Tag Archives: 6×6

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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Rolling a Six

Lego Lunar Rover

All vehicles with six evenly-spaced wheels are cool. Create the wheels yourself with a bucket of Technic pins and some grey dishes and your model will be sub-zero cool. Flickr’s David Hensel has done just that, using the Force, ancient magic, or the tears of unicorns to hold them together. Probably all three. There’s more to see of David’s ‘2780 Moon Rover’ and the six remarkable wheels on which it rolls by clicking the link above.

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Mighty Mercedes

Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Zetros Truck RC

This stunning looking Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 crane truck is the work of newcomer JRX, and it’s might just be the most technology and feature packed model of the year so far.

Underneath the realistic exterior are fourteen Power Functions motors, fifteen pneumatic cylinders and ten pairs of LED lights. Oh, and a third-party BuWizz brick to provide the power required and control the working functions. Now concentrate, here comes the science part…

Lego Technic Mercedes Zetros 6x6

All six wheels of JRX’s Zetros are independently suspended and powered by four LEGO Buggy Motors, with the three differential locks activated by a Servo motor and four pneumatic cylinders. These pneumatics are powered by an on-board compressor consisting of a Large motor and four pneumatic pumps, which also drive the crane extension and boom lift via a further five pneumatic cylinders.

A Medium motor and a further three Servo motors power the crane winch, rotation and elevation, whilst another Servo, Medium motor and two more pneumatic cylinders drive the outriggers. One final Medium motor powers the front winch and ten pairs of LEDs light the headlights, tail-lights, floodlights, warning lights and flashing turn signals.

JRX’s Mercedes-Benz Zetros has more squeezed inside it than your Mom’s corset, and just like your Mom there’s a video of it action available to view online. You can watch the Zeros is action via the video below, and you can see all of the photos and read further build information at both JRX’s Flickr photostream and via the Eurobricks discussion forum.

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In Space, No-One Can Hear You Pollute

Lego Octan Sci-Fi Desert Bug

With the news that TLCB’s home nation is to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol powered cars by 2040, following France, Norway and others, the writing is on the wall for petrol companies. Not that you’d know it though. Are they, aware of the impending death of the one product they sell, championing the roll-out of hydrogen fuelling and electricity fast-chargers? Are they balls.

Which makes this six-wheeled Octan, er… whatever this is by Flickr’s BobDeQuatre even more perplexing that it otherwise would be. Are Octan still selling fossil fuels in the distant future? And how can an internal combustion engine even work in an environment without oxygen? We’ll put on our ‘Oil Executive Hat’ and say that’s a problem for another generation, let’s just keep that black gold flowing!* See more of Bob’s Octan Space Thingy at his photostream via the link above.

*We imagine the results of said hat look a little like the Simpsons’ Rich Texan.

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KRAZY

Lego KrAZ 255 Truck Remote Control

This is a Ukrainian KrAz 255 6×6 off-road truck, launched in the late 1960s by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The KrAZ factory actually started out making bridges, then combine harvesters, before moving on to military trucks. Communism meant you built what you were told to…

KrAZ were good at trucks though, and in 1971 they were awarded the Order of Lenin (the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union) for their successes, and their products were exported to several countries around the world.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union KrAZ are no longer under the control of the state, and – a little weirdly – are supplying vehicles to the Ukrainian army to defend Ukraine from invasion by their old masters Russia.

This superb Model Team style recreation of the Soviet-era KrAZ 255 is the work of xxtruck of Brickshelf, making his TLCB debut. Underneath the realistic exterior is a remotely controlled 6×6 drivetrain, working suspension on all wheels, a detailed engine and interior, and functioning head and tail lights.

There’s lots more of the KrAZ 255 to see via xxtruck’s Brickshelf Gallery – take a look via the link above.

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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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Tip-Off

Lego Technic 6x6 Tipper Truck

Previous bloggee pipasseyoyo of Brickshelf returns to The Lego Car Blog with another top quality Technic creation. His latest build packs in no less than six Power Functions motors to drive the truck’s steering, propulsion, and trailer hitch, plus the trailer’s support legs and tipping mechanism, and – as we discovered – it’s able to transport a whole troop of Elves outside and then dump them in the hedge. You can see the full gallery via the link above, where you can also find a link to watch the truck and trailer in action.

Lego Technic 6x6 Tipper Truck

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Rock Raiders

Lego Pneumatic Rock Excavator

Ah, Rock Raiders, one of LEGO’s thankfully short-lived late ’90s themes where they’d run out of ideas and decided to re-hash the ‘searching for magical crystals’ story just one last time. And the logo looked like a sexual diagram. We weren’t fans.

Anyhoo, we are fans of whatever this is. Suggested by a reader and built by previous bloggee Desert752Kirill it’s apparently a Heavy Rock Loader, and it looks like something from one of Thunderbirds weirder storylines.

Weighing 5KG and measuring almost a meter long, Desert’s creation is a goliath of the Technic world. It has gargantuan features to match too, with (by our count) twenty six pneumatic cylinders. These control everything from the boom elevation and extension, bucket tilt, the superstructure rotation, the four immense outriggers, and the adjustable-height suspension. The bucket also has a mechanical self-levelling function, and the model can operate with both normal and crab steering.

There’s lots more to see at Dessert’s Flickr photostream, the Eurobricks discussion forum, and of course, via the excellent video below. Click the links and be amazed…

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A Soviet Smasher

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It’s been a fairly calm week at The Lego Car Blog Towers. You can therefore imagine our dismay, as we stumbled down the steps into our luxury penthouse editorial suite and found smushed Elves embedded in the Axminster. It could only mean one thing: the Elves had found a Technic Power Functions model.

