected) steering wheel. As for the colour, it’s certainly striking… I don’t usually apply stickers to my sets, but with this it’s very necessary; and they do successfully break up what is a big slab of green without them.

Overall, I like it. It ain’t perfect, it ain’t pretty, but it’s packed with features and you get a sense that the designers were being ambitious with it. Perhaps a little over-ambitious, but there’s a lot to admire here. 7/10

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Unijeep

Lego Technic 8110 Jeep 4x4

The LEGO Technic Mercedes-Benz Unimog (8110) might be the best model The LEGO Group has ever made. At 2000 pieces and including both Power Functions and Pneumatic systems, as well as a huge array of mechanical functions, 8110 is one of the most sought-after sets the company has produced to date. However, unlike most other Technic sets, it didn’t really come with instructions for an alternate – or ‘B’ – model.

Eurobricks member djshiver (aka Mr. Tekneex) has rectified this with his creation built solely from the parts found within the 8110 Unimog set. His Jeep features the Unimog’s superb 4×4 drive system and couples it to a two-speed gearbox whilst utilising the original model’s compressor motor to power a front-mounted winch. The Jeep also includes an inline 4-cylinder engine up front, superb all-round suspension, working steering, and full Power Functions remote control compatibility. Everything LEGO could’ve included had they designed a ‘B’ model themselves!

You can see all the photos, design details and discussion for the Unimog alternate model at the Eurobricks forum via the link above, or alternatively you can visit  Mr. Tekneex’s MOCpage here.

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Christmas Treats

Lego Holmer Sugar Harverster

The Lego Car Blog staff seem to be a bit portlier than they were before Christmas. Blame this on decadence of the TLCB Christmas party food and the fact that, well, someone had to eat the Smarties usually designated to the Elves whilst they were incarcerated.

With normal service resumed here at TLCB Towers it seems fitting that one of the creations uploaded over the Christmas break is a machine that enabled our mass sugar consumption, Eric Trax’ incredible Holmer Terra Dos T3 sugar beet harvester.

Powered by no less than eleven LEGO Power Functions motors and containing over 6,000 pieces, Eric’s harvester is a fiendishly complicated piece of kit. Watch the video below to get a flavour, and you can see all Eric’s photos on either Flickr or Brickshelf.

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Dashing Through The Snow

Lego SnowmobileOver to Eurobricks now, where TLCB favourite Piterx has built a most excellent winter toy. Fully remote control by way of LEGO’s Power Functions system, Piterx’s snowmobile is as capable on the white stuff as the real thing. There’s a video of it in action on YouTube, and you can join the discussion on Eurobricks here.

Technic Snowmobile

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