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Monstrously Clever

Remote Control monster trucks have a history here at The Lego Car Blog, which – if you’re an Elf at least – is not always a happy one (see here, here, and here). Fortunately today’s example was – despite its excellence – too slow for the Elf at the controls to run down any of its brethren, much to its annoyance.

Don’t let that put you off though, because this monster truck by previous bloggee Kevin Moo is a fantastically clever bit of kit, with all-wheel-drive, all-wheel-steering and all-wheel-suspension.

However that ‘all-wheel-ness’ is not the cleverest part, as Kevin has engineered an ingenious automatically locking centre differential design that keeps the wheels locked together when the truck is driving in a straight line for better grip off-road, yet unlocks when it’s cornering to allow the wheels to spin at the different rates required during a turn.

No, we have no idea how he’s done it either!

There’s lots more to see of Kevin’s Technic monster truck on Flickr and at the Eurobricks discussion forum, plus you watch the video below demonstrating the automatic differential lock to see if you can figure it out…

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A Great Vintage

This gorgeous vintage racer was found on Flickr today, and not only is it a vintage vehicle itself, it uses some vintage LEGO parts too. The wonderful engine that you can see in these images an inline 4-cylinder built from LEGO’s original 2×2 square pistons that required a brick-built engine block. Newcomer Joe Maruschak has done a stellar job making use of these old parts, even including push-rod operated valves and a Power Functions motor to bring the engine to life. Head to Joe’s ‘Old Race Car’ album on Flickr to see all the photos and a video of the engine in action, and if you’d like to see what a real vintage 4-cylinder engine looks (and sounds) like then click this rather awesome link and turn your sound up!

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Elf Mining

Whir… Crunch. Whir… Crunch. Unhappy – if familiar – noises floated down the corridor and into TLCB Office today. TLCB staff looked at one another. One writer was eating a packet of crisps, one was rocking gently backwards and forwards in the corner, lips moving furiously repeating the words ‘not again… not again…’ following a recent Elven event, and one was pretending to take an important phone call. Sigh. This writer got up and trudged out of the office, knowing full well what he’d find.

What he found – as expected – were several Elves limping around in circles, and a couple more squashed into the carpet, having been run over by one of their colleague’s finds. The find in question was the model pictured here, a rather excellent fully RC Technic recreation of the world’s largest articulated mining truck, the Atlas Copco MT85.

Built by Superkoala of Eurobricks, this replica of the MT85 is controlled via a third-party BuWizz bluetooth brick, which delivers power to all six-wheels, the articulated and rear axle steering, plus the tipping bucket. Said BuWizz brick also unlocks up to eight times the power of LEGO’s own Power Functions battery system, giving the model a surprising burst of speed and explaining the Elven casualties.

Superkoala’s creation had also been rather cunningly filled with a variety of office objects to make it heavier, thus maximising its smushing ability. Hiding behind a pot plant was the Elf responsible, from which the controls were swiftly taken a meal-token begrudgingly awarded.

Whilst this writer tidies up, and has a well deserved drive of the Atlas Copco himself, you can see all the images and full build details at the Eurobricks discussion forum by clicking here, plus you can also watch the creation in action via the video below.

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MAN With a Semi

Hah! Penis jokes… Anyway, enough of that, on to the model.

This is a Technic MAN TGA truck by ArsMan064 of Eurobricks, and it’s a rather clever fully remote controlled replica of the real thing. Built from Technic parts ArsMan’s truck is a good match for its life-size counterpart and is packed with Power Functions features, including remote control drive, steering, fifth wheel and a high/low range gearbox, plus LED lights, all controlled by a third-party Bluetooth SBrick.

ArsMan’s MAN also includes a host of mechanical functions, including pendular suspension, opening doors, and a huge semi-trailer with a manually operated tipper. There’s more to see of both truck and trailer at the Eurobricks discussion forum via the link above, and you can watch the rig in action courtesy of the video below.

