It’s Christmas! The season of hope, goodwill, and tenuous TLCB titles. Today’s enabler is previous bloggee Vladimir Drozd, with this epic MAN F2000 8×4 heavy haulage truck.
Powered by an XL Motor, with Servo steering, all-wheel suspension, a lifting second axle, custom decals, and some non-LEGO (but superb looking) front wheel trims and coiled cables, Vladimir’s creation is one of the most realistic trucks of 2022, and there’s much more to see at both his ‘MAN F2000 8×4’ Flickr album and via the Eurobricks discussion forum.
From the confusingly round to the very square indeed, and this magnificently upright Mercedes-Benz Actros 8×4 truck by Dani Brickzone (aka Brickzone52). Brilliant attention to detail is evident throughout and there’s more to see of Dani’s spectacular creation on Flickr via the link.
This spectacular classic Scania 143E 450 8×4 truck was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today. They’ve sure earned their red Smartie! Built by previous bloggee Andre Pinto this beautifully presented model not only looks the part thanks to exquisite detailing and custom decals, it’s drivable too, with a third-party SBrick providing bluetooth control to the two Power Functions XL drive motors and Servo steering. Andre promises a trailer is on the way, but before that arrives you can check out more of the tractor unit via the link in the text above.
LEGO enormous 42078 Technic Mack Anthem set both impressed and infuriated us in equal measure when we reviewed it here last year. One of the set’s major plus points though is the huge quantity and variety of parts included, making it a superb acquisition for builders looking to expand their brick collection. Or build a C-Model…
This is mpj’s Volvo 8×4 crane truck C-Model (so called because the set already includes instructions for a rather nice B-Model), built entirely from the parts found within the 42078 Mack Anthem set – although with a few new stickers added.
Volvo Trucks own Mack Trucks (but not Volvo Cars weirdly) so there is a neat link between mpj’s model and the truck from the set. Like the original, mpj’s build features purely mechanical functions, with the outriggers, crane rotation, three-stage boom, and two-axle steering all controlled by hand.
The design also leaves around 1,000 of the 42078 set’s 2,500 parts unused, so there’s plenty left over to create all sorts of items for the Volvo’s flatbed.
There’s more to see of mpj’s excellent C-Model at the Eurobricks forum, where you can also find a link to instructions should you wish to turn your own Mack Anthem into a Volvo 8×4 crane truck for yourself. Take a look via the link above, and you can read our review of the original 42078 Technic set by clicking on the first link in the text.
Last night your Mom put in a request, and thanks to Flickr’s Arian Janssens we’re happy to oblige. This 1980s DAF 3600 ATi 8×4 is seriously long, thanks to the truly enormous beam being transported between itself and the support trailer.
The whole rig is brilliantly detailed and features an accurate livery of the company that operated the truck in Holland back in the ’80s. There is lots more to see of the DAF 3600 ATi, the trailer, and the colossal beam being transported at Arian’s photostream – click the link above to go long.
This is probably the most beautiful Lego truck you’ll see this year. It might be the most beautiful Lego truck you’ll see ever.
It comes from Dirk Klijn of Flickr, and it’s an exact replica of an FTF FS-20 M 26 DT used by heavy haulage firm Roseboom in the Netherlands from 1989.
FTF (Floor Truck Factory) were a Dutch assembler of very heavy trucks, who sourced components such as engines from the USA and cabs from the UK to create specialist haulage vehicles.
FTF now only manufacture trailers rather than tractor units, but this particular FTF truck has been totally restored to its former glory.
After finding details of the restoration Dirk has recreated Roseboom’s classic FTF in absolutely breathtaking detail, completing the build with a truly enormous Scheurle EuroCombi trailer carrying a mammoth steel beam, a load typical of the truck when it was in haulage service.
Dirk’s incredible model is more than a display piece too, as full Power Functions remote control – operated by a third-party SBrick bluetooth brick – is included, along with working suspension, a tilting cab, and mechanical steering on the Scheurle trailer.
