Category Archives: Technic

Back in Black

Lego Technic Hot Rod

TLCB regular Horcik Designs is back with another excellent Technic creation. His latest is this neat V6-engined hot rod, complete with a rear differential and working steering.

Lego Technic Hot Rod

Horcik’s hot rod looks good (and simple) enough to be an official Technic set, and certainly improves on LEGO’s own effort. See more on Flickr at the link above, or click here to visit the discussion at Eurobricks.

Lego Technic Hot Rod

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Dig Big

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator Remote Control

This TLCB writer was peacefully working today when one of the more unusual sounds to penetrate the office came floating through the door. A cascading metallic rush followed by screaming, it sounded like a tin of thumbtacks being emptied over a TLCB Elf. Sigh. Still, no Elf is strong enough to upend a full tin of thumbtacks over one of its colleagues, so it couldn’t be that.

Oh yes it could. Thanks to previous bloggee ShineYu‘s remarkable fully remote controlled Volvo EC950EL excavator, a multitude of thumbtacks had indeed rained down on one of our Elves.

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator RC

Much too slow to run down any of its colleagues, the Elf at the controls of ShineYu’s Volvo had deployed some trickery to allow it to cause maximum carnage. This involved loading a tin of thumbtacks into the excavator’s bucket, using the four Power Functions L motors that control the arm to raise it high above the floor, and then lying in wait for a curious Elf to walk underneath it.

Carnage achieved it then ran off cackling delightedly, leaving us to pick up tacks, and to pull a few out of a very sorry looking Elf. Whilst we do that you can check out more of ShineYu’s huge Volvo EC950EL at the Eurobricks discussion forum, where you can also watch a video of the four excavator arm motors in action, as well as the two XL motors that power the tracks and a third that rotates the superstructure. Click the link above if you dig it.

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator RC

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Volkswagen Golf GTI | Picture Special

Lego Technic Volkswagen Golf GTI RC

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the all-time great hot hatchbacks. Now in it’s seventh generation there have been roughly five good Golf GTIs, and three really good ones. This is one of the really good ones…

Launched in 1976, two years after the Golf first went on sale, the GTI was the product of a few VW engineers having some fun. In a very German way of course, as having some fun meant staying on late at work.

Still, the product of their inventiveness helped to re-write the rules of quick cars. Powered by a fuel-injected 1.6, and then 1.8 litre engine, the Mark 1 Golf GTI was quicker than the contemporary sports cars of the time, it could fit four people in it, and it didn’t leak when it rained.

Lego Technic Volkswagen Golf GTI RC

Now a seriously sought after car, there sadly aren’t many Mark 1 Golf GTIs left, but if you’d like one Damian Plesniak may have the answer.

Featuring a transversely-mounted 4-cylinder engine, accurate McPherson front and twist-beam rear suspension, opening doors, hood, and hatchback with parcel shelf, a detailed interior with a working steering wheel, adjustable seats, and opening glovebox, plus full remote control drive and LED lights, Damian’s Technic Golf GTI is very nearly as well engineered as the real thing.

There are loads more images to see at Damian’s Flickr and Brickshelf albums, and you can read more about the build, as well as watch a video of the Golf GTI in action, at the Eurobricks discussion forum.

Lego Technic Volkswagen Golf GTI RC

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Money Monday Bonus

Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron Aston Martin Vantage GT3

It wouldn’t be a money themed day without the investment banker’s favourite word; Bonus! So we’ve got a bonus for you in the form of an extra post showing both of today’s builds side-by-side. This is fitting because those ordering a new Bugatti Chiron already own on average over fifty cars each, so it’s highly likely they’ll have an Aston Martin too. Or seven.

These shots have been made possible by the fact the the builders of the Chiron and Vantage GT3 are brothers, uploading their creations within a few hours of each other. You can read more about each build by clicking here for the Bugatti Chiron and here for the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, plus you can see more the models together by visiting Lachlan’s Cameron’s Flickr photostream, and we’ll see you tomorrow for something much more humble!

Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron Aston Martin Vantage GT3

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More Money Monday

Lego Technic Aston Martin Vantage GT3

The money theme continues today with this, newcomer Dugald Cameron’s incredible Aston Martin Vantage GT3 racer. Constructed from many of the parts in LEGO’s 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 set (and putting them to considerably better use), Dugald’s GT3 is a seriously beautiful build. Plus it’s orange, and we like orange.

Underneath that retina-searing bodywork is a full remote control drivetrain, with two XL Motors powering the wheels, a Servo controlling the steering (and linked the steering wheel), plus a Medium Motor driving the sequential transmission. A V12 piston engine sits up front, whilst a mechanically adjustable rear wing is mounted at the back, and the cockpit in-between features a fully adjustable driving position with a tilting steering wheel, pedals with feedback, and a sliding racing seat.

Lego Technic Aston Martin Vantage GT3

The suspension on all four corners is fully independent, with torsion and sway bars, plus a trick air-jack system powered by an on-board compressors is fitted to allow for quick pit stops.

The complete model is one of the most impressive we’ve seen this year, and the entire build process has been catalogued on both Eurobricks and Flickr, showing both the steps taken to create the Vantage GT3 and the brilliant engineering within it.

You can see the full gallery of images at the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Flickr album, and you can read about the build process by flicking through the Eurobricks discussion that charted it by clicking here.

Lego Technic Aston Martin Vantage GT3

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Money Monday

Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron RC

The Lego Car Blog is not a money-focussed organisation. We only allow limited advertising, the proceeds of which you can read about here, and the staff all work for nowt (human), or Smarties (elf). However, we are still amongst the richest people on earth, thanks entirely to the place of our birth. And if you’re reading this, you probably are too.

But there’s rich, and then there’s rich! Today’s car certainly belongs to the latter. Costing $2,700,000 in base specification, the Chiron is the world’s fastest (when tested) and most powerful production car, expected to hit around 285mph when de-limited.

We’ll have to wait to see what top speed the Chiron achieves once testing is complete, as the car (and more importantly, the tyres) are in the realms of experimental physics, but even with the car’s main purpose – top speed – being an unknown statistic, it hasn’t stopped 200 Chiron orders being placed before anyone has driven it.

Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron RC

Like we said, there’s rich, then there’s rich! In fact the average Chiron customer already owns over fifty other cars. And a helicopter.

We’ll stick with this one then, built by previous bloggee Lachlan Cameron it’s the first Technic Supercar sized Bugatti Chiron we’ve seen, and it is absolutely spectacular. With Bugatti’s trademark W16 engine hooked up to an all-wheel-drive system, independent suspension, full remote control drive, steering and electronically deployable rear wing, LED lighting, and SBrick bluetooth control, Lachlan’s Chiron is one of the finest Technic Supercars of the year.

There’s a whole lot more to see of Lachlan’s Bugatti at his Flickr photostream or via Eurobricks, including WIP shots and images of the rolling-chassis mechanics. Click the links above to make the jump, and you can see the Chiron in action via the video below.

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Biker’s Paradise

Lego Technic Motorbikes

The Lego Car Blog Team own some interesting cars, as you’d probably expect from a website as nerdily automotive as this one, but no motorbikes. This is because if we owned motorcycles this blog would never have made it to five years old, and our organs would now belong to other people.

However despite our aversion to owning motorbikes, we do still rather like them, and fortunately newcomer Nesme Laurent (aka NEMOOZ) allows us to indulge in this passion from the safety of a comfy chair.

Laurent has built almost fifty Technic replica motorcycles, from manufacturers including BMW, Ducati, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, Honda, KTM, Yamaha, and Kawasaki, each features a variety of working functions, and instructions are available for many of the designs too.

You can see a selection of Laurent’s builds at his newly created MOCpage, and you can see the full back-catalogue of fifty or so bikes via Brickshelf.

Lego Technic Motorcycles

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Model Mechanics

Lego Technic Hammerhead Supercar

Mechanics. They seem to appear less and less frequently here at TLCB. Such is the prevalence of LEGO’s (excellent) Power Functions electronics that mechanically operable functions have become a bit old-hat. However when done well, mechanical features can result in a model that’s more than a match for anything with a motor shoved in it.

