Tag Archives: Front Loader

Going for a Massive Dump

Lego Euclid R-170 Remote Control Mining Truck

The Lego Car Blog Elves have had a Good Day today. Firstly, the last four models to be blogged here have been yellow, and the Elves love yellow. Secondly, this was the fourth of them; built by Beat Felber and following on from his huge LeTourneau L-1200 front loader blogged here earlier in the week, it’s a truly humungous Euclid R-170 mining truck, and like the LeTourneau it’s fully remote controlled.

Driven by a single Power Functions XL motor, with Servo-motor articulated steering and a dumping bucket powered by twin linear actuators, the Euclid can be controlled remotely via a Bluetooth device thanks to a third party SBrick.

As is usual for this type of creation, the Elf that found it tried use it to smush his colleagues into the office carpet, but thankfully for our cleaners – who have to try to remove Elven blood and sick on a regular basis – the Euclid is pretty slow, and the Elves finally seem to be wising up to the constant threat of impending smushery.

Happily therefore, rather than being squashed a whole hoard of them are merrily riding around in the back, which looks tremendous fun until the Elf at the controls figures out how to operate the dumping mechanism. Until then we’ll enjoy the merriment and you can check out more of this amazing machine, and the matching LeTourneau L-1200 loader that accompanies it, by clicking here.

Lego Euclid R-170 Remote Control Mining Truck

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Big Yella

Lego Marathon LeTourneau L-1200 LeTro-Loader

This absolutely enormous contraption is a fully working 1:28 scale Lego replica of a Marathon LeTourneau L-1200 LeTro-Loader. Built by Beat Felber of Flickr this amazing creation all the functions of the real LeTourneau, a machine built to load 170-ton mining trucks with just a few scoops of its 22-cubic-yard bucket.

Beat’s Lego recreation of the L-1200 includes that huge bucket, controlled by two four-cylinder pneumatic pumps each powered by a Power Functions L motor and a Servo-actuated valve. Two more motors drive all four wheels via in-wheel planetary gear reduction, and the articulated steering is taken care of by a fifth electric motor, all of which is controlled remotely via three Power Functions receivers.

All in it’s an incredible feat of engineering and there’s more to see at Beat’s photostream – check it out via the link above if you did this build as much as we do.

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Miniature Minecraft

Lego Technic Mining Loader

We were a bit underwhelmed by LEGO’s 42049 Technic Mine Loader set when we previewed it here towards the end of last year. It has pneumatics and a two cylinder engine, but…meh. However a recent upload by previous bloggee Tamas Juhasz (aka mbmc137) shows how it should have been done, and at about half the scale.

Tamas’ tiny Technic recreation of the official set might be small, but it packs in just as much functionality, and in doing so it might just be the neatest and most well engineered small-scale Technic model we’ve seen this year. It could even be a set, if there wasn’t one already…

Lego Technic Mining Loader

With all the functionality of 42049, Tamas’ build squeezes in all-wheel-drive, articulated steering, pneumatic bucket elevation and tilt, and a two-cylinder piston engine (making it just as unrealistically underpowered as LEGO’s version).

There’s lots more to see of this incredibly tidy build at Tamas’ Brickshelf gallery and at the Eurobricks discussion forum, plus there’s a video of the loader’s features available below.

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Big Dig

Lego RC Front Loader LeTourneau L-2350

This, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the World’s Largest Earth Mover. Well this isn’t obviously, but it is a thoroughly well built replica of the enormous LeTourneau L-2350. Designed to load the mining industry’s huge haul trucks, the world record holding L-2350 can raise to 80 tons 24 feet into the air. This lovely Lego recreation is somewhat smaller, but it can still carry a Power Functions battery box comfortably in its bucket. Built by Tamas Juhasz aka mbmc137 it features remotely controlled bucket lifting and tilting, drive and steering, and there’s more to see of how it all works (some of which may surprise you) via the links above.

Lego Remote Control Earth Mover

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Liebherr Loader

Lego Liebherr Loader

This gloriously smooth and beautifully photographed Liebherr L580 front loader is the work of previous bloggee Marek Marckiewicz (aka M_Longer). There are more images available on both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to make the jump.

Lego Liebherr Front Loader

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Monster Miner

Lego Komatsu Wheel Loader

This enormous wheel loader was discovered by a member of our Elvish workforce on MOCpages. It’s been built by newcomer Dave MacLeod, and it’s his first creation to be uploaded to the site. This highly detailed model is – almost unbelievably – mini-figure scale, being based on the Komatsu WA1200, the largest loader in the world. It’s therefore a bit big for most Town layouts, being larger than even many of LEGO’s modular buildings, but what a way for a mini-figure to ride around Town! There’s more to see on MOCpages, click the link above if you’re digging it and welcome Dave to the community.

Lego Komatsu WA1200

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Liebherr Loader Picture Special

Lego Technic Liebherr Loader

It’s a whole new year, and we’re going to kick it off with a properly excellent creation. Technic genius, published author, and friend of TLCB, Sariel is back with another incredible working model.

Sariel’s Liebherr L538 Front Loader may look like a Model Team creation, such is its detail, but we’ve categorised it as Technic. That’s because underneath the remarkably realistic exterior there’s a huge list of working functions, including all-wheel-drive, articulated steering, working lights, remotely operated pneumatics…

Lego Technic Remote Control Front Loader

It’s probably best if we let Sariel himself explain what this loader can do – take a look at the video below to see it in action.

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There’s lots more to see on both MOCpages and Brickshelf, plus you can read our interview with Sariel for our ‘How to Become a Pro’ series by clicking here, and you can read our review of his superb new Lego book ‘Incredible Lego Technic’ by clicking here.

