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6×6 + RC + Truck = Fun!

Lego Technic RC Truck Trial

We got a bit drunk last night, and thus today isn’t going to be very productive. Luckily one of our readers has stepped in to keep TLCB functioning with a Guest Blog. Nils O, a previous bloggee himself, picks up the pen…

The headline says it all, so there should be no need to say much more… but hey, that would be a boring blog entry, wouldn’t it?

I found this fun promising RC Truck on the frontpage of MOCpages a few days ago and didn’t really notice it at the first look. But then I opened the page and thought: “Wow!… It must be so much fun to drive a truck like this one!” As I am not there at TLCB Towers, I can’t see it, but I bet the Elves will play with this thing for hours until they (or the batteries) get exhausted. (By the way, I want my blue Smartie, an M&M would be OK, too… – You can send it via E-Mail) ;-).

The truck has a 6×6 drive train powered by six Buggy motors, with a live axle in the front and bogie suspension in the rear, plus portal gears on each wheel. All of that complexity looks to work very well, providing quite a rigid suspension system perfect for difficult terrain, and the truck seems to be quite fast too (that’ll be those six Buggy motors! Ed.). The body is custom designed looks very cool – as if it were custom built truck for real life Truck Trial competitions.

The builder behind it is Desert752 Kirill, and you can find full details of his this “Fun Truck” and more of the builder’s amazing Technic creations on MOCpages via the links above.

Thanks to Nils for filling in today. You can check out his own models via the link above, and if you’d like to suggest a creation, or even guest blog one, you can leave us a comment on our Feedback and Submission Suggestions page here.

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Land Rover Defender Camel Trophy – Picture Special

Lego Land Rover Defender 4x4 Remote Control

This incredible replica of Land Rover’s iconic Defender 90, in full Camel Trophy specification, comes from previous bloggee and TLCB legend Sariel, and it’s a very special bit of kit.

Other than the custom decals, all-terrain RC tyres and a suite of LEGO-compatible SBrick bluetooth controllers Sariel’s creation is all LEGO, and it’s one of the most thoroughly engineered and capable machines that we’ve ever come across.

Lego Technic Land Rover Camel Trophy

Beneath the wonderfully accurate bodywork is a full remote control drivetrain, with two XL motors powering all four wheels and Servo controlling the steering. Of course 4-wheel-drive doesn’t necessarily mean ‘good off-road’, as for that you need locking differentials. Sariel’s model has three.

He’s also equipped his Defender with a remotely operated 4-speed gearbox, a front mounted winch (geared to match the gearbox’s lowest ratio), live axle suspension, and working lights.

Lego Land Rover Defender Sariel

To really appreciate this beautiful build you need to see it in action. Luckily Sariel’s got that covered as he’s produced an excellent video to accompany the superb photography. Watch it below, and you can see the Defender’s full gallery of images  via Flickr, MOCpages and Brickshelf, plus you can read all the details of how this model was created at Sariel’s own website here.

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Avtoros Wamah Shaman 8×8

Lego Technic Avtoros Wamah Shaman 8x8

Nope, us neither – but apparently the Avtoros Wamah Shaman 8×8 is a Russian amphibious all-terrain vehicle presumably designed to get teams of engineers to remote pipelines and suchlike, but which will probably end up with diamante paint-job parked outside an exclusive Moscow nightclub.

Which is a shame, as the Shaman is quite a vehicle; able to climb 45 degrees, crab steer, and propel itself across open water. This incredible Technic recreation of the Russian ATV is the work of previous bloggee Madoca 1977, and it can do most of that lot too.

With each axle powered by a separate L motor and two servo motors for steering, Madoca’s Shaman has both 8-wheel drive and 8-wheel steering. Just like the real vehicle it’s able to crab steer too, which is remotely selectable by a M motor. Another M motor powers the winch, there’s 3 sets of LEDs, all-wheel independent suspension, and opening doors, hood and roof hatch.