Today we have one such example suggested to us by a reader, and it doesn’t have a battery box in sight. Built by Didumos69 of Eurobricks what it does have is a wealth of mechanical engineering, including all-wheel suspension, working steering, hand-adjustable seats, and a functioning sequential gearbox hooked up to a V8 piston engine.

You can see full details of the model at the Eurobricks forum via the link above, which includes detailed steps showing how each functional element was engineered. Click the link in the text above to make the jump.

Lego Technic Hammerhead Supercar

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Go Nuclear

Lego Technic Retrofuturistic Nuclear Car

The news is full of nuclear war hysteria at the moment, thanks to the orange leader of the free world and overweight North Korean despot Kim Jong-un. As a classy blog not interested in clickbait we’re seamlessly jumping on the bandwagon with this, Nico71‘s glorious Fallout 4 inspired retro-futuristic nuclear concept car.

Back in the ’50 and ’60s wild concept cars were all the rage, and were often powered by a variety of unusual fuels, including gas turbines, electricity and yes, even nuclear reaction.

Lego Technic Retrofuturistic Nuclear Car

Nico’s brilliant Technic concept car perfectly captures the ambitions of the age, and it’s clever too, featuring remote control drive and steering, electronically opening doors and a sliding roof canopy, plus working suspension and lights.

Control of the electrically-powered functions is taken care of thanks to a third-party BuWizz bluetooth unit, which allows graduated control via a bluetooth device and delivers up to 8x more power to the motors than LEGO’s own system.

Lego Technic Retrofuturistic Nuclear Car

You can see all of the build details and the full image gallery courtesy of Nico71’s excellent website by clicking here, and you watch the nuclear concept car in action (which is worth doing for the roof mechanism alone!) via the excellent video below.

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Towing Technic

Lego Technic Truck Trailer RC

We often feature Technic trucks here at The Lego Car Blog, but what they’re designed to pull less so. Even if a trailer is built, it’s often just a rolling slab of Danish plastic without any functionality whatsoever. Not so with Trawson21‘s latest creation, which packs realistic working features into both ends of the build.

Up front the truck includes remote control drive and steering, pendular suspension, and a working piston engine, whilst the huge trailer in tow includes pneumatically operated support legs and access ramps operated via a manual pump and pneumatic switch.

There’s more to see at Trawson’s Brickshelf gallery, where you can also find a link to a video of the model in action – click the link above to check it out.

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Elves in High Places

Lego Technic Remote Control Mercedes-Benz Crane Truck

The Lego Car Blog Elves are, thankfully, not very big. This unfortunately does make them quite susceptible to being run over, trodden on, and getting eaten by dogs and larger birds, but we never seem to run out of them so there must be procreation going on somehow (we don’t really want think about that though).

It’s therefore unusual to see an Elf anywhere above waist height, but today this TLCB staff writer was met by the forlorn gaze of an Elf sitting on mid-level book shelf when he entered the office. Sigh.

It became apparent that several other Elves were dotted around the building in similar situations, marooned by one of their number’s latest find.

This superb Mecredes-Benz Actros 8×4 crane truck is the work of TLCB regular Shineyu, and it is, as you may have guessed, fully remote controlled. That includes the drive, steering, outriggers, and a huge crane arm, which unusually folds in the middle via a rotating joint, much like your elbow does.

Unfolding this joint via the corresponding Medium Motor and then operating the boom extension makes Shineyu’s appendage surprising long*, and thus the perfect tool for some vertical Elven tomfoolery. See just how big it gets via the link to the Eurobricks forum in the text above.

Lego Technic Remote Control Mercedes-Benz Crane Truck

*Hah.

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Trucavator

Lego Technic Tatra Truck Excavator

We don’t see this type of vehicle in TLCB’s home nation, and we’re not really sure why. A hybrid of truck and excavator it seems like quite a useful design, being fast enough to drive on roads without annoying everyone and diggery enough to do some digging when it reaches its destination.

This pneumatically-powered Technic version is based on a Tatra 815 with a UDS excavator mounted to the rear. It’s been built by newcomer Ivan MOC and it features working steering, a V4 piston engine, suspension on all axles, pneumatic stabilisers and boom elevation, manual boom extension and 360° excavator rotation.

