The supporting actor of track sides, the B-Side is there only to fill the blank space on the back of the record. But sometimes the B-Side turns out to be better than than the A.
B-Sides famous for being more famous than their A-Side compatriots are rare things, but U2’s ‘Sweetest Thing’, The Smiths’ ‘How Soon is Now’ and er… The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ are today joined by Nathanael Kuipers’ 42000 Hot Rod, which is, somewhat remarkably, a more appealing model than the one upon which it’s based.
And the best thing about Nathanael’s work is you can build one too! Just buy LEGO’s 42000 Technic F1 Racer set and you’ll have all the parts you need. See how Nathanael’s done it on MOCpages or Flickr.
Following our 2013 Set Previews, Utahlug have brought all of the Q1 2013 LEGO Technic sets together in one glorious image. Despite the fact that it’s seriously messing with our OCD (why isn’t 42000 in a box too… argh), we thought it was worth sharing. Unless you have OCD too, in which case, sorry. To see The Lego Car Blog’s Preview of each of the 2013 Technic releases, click on ‘News’ to the left of this post, or use the Search function at the bottom of the page.
Finally… The last Elf thrown over The LEGO Group’s perimeter fence returned today. We were beginning to think it’d been eaten by the guard dogs. Anyhow, now that it’s found its way back to The Lego Car Blog Towers we can complete our preview of the 2013 LEGO Technic lineup, with this, the 42000 F1 Racer.
We’ve actually previewed this set already, because someone (probably now an ex-LEGO employee) put one up for sale on eBay a few months ago. However, we thought it was still worth bringing you some high quality pictures.
LEGO’s 42000 marks a return to F1 style cars, although due to licensing regulations it may not actually be called an ‘F1’ car. In comparison to their previous officially licensed efforts from Ferrari and Williams, we’re actually a little disappointed by this set, but that’s probably a little unjust as 42000 will almost certainly be cheaper than its predecessors.
42000 will sit at the top of the early-2013 LEGO Technic range, and whilst it has no Power Functions or Pneumatics, it does feature some good old-fashioned mechanics, including; a working V8 engine, suspension and steering, and one of those slightly annoying ‘gearbox-that’s-not-actually-a-gearbox’ things to control a variety of functions. We predict these will be an opening engine cover (why not just have it on a hinge and give us a real gearbox LEGO?), and possibly a Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the rear wing, as employed by the 2012 Formula 1 cars.
Expect 42000 to be near the top of the tree price-wise when it’s released in early 2013. However, we think it’s not so far up LEGO’s pricing structure that it’s eliminated the need for a new flagship… You heard it here first!
The 2013 Technic F1 Car. And an awful carpet colour choice
This ladies and gentleman… ok, probably just gentlemen, is the new 2013 Lego Technic F1 Car, scooped 5 months ahead of launch. Somehow this briefly appeared on an eBay account (the owner of which is now probably sleeping with the fishes), and as countless college girls will testify, once something appears online, it’s there forever.
The 2013 release uses the new 5-digit numbering system and a few new pieces too, including re-shaped and smaller Technic plates, and some pieces in previously unreleased white colouring.
We think that 42000 will sport the usual array of Technic functionality, including a V8 piston engine, pushrod suspension, working steering, and the now common gearbox-controlled-functions-but-not-actually-a-gearbox feature. This is likely to control the rear wing (DRS?!) and openable engine cover. The colour scheme to our eyes looks a bit like the old BAR racing cars, although perhaps a bit messier, but the retro ’71’ roundel looks ace.
Expect to see the new Technic F1 car reach stores in Spring of 2013 (April-ish for our readers in the Southern Hemisphere), by which time we’ll know a lot more about it and the other 2013 Technic releases.