This is a GINAF F 275 6×6 and it was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. It comes from previous bloggee Arian Janssens who is something of a DAF-building specialist. “But this isn’t a DAF” we hear you say! OK, not one of you said that, but we’ll carry on with this train of thought anyway, otherwise the title doesn’t make sense. GINAF hail from the Netherlands alongside fellow truck-makers DAF, and build uniquely engineered vehicles based on DAF trucks for custom applications such as riot control, military, fire-fighting and garbage disposal. This one has been designed to transport sugar beet (which the Elves mustn’t know about or they’ll raid it and get high on the contents) and uses a 6×6 drivetrain to allow it load up off-road. Arian’s superb Model Team recreation includes a trailer in tow, working tipper and drop-sides, and brilliant attention to detail throughout. Head to Arian’s GINAF F 275 album on Flickr via the link above to see all the photos.
That’s what went through this writer’s head when he entered TLCB Towers this morning. The Elves don’t have a bedtime as such, returning to the office as and when they find a blog-worthy creation, although they often sleep in their cage room when we turn the lights out in-between foraging for builds.
Normally this is a peaceful affair, with only minor scuffles reported the following morning. That was not the case today.
Squashed Elves where everywhere, ingrained into the carpet or slammed against furniture. They’re resilient little creatures so they’ll all be fine (probably), but recovering our Elven workforce to a functioning state and cleaning up the Elven bodily fluids spilt during the night is not a fun job. Still, at least we get paid to do it. No that’s not right…
The cause of the destruction was found abandoned in the corridor with an Elf squashed underneath it and another swinging miserably from the crane mounted on the rear.
But what on Earth was it? Well it turns out ‘on Earth’ is the wrong place to start, as this amazing machine is apparently a ‘Martian Heavy Transporter’, a six-wheel-drive, skid steer, off-road crane truck, built to carry containers across the Martian landscape.
Each of those six wheels is fully suspended and powered by an individual XL Motor, with all six hooked up to a BuWizz bluetooth control that delivers up to eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions system. No wonder it could catch the fleeing Elves.
Mounted on the top of the chassis is an enormous remotely operated linear-actuator powered crane that can pull a large container onto the rear of the vehicle with ease, in a manner somewhere between LEGO’s neat 1994 6668 Recycle Truck and something from Robot Wars, or slide it to the ground by unfurling itself rearwards.
It’s a seriously slick piece of engineering and one we’re properly impressed by, even if it the cause of some considerable tidying up plus the need to administer a bit of Elven healthcare. Whilst we get on with that you can see more of this remarkable vehicle courtesy of desert752 of Eurobricks / Kirill Mazurov (aka Desert Eagle) of Flickr.
Head to Eurobricks and/or Flickr via the links for more, where a video of Desert / Kirill’s ‘Martian Heavy Transport’ and a complete gallery of imagery can also be found.
Whir… Crunch. Whir… Crunch. Unhappy – if familiar – noises floated down the corridor and into TLCB Office today. TLCB staff looked at one another. One writer was eating a packet of crisps, one was rocking gently backwards and forwards in the corner, lips moving furiously repeating the words ‘not again… not again…’ following a recent Elven event, and one was pretending to take an important phone call. Sigh. This writer got up and trudged out of the office, knowing full well what he’d find.
What he found – as expected – were several Elves limping around in circles, and a couple more squashed into the carpet, having been run over by one of their colleague’s finds. The find in question was the model pictured here, a rather excellent fully RC Technic recreation of the world’s largest articulated mining truck, the Atlas Copco MT85.
Built by Superkoala of Eurobricks, this replica of the MT85 is controlled via a third-party BuWizz bluetooth brick, which delivers power to all six-wheels, the articulated and rear axle steering, plus the tipping bucket. Said BuWizz brick also unlocks up to eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions battery system, giving the model a surprising burst of speed and explaining the Elven casualties.
Superkoala’s creation had also been rather cunningly filled with a variety of office objects to make it heavier, thus maximising its smushing ability. Hiding behind a pot plant was the Elf responsible, from which the controls were swiftly taken a meal-token begrudgingly awarded.
Whilst this writer tidies up, and has a well deserved drive of the Atlas Copco himself, you can see all the images and full build details at the Eurobricks discussion forum by clicking here, plus you can also watch the creation in action via the video below.