There’s more of Ivan’s build to see at Eurobricks and Flickr – click the links if you dig it.

Lego Technic Tatra Truck Excavator

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Rolling a Six

Lego Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6

What’s better off-road than a four-wheel-drive vehicle? A six-wheel-drive vehicle of course. In fact by TLCB arithmetic it’s a whole two better.

Eurobricks’ KevinMoo also clearly favours the ‘more is more’ approach and has built his latest creation – loosely based on Mercedes-Benz’s nuts 6×6 G-Wagon – accordingly. With twin L motor drive going to all six wheels and all-round multi-link live axle suspension Kevin has constructed quite a capable machine, and – as a by-product of trying to reduce the stress on LEGO’s famously weak U-Joint pieces – a reasonably quick one too, as there’s little gearing-down at work in the drivetrain.

Lego Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6 RC

Remote control coupled with reasonable speed does of course mean a few of our Elves have been squished in the making of this blog post, but hey – blogging’s not without the odd sacrifice. It also meant that, once the Elf at the controls was found, fed, and then ejected from the building, we could take a good look at the internal workings of Kevin’s build.

Lego Technic 6x6 RC

As you can see from the image above, the 6×6 fully suspended drivetrain is a remarkably compact piece of engineering, and unlike the real 6×6 G-Wagon it’s made possible by the unusual step of not constructing a separate chassis, but rather a monocoque or ‘unibody’ whereby the body and chassis are designed as one unit.

Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz 6x6 RC

In addition to the clever drivetrain Kevin’s build also features LED lights front and rear, Servo steering, and opening doors, hood and tailgate. There’s lots more to see at the Eurobricks forum, plus you watch the 6×6 in action via the video below.

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Picking Fruit

Lego Technic Cherry Picker

We don’t think we can ever recall seeing a cherry picker actually picking cherries. Fixing light bulbs, telephone wires and cutting trees, yes. Picking cherries, not so much.

Lego RC Crane

Still, whatever the inaccuracies of the name, this remote control Technic cherry picker from Anto of Eurobricks is a very accomplished build. Remotely operable functions include the drive, motorised outriggers, a rotating turntable and an elevating crane boom, whilst mechanics take care of the steering and boom extension.

Lego Technic Cherry Picker

There’s lots more to see of Anto’s creation at the Eurobricks forum via the link above, plus you watch the cherry picker in action via the video below.

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Orange Crush

Lego Technic Zil 130

Another day, another find, another Elven catastrophe to tidy up. Following this week’s earlier Elf squashing our workforce has been in a cautious but nevertheless vengeful mood.

And so one of the week’s earlier victims found itself at the controls of a vehicle capable of exacting a hit-and-run based revenge. With the Elves it doesn’t really matter if the perpetrator of a previous act is actually present when the revenge is served, just as long as someone gets squished. And squished they were.

Lego Technic Zil 130 MMZ Truck

The vehicle in question is this absolutely wonderful ZiL 130 MMZ 555 tipper truck, in perfectly-suited Porsche 911 GT3 orange, as built by previous bloggee Samolot. In a convenient metaphor for the communist economy that spawned it, the Zil was the ideal tool for crushing the people, or in this case, Elves.

Remote control drive with a remotely controlled four speed gearbox, and a novel linear actuator based steering system give this ZiL 130 a surprising turn of speed, certainly enough to catch out a few slower Elves, whilst all-wheel suspension allowed the truck to roll over them with ease. Unrelated to the smushing, but a cool feature nonetheless, Samolot’s Zil 130 also includes a remotely controlled dumping mechanism powered by a Medium Motor, taking the total motor-count to four.

Lego Technic Zil 130 MMZ Truck

Opening doors, a working steering wheel, and an opening hood all feature too, and Samolot has included a level of detail that’s now becoming typical with many Technic builds that moves the theme ever closer to Model Team in terms of aesthetics.

There’s a whole lot more to see of Samolot’s superb ZiL 130 dump truck via Brickshelf, MOCpages and the Eurobricks forum, plus you watch all the working features in action courtesy of the excellent video below.

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