Power is provided by twin on-board rechargeable batteries and is distributed to the eight Power Functions motors by two third-party SBrick bluetooth controllers. It’s one of the most impressively engineered creations of the year and there’s a whole lot more to see, including a video of it in action, at the Eurobricks discussion forum – click this link to check it out.

Lego Technic Wamah Shaman Remote Control

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Rancher RC

Lego Technic Remote Control 4x4

This magnificently tough looking off-road truck comes from previous bloggee filsawgood, and it smashed its way though the office today. As is usual, a deliriously happy (and spectacularly vengeful) Elf was at the controls, using the model’s twin L Motors to smush as many of its colleagues as it could before it was discovered and ejected from the office. We counted four victims, which was a reasonable total but some way off the office best. Anyway, the model – entitled ‘Rancher’ – is a neat bit of kit, featuring 4-wheel-drive, portal axles, trick suspension, and LED lights. You can see more images read the full spec via Eurobricks at the link above, where you can also watch a video showing what it can do to a prancing horse…

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Army Ant

Lego Technic ATV 6x6 RC

This is a real off-roader! Previous bloggee Pipasseyoyo has miniaturised one of the most accomplished all-terrain-vehicles, and his remote controlled Technic 6×6 ATV is every bit as capable as the real thing. With 6-wheel-drive powered by two XL Motors, locking differentials, a two-speed gearbox and working steering powered by a Medium Motor each, plus suspension on all three axles, Pipasseyoyo’s creation can climb like an ant. There’s lots more detail available on Brickshelf, including a rendering of the awesome 6×6 drivetrain and a video link to see the model in action – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Technic Remote Control ATV

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Unstoppable

Lego Technic Truck Trial 8x8

Lego Technic is getting seriously hardcore. When throughly engineered, a remote control Technic truck with all-wheel-drive can make its way through almost anything, no matter how many TLCB Elves are clogging up its tyres. With most of our workforce squashed beneath it, or clinging to the front bumper screaming, this monstrous 8×8 behemoth finally came to a stop against the foot of our unimpressed intern as the Elf that found it abandoned the controls and escaped cackling into the dark of the archive hall. It won’t get its meal token payment in there, but it didn’t seem too bothered – violence is often prioritised over hunger.

Anyway, the creation, which is something rather special. Built by Alexey Tikhvinsky aka SilenWin it’s based on a previously featured model by Lucio Switch and has then been extensively modified. With all eight wheels powered by four LEGO Buggy Motors, twin Servo Motors steering the front two axles and two third-party SBricks allowing control by mobile device, Alexey’s build can go anywhere. How anywhere?… Just watch the video below;

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You can see the full gallery of images – including WIP shots and chassis details – on both Flickr and at the Eurobricks forum, plus you can check out the original creation that inspired it by clicking on the link in the text above.

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Megamog

Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401 RC

At the opposite end of the scale from today’s other post is this; an absolutely monstrous Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401. Somewhat simpler on the outside than its modern U400 descendant, the 401 was just as ridiculously hardcore underneath, but is also very probably the slowest vehicle that this site has ever featured, and we’re even including this.

Lego Mercedes Unimog

Tamás Juhász aka Mbmc is the builder and he’s built one hell of a machine. Underneath the simple green bodywork is a full RC drivetrain complete with a remotely operated 2-speed gearbox and some of the toughest looking suspension we’ve ever seen. There’s also a beautifully recreated working 4-cylinder engine, power take-offs front and rear and opening doors and hood.

There’s lots more to see, including images of the incredible chassis, on several of the key creation-sharing platforms; albums and build details on Flickr, Brickshelf and Eurobricks can be reached via the links.

Lego Technic Remote Control Unimog 401

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Classic Spechnic

Lego Technic Classic Space

Who’d have thought Classic Space and Technic could go together so well? This marvellous Classic Space themed Technic truck trial off-roader was suggested by a reader and comes from Flickr’s Horcik Designs. There’s XL motors for drive, bouncy suspension and an oversize (but no less cheery) Classic Spaceman at the wheel. You can take a look at all the images via the link to Flickr above, whilst we ponder other possible theme mash-ups!

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Barney

Lego Friends