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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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Speedy Repairs

The 2019 Lego Speeder Bike Competition is generating some most excellent creations. Being a car blog we won’t be featuring all of the blog-worthy builds emanating from the group (you can check out all the entrants here), however today we are featuring one of our favourites thus far. Built by TLCB debutant SpaceMan Nathan this speeder bike caught our attention not only for its placement in a cool-looking workshop, but also for being Technic-figure scale, and we think the humble Technic-fig – once a staple in the Technic line-up – doesn’t get enough limelight these days. Speed over to SpaceMan Nathan’s photostream via the link above for more.

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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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Technic Tumbler

Batman has had many vehicles over the years, however our favourite by some considerable margin is the Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy. Several full-size Tumblers were built for real to star in the movie (you can even see one in action here), and The Dark Knight’s dark ride has inspired a few Lego versions too. Today’s by newcomer Dominik Novak is a neat addition, being fully Technic, fairly small-scale, and thoroughly excellent looking too. Dominik’s Tumbler features a detailed cockpit, Hand-of-God steering and working suspension, and there’s more to see on both Flickr and Eurobricks via the links.

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Honda S2000 | Picture Special

Honda’s S2000, built from 1999 to 2009 during the company’s peak, was a gloriously unhinged machine. Its 2-litre engine made an astonishing 240bhp without turbocharging, and it took Ferrari to finally beat the S2000’s highest-output-per-litre record for a naturally aspirated engine with the 458 Italia, a full decade after the S2000’s launch.

Honda achieved this engineering witchcraft through the most Japanese of approaches; revs. The S2000’s F20C engine could rev to 9000rpm, with VTEC only engaging well above 6000rpm. It engaged with a bit go a bang too, and as the S2000’s handling wasn’t quite up to Porsche levels it meant that more than a few cars ended up travelling backwards through hedges.

This wonderful Technic recreation of Honda’s legendary sports car comes from previous bloggee and TLCB Master MOCer Nico71, who has done an incredible job replicating the AP2 series S2000 inside and out.

Not only does Nico’s model look the part (helped by 3D-printed wheels and a few well chosen custom stickers), it’s packed with technical detail too, including working steering, accurate double-wishbone suspension, a replica F20C 4-cylinder engine driven by the rear wheels, opening doors, hood and trunk, and a working convertible roof.

There’s lots more of Nico’s superb Technic Honda S2000 AP2 to see on Brickshelf or at his website by clicking here, including the complete image gallery, full build details and yes – instructions! Click the link above to feel VTEC kick-in yo!

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42078 Technic Mack Anthem | Review

Lego Technic 42078 Mack Anthem Review

It’s review time here at The Lego Car Blog and this time we’ve got a big one. Literally. This is the 42078 Mack Anthem Technic set, and it’s huge. Very possibly the longest Technic set ever(?), 42078 consists of two separate models, and one large white shipping container.

Inside all of that bigness there are no motors, no electronics, and no pneumatics, just lots of cogs and gears. This is an old-school Technic set. Apart that is, from the way it looks.

There’s been a trend within the Technic range in recent years to add ever more visual realism, sometimes to great effect, and 42078 continues this but takes it to a whole new level. Sort of. We’ll explain…

The Truck

The Mack Anthem truck is a realistic replica of the real deal, being officially licensed from Mack and including some of both the biggest and smallest stickers ever fitted to a Technic set to help achieve the desired look. It’s also festooned with lights and intricate detailing (including a unique golden bulldog mascot piece), contains a fully equipped interior that even includes a bed in the sleeper portion of the cab, and features… well, not all that much Technic.

It’s a trick that the Lego Community has used for years, adding working functions to visually realistic creations, to get the best of both worlds. LEGO have definitely taken this approach with 42078, and we think they may have started with the look and added functions afterwards, which is probably the opposite to the way Technic sets were designed in the past.

The result is rather a pleasing one as the truck looks great, certainly better in reality than it does in the pictures. The hood opens up to reveal a miniature straight-6 piston engine (of the sort the Lego Community has been building for years) driven by the rear wheels, the doors open to reveal a very realistic interior, there’s steering via Hand-of-God that also turns the steering wheel (although not much – surely as you’ll never steer this set from inside the cab it could have a realistic steering wheel ratio LEGO?), and a working fifth wheel. And that’s it.