This TLCB Writer does not particularly like cats. The moon therefore, seems like a good place for them. Andrea Lattanzio aka Norton74 might think so too, having created this very cool ‘Moon Cat’ lunar rover, possibly to transport cats? The Moon Cat comes with a large cargo hold capable of transporting many cats, a neat dual cockpit handily separated from the aforementioned hold (and therefore also the aforementioned cats), and the most inspired use for LEGO crutches we’ve seen in the form of the headlight surrounds. We can’t think of how that links to cats. Join this writer in dreaming of a cat-free planet (and a cat-heavy moon) at Norton74’s Moon Cat album via the link above.
‘Febrovery’ 2019 has entered its final days, with rovers of all shapes, sizes and colours being uploaded to Flickr. Previous Febrovery bloggee Frost has built many of them, but today we’re featuring three of his builds that take a more minimalist approach to aesthetics.
Using pieces of only black and white Frost’s ‘Whitetron’ rovers are some of our very favourites from this year’s ‘Febrovery’ contest, and range from small quads to huge eight-wheel-drive armoured transports.
We’ve featured three of Frost’s rovers here and there are more available to view at his ‘Whitetron’ album on Flickr – click here to make the jump!
All fire trucks are cool. OK, maybe not this one, but pretty much everything else. The coolest of the lot could well be this, the awesome Tatra T815-CAS32. With six-wheel-drive and a 360-degree rotating turret-mounted water canon, there’s nothing we’d rather put out a fire with.
This fantastic Technic replica of the Tatra fire truck comes from previous bloggee Horcik Designs of Flickr, and not only has he nailed the exterior of his T815, he’s engineered a fully-working miniaturisation of the Tatra’s drivetrain, suspension and fire-fighting apparatus underneath too.
Horcik’s model features six-wheel-drive courtesy of LEGO’s Power Functions Motors, with remote control steering, powered hose-reel winches, an on-board compressor, and a motorised elevating and rotating turret.
There’s more to see of Horcik’s superb creation at his photostream, including a money-shot of how all of that lot has been squeezed in. Head to Flickr via the link above to dial 911.
It’s as orange as your Mom and just as capable of getting dirty. The model in question comes from TLCB regular Horcik Designs and is based on the classic Tatra T148 all-wheel-drive truck.
Underneath the minimalist Technic bodywork is a full truck trial remote control drivetrain, with working suspension on all wheels, steering courtesy of a Power Functions Medium motor, and six-wheel-drive which – as any seasoned Technic builder will know – is a really tricky thing to do.
There’s more to see of Horcik’s excellent Technic Tatra on Flickr – click the link above to grab an orange slice.
Lego models aren’t often constructed in primary colours these days. However a quick look back through our Review Library reveals that once-upon-a-time primary colours were very much in vogue. Due mostly to the fact that other hues were not available, but still.
Today’s find takes us back to the era of crayon-coloured Lego models, being this glorious primary-coloured Mack Superliner 6×6 RC by Flickr’s spongebrickpl, and it makes us think that basic colouring is due a resurgence!
There’s more to see of spongerbrick’s blue, yellow and red Mack Superliner complete with Power Functions six-wheel-drive, pendular suspension and remote control steering via the link above, and if like the Elves you’re still learning your colours, this scientific explanation may help…
This marvellous looking APC was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today and it comes from previous bloggee Stephan Niehoff. We’re not sure what’s got into the Elves at the moment but everything they’re finding is a bit weird. We’ll try to get back to cars soon, but in the meantime Stephan’s APC is one of the coolest looking vehicles we’ve blogged in ages, and the brilliant dirt realism is nothing more than chalk! No painted pieces or photoshop here. Check it out on Flickr via the link above.
Febrovery continues apace with rovers of all shapes and sizes arriving at TLCB Towers. This is one of our favourites so far, a gloriously retro-looking Classic Space tanker that could have come straight from a Gerry Anderson production. It also looks wonderfully pushable, which is like being swooshable only with wheels. It’s the work of Kamal Muftie Yafi and there’s more to see of his brilliantly-rendered tanker on Flickr by clicking here.
This is, apparently, the Nomad ND1 rover from the 2017 video game Mass Effect Andromeda. Unfortunately it is therefore something about which we know absolutely nothing, but to prevent an Elf riot here it is. Somewhat sadly you could ask us about the SD1 Rover though and we’d be fine…
Anyway, whilst we’re out of our depth with sci-fi as usual, we can tell you that this is a quality build, with a complete interior and fully independent suspension too. Check it out courtesy of Corvin Stichert on Flickr.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.