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Big Red

The halls of TLCB Towers were a bustling place today. Several Elves have recently returned with finds, TLCB staff were pretending to be busy to avoid sweeping up the cage room, and the Le Mans 2020 livestream was ticking over in the corner. All of which meant we were thoroughly distracted from the Elf proudly riding atop this rather brilliant remote control Caterpillar D10 bulldozer until it was too late.

‘Too late’ in this case means we now have a bit more than sweeping up to do, as several Elves have been smeared across the corridor (and over the front of the bulldozer) thanks to builder keymaker‘s inclusion of four Power Functions motors and a third-party BuWizz bluetooth battery, controlling the drive, steering, and ripper and blade mechanisms.

Individual suspension on the tracks’ jockey wheels plus track tensioners meant the blade stayed at Elf-smearing height even if one of them went under the tracks, whilst a working V8 engine, detailed cabin and engine bay, and opening doors and tool compartment add to the realism, if not the Elf-smushing capabilities.

We now have some considerable floor cleaning to do, as a number of our smelly little workers were caught off guard and fell victim the the D10’s blade, then tracks, then ripper, which doesn’t sound fun at all. Whilst we get on with that you can see more of keyworker’s most excellent creation at both the Eurobricks forum via the link above, or on Bricksafe, where over forty high quality images are available to view.

Lastly, if you’re wondering how mechanisms such as those found on keyworker’s ‘dozer work then come back to The Lego Car Blog later today where we’ll be sharing an awesome new tool that does just that!

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Liebherr Again

With over four thousand pieces, seven electric motors, and the new Control+ bluetooth receiver, LEGO’s enormous 42100 Technic Liebherr R 9800 Control set is a great place to start if you want to build a B-Model. So much so that previous bloggee Eric Trax has actually built two. Following his Bobcat skid-steer loader that appeared here earlier in the year, Eric has constructed another alternate from only the pieces found within the 42100 set; this spectacular Liebherr PR776 bulldozer.

Packed full of working functionality including remote control drive, steering, accurate blade and ripper mechanisms and a highly detailed exterior you’d be hard-pressed to know that Eric’s ‘dozer is a B-Model. Best of all Eric has made his design ridiculously accessible if you own a 42100 set and you’d like to build it for yourself, with downloadable instructions, sticker sheet, and even a BuWizz profile that you can add straight to your own third-party BuWizz app to control it. There’s lots more to see of Eric’s incredible B-Model build at his ‘Liebherr PR776’ album on Flickr and the Eurobricks forum, where links to all of the above can be found – click the links in the text to take a look!

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Stalin’s Cat

It wasn’t the British or the Americans that sacrificed the most in the Second World War, but Russia, with more lives lost than almost every other country put together. It was fitting then that it was Stalin’s army that victoriously made it to Berlin first to end the war in Europe.

Things quickly changed once the common enemy was defeated though, with Stalin killing millions of his own people to add to the wartime total, and the Soviet Union developing nuclear weapons to match the U.S, ushering in a decades-long Cold War.

Stalin’s wartime victory (and totalitarian regime) led to everything being called something with ‘Stalin’ in it, including the vehicle in this post. Built in Stalingrad, the Stalinec T130 bulldozer was actually an American Caterpillar manufactured under licence, despite the fact the two countries were on the verge of annihilating one another.

We’re not sure if Joseph Stalin ever drove a Stalinec, but he was probably pleased it – like everything else – was named after him, even if underneath it was actually designed by evil capitalist Americans. This lovely Lego recreation of the Stalinec T130 comes from Flickr’s martin nespor, who has also built an impressive Skoda Xena / LIAZ 400 Series truck and low-loader trailer to transport it.

All three models are beautifully constructed and detailed, with both the Skoda Xena and Stalinec T130 featuring remote control drive and steering via bluetooth. The Skoda also includes integrated LED lighting and authentic stickerage to add to the realism, whilst the Stalinec T130’s blade can raise and lower via Power Functions too.

A wealth of imagery is available via Martin’s ‘Stalinec T130’ album on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump to check out the complete gallery of Stalin’s Cat, and here to see more of the more modern Skoda Xena transporting it.

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Bat Dozer

In TLCB’s home nation it is illegal to disturb bats. We’re not sure why bats specifically, but nevertheless you can go to jail if you annoy them. The same applies if you eat a swan. We’re a weird nation.

Still, probably better that than this, which we expect Batman uses when he’s really pissed off. With styling from Batman’s, er… camper years, Alec Hole‘s jet-powered Bat Dozer looks just the vehicle for when the Dark Knight has had enough of nighttime noise and decides to clear the streets of drunken miscreants. Head to Alec’s photostream via the link above and give Batman a wide berth…

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Super Dozer

This is a Komatsu D575A-3 ‘Super Dozer’, and it weighs 150 tons. Well, this one doesn’t, being rather smaller and slightly more plastic, but it’s still really impressive.