This gorgeous replica of Scania’s R620 8×4 truck comes from previous bloggee Shineyu of Eurobricks. Not only does the Scania look the part, thanks to brilliant detailing and some excellent custom-made decals, it’s fully remote controlled too, with three Power Functions XL motors driving the rear two axles and a Servo motor powering the steering on the front two.
There’s more to see at the Eurobricks discussion forum, including some superb outdoor photographs like the two shown here complete with a heavy-haulage trailer in tow. Click the links above to make the jump to the full set.
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.
In contrast to today’s other post, this model is as smooth as it gets. The other post featured a model from the ’70s, and whilst we’re sure there’s a metaphor for that one being decidedly un-smooth we’re not sure we can write it here. We’ll let you use your imagination instead.
Anyway, on to his model. This incredibly slick Scania 8×4 tipper truck is the work of Robert Heim of Flickr, and it is quite remarkably smooth.
There’s a tipping function too and one of the most beautifully constructed load beds that we’ve ever seen at this scale. There’s more to see at Robert’s Flickr photostream where there’s a wealth of stunning Lego photography on offer. Click the link above to take a look.
After a series of small creations we’re back with something big. Really big. Measuring almost a meter long, weighing over 8KGs, and constructed from around 8,000 LEGO pieces, Lucio Switch’s astonishing remote control and pneumatically-powered crane truck is one of the most complex creations that this site has published.
With seventeen Power Functions motors, eighteen pneumatic pumps / cylinders, and six switches, Lucio’s truck takes Technic construction to the limit of what is possible with Danish plastic. Four XL motors drive the rear wheels which are suspended on live axles, whilst the two front axles are steered by twin Servo motors and are suspended independently (which makes for no less than twenty-four shock absorbers in all!).
Underneath the fully suspended and tilting cab (with a working steering wheel, suspended seats and an opening engine cover) is a working V8 piston engine, with twin LiPo batteries that power the motors and six sets of LED lights hidden within the chassis.
Nine M and two L motors then drive everything from the front and rear stabilisers, crane rotation, winch, and the pneumatic pumps which provide air pressure for the three-stage crane elevation and extension mechanism, all of which are controlled via four IR receivers through an SBrick bluetooth device.
Fortunately for us here in TLCB office that lot is much too complicated for our Elves to figure out, so Lucio’s incredible truck was unable to cause carnage and mayhem. It is however absolutely worth checking out, either at Lucio’s Flickr photostream or via the Eurobricks discussion forum, plus you can watch the truck in action via the video below. Prepare to be amazed!…
…Right Round. An unnecessary nod to ’80s Liverpudlian pop band Dead or Alive there, which makes this TLCB writer glad he isn’t old enough to be part of that generational musical abomination. However, spinning things do seem to be an oddly visually appealing phenomenon, and the king of these on the road is the humble cement truck, which must spin its drum continually to prevent the cement inside from setting.
This superb MAN TGS 8×4 cement truck comes from previous bloggee gtahelper, and like its life-size counterpart the drum spins hypnotically as it drives. A third party SBrick allows the truck to be controlled via a bluetooth device and it features working LED head and tail lights plus automatic reversing lights too. There’s more to see at the Brickshelf Gallery – click the above to go for a spin.
…You need a really BIG fire truck. This one is a huge 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Actros by Smigol, and it looks substantial enough to tackle anything that combustion can throw at it. There’s more to see on Flickr – click the link above to dial 911.
It’s seem like only yesterday that Shineyu featured here at TLCB with an incredible Technic truck, and that’s because it was. His newest creation is a stunning Mercedes-Benz Actros 8×4, and like his previous build it’s fully remote controlled. There’s lots more to see at MOCpages and Eurobricks – click the links for all the images.
‘Mpj’ is the owner of this enormous red Mercedes Actros tipper truck. As is the current trend, it’s loaded with Power Functions goodness. Check out the below YouTube video of it in action, or if you find the euro-pop music intolerable, view the Brickshelf gallery instead.