Lego Liebherr Loader Sariel RC

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Mix It Up

Lego Construction Vehicles

We continue our run of Town vehicles here at TLCB with two more mini-figure delights. Suggested to us by a reader, Brickshelf’s keko007 has built a pair of superb construction vehicles. Both his MAN cement truck and Volvo L60 front loader feature a few working functions too, making them nicely playable creations. You can see more of these and keko’s other models via the link above.

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Little Loader

Lego Technic Front Loader

Following our review of LEGO’s own 42030 Technic Volvo Front Loader set it’s time for one of yours! This little front loader by TLCB debutant Appie might be much, much smaller than LEGO’s flagship set, but it packs very nearly as much inside. A pneumatic raising/lowering and tipping a bucket, all-wheel-drive connected to a working piston engine, articulated steering connected to the steering wheel and pendular rear suspension are all squeezed in. We think it would make a most excellent official set. See more on Eurobricks by clicking Appie’s name above.

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Can You Dig It?

Volvo Digger

You might have noticed that we haven’t been posting as frequently as we normally do at The Lego Car Blog. The Elves have been struggling to find suitable MOCs and have started to look a bit hungry. Fortunately we’ve been able to give out a shiny yellow Smartie today, thanks to this yellow monster from Marek Markiewicz. The lucky Elf has kindly split his reward with his colleagues but a single Smartie will only go so far between 213 Elves. Hopefully they’ll find more MOCs in the next few days, or we might have to actually feed our workforce for free.

Marek’s Volvo L250G is built at 1:20 scale, using the bucket from the 42030 Wheel Loader and is even more impressive than his previous Liebherr L580. It’s beautifully detailed, including fully glazed instead of implied windows on the driver’s cab. The loader is also fully remote controlled, via two IR receivers with an L motor for traction, an M motor for steering and L & M motors to control the bucket. You can see full diagrams of the internal working of Marek’s loader by clicking this link to its MOCpages listing. Marek also has an impressive back catalogue on his Flickr Photostream.

Volvo Digger 02

N.B. In an attempt to be more environmentally friendly, TLCB has started recycling. We’ve already used this title twice before. Cut and paste it into the “Search” box, at the bottom of the page, to find out where.

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200 Club

Lego Technic Front Loader Mini

Two hundred Lego pieces. It isn’t a lot is it? Especially if you’re aiming to build a functional Technic model.

Lego fan site Eurobricks has set the challenge of using just two hundred elements to create a whole new Lego Technic set. Here at The Lego Car Blog Towers we use two hundred bricks every time we build a steering rack, because we’re a bit rubbish, so we’re not really qualified to enter. Thankfully the interweb contains far more talented builders than us, and here are two such prudent engineers.

First up (above) is previous bloggee Jorgeopesi with his two hundred piece mini Technic front loader. He’s used the meagre parts count to produce a raising and tipping bucket, hand-of-God steering system and even pendular suspension on the rear axel. See more of his excellent mini front loader on Brickshelf via the link above.

Our second two hundred piece Technic model comes from fellow Brickshelf user Nikolyakov (also on MOCpages), and he’s also taken the machinery route. Nikolyakov’s mini combine harvester features a raising and lowering harvesting head – which also spins when the wheels are turned, hand-of-God steering, and posable unloading pipes. You can see more of his mini combine via the links above, and you can check out the rules, prizes and other entries in the Eurobricks two hundred piece challenge by visiting the Eurobricks site here.

Lego Mini Combine Harvester

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Huta Stalowa Wola!

Lego Huta Stalowa Wola

No, we’ve not heard of it either, but this is a Huta Stalowa Wola. It might sound like a dance your grandparents did but it is in fact a chunky-looking front loader built between 1976 and 2000. TLCB regular Karwik is the builder, and you can see more of his wonderfully detailed machine via Flickr here.

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Technic 42030 Volvo Front Loader Preview

Lego 42030 review

A few of our Elves have been on a secret mission recently, and today we get to show you why! After revealing LEGO’s new Technic sets for the first half of 2014 we can finally review the last set to join the Technic line up in the second half of the year.

This is it, a new addition to Technic’s officially licensed range, and the new flagship at the top of the 2014 line-up. LEGO has partnered with Volvo trucks to bring us a replica of their huge L350F Front Loader and, as you can see from the slightly dodgy picture above, it’s loaded with Power Functions goodies, including two RC controls, two RC receivers and a multitude of motors.

Functions are all remotely controlled, and include a linear actuated front bucket (itself a new part, attached by two other new-for-2014 pieces), articulated steering, and drive. 42030 also includes the portal hubs first debuted on the 8110 Unimog and a rear-mounted piston engine in a new green colour, which is going to look great in classic car MOCs.

42030 includes, as always, instructions for a second vehicle. This time it’s an articulated Volvo dump truck and it’s, as B-Models go, quite a good one. The Volvo Front Loader will reach stores in the second half of 2014, priced well out of reach of most children’s allowances, and it looks like it’s going to be one of the best Technic sets of the last few years. Start saving!

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JCBrilliant

Lego Technic JCB

Power Functions to the max!

This rather splendid machine is the work of Technic genius Sariel. Powered by LEGO’s PF motors, linear actuators and lots of other Technic goodness, it functions just like the real thing. It’s also disconcertingly quick for a 2KG tractor – we’d quite like it for shooing the Elves away when they get too rowdy. Anyhow, to wonder in this model’s magnificence check out the accompanying YouTube video:

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