Built by Beat Felber of Flickr, this incredible creation shrinks the giant Komatsu down to 1:28.5 scale, yet retains much of the super dozers awesome functionality.

Powered by two SBricks, Beat’s model can be controlled and programmed via bluetooth, with adder/subtractor crawler drive allowing the model to drive and steer courtesy of an XL Motor providing forwarded propulsion and an L Motor powering the steering mechanism.

Pneumatics also feature, with air pressure built on-board by an L Motor with an automatic cut-off, and two pneumatic valves – each controlled by a Servo Motor – controlling both the lifting and tilting of the blade. Lastly lighting is taken care of via four pairs of Power Functions LEDs.

It’s a brilliantly engineered creation and you can see more – including a link to a video of the model in action – at Beat’s Komatsu D575A-3 Super Dozer album on Flickr. Take a look via the link!

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Dozing Dozers

‘Twas a night nowhere near Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring…

Until a remote controlled bulldozer powered through the Elves’ cages. Elven screaming, fleeing and smushing followed, until the jubilant Elf at the controls was apprehended and removed from TLCB Towers. Annoyingly we’ll have to give it a meal for its mischief too.

Until then, let’s take a look at the cause of the ruckus; this superb fully remote controlled Technic bulldozer built by damjan97PL / damianple. With twin XL motors, one powering each track, and a motorised front blade and rear ripper courtesy of two Medium motors, damjan’s ‘dozer is a simple yet very effective machine.

A third-party SBrick allows the model to be operated via Bluetooth and it also includes opening cabin doors and a suspended driver’s seat. There’s much more to see of the RC bulldozer at both the Eurobricks forum (where a video can also be found) and via Brickshelf – click the links to make the jump.

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D11T Dozer

Lego RC Caterpillar D11T Bulldozer

Caterpillar’s D11T bulldozer has appeared here in Lego form numerous times over the years (you can use the search bar at the foot of each page to look up past D11Ts, or anything else that takes your fancy!), and this may well be the best incarnation of the enormous earthmover yet.

Built by previous bloggee Sheo, this 1:24 scale behemoth is a marvel of Lego engineering. Underneath the incredibly realistic exterior is a fully remote controlled drivetrain and blade/ripper, whilst pendular suspension allows the model to drive smoothly over bumps and a cunning planetary subcontractor design enables realistic skid steering. There’s also a motorised access ladder, LED lights and an automatic track tensioning system too.

There’s more to see of Sheo’s incredible Caterpillar D11T at his Flickr photostream, where you can also find a link to watch a video of the model in action. Click the link above to make the jump and take a look.

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Elven Eviction

Lego Caterpillar D11T Bulldozer RC

All was quite in The Lego Car Blog Towers this morning. The Elves were asleep in their cage room and we were quietly watching the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying, er… we mean working studiously in the office.

And then came the sound of several soft thuds, kind of like a series of bean-bags falling off a table, followed by great Elven rage. Sigh.

A wander down to the cage room revealed the cause, where an enterprising Elf had returned early in the morning whilst its colleagues were still asleep, and promptly driven a remote control bulldozer through the Elves’ cages – much to its own amusement – pushing them out and onto the floor below. Cue the Elven rage.

Unable to escape by riding atop the ‘dozer due to its limited speed, the unhappily awoken Elves had caught their attacker and were trying to feed him into the VHS machine. Mr. Airhorn was deployed to restore calm (which definitely awoke any Elves fortunate enough to avoid the original incident) and we’ve now taken control of the offending vehicle.

Lego Caterpillar D11T Bulldozer RC

And what a vehicle! Based on the Caterpillar D11t bulldozer, Piotr K‘s creation is a superb example of how to utilise both Power Functions and pneumatics.

Two Power Functions L Motors drive the tracks, which are suspended by a pendular equaliser bar, whilst three M Motors power the pneumatic systems, with one driving an on-board compressor (with an auto shut-off) and the other two activating the pneumatic valves. This gives Piotr’s model a continual supply of compressed air to power the huge front blade and the rear-mounted ripper which can be operated remotely via LEGO’s IR system.

It’s very neatly engineered set-up and one that works – as the Elves found out – really effectively. You can see more images and read about the build on MOCpages via the link above, plus you watch the model in action via the YouTube video below.

YouTube Video

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Red Russian

Lego DT-75 Bulldozer

This magnificent DT-75 vintage Belarusian bulldozer comes from TLCB favourite Jakeof_, and it’s glorious! But then, we are sometimes a bit odd here at TLCB, as obscure pieces of agricultural machinery from behind the Iron Curtain shouldn’t really excite anyone. If you’re as sad as us though you can see more of Jakeof_‘s excellent recreation at his photostream via the link above.

