Tag Archives: Pneumatic

Laying Pipes

We’re not quite over poo-based titles just yet. Discovered by one of our Elves on Brickshelf, this is gkurkowski‘s Volvo PL4809E pipe layer, a fully remote controlled Model Team replica of Volvo’s real tracked crane.

Phenomenal attention to detail and some seriously intricate pneumatics make gkurkowski’s creation spectacularly accurate, both aesthetically and in its operation.

An array of hidden Power Functions motors drive the tracks, superstructure rotation, boom reach, and the cable winch, enabling the Volvo to lay pipe as efficiently as this TLCB Writer does when he’s rushing to leave for work in the morning.

An extensive gallery of top quality photos is available to view on Brickshelf, where comparison imagery showing gkurkowski’s model alongside the real vehicle and WIP shots can be found, plus plenty more images displaying the completed crane as you see here. Click the link above to head to Brickshelf and lay some pipe.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Volvo FMX & Palfinger PK78002 | Picture Special

This is a Volvo FMX with Palfinger PK78002 SH crane, which is a very long nome. But then it is a very impressive model. Taking builder Dirk Klijn four years to complete, this FMX takes Lego model making to the extreme, with a level of detail and functional realism that is second to none.

Controlled by three third-party SBricks, Dirk’s creation includes Power Functions motors, pneumatics, custom LED lighting and some off-the-charts engineering brilliance.

Firstly the truck is of course remote controlled, with steering on the front axles and drive at the rear. All are suspended, as is the cab, which also tilts to reveal a highly detailed engine underneath.

Stowed compactly between the cab and the flatbed is the Palfinger crane. A trio of Technic pneumatic cylinder unfurl it beautifully, with air pressure provided by an on-board motorised compressor. Further Power Functions motors allow it to rotate, extend and winch, to pluck the assortment of buildery equipment from the truck and lower it to the ground.

Four motorised outriggers keep the truck stable when the crane is in operation, whirring outwards in unison via remote control. It’s a seriously impressive build, and one that certainly goes to the top of the creations featured here in 2019.

There’s much more to see of Dirk’s amazing remote controlled Volvo FMX with Palfinger PK78002 at his Flickr album by clicking here, where you can also find a link to watch a video showing this magnificent model in action.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ploughing On

This site was terribly sad to report the death of truck building legend Ingmar Spijkhoven earlier this year, after losing his fight with motor neurone disease, an illness that currently has with no cure. Several of his fellow builders have been paying tribute to Ingmar in the most appropriate way; by building incredible trucks inspired by his designs. Dirk Klijn is one of them, and has developed this superb snow plough from Ingmar’s ‘T12’ truck.

Based on Ingmar’s original design, Dirk’s truck includes remote control drive and steering (operable via bluetooth thanks to a third-party SBrick), a pneumatic compressor to position the plough blade, a working salt spreader, and all-wheel-suspension. Dirk’s model will be on show at the Lego World Utrecht show alongside several Ingmar tributes and you can see more of the build on Flickr via the link above, plus you can see all of Ingmar’s incredible trucks to feature here over the years via the search bar on this site.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Digging Cat

Lego Technic Caterpillar 914K

A digging cat usually only means one thing. This gives us a second use for Mr. Airhorn, who is normally only deployed for Elven-related incidents, to rid the office courtyard of the feline scourge.

Today’s digging cat is far more palatable, being this excellent pneumatically-operated Caterpillar 914K front loader from previous bloggee Thirdwigg. With pneumatic cylinders powering the lift and tilt of the boom and bucket, four-wheel-drive linked to a 4-cylinder piston engine, and Hand-of-God articulated steering, Thirdwigg’s Cat could be an official LEGO Technic set from the early 2000s (bring sets like this back please LEGO!).

There’s more to see of Thirdwigg’s Technic Caterpillar 914K at both Flickr and Eurobricks – click on the links to take a look.

