Category Archives: Technic

Memory Lane

For builders of a certain generation Dennis Bosman has performed a miracle of Lego reconstruction. The 8889 Technic Ideas book was published in 1984, just four years after the original 8888 book. 8889 showed just how quickly the parts available and building techniques for the Technic part of the Lego System had moved on. As well as step-by-step instructions for some builds (this writer’s favourite was the strange 6-wheeled vehicle) there were photos of additional models. Across two double-page spreads was a massive truck. How to build it though? This is what Dennis Bosman has done, using only contemporary parts. Click this link to travel back in time…

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(It Doesn’t Matter if You’re) Black or White

Lego Technic Jaguar XK120

Wise words from the King of Pop there. Eurobricks member martijnnab has used this excellent advice to great effect, building two versions of his gorgeous Technic Jaguar XK120 Roadster in contrasting colours.

Lego Technic Jaguar XK120

Martijn’s Jaguars are inverse to the meaning behind Michael Jackson 1991 hit however, as whilst they look the same on the surface they are very different underneath, with the white XK featuring mechanical functions including a straight-6 engine and working steering whilst the black XK includes a fully remote controlled Power Functions drivetrain.

Lego Technic Jaguar XK120

There’s lots more to see of both versions of Martijn’s wonderful Technic Jaguar XK120 Roadster at the Eurobricks forum – click on the link above to make the jump.

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The Other Jeep

Lego Technic Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Wranglers and CJs appear regularly here at The Lego Car Blog in Technic form, yet oddly the brand’s most popular model, the Cherokee, has appeared just once (in Grand form, when we mocked it). This is probably because the Cherokee is seen as a bit of a Soccer Mom’s car in the U.S, used exclusively for taking Ethan Jr. to football practice and picking Alicia up from the mall.

However despite the Cherokee’s usual life of suburban drudgery it’s actually a very capable ‘proper’ off-roader. Which of course makes it horrible for use on the road where Soccer Mom’s spend all of their time. The American consumer makes zero sense. Anyway, damianple of Brickshelf has not only built a Lego Jeep Cherokee, he’s got it doing the things it was meant to do. Remote control steering, all-wheel-drive and an operable winch all feature, as do opening doors, a raising hood and an opening tailgate.

There’s more to see of Damian’s off-road ready Jeep on Brickshelf where it’s been photographed on-location (and not at the mall) – click the link above to check it out.

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She’s Electric

Lego Technic Tesla Model S Remote Control

The future of transport is electric, and no manufacturer has done more to advance the technology than electric car start-up Tesla.

Founded from the proceeds of Paypal, Elon Musk’s ludicrously ambitious venture has gone from producing a humble modified Lotus Elise in tiny numbers to become the largest manufacturer of li-ion batteries in the world, completely changing the automotive landscape in the process.

This is the car that made the company, the Model S sedan, which proved that electric cars didn’t have to be slow, ugly econo-boxes, and that they could be produced at a price comparable to an internal-combustion-engined rival.

This huge Technic recreation of one of the most important cars ever built comes from Fosapifi of Eurobricks, and it’s very nearly as technology-packed as the real car.

Opening doors, hood, tailgate, jump-seats, and independent suspension all feature, and the model is controlled by two third-party power-boosting BuWizz bricks, allowing Fosapifi’s Model S to be driven by eight (yes eight!) Large Power Functions motors, plus a Servo for steering. The result is, much like the real car, a vehicle that makes way more power than you’d expect.

How much power? Click the link above to visit the Eurobricks forum for full details, you watch the Tesla in action courtesy of the video below, and you can hear today’s title track by clicking here.

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The Mean Machine

Lego Technic Mean Machine

Sneaking along last is that Mean Machine with those double dealing do-badders Dick Dastardly and his sidekick, Muttley. And even now they’re up to some dirty trick! Charbel channels his inner cartoon racer with this neat Technic rendition of the Mean Machine. Check it out at the link above.

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Honda NSX – Picture Special

Lego Technic Honda NSX

After over a decade out of the supercar game Honda’s new NSX supercar has just gone on sale, a near-600bhp hybrid-powered torque-vectoring computer with wheels. But that’s not the one we have here today.

Launched in 1990 the original Honda NSX was designed to take on the established supercars from manufacturers such as Ferrari, only at a lower price point, and to upset the supercar order through the virtue of it, well, being a supercar that actually worked.

Honda F1 driver Ayrton Senna helped to tune the handling in the final stages of development, and although the NSX was powered by ‘only’ a transversely mounted naturally aspirated 3.0 V6 making 270bhp (albeit with an 8,000rpm redline), it quickly gained a reputation for being one hell of a drivers’ car.

Lego Technic Honda NSX

Lightweight (the NSX was the first mass produced car to be made from aluminium) and beautifully nimble, Honda showed that you didn’t need all-wheel-drive, turbos, or a prancing horse on the hood to build a superb supercar. And unlike pretty much every other supercar at the time the NSX was reliable, because above all else, it was a Honda.