So not a lot if we’re honest, especially considering its size, but just enough to qualify it as a Technic set. And then we come on to our earlier-mentioned ‘sort of’; the trailer…

Lego Technic 42078 Mack Anthem Review

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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.

YouTube Video

*Click here for the urban legend.

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Matador!

Here at The Lego Car Blog we are not fans of matadors. Whilst they are undoubtedly brave, and whilst we do enjoy a steak, killing a bull (or any animal) gradually for fun is in our eyes a pretty douchebaggy pastime. We know that it may be a few readers’ heritage, but it’s a douchebaggy heritage. Like fox hunting. Or burning a cross on your lawn.

However, we do rather like this matador. A lot. It comes from Spanish tuners Radical, using the Ducati 1198 superbike a base. This spectacular Model Team recreation of Radical’s bonkers bike is the work of TLCB veteran Gerald Cacas, who has merged Technic and System construction to beautiful effect.

There’s much more to see of Gerald’s Radical Ducati Matador at his Flickr’ album. Click the link above to wave the red sheet and dodge the horns.*

*Don’t though. Because bull fighting sucks.

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Buy This Pagani Huayra!

We get asked a few particular questions more than any others here at The Lego Car Blog. ‘Will you blog my [insert creation]?’ (no), ‘Can I have instructions?’ (probably not), and ‘Where can I buy this?’.

As we’re here to publicise people’s own builds, the answer is usually ‘sorry, you can’t’. But not today, because you really can buy this one.

This incredible car is a Pagani Huayra, as featured here a few weeks ago. It was designed by Technic-building legend Jeroen Ottens as a gift to another builder, an amazing man by the name of Grum64.

Mr. Grum was involved in a motorcycle accident aged 19 in which he broke his neck, paralysing him from the chest down. Despite having no hand movement Grum builds with LEGO, using his teeth to construct sets over the course of many weeks which is – to all of us here at TLCB – a simply mind-blowing achievement.

Grum decided that rather than accepting Jeroen’s spectacular model for himself, that they would auction it for charity – in particular the amazing charity Fairy Bricks which provides LEGO sets to sick children in hospital and hospices. In fact Fairy Bricks provide around £5,000-worth of LEGO every single month to brighten the lives of children who may feel a very long way from home.

From April 19th Jeroen’s beautiful Pagani Huayra Technic Supercar will be listed on the auction site catawiki, where you can bid to own this stunning one-off creation (which features an 8-speed sequential gearbox, all-wheel cantilevered suspension, steering, active aero, a V12 engine, custom chrome and much, much more).

Not only that but Pagani have donated two huge Huayra computer blueprint drawings signed by Horacio Pagani himself to the auction, so the winning bid will receive a piece of hypercar history as well as one of the finest Technic Supercars ever built.

You can read full details of the build (and the story behind it) and Jeroen’s website, and you can see our original post of his superb Pagani Huayra by clicking here.

The Catawiki auction for Fairy Bricks commences on April 19th and remains open until April 24th, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Fairy Bricks Charity.

Click here to visit the auction

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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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The Tortoise & The Hare

Lego Hot Rod Tortoise

The story of the Tortoise and the Hare is nature’s most famous race, designed to teach kids about… we dunno, perseverance or something? Anyway, the bunny seems to have won in the end, claiming all the chocolatey glory of Easter. Out of the two it’s the tortoise that actually lays eggs though (although eating them is probably illegal), so perhaps it should be the anthropomorphic representation of Easter instead.

We’re not sure where we’re going with this.

It’s nearly Easter, and the two protagonists in the aforementioned race have returned to duke it out once more courtesy of Kale Frost of Flickr, who has certainly upped the stakes by equipping each with a Technic hot rod. Pick your Easter winner via the link above!

Lego Hot Rod Hare

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Knight in Shining Armour

Lego Batman Batpod

We all know Batman only works in black (and sometimes very very dark grey). After the extravagant campness of his appearances in the ’60s this is something of a relief, but if he were to pick a new colour the Dark Knight could do well to take advice from ianying616 of Flickr.

ianying616 has recreated the amazing Batpod from The Dark Knight trilogy and given it an exterior somewhat shinier than the mat-black original. The result is spectacular and there’s more to see of ianying’s all-chrome Batpod at his photostream. Click the link in his name above to see all of the stunning imagery.

Lego Batman Batpod

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