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Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator Remote Control

This TLCB writer was peacefully working today when one of the more unusual sounds to penetrate the office came floating through the door. A cascading metallic rush followed by screaming, it sounded like a tin of thumbtacks being emptied over a TLCB Elf. Sigh. Still, no Elf is strong enough to upend a full tin of thumbtacks over one of its colleagues, so it couldn’t be that.

Oh yes it could. Thanks to previous bloggee ShineYu‘s remarkable fully remote controlled Volvo EC950EL excavator, a multitude of thumbtacks had indeed rained down on one of our Elves.

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator RC

Much too slow to run down any of its colleagues, the Elf at the controls of ShineYu’s Volvo had deployed some trickery to allow it to cause maximum carnage. This involved loading a tin of thumbtacks into the excavator’s bucket, using the four Power Functions L motors that control the arm to raise it high above the floor, and then lying in wait for a curious Elf to walk underneath it.

Carnage achieved it then ran off cackling delightedly, leaving us to pick up tacks, and to pull a few out of a very sorry looking Elf. Whilst we do that you can check out more of ShineYu’s huge Volvo EC950EL at the Eurobricks discussion forum, where you can also watch a video of the four excavator arm motors in action, as well as the two XL motors that power the tracks and a third that rotates the superstructure. Click the link above if you dig it.

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator RC

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Trucavator

Lego Technic Tatra Truck Excavator

We don’t see this type of vehicle in TLCB’s home nation, and we’re not really sure why. A hybrid of truck and excavator it seems like quite a useful design, being fast enough to drive on roads without annoying everyone and diggery enough to do some digging when it reaches its destination.

This pneumatically-powered Technic version is based on a Tatra 815 with a UDS excavator mounted to the rear. It’s been built by newcomer Ivan MOC and it features working steering, a V4 piston engine, suspension on all axles, pneumatic stabilisers and boom elevation, manual boom extension and 360° excavator rotation.

There’s more of Ivan’s build to see at Eurobricks and Flickr – click the links if you dig it.

Lego Technic Tatra Truck Excavator

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Big Yellow Beaver

Lego Komatsu

This Komatsu PC210LL-10 loves munching on wood.* With a 365 harvester head it can strip a tree of its branches in seconds, enabling the trunk to be neatly stacked on the back of a waiting truck. Flickr’s Mathijs Bongers is the builder and he’s replicated the tracked forest harvester brilliantly in mini-figure scale. See more on Flickr via the link.

*Just like your Mom.

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Swirly

Lego Liebherr LH60 Timber

Splosh. [Elven screaming]. Splosh… Hmm… that doesn’t sound good. One weary walk down the corridor here at TLCB Towers later and the source of the disturbance was found. It’s been a while since an Elf brought back a remote control find to wreak havoc, but today old habits were resumed and havoc was indeed being wreaked.

This culprit was at the controls of this, gkurkowski of Brickshelf’s enormous fully functioning Leinherr LH60 timber grab. Despite featuring a beautifully engineered remote control all-wheel drive and steering system, the Liebherr was much too slow to run down and squash any Elves. Luckily for the pilot however, gkurkowski’s LH60 model also includes a remotely controlled rotating superstructure, two-peice pneumatic boom extension and a working grab, and it’s these features it choose to deploy.

Held aloft by its ears, an Elf was being repeatedly dunked in a toilet, in a manner similar to that used by public school bullies. Funny as this may have been, the Elves are not allowed in the TLCB Executive Washroom and Sauna so we had to put a stop to it. The very glum-looking victim is now sitting atop a radiator to dry out, whilst the victor has escaped with a yellow Smartie, and we’re left to have a go with the Liebherr ourselves.

Whilst we do that (for research) you can see loads more of the build, including some interesting work-in-progress shots, on Brickshelf – grab a look via the link above.

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Big Bucket

Lego Technic CAT 6120B Hfs Mining Shovel

Just like your Mom, this fully remote controlled Technic Caterpillar 6120B HFS mining shovel is absolutely massive.