Lego Technic Cat Digger

Tagged , , , , , ,

Cat’s Claw

Lego CAT 434E Remote Control Backhoe

Digging cats. It normally means they’re doing something horrible in your garden. Not today though, because this CAT 434E backhoe is something rather wonderful.

Built by Zbiczasty of Brickshelf it’s near a perfect functioning replica of Caterpillar’s real 4×4 backhoe, complete with no less than fourteen working functions.

The all-wheel-drive is remotely controlled, including remotely operable pneumatic differential locks, pendular front suspension, and three steering modes (front, all, and crab), exactly as per LEGO’s own brilliant 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 tractor set.

Lego CAT 434E Remote Control Backhoe

Of course there’s a working front loader – also powered by remotely controlled pneumatics – with both bucket and boom movement, and a fiendishly complicated pneumatic backhoe with five different movements from elevation to slewing.

Finally there are pneumatic stabiliser legs mounted at the rear and a suite of LED lights. It’s a remarkable machine and one of the most realistically engineered Lego creations that we’ve ever come across.

There’s a whole lot more to see of Zbiczasty’s Caterpillar 434E backhoe at the Brickshelf gallery via the link above, but the only way to really appreciate how well this model works is to watch it in action – check out the video below to see just how good it is.

YouTube Video

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Towing Technic

Lego Technic Truck Trailer RC

We often feature Technic trucks here at The Lego Car Blog, but what they’re designed to pull less so. Even if a trailer is built, it’s often just a rolling slab of Danish plastic without any functionality whatsoever. Not so with Trawson21‘s latest creation, which packs realistic working features into both ends of the build.

Up front the truck includes remote control drive and steering, pendular suspension, and a working piston engine, whilst the huge trailer in tow includes pneumatically operated support legs and access ramps operated via a manual pump and pneumatic switch.

There’s more to see at Trawson’s Brickshelf gallery, where you can also find a link to a video of the model in action – click the link above to check it out.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Cat’s Claw – Picture Special

Lego Technic Caterpillar 390F

TLCB favourite shineyu is back, and for his latest build he’s built big. This spectacular creation is a fully working replica of the Caterpillar 390F, and it’s absolutely packed with stunning engineering.

Inside the lifelike bodywork are a range of Power Functions motors and infrared receivers that allow the complete remote control of all of the Caterpillar’s functions.

Lego Technic Remote Control Caterpillar 390F

These include independent drive to each track with skid-steering, a motorised turntable enabling the rotation of the superstructure, and a powered on-board compressor.

Able to generate its own air pressure shineyu’s Caterpillar uses LEGO’s pneumatic system to control the boom arm’s elevation and extension, as well as the movement of the grab/claw-type thingumy mounted on the end (if you know what this is actually called let us know in the comments!).

Lego Technic Remote Control Caterpillar 390F

With four small pneumatic cylinders the claw is powerful enough to lift a variety of fruits (lemon pictured above), or – if you’re a TLCB Elf – grab your head really very tightly indeed and then drop you in the food recycling bin. It was strictly in the name of research…

Anyway, whilst we explore the multitude of ways in which this incredible creation can be put to use terrorising our slovenly workforce you can check out all of the top-quality images via the discussion on the Eurobricks forum – click here to join in.

Lego Technic Caterpillar Excavator Power Functions

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Arctic Roll

Arctic 01

It’s Technic! It’s Power Functions! It’s Pneumatic! It can smush 17 Elves into The Lego Car Blog carpet in one go! We’re still scraping up and plumping up our flattened workers after some of their colleagues brought this giant machine into the office. It has the perfect blend of Lego features to excite our excitable workers.

Russian builder Desert752 Kirill’s land leviathan looks as though some of his countrymen have put one of their mighty ice-breaking ships onto tracks. Weighing in at 6.9kg, the handle-like gantry in the middle is actually a handle, so that the machine can be carried around. Click this link to MOCpages to see more of this beast, plus diagrams of the pneumatics and drive-train and lists of all of the PF gear that makes it function. There’s also a video of the Arctic Explorer in action.

Arctic 02

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: