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The Cog (and 25 Rough Terrain Cranes)

Take four of the most inventive Lego builders (including one TLCB Master MOCer), twenty-five 42082 Technic Rough Terrain Crane sets, and inspiration from Honda’s ‘Cog’, one of the greatest car commercials of all time, and you get one heck of a cool video.

One of the four builders behind LEGO’s brilliant piece of marketing is Nico71, who has also taken 42082 and repurposed it to create an excellent telehandler/wheel-loader ‘C-Model’ using only pieces found within the set. Nico’s model features a motorised tilting and raising fork via LEGO’s Power Functions system, mechanical steering, rear suspension, and all-wheel-drive linked to a V6 piston engine.

Lego 42082 Telehandler

There’s more to see of Nico’s brilliant telehandler at his website, where if you own a 42082 Rough Terrain Crane set and fancy building this C-Model for yourself you can, as Nico has made instructions available too. You can read full details of the model, view the complete gallery of images, and find building instructions via the link above.

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Nico71

Lego Technic Buggy

The Lego Car Blog’s Master MOCers Series is now well into its second season, with fifteen of the internet’s very best Lego vehicle builders already having earned an accolade that is literally priceless. Which is handy as they can redeem their award for precisely nothing at all. Nevertheless, Technic-building legend Nico71 has accepted the call to join some esteemed company, becoming the sixteenth builder to earn a permanent page here at The Lego Car Blog. Over to Nico to tell his story…

Hello TLCB Readers! My name is… Nicolas, aka nico71 on the internet, I am a French mechanical engineer, currently working as a project manager in mechanical design office for a company that manufactures industrial x-ray radioscopy and CT-scanners. I am also a prolific Lego Technic designer who creates machines, devices and vehicles like those you see here at TLCB.

What car do you drive in real life, and what would you like it to be (and who would be in the passenger seat)? 
I drive a Honda Legend 3.2 V6 from 1994 and a Honda Civic 1.4 from 1998. I also have a motorcycle which is a old Honda Transalp 600 from 1994, a very good motorcycle for traveling. As you can see, I am a huge fan of Honda (which also affects my Lego hobby!) My dream car is a old Honda NSX, which I have driven once and it was amazing. It’s powerful and comfortable with unique look, and the passenger would obviously be my girlfriend for traveling and holidays.

Lego Technic Honda NSX

If you were a LEGO brick, which type would you be and why?
Hard to say because when building studless Technic I do not use many different types of parts as in other fields, however I guess the most useful bricks is a connector to attach different parts together. But no, I would say the axle, because motion always starts with axle in my machines, and I like motion, so yes, an axle!

What was your first ever LEGO set, and which is your favourite LEGO set or theme?
My first set (according my parents) was the 8837 Pneumatic Excavator which combined stud-full design and pneumatics, which were really good! I had some other LEGO after that like the 8880 Supercar and the Technic Space Shuttle my story really restarted in 2007 when I bought the 8420 Street Bike, and in doing so discovered the new way Technic was designed with studless pieces. I then bought the 8436 truck which I have modified many times!

I do not buy many LEGO sets per year though; I have a small collection because I don’t want to have too many parts for my available space (and it takes more time to find them!). I also don’t need 80% of a set’s parts like beams and pins for my own creations. I have only what I need, and sometimes make an occasional Bricklink order to complete a model. This is a huge advantage in studless design, as you don’t need to have a huge collection to make something good. However, now my collection is nearly 10 years old, so I do need to renew the broken and faded parts!

Lego Technic

How and why did you get started in the online Lego Community?
In 2007 I searched for some inspiration about Lego on the internet. Only Brickshelf existed back then, and I discovered many builders there like Zoli, Sariel and so on. Some months after, the French forum techlug opened, and I started to post regularly and I was a moderator on this forum from 2007 to 2014. In parallel I created my own Youtube channel in 2008 and uploaded some videos, and in 2010 I created my blog in order to centralise all my work.

Today I focus on my Youtube channel, creating instructions, and my blog. I am not very active on forums, but I do read them and follow many builders. When Nathan, the owner of Rebrickable, contacted me for advice in 2011 to create the website I was really excited about his idea because it allowed people to add MOCs to their collections via instructions made available online (funny, the first MOC indexed on Rebrickable was my Jeep). I started to make more instructions and focus on the building experience, and in 2017 Mochub followed to enable fans to buy the whole package of a MOC, including parts and instructions.

Compared with 2007 when I started Lego, when there was only Brickshelf and Peeron, we now have many ways to find inspiration, upload videos, share pictures, forums, sell and buy instructions, or indeed even complete MOCs. I think the community has all it needs : )

Lego Technic Racing Car

How do you start a build, and what makes your designs unique to you?
I have a big list of ideas, and when I have time I look into it and start something. I try to work on only one idea but it is hard – sometimes I need to move on to a different subject if I get stuck. As I have a small collection I can’t keep all the creations I build because I need parts for the next one, so my models live only for duration of shooting photographs and video! Sometimes I can make a creation really fast without a problem, with all things gathered in a perfect way, and sometimes I need to retry things many times. I have some pet peeves in my to do list..

I find my design pretty unique because all builders have their own particular way to build , so when you see a creation, you can recognise who did it.

For my creations, I mainly focus on functional conception for a machine. For vehicle I always try to envisage the completed car, because you can make a nice front bumper and hood, but the edge connection between them can be a hard thing to do. This what I call the homogeneity or cohesion of the design, in order that all big parts of a car fit perfectly with each other, for instance to avoid a model having  a nice front, but a bulky rear and poor side profile. All the different parts of a car need to form a coherent whole. This is a hard thing to do in Lego (and the original designer of a real car has to do the same!).

Lego Technic Retrofuturistic Nuclear Car

What’s coming next?
I am currently working on a C-Model of the new 42082 Rough Terrain Crane, because I don’t think the official B-Model is very good. I plan to make building instructions too which takes time! For other projects, I still have many things to explore and try; new cars, new machines. I can say for sure that I will try new colour for a car, build bigger machines, and start to make small didactic creations to present mechanical principles. I have less and less time though, what with my job, home, family, friends, and other hobbies, but even if a creation takes a lot of time to complete, the important thing is to finish and release it : )

Where will you put your TLCB Master MOCers trophy?
I’ve been invited to visit the Johnson Space Centre and drive the SEV at the NASA next year thanks to one of my Lego creations. Plus LEGO officially recognise my work, so that I’m featuring here is the third awesome achievement of this year for me, now I can stop building! (Of course not). It’ll definitively go on my Lego desktop with a big thanks to TLCB : )

A big thank you to Nico for joining us here at TLCB and becoming our sixteenth Master MOCer. You can find more about Nico’s builds at his excellent wesbite, and all of his builds are available on Brickshelf too. You can check out everyone that’s made it into TLCB’s Master MOCers Hall of Fame by clicking here, and we’ll see you soon for No. 17!

LEGO Technic H2 2018 | Set Previews

Lego Technic 42081 Volvo Concept

It’s that time of year again! With LEGO’s H2 Technic sets on the horizon the survivors from our crack team of Elves – sent to infiltrate The LEGO Company’s HQ – have returned to TLCB Towers with this summer’s bounty. So without further ado, here are the brand new Technic sets due to reach stores on August 1st!

42081 Volvo Autonomous Loader

OK, let’s get the weird one out of the way first. This is a Volvo autonomous loader concept and it is, frankly, one of the oddest Technic sets to appear in recent times. Continuing LEGO’s successful line of officially-licensed vehicles the new concept loader joins the previous (and excellent) Volvo Technic sets, but differs in that it isn’t a replica of a real-life Volvo at all. This makes it – in our eyes at least – utterly pointless.

Like many of LEGO’s recent Technic sets 42081 straddles the Model Team and Technic themes, bringing increased visual realism to functional models (only 42081 can’t be visually realistic because there is no real-world equivalent). All-wheel-steering, a mechanically raising and tipping bucket, and – for reasons we simply don’t understand – a model of a quadcopter drone are all included.

Expected to cost around $140 there are probably better ways to obtain 1,167 yellow and black pieces for your collection…

Lego Technic 42080 Forester

42080 Forest Harvester

This is more like it. Aimed at ages 10+ LEGO’s new 1,000-peice 42080 Forest Harvester set is the first to include Power Functions 2.0 (which may also mean the possibility of App control). We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the new components to test out the upgrades, but the fact that the set also includes new pneumatics is cause for celebration!

We expect 42080 to use the new system to drive a pneumatic compressor that powers both the raising/lowering of the arm and the grabby/rolly/cutty thingumy on the end of it (which also looks to feature some new spiky round bricks). Mechanical functions are likely to include centre articulation and working steering, plus a little workbench and brick-built chainsaw are thrown in (somewhat unnecessarily) for good measure too.

We expect the brightly-coloured 42080 Forest Harvester set to cost around $150 when it reaches shelves later this year, which makes it $150 better value than that Volvo…

Lego Technic 42079 Forklift

42079 Forklift Truck

A staple feature throughout Technic’s long history, we’ve lost count of the number of forklift trucks in LEGO’s back-catalogue. The new set does appear to be one of the best though, and it could very well be the sweet-spot in the H2 Technic range. With Hand-of-God rear-wheel steering, a tilting fork, and an interesting-looking rope-activated lift mechanism, 42079 includes just enough mechanically-operated functionality to be interesting.

We think it looks rather nice too, with well-judged Model Team detailing, a few stickers teamed with a nice colour choice, and a bonus mystery barrel containing something dangerous. Aimed at ages 9+ 42079 is constructed from just under 600 pieces and is expected to cost around $70 when it reaches stores in August 2018.

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42082 Rough Terrain Crane

Now for the big one. This is 42082, LEGO’s 4,000+ piece, $300 flagship, and it’s massive. With the highest piece-count of any Technic set to date, plus Power Functions, 42082 is set to lift (hah!) the top tier of LEGO Technic even further towards engineering for adults.

An enormous extending boom (and it really is huge – the picture above shows it in its most compact setting), superstructure slew, boom raising/lowering and winch control are all driven electronically by LEGO’s Power Functions system, plus there are working outriggers, steering, and a V8 piston engine.

As with all of the new Technic sets 42082 will include instructions for a B-model, and it also features a wealth of stickers (each new set seems to include decals denoting the set no.) as part of a trend towards increasing the visual realism of Technic.

So there you have it, LEGO’s new-for-H2 2018 Technic sets. It’s quite a construction-heavy line-up, and one that we think is largely a decent effort. Apart from that pointless Volvo. Of course, the Volvo isn’t LEGO’s only officially-licensed new Technic set due for release later this year…

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