Designed and constructed by Technic-building legend Shineyu, this brick-built behemoth weighs nearly 15kgs, replicating perfectly  in Technic-figure scale the largest hydraulic mining shovel ever made.

Lego Technic Caterpillar 6120B Mining Shovel RC

With nine Power Functions motors driving the Caterpillar’s tracks, turntable, shovel action and bucket opening there’s some serious engineering at play, and without a single non-LEGO piece being used anywhere in the build Shinyu‘s creation really shows how far LEGO-building can be taken.

An extensive gallery of images is available to view, and just like your Mom there’s an easily accessible video of the 6120B in action too. Click the link above to jump to the Eurobricks discussion forum for the full story.

Lego Technic Caterpillar 6120B Mining Shovel RC

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Pneumatic Backhoe – Picture Special

Lego Technic Pneumatic Backhoe Loader

This magnificent pneumatic Technic backhoe comes from TLCB favourite Máté Lipkovics aka Lipko, and it’s one of the best pieces of Lego engineering you’ll see this year.

Lego Technic Pneumatic Backhoe Loader

A Power Functions motor operates duel pneumatic pumps, allowing Lipko’s model to run two sets of pneumatic functions simultaneously. These include the backhoe; which can rotate, elevate and tip the bucker, the front loader; which both elevates and tips, and the rear-mounted stabilisers.

Lego Technic Backhoe

If that wasn’t enough there are mechanical functions too, including all-wheel-steering, both by Hand-of-God and the steering wheel, pendular suspension, an opening hood and a rotating driver’s seat.

Lego Technic Backhoe Pneumatic

There’s lots more to see on three of the major Lego-sharing platforms, click the links for all the details on MOCpages, Brickshelf, and Eurobricks.

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Elf Wash

Lego Technic Excavator Grabber

Well we’ve found our favourite creation of the week so far… This excellent-looking Technic tracked excavator comes from previous bloggee Horcik Designs, and it’s a thoroughly wonderful machine. Wonderful because it has no less than three pneumatic cylinders providing movement to its arm and grab. Wonderful because those cylinders are fed air by a Power Functions driven electric pump. And mostly wonderful because it can pick up a TLCB Elf by the ears and dunk it in a bowl of soapy water, all without us ever having to touch it. Thanks Horcik! You can see more of Horcik’s superb Elf-washing machine on Flickr – click the link above to take a look.

Lego Pneumatic Excavator

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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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Eleph-Ant

Lego Technic RC Mecalac MTX

Suggested by a reader, and looking like a cross between and ant and an elephant, this Mecalac MTX articulated excavator is one of the weirdest (and ugliest) vehicles we’ve featured in some time.

However, much like the real Mecalac, this remote controlled replica by newcomer proran of Eurobricks is a very clever bit of kit. No fewer than five Power Functions motors, five linear actuators, and three IR receivers control everything from the drive and articulated steering to the outriggers, 360 degree slew, four-section independent boom elevation, and bucket articulation.

You can see how all of that works at the Eurobricks discussion forum via the link above, where there are also digital renders of the mechanics and a video of the MTX in action.

Lego Technic RC Mecalac MTX

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Dig This

Lego Technic RC Excavator

We were going to start this post by stating that good things come in eights, but we ran out of ideas after hot dog buns, pirate gold, and octopus tentacles. No matter, because this superb remote control Technic excavator from Brickshelf’s pipasseyoyo can add another group of eight to the list, as it has eight Power Functions motors packed inside.

Controlling everything from the boom elevation, superstructure rotation, stabilisers, blade, and bucket, this excavator is a real showcase for what LEGO motors can do when in the right hands. There’s a huge gallery of images available, plus a link to a video of those eight motors in action, at pipasseyoyo’s Brickshelf account – click the link above if you dig it.