These days something of the original NSX’s simplicity is missing from the latest crop of overpowered, over-assisted supercars – the new NSX included, and arguably the same is true for their Technic equivalents. Packed with Power Functions electric motors, remote control, and bluetooth, we seem to have lost the joy of hands-on mechanics. Luckily for us though, Nico71 has not only recreated one of the finest old-school supercars ever made, he’s done it in a profoundly old-school way too…

Lego Technic Honda NSX

This is Nico’s Technic Honda NSX, and it’s as delightfully manual as the real car. An accurate transversely mounted V6 engine is turned by the rear wheels, which are independently suspended along with those at the front. The front wheels also steer by hand, thanks to a connected steering wheel plus a ‘hand-of-God’ connection mounted on the roof. The pop-up headlights are also manually raised and lowered via lever mounted on the dashboard, and the seats can slide fore and aft manually too. Lastly the doors, hood, rear window, engine cover and glovebox all open by hand, and there isn’t a Power Functions motor in sight.

Nico’s Honda NSX is – much like the real car – a triumph of mechanical engineering, and well worth a closer look. Check out the full details at Nico’s discussion topic at the Eurobricks forum, and you can find all the images, a video of the model’s features and instructions (yes, really, so we we won’t be getting the usual ‘Can I have instructions?’ messages for once!) at Nico’s own excellent website – Click here to take a look.

Lego Technic Honda NSX

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Argy Bargy

Lego Technic Argo 6x6

This intriguing looking vehicle is an ARGO 6×6 XTV and, just like your Mom at a free buffet, it’ll climb over almost anything to get where it wants to go. The real ARGO is a fully amphibious vehicle, floating with its body above the water and propelled by its six wheels that sit below the waterline. Those six wheels are all driven and are skid-steered thanks to a set of brakes on each side, allowing the ARGO to turn in its own length.

This brilliant little Technic recreation of the ARGO XTV is the work of newcomer Andrew Millson, and whilst his version might not float it steers in exactly the same way as the real thing. In Lego form it would have been far far easier to skid-steer via the use of two motors, one driving the three left wheels and another the three right, but just like the real ARGO Andrew’s model uses a single motor and an ingenious left/right braking system that activates when the handlebars are turned. It’s seriously clever stuff and one of the neatest Technic tricks we’ve seen his year.

There’s more to see of Andrew’s ARGO and the brilliant braking system within it at both Flickr and the Eurobricks forum, and if you’d like to see what Jeremy Clarkson thought of the 8×8 version click here!

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Tip-Off

Lego Technic Tipper Truck

Such is the success of LEGO’s excellent Power Functions system that we rarely seem to publish a purely mechanical Technic model. However recent bloggee Nico71 has allowed us to do just that with this superbly executed tipper truck.

Lego Technic Tipper Truck

Mechanical functions include a 6-cylinder engine driving (or rather being driven by) the rear wheels, working Hand-of-God steering, and a hand-cracked tipping load bed. We think Nico’s model could easily be an official Technic set, and there’s more to see courtesy of his Brickshelf gallery via the link above.

Lego Technic Tipper Truck

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Halo Warthog – Picture Special

Lego Halo Warthog Remote Control

Halo. It’s one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, with over 65 million sales worldwide and grossing almost $3.5billion to date. And it’s also the cause of more awful Lego creations than probably any other genre in history. Besides Bionicle of course.

A Halo Warthog is therefore not an unusual creation. The online Lego community is plagued with them. But today’s find is an unusual creation. Because it’s a Halo Warthog… that’s really bloody good.

Lego Halo Warthog Remote Control

Built by previous bloggee and TLCB favourite Nico71 this fully remote controlled Technic Halo Warthog is a spectacularly well-engineered creation. Featuring remote control all-wheel-drive complete with diff locks, all-wheel-steering, all-wheel suspension, and a remotely operable gun turret, it’s very probably the Elves’ favourite creation of the year so far. Until it squashed them of course, but they’re used to that by now.

There’s lot’s more to see of this incredible Technic Halo Warthog at Nico71’s Brickshelf gallery – click the link to join the fight.

Lego Technic Halo Warthog RC

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Dinotopia*

Lego Technic Ferrari Dino

This gorgeous Technic Ferrari Dino 246 was found by one of our Elves on Flickr today. Built by James Tillson it perfectly captures one of the last curvy Ferraris before the wedges of the ’70s took over sports car design.

With only a 2.4 litre V6 engine (enlarged from just 2 litres in the early cars) the Dino – named after Enzo Ferrari’s son who died tragically young – was one of the few Ferrari models that wasn’t a supercar, and whilst Ferrari’s other non-supercar efforts are often looked down upon the original Dino is still held in high esteem.

James’ recreation of the 246 is a worthy homage to the original car, and there’s lots more to see of his splendid Lego recreation at his photostream by clicking the link above.

Lego Technic Ferrari Dino

*Twenty TLCB points if you know the reference!

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Harvest Time

Lego Technic Deutz-Fahr 6040 Combine Harvester RC

This is a Deutz-Fahr 6040 combine harvester (no, us neither), but vehicles such as this are vital for the continual feeding of the Earth’s 7.4 billion human mouths. This incredible fully remote controlled Technic version comes from Flickr’s Krešo Krejča and it’s absolutely packed with mechanical wizardry. The drive, steering, and the rotating, raising and lowering cutting bar are all powered via LEGO Power Functions motors, plus there’s a trailer to tow the cutting bar for road use, a detailed cabin, and opening hatches galore. There’s lots more to see of the Deutz-Fahr at Krejca’s photostream – click the link above to bring in the harvest.

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Supercharged Smushing

Lego Technic Supercharged Muscle Car RC

The Lego Car Blog Elves have a long and chequered history with remote control vehicles. Regularly chased, squashed, and manhandled by one of their number at the controls of an RC creation, they only have themselves to blame. Unless we do it of course.

However if they’re going to be run over by a remotely controlled Lego model it may as well be by a vehicle they like, and we expect this brutal-looking Charger-esque supercharged muscle car is the Elves’ very favourite of all the creations that have  mowed them down.

Built by previous bloggee Paave this RC masterpiece not only looks the part, it’s packed with cool functions too. Remote control drive (by two L Motors) and steering (via a Medium Motor) of course feature, plus rather cleverly the supercharger belt also spins. There’s working suspension front and rear, positive caster angle, opening and locking doors, hood and trunk, and the bodywork is completely removable from the chassis.

There’s lots more to see of Paave’s superb Technic muscle car via MOCpages, Brickshelf and Eurobricks where you can also watch a video of the model’s features in action – click the links to check it out.

Lego Technic Supercharged Muscle Car RC

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Ford GT – Picture Special

Lego Technic Ford GT Supercar

Ford’s sold-out GT has got everyone talking. By everyone, mostly we mean America, where not having a V8 is still seen as bit of a novelty. Nevertheless, the new GT doesn’t have a V8, instead being fitted with a seriously tuned version of Ford’s 3.5 litre ‘Ecoboost’ V6 engine producing over 600bhp.

Ford designed the GT first and foremost as a racing car, maximising performance within GT-class rules, and then adapting the design for the road. This makes the GT a magnificently impractical car for road use, but at a track… that’s a different story.

Lego Technic Ford GT Remote Control

This stunning Technic recreation of Ford’s newest supercar has been built by previous bloggee Lachlan Cameron and it’s very nearly as impressive as the real car. Underneath the beautifully sculpted body work is a V6 engine, inboard pushrod suspension complete with the GT’s trick ‘track mode’ setting which drops the car to the tarmac, a raising rear spoiler, and Power Functions remote control drive and steering.

There’s a whole lot more to see of Lachlan’s incredible Ford GT Technic Supercar on Flickr and at the Eurobricks discussion forum. Click the links above for the full gallery, build details, and a video of the GT in action.

Lego Technic Ford GT Remote Control

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Gimmie a Ticket for an Aeroplane

Lego Technic Airliner

Gimmie a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain’t got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone I’m a goin’ home
My baby has just wrote me a letter.

We don’t often see Technic aeroplanes, but this unusual creation by BrickbyBrickTechnic shows that Technic aircraft can be done very well indeed. With working ailerons, airbrakes, elevators and tail rudder, plus functioning (and suspended) landing gear, BrickbyBrick’s jet airliner includes more functionality than many Technic models of more usual subjects. Get yourself a ticket at either Flickr or Eurobricks, and you can find today’s title song by clicking here.

Lego Technic Airliner

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Technic Toyota

Lego Technic Toyota FJ Cruiser

Modern Toyota 4×4 vehicles are renowned the world over for their reliability, toughness, and go-anywhere ability. But not so much for their soul. Apart from this one that is – the wonderful Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Launched in 2006 and lasting until 2014 the FJ Cruiser brought a bit of style to Toyota’s 4×4 range, whilst maintaining the legendary durability and off-road ability that the brand was famous for. So why wasn’t it sold in TLCB’s home nation Toyota?!

We’ll have to make do with this then, which is no bad thing. Built by Flickr’s _spacehopper_ this Technic recreation of the FJ Cruiser not only looks brilliant (especially for a Technic model), but it’s also packed with working functions, including remote control drive and steering, working suspension, opening doors and a front-mounted winch.

There’s more of the FJ to see at _spacehopper_’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump to Flickr.

Lego Technic Toyota FJ Cruiser

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