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Know The Drill

We often link to music here at TLCB, but not today, because drill music – named after the power tool that is simply horrific to listen to – sucks.

Thus there’ll be no link to an appropriate drill track at the foot of this post, because you don’t need that in your life, but there will be a link to this; Eric Trax’s remarkable Pottinger Terrasem R3 seed drill.

Towed by a version of his previously featured fully remote controlled, SBrick-programmable New Holland TM140 tractor, the Terrasem R3 both looks and sounds like a sci-fi creation you’d expect to find on the Brothers Brick, but is in fact one of the many mechanised wonders that quite literally feed the world.

A Claas telehandler is pictured below filling the Pottinger with seed (snigger), and there lots more to see of it and the excellent tractor pulling it via Eric’s ‘Pottinger Terrasem R3 seed drill‘ album on Flickr (where you can also find a link to a video of it in action and another to building instructions) via the link above, or via Brickshelf here.

F-Bomb

Flickr’s Damian Z is one of our favourite farm-vehicle creators, thanks to exceptional detailing, ingenious building techniques, and top-notch presentation. His latest creation continues the favouritism, being this fantastic Fendt Favourite 514C with a fitted front loader. That’s a whole lot of F-words, which are common in TLCB Office but are usually of the unprintable sort. Today’s ‘F’s are fine though, and there’s more to see of Damian’s F-bomb on Flickr via the link above.

Caseload

This is a fully remote controlled Case QuadTrac 620, built by mktechniccreations, and it’s really very good at squashing Elves. It’s also one heck of a build, with no less than six Power Functions motors, two BuWizz bluetooth batteries, and a pneumatic system with on-board compressors. And that’s before we get to the Elmer HaulMaster 2000 trailer.

Back to the Case, where two L Motors drive the fully suspended tracks, whilst a Servo articulates the pivot steering (the rear section of which can also oscillate independently from the front to keep the vehicle level on uneven ground).

Two M Motors power the on-board pneumatic compressors/switches, a third drives the rear PTO, there’s a suspended cab, swing-out ladder (that automatically pivots out of the way of the tracks when the tractor articulates), a rotating driver’s seat, and pneumatically operated hitches.

The Elmer HaulMaster trailer features a few trick of its own too, with the Case’s PTO driving the conveyor belt and auger worm-gear, pneumatically operated auger boom extension, and pneumatically deployed support legs.

It’s an unfathomably complex and wonderfully engineered build, and there’s lots more to see of mktechniccreations’ incredible creation at the Eurobricks forum via the link above, where complete technical details, further imagery, and a link to building instructions can be found.

You can also see all the amazing working functions of both the Case Quadtrac 620 and Elmer HaulMaster 2000 in action via the video below; click play to take a look at one of the best models of 2021 so far.

YouTube Video

Steam Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’*

It’s been over a hundred years since steam rollers were built, and yet in TLCB’s home nation we still call road rollers ‘steam rollers’ over a century later. No we don’t know why either. Anyway, this one is a steam roller, being effectively a giant kettle with a big metal drum attached to the front, powered by burning lumps of fossilised wood.

It comes from previous bloggee Nikolaus Lowe, who has done a tremendous job building this beautiful and fully functional Model Team/Technic c1910 steam roller, complete with working rope steering, rear ripper, drivetrain pistons and valve gear, and even the weird centrifugal spinning thingy that steam-powered vehicles always seem to have, the purpose of which remains a mystery.

A wealth of superb imagery is available to view at Nikolaus’ ‘Steam Roller’ album on Flickr, where you can also find details on how to vote for this model to become an official LEGO set. Click the link above to go rollin’.

*Today’s loosely related title song!

Mystery Machine

OK, we might be as bad with farm equipment as we are with Star Wars, but we’re pretty sure we’ve got this red and yellow contraption by Flickr’s Damian Z right.

Damian’s wonderfully intricate Mechanised Spaghetti Twirler is being pulled by a Mercedes-Benz Trac 1600, a Unimog-based tractor manufactured in the ’70s and ’80s before the design was sold on to Werner-Forst-und-Industrietechnik, who still produce it today.

Clever detailing abounds on both the MB Trac and the Maximum Penetration Autopump behind, and there’s loads more to see of both the tractor and the Industrial Decombobulator in tow at Damian’s ‘MB Trac 1600’ album by clicking here.

Seriously though, we know it’s a Uniformly Regulated Simultaneous Ice Cream Dispenser. Obviously.

You Spin Me Right Round*

This a Claas Xerion 5000 tractor, and it has a rather neat party trick; the cabin can rotate 180 degrees. Flickr’s colognebrick has replicated the Xerion in miniature perfection, and – like the official LEGO Technic 42054 Claas Xerion set (or the terrifying girl from The Exorcist) – this model includes the ability for the cab to turn to face rearwards. Click the link above to visit colognebrick’s photostream and ace both ways.

*Today’s title song. Gosh ’80s music videos were crap.

Tractor Tuesday

OK, Tractor Tuesday is not a thing. Apart from today, which is a Tuesday, and does feature tractors. Cue this excellent Renault 120.14 by Damian Z, and equally good New Holland T7.270 and Zetor Crystal 160 by Keko007. Each tractor is superbly detailed, equipped with a trailer, and can be seen in greater detail via the links above.

Pottinger Ploughs

This is a Claas Arion 650 with Pottinger Ploughs. We have no idea what a Pottinger Plough is, but it sounds like either a British sandwich or something you might find in the karma sutra. Whatever it is, it looks great here, as built by previous bloggee Keko007, and there’s more to see at his ‘Claas Arion 650 with Pottinger Plows’ album.

Two Tiny Tractors

We often feature enormous, hugely complex models here at The Lego Car Blog. Whilst these are amazing accomplishments, they can feel a little unachievable for many Lego builders, particularly those with a parts to talent imbalance. But it’s definitely better to be that way round, as talent can almost always make up for a deficit in pieces.

These two tremendous micro-scale tractors by Flickr’s František Hajdekr are proof that you don’t need a million bricks and an unlimited budget to build something of blogworthy excellence. Each is constructed from just a handful of common parts, yet capture their subject matter perfectly with beautiful presentation too.

There’s more to see of František’s excellent-yet-simple creations at his photostream via the link above, and to get a few tips on how you can present your models as professionally as these two take a look at our photography tips here.

Old Grey

Here at The Lego Car Blog we’re basically seven year olds, so it tends to be fast, loud, and obnoxiously coloured vehicles that feature here. Not today though, as we’ve flipped to the other end of the vehicular spectrum for a vehicle that is very slow, and very grey.

This rather lovely vintage tractor is the work of MangaNOID of Eurobricks, who has based his creation on a 1950s Massey Ferguson. Manga’s model features a working 3-cylinder engine, differential, power take-off, three-point hitch, suspended drivers seat, steering, and positive caster, camber and toe for accurate old-timey tractor realism.

It’s a great example of Technic functionality and there’s more to see of Manga’s build at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click the link above to take a look!

One Man Went to Mow

Keko007‘s lawn mower is bigger than yours. Fitted to the back of an excellent New Holland T7.230 tractor, Keko’s mower can fold out via some handy knobs, and it can really mow, thanks to a mostly-concealed Power Functions system. Head to the meadow via the link above and start mowing.

Green Machine

As TLCB’s home nation has just confirmed that the sale of new non-zero emission vehicles (that’s petrol, diesel, LPG, and Hybrid) will be banned in just nine years time, this humble corner of the internet is getting with the times and posting something green. Well, it is.

Lasse Deleuran‘s John Deere 6130R is very green indeed. In fact it’s very nearly as green as LEGO’s own excellent 42054 Claas Xerion 5000 set, with which Lasse’s model shares its scale and rear hitch mechanism (meaning implements designed for the Claas set will also fit this).

It also includes a wide range of mechanical functionality, including a working 4-cylinder engine, functioning steering, and a selectable PTO via a lever in the cab.

There’s more of Lasse’s John Deere 6130R to see on Flickr, where you can also find a link to building instructions should you wish to go green for yourself.

Deere John

This most excellent John Deere 6R tractor, complete with a big red plough, comes from Damian Z (aka Thietmaier), who has created it in rather wonderful detail considering the small scale. There are lots more images of both the tractor and plough to see on Flickr – take a look via the link above.

*Today’s title song. Don’t say we’re not diverse!

Best in Show

After the violent events that occurred here in TLCB Office yesterday we’ve been nervously awaiting the next remotely controlled Lego creation that the Elves would find. Fortunately for all concerned (except the Elf that found it), this Daniel Best steam traction engine by Flickr’s Nikolaus Löwe managed to do no damage whatsoever.

Despite its BuWizz battery, Nikolaus’s creation is heroically slow, and therefore accurately represents the real contraption from the early 1900s which had a top speed of… 4mph.

However such glacial velocity allowed us to view the magnificently recreated pistons and rods that Nikolaus has faithfully recreated, which all do their things thanks to well concealed Power Functions motors. The Elf at the controls was less impressed, and after watching its find trundle across the floor squashing precisely no-one, ran off in disgust.

It’ll be back for its meal token reward soon enough, but if you like this build as much as we do there’s more to see on Flickr. Click the link above to head very slowly across America in 1905.

Mr. Big Stuff*

This enormous green and cream spiky looking arrangement is a Krone BigX 770 with an EasyCollect 600-2, and it is – if you’re a TLCB Elf – not something that you want to see at all.

Built by Michal Skorupka (aka Eric Trax), the Krone BigX and EasyCollect 600-2 are equipped with no less than three SBrick bluetooth controllers and nine Power Functions motors, providing the model with spectacularly life-like functions, all of which can be controlled remotely via a phone or – in this case – a Playstation controller.

Which is marvellous if you want to cut down some Lego corn, but considerably less so if you’re an Elf asleep on the floor as it enters the Cage Room.

It’s been a while since the last act of remotely controlled violence here at TLCB Towers, so the Elves were gradually becoming more complacent. This of course gave the Elf that discovered this creation a golden opportunity, which it seized by driving the Krone through the Elven Cage Room with the whirling EasyCollect 600-2 easily collecting its sleeping colleagues.

With XL Motor all-wheel-drive and Servo rear axle steering, Eric’s model is almost purpose-built for mashing the maximum number of sleeping Elves. A wide path of destruction was enabled by the deployable harvesting arms, each powered by Medium Motor, with the harvesting mechanism itself driven by an L Motor powered PTO, and another Medium Motor able to raise and lower the whole attachment to the optimum Elf-mangling height.

The Elf at the controls fulfilled its self-appointed Grim Reaper role admirably, with the BigX and EasyCollect only halted due to an Elven body-part jam in the mechanism, following which it fled the scene giggling maniacally.

We now have a lot of clearing up to do, including Elven first aid that may or may not include a few trips to ‘Elf Hospital‘, so whilst we get the Pritt Stick out and attempt to match Elven body parts with their owners you can check out all the details of Michal’s stunning creation on both Flickr and Eurobricks, plus you can watch the Krone BigX 770 and EasyCollect 600-2 in action below.

YouTube Video

*Today’s excellent title song.