Lego Technic RC Excavator

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Dig This

Lego Technic RC Excavator

It’s not all exotic supercars and space-based ants here at TLCB. Sometimes we like humble workhorses too, like this mini excavator, as found on small building sites the world over. This Technic version, pictured here removing Elf droppings, has been built by Anto of Eurobricks and it’s a miracle of packaging, with no less than nine working functions.

Two infrared receivers control four functions each, and a gearbox adds a ninth, allowing the model to drive and skid-steer via independently controlled tracks, rotate the turret, raise, lower, rotate and extend the arm, raise and lower the front blade, and pneumatically open and close the bucket. How all that fits inside is a mystery that the collective mind of TLCB is unable to fathom, but if you’re smarter than us you can give it a go via the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above if you dig it.

Lego Technic Remote Control Excavator Power Functions

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Busy Bee

Lego Excavator and Tipper Truck

This excellent Town-scale Terberg* FM-2000 and Bee excavator pairing comes from Flickr’s Smigol. Both are brilliantly detailed and show just how good Lego models can look even at a small scale. There’s more to see at Smigol’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

*Which looks suspiciously like a Volvo to us. If you know why reply in the comments!

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Robot Wars

Lego John Deere Liebherr Excavator Remote Control

In the Green Corner, representing Technic and John Deere tractors, and controlled by Elf no. 17; Deseeeert Kiriiiill! Aaand in the Yellow Corner, representing Model Team and Leibherr construction equipment, and controlled by Elf. no. 42; Saaaarieeeeel!

Why do boxing introducers always add extra vowels? That’s probably not really a question for a Lego car blog, so on to the models!..

Lego John Deere Skid Steer Tractor RC

This is the latest build from previous bloggee Desert752 Kirill. It’s a John Deere 648L skid-steer logging tractor, and it’s packed with Technic functionality. With all-wheel-drive, an articulated chassis for steering, a two stage crane with rotating claw, and a front-mounted blade – all of which are individually remote controlled – Desert’s build has got more squeezed inside it than your Mom’s corset.

Lego Liebherr Excavator RC

TLCB Lego Professional Sariel has been just as ambitious. His Liebherr R974 also features a plethora of Power Functions goodies, this time employed to drive LEGO’s pneumatics system, which is all controlled by a third party SBrick bluetooth device.

These two models have seventeen motors in all, so the only way we can see of picking the best build is via an unnecessarily violent duel between them in the office. Whilst we commence this ‘research’ you can see more of what each creation can do via the following links, where there are also videos of each model in action. Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble!

Desert752 Kirill’s John Deere 648L Skid-Steer: MOCpages  | Eurobricks

Sariel’s Liebherr R974 Excavator: MOCpages | Brickshelf  |  Eurobricks

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Trouble At Mill…

DD

Regular readers will be all too aware of how our workforce enjoy using their finds of Lego machines to attack and smush each other. Unfortunately it looks as though this sort of behaviour is spreading, as witnessed here in Gary Davis’ Duelling Diggers.

Gary was commissioned to build these and other models for this animated advert, encouraging people into careers in the construction industry. The film is short and fun and well worth watching (a bit like our Elves). Whilst you’re doing that we’ve got to mend the TLCB photocopier, as one of the cross beams has gone out of skew on the treadle

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Build Big

Lego Scania R500 Truck Menck M154

The ridiculously talented Dennis Bosman has featured here numerous times over the years (and is one of our original Master MOCers), and he’s recently re-visted one of his oldest builds. This incredible recreation of a Menck M154 dragline excavator was built by Dennis over 12 years ago, and it’s now been re-photographed atop his stunning Scania R500 truck complete with Faymonville low-loader trailer.

Lego Menck M154 dragline excavator

The beautifully built truck and trailer measure a combined 7ft in length, which gives some indication of just how massive the dragline is. You can see more of the Menck and the incredible details and functionality it contains by clicking this link to Dennis’ photostream, where you can also see the full gallery of his Scania R500 and low loader with a variety of awesome loads.

Lego Scania R500 Truck Dennis Bosman LegoTrucks

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