This particular creation was discovered on MOCpages. It’s been built by Piotr K and features working 6×6 drive, suspension and gears. Weighing just over 2.5kg, it’s slightly lighter than the 1950s original.  Sadly that weight of bricks can smush even the largest of our workforce. Whilst we’re cleaning up, click this link to MOCpages to see more photos and a video of the machine in action.

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6×6 + RC + Truck = Fun!

Lego Technic RC Truck Trial

We got a bit drunk last night, and thus today isn’t going to be very productive. Luckily one of our readers has stepped in to keep TLCB functioning with a Guest Blog. Nils O, a previous bloggee himself, picks up the pen…

The headline says it all, so there should be no need to say much more… but hey, that would be a boring blog entry, wouldn’t it?

I found this fun promising RC Truck on the frontpage of MOCpages a few days ago and didn’t really notice it at the first look. But then I opened the page and thought: “Wow!… It must be so much fun to drive a truck like this one!” As I am not there at TLCB Towers, I can’t see it, but I bet the Elves will play with this thing for hours until they (or the batteries) get exhausted. (By the way, I want my blue Smartie, an M&M would be OK, too… – You can send it via E-Mail) ;-).

The truck has a 6×6 drive train powered by six Buggy motors, with a live axle in the front and bogie suspension in the rear, plus portal gears on each wheel. All of that complexity looks to work very well, providing quite a rigid suspension system perfect for difficult terrain, and the truck seems to be quite fast too (that’ll be those six Buggy motors! Ed.). The body is custom designed looks very cool – as if it were custom built truck for real life Truck Trial competitions.

The builder behind it is Desert752 Kirill, and you can find full details of his this “Fun Truck” and more of the builder’s amazing Technic creations on MOCpages via the links above.

Thanks to Nils for filling in today. You can check out his own models via the link above, and if you’d like to suggest a creation, or even guest blog one, you can leave us a comment on our Feedback and Submission Suggestions page here.

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Army Ant

Lego Technic ATV 6x6 RC

This is a real off-roader! Previous bloggee Pipasseyoyo has miniaturised one of the most accomplished all-terrain-vehicles, and his remote controlled Technic 6×6 ATV is every bit as capable as the real thing. With 6-wheel-drive powered by two XL Motors, locking differentials, a two-speed gearbox and working steering powered by a Medium Motor each, plus suspension on all three axles, Pipasseyoyo’s creation can climb like an ant. There’s lots more detail available on Brickshelf, including a rendering of the awesome 6×6 drivetrain and a video link to see the model in action – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Technic Remote Control ATV

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Barney

Lego Friends Dodge T-Rex RC

We never understood why Barney the Dinosaur was so friendly. Always happy to dance awkwardly and sing a humiliating song, we longed for the day when he’d go feral, eat the children and maul a producer. We’re still waiting for that day to come, but in the meantime we can get our fix of destruction and violence (and an excuse for a clever title) with this brilliant LEGO Friends-themed remote control Dodge T-Rex.

Powered by an XL Motor, plus another two for steering, this colourful 6-wheel-drive creation will climb over almost anything. And it’ll easily squash a group of fleeing Elves if one of their number is at the controls.

Previous bloggee Desert752 Kirill is the builder and you can see more of his friendly T-Rex on MOCpages via the link above, or at the Eurobricks forum here, plus you can see it in action on a tough-looking Truck Trial course courtesy of the video below.

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Jeepster

Lego Technic RC 6x6 Dodge T-Rex

As well as being a terrifying (although also slightly comical) dinosaur and a rather excellent 1970s rock band, T-Rexs also come in a vehicular variety. This is one, built by MOCpages’ Desert752 Kirill, features 6-wheel-drive, 4-wheel-steering and some very green bodywork. You can see more of Desert752’s remote controlled Technic Dodge T-Rex 6×6 at the link above, plus you can see it in action in the video below.

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KrAZy!

Lego KrAZ 255B Trucks

MOCpages’ Ingmar Spijkhoven, a veteran of The Lego Car Blog, is back, with not one but three incredible remote controlled KrAZ 255B trucks. In fact there are nine models, once all the possible combinations of tractor and payload are included.

Powered by an XL motor each, with 6×6 drive, a working V8 engine, servo steering and solid axle suspension on all wheels, Ingmar’s KrAZ trucks are an engineering triumph.

Lego KrAZ Truck Trial

Ingmar has designed three versions of the KrAZ 255B; flatbed, truck-trial (above) and logging (below). All are available to view on MOCpages, where full technical details can also be found, along with an extensive gallery of the features of each truck and payload combination. Click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Technic KrAZ Logging Truck

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Smashing Truck

HW 01

The Homeworld strategy game burst onto the scene in late 1999. It soon gained a cult following, both for its game-play and its distinctive graphic design. Many of the ships were brightly patterned, reminiscent of designs from 1970s pulp book covers by the likes of Chris Foss and Peter Elson. The designs have inspired many Lego builders, most notably TLCB bloggee Pierre E Fieschi, who has built a variety of space and ground vehicles in this style.

Flickr’s curtydc has joined in the Homeworld inspired building with a micro-scale build of massive proportions. The Baserunner is a 6×6 truck, powered by two XL motors and steered using two M motors. Neatly tucked behind X-pod lids are 6 radio control car tyres. Although they’re not Lego, were very much appreciated by our Elves for their smushing potential. The rear of the vehicle features a hangar, with space for a fleet of micro-machines. You can see these in detail by clicking this link to curtydc’s Flickr Photostream.

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