Lego DT-75 Tractor

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Well Groomed

Piste Basher 01

“Well Groomed” is an epithet hardly ever applied to The Lego Car Blog Elves. Bickering, fighting and speaking a strange guttural Elvish language often leaves our workforce looking as though they’ve been asking for directions in Wales.

However, Samuel Wharfe has produced this very nicely turned out Snow Groomer (Piste Basher if you’re British) using just the parts from the 42038 Arctic Truck. Samuel has produced a neat, good looking vehicle from possibly one of the strangest and ugliest Technic sets of all time. He has also included several of the most important working functions.

There’s a raising & lowering tail, to produce the smooth “corduroy” lines in the snow that early bird skiers enjoy. There’s a lifting & lowering bulldozer blade, which can also be swivelled in order to sculpt the features in the snowpark. Lastly, there’s a winch to enable the machine to wind itself up the steepest of slopes. In reality, the cables on these winches can be over 1.5km long and swing about a lot. Piste bashing is done at night (when nobody is supposed to be skiing) and the cables make moonlight skiing in modern resorts a high risk sport.

Click these links to see more photos and details on Flickr or to join in the discussion on Eurobricks.

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Micro Machines

Lego Micro Machines

We’re on a bit of a nostalgia trip here in TLCB office. If you were a child of the 1990s you probably remember Micro Machines; a gloriously diverse range of tiny (but quite detailed) plastic vehicles released from 1987 until the mid-’90s. This particular TLCB writer only had around five – possibly second-hand, and had totally forgotten they existed until today’s find, but even so the sight of the little creations pictured here brought childhood memories flooding back.

Whilst we reminise about summers in the park, VHS tapes, riding with stabilisers, and that one inappropriate uncle, you can check out the wonderfully inventive micro-scale vehicles built by Flickr’s Keko007 at his photostream. There’s a car, an articulated container truck, a tractor and trailer, a combine harvester, a bulldozer, and an excavator, all of which brilliantly demonstrate what can be done with just a handful of little plastic bricks.

Lego Microscale Vehicles

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Big Cat’s Back

Lego Caterpillar D11t Remote Control Bulldozer

Davy Linden’s incredible (and enormous) Caterpillar D11t bulldozer was featured here at TLCB last year, and if you thought it couldn’t get any more amazing, it just has!

Previously a static display piece, Davy has since added two Power Functions XL motors (one for each track), a pneumatic compressor powered by an L motor, and four Servo motor powered pneumatic switches to control a range of working functions, including the huge front blade’s height and title angle, and the operation of the rear ripper. There are two SBrick’s enabling bluetooth control via a mobile device as well as full LED lighting.

There’s lots more to see at Davy’s photostream – click here to make the jump to Flickr.

Lego RC Bull Dozer

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Big Cat – Picture Special

Lego Caterpillar D11t Bulldozer

This incredible replica of Caterpillar’s D11t bulldozer was uncovered on Flickr. The builder is Davy Linden, and his spectacular creation is one of the finest vehicles we’ve posted in 2015.

Lego Caterpillar Bulldozer

Measuring almost a meter long and with brick-built tracks containing around 3,000 individual pieces Davy’s model is one of the largest and most intricate builds in TLCB history. There’s an extensive gallery of high quality images available to view on Flickr – click the link above to join us there.

Lego Cat Bulldozer

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Dinky Dozer

Lego Bulldozer

This is, apparently, a 1963 T-100 Сталинец bulldozer. No, us neither, but as it’s been built by the wonderful Karwik we can assume it’s as close to the real vehicle as Lego bricks allow. You can see more of Karwik’s beautifully detailed machine on Flickr here.

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Swiss Army Knife

Lego Airport Truck

With the Elves still moping at the cancelation of the Top Gear TV show we’re turning to you for Lego models to feature. This one was suggested by a reader, and it’s a bit of an odd creation. At first glance it looks like a neat, but straightforward, airport tug. It’s got Power Functions remote control of course, but then so do half of the Technic creations we feature these days. But it’s far more than meets the eye.

There are three XL motors for drive, plus another two servos for the front and rear steering. And then things start to get nuts:

There are eight pneumatic cylinders – powered by compressor – that extend stabilising jacks under the chassis. Why? Because this is also a crane. And a snow plough. And a bull-dozer.

Lego Technic Airport Tug

Additional motors are used for power-take-offs (PTOs) at the front and rear, allowing a variety of different attachments to be connected using Thunderbirds-esque genius. Then there are another two pneumatic cylinders (taking the total to ten) that lift the two independent cabs up on arms so the driver/s can see over whatever it is they’ve attached to the front PTO. Oh, and twelve pairs of LED lights and another two motors for the winches.

We’re not sure that such an incredibly able vehicle exists in real life, but if it did it would probably be the only vehicle that would ever be needed. For anything. Ever. It’s all been brilliantly engineered by previous bloggee Desert752, and you can see more details of how it all works on MOCpages.

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