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FarmVille

Is FarmVille still a thing? We hope not. Anyway, let’s move on from today’s title to this incredible pair of farming vehicles, each built by Eric Trax of Flickr. We’ve been awaiting for further details of these builds for a few days but as these don’t appear to be forthcoming and the Elf that found this is getting increasingly irate we’ll post this now…

These two almost unfathomably detailed Lego creations are a Holmer Terra Dos T3 and a Fendt Favorit 514c tractor complete with a Krampe Big Body 550 trailer in tow. Underneath the remarkably life-like exteriors Eric has engineered some quite spectacular realism, with a multitude of Power Functions components giving each model a plethora of working functionality.

As for what that functionality is you’ll have to wait until Eric posts further details, but until then you can see this incredible image above in closer detail via the link above. And if your Aunt is still inviting you to play FarmVille every few weeks, tell her to move on…

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Pick-Up Bricks

Today’s blog-worthy creation comes in two colours (earning the Elf responsible two Smarties as we’re feeling generous), each built by well-regarded Technic builder Madoca 1977 and filled with functional goodness.

Madoca’s ‘Dacoma 4×4’ pick-up truck looks most excellent in either colour, with a wealth of clever Technic engineering concealed inside. This includes remote control 4×4 drive via two L Motors, Servo steering, a high/low gearbox powered by a Medium Motor, LED headlights, working differential locks and suspension, plus opening doors, hood and tailgate.

There’s more to see on Eurobricks, including a video of the truck’s features and a link to building instructions. Click the link above to make the jump.

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Bear in the Woods

We’re taking a dump in the woods today, thanks to this ‘tracked dump truck’ by Flickr’s JLiu15 and its four tracks separated by an articulated pivot.

Not only can it take a dump in the woods, JLiu15’s remote control oddity is also capable of transporting several TLCB Elves outside and tipping them in the pond. Not that we’d do that…

Whilst we transport several TLCB Elv… er, we mean, get on with researching LEGO facts and whatnot, you can see more of JLiu15’s tracked dump truck on Flickr via the link above.

To the pond!

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Tow Two

Every so often a creation arrives here at The Lego Car Blog Towers that makes us all go ‘…woah!’. This is one of those times. This beautifully presented model is Lucio Switch’s ‘Tow Truck MkII’ and it’s ridiculously brilliant.

As you’d expect for a model of this size (c10K parts and weighing 12.5 kgs) Lucio’s tow truck is motorised and remotely controlled, but before we even start looking at the electric functions there’s a host of non-motorised features to detail. These include all-wheel suspension (independent up front and live-axle at the rear), a fully suspended and pneumatically tilting cab complete with opening and locking doors, pneumatically suspended seats, and a V8 piston engine underneath. Storage lockers open on each side of the truck and five sets of Power Functions LEDs light the head and tail lights.

Which leads us nicely to the motorised functions, all of which are driven by LEGO’s Power Functions system with three on-board batteries hooked up to four third-party SBricks, allowing programable bluetooth control.

Nineteen separate Power Functions motors are present in Lucio’s model, with four XL motors powering the 8×4 drivetrain and three Servos turning the front two steering axles. Next are eight Medium motors, the first of which drives the pneumatic compressor that operates the aforementioned tilting cab and suspended seats.

The remaining seven Medium motors power the rotation and extension of the two enormous front outriggers, the extension of the two rear outriggers, the towing arm, and the rotation of the crane boom, whilst four Large motors power the crane lift, boom extension, and the two independent winches.

The four SBricks allow all of that functionality to be programmed neatly onto a smartphone from which the truck can be controlled remotely via bluetooth (take a look at the video below to see this in action), as otherwise you’d need a very large joystick controller indeed!

It’s one of the most outstandingly impressive Technic creations of 2019 and furthermore Lucio has presented his model beautifully, with superb high quality images and an excellent video demonstrating the truck’s functions. You can watch that video below, and you can see all the images at Lucio’s ‘Tow Truck MkII’ Flickr album here, join the discussion at the Eurobricks forum here, and read full details at Lucio’s own website by clicking here.

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Remote Control Rubicon

Fancy a dirty weekend? Then take your LEGO with you! At least, that what ArsMan064 of Eurobricks decided to do in entering a Russian trial/trophy event for remote control LEGO vehicles, claiming first place with his superb Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Powered by two Large Power Functions motors, with a Medium motor used for steering, an on-board LiPo battery, bluetooth control via a third-party SBrick, and all-wheel suspension and four-wheel-drive, ArsMan’s Jeep is perfectly suited to getting dirty, and if you’d like to give it a go you can, as he’s made instructions for his design available!

Click the link above to visit the Eurobricks discussion forum for all the photos, a video of the Jeep in action, and the all-important link to building instructions.

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No Such Thing as a Free Ride

‘Why is there an Elf looking at me?’ thought this writer upon his entrance to TLCB Executive Washroom and Sauna for his mid-day ‘quiet time’. A forlorn Elf looked up at him from the toilet bowl, unable to answer beyond incomprehensible Elven gibberish.

Sigh. A toilet brush was held out, onto which the soggy Elf climbed, and it was sent back to the cage room from where it had presumably originated.

Not really feeling like quiet time any more this writer trudged back to the office, only to find another Elf looking up at him from within the recycling bin. Hmm. Something odd was going on.

A brief investigation unearthed the cause. A bright orange Technic truck, cheerily controlled by the Elf that discovered it, was offering ‘rides’ to any Elf stupid enough to fall for it. Which probably would have been all of them, had we not intervened.

With remote control drive and steering, a tipping load bed, and surprisingly large folding crane mounted behind the cab, Elven passengers were being plucked out of the bed and deposited in various unpleasant places around TLCB Towers. The Elf at the controls had even figured out the stabilising legs so as not to topple the truck whilst manoeuvring its Elven cargo.

With the controls removed and order restored we could assess the engineering brilliance of the creation in question, and it really is brilliant. Flickr’s Blaž Dlopst is the builder behind it, and has packed multiple Technic motors, gearboxes and control bricks inside the Scania’s ingeniously constructed chassis. The realistic cab, linear-actuator crane and tipping load bed attach in modular fashion, and the truck’s multiple motorised functions can be controlled via bluetooth.

It’s a seriously clever piece of engineering and there’s much more of the Scania XT to see, including photos showing the crane deployed and images such as the one above revealing the modular components, at Blaž Dlopst’s photostream and on Eurobricks. Click the links above to take a closer look, whilst this writer attempts another trip to the toilet…

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Pumped Up Kicks**

The enormous contraption is a Mercedes-Benz mounted concrete pump, complete with a huge three stage extending boom that’s capable of servicing an entire constructions site*. This superb Technic version has been built by Ivan_M and it uses just a single motor to power a vast array of Technic functionality.

Thanks to a gearbox that single Power Functions motor drives everything from the extension of all four outriggers as well as their lowering, all three stages of the concrete pump’s boom extension (via pneumatics), plus the rotation of the boom arm.

The functions don’t stop there either, as Ivan_M has also included several mechanical features, including working steering with Ackerman geometry on the front two axles, all-wheel suspension, and a V8 piston engine under the tilting cab.

There’s much more of this remarkable creation to see on both Flickr and Eurobricks, where there’s also a video available demonstrating the truck’s functions with instructions to follow. Get pumped via the links above!

*Just like your Mom.

**Today’s title track

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Nissan GT-R GT3 | Picture Special

Nissan make some of the most boring cars on the road today. Boring crossovers, boring SUVs, boring crossover/SUVs, and whatever this is supposed to be… Apart that is, from one car. The Nissan GT-R has been on sale for well over a decade, and whilst it may not be the bargain that it once was, it still offers super-slaying performance without the supercar price tag.

The GT-R does this through a raft of clever electronics, allowing its twin-turbocharged V6 to deploy huge power to whichever of the four wheels can use it most effectively. Until Tesla came along, there was no launch control quite like it.

The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 takes the car into GT3 racing, where it hasn’t been wildly successful thanks to the strict class rules limiting any advantages, but where it looks really cool. TLCB favourite Lachlan Cameron thinks so too, and he’s built an incredible Technic version in homage to the wild racing car.

Resplendent in NISMO’s white and red colour scheme completed with a custom florescent sticker pack, Lachlan’s GT-R GT3 looks magnificent, and it’s packed with Technic functionality on the inside too, including remote controlled drive and steering, working suspension, a V6 engine, LED headlights and much more. Click here to jump Lachlan’s Nissan GT-R GT3 photo album on Flickr where more images and details will appear over the coming days.

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Cow Tipping*

This is a Sandvik Toro 60, a sixty-ton 6×4 mining truck. Named after a bull (and the number sixty), the Toro 60 is unusual in that it doesn’t articulate like many mining trucks. This is so that it can withstand a higher payload, but of course with no central articulation there would be a loss of manoeuvrability, so the Toro 60 deploys a clever steering rear axle to ensure it can still turn around in less space than it takes your Mom.

This marvellous Technic recreation of the Sandvik comes from builder Thesuperkoala, who has replicated the Toro 60’s cunning steering thanks to a Power Funcions Servo motor that operates both the front and rear axles. The two rear axles are driven by a Large Motor and the huge tipping bucket can be raised by a large linear actuator, all of which are controlled by a third-party SBrick, allowing activation via bluetooth.

There’s lots more to see of Thesuperkoala’s fully remote controlled Technic Sandvik Toro 60 at his Flickr album, on Eurobricks, and via his own website, plus you watch the creation in action courtesy of the video below.

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*Click here for the urban legend.

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Technic Towing

Huge, ungainly, and a regular picking up truckers. No, it’s not your Mom, but this enormous fully remote controlled Technic Kenworth tow truck by TLCB debutant Anatolich.

With twelve Power Functions motors, a 70cm length plus another 70cm of boom, and a 5kg weight, Anatolich’s Kenworth is one of the largest models of the year so far.

Those motors power a range of functions, with four taking care of the 8×4 drive, a Servo the steering, and the axle lift, outriggers, boom lift, boom extension, two winches and towing fork powered by a motor each.

If that wasn’t enough there’s also a V8 engine, working suspension, and no less than ten openable doors and compartments.

There’s lots more to see of Anatolich’s hugely impressive creation at both Eurobricks and on Flickr. Click on the links above to call for a tow.

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Nice Niva

Lego VAZ Niva

We’ve often mocked Russian vehicles here at The Lego Car Blog, and rightly so – they’re largely crap. However modern Ladas are essentially just Renaults and Dacias, making them now perfectly respectable, if thoroughly boring.

That said we probably wouldn’t trade a modern Renault with a Lada badge on the front for one of their old catastrophes, apart that is, for one car. Launched in 1977 the VAZ (now Lada) Niva was a superbly capable off-roader, more sophisticated than a comparable Land Rover of the era, likely more reliable, and a fair bit cheaper too.

The Niva is still being built today too, and is infinitely better than the monstrosities that the G-Wagon and Range Rover have become. This most excellent Technic version of Russia’s iconic off-roader comes from TLCB favourite Horcik Designs, who has recreated it in Technic form, both with and without Power Functions components.

It’s the remote control version we have pictured above, complete with suspension, all-wheel-drive via an XL Motor, Servo steering, a Li-Po battery, and third-party tyres.

There’s more to see of Horcik’s Technic Niva at both Flickr and Bricksafe – take a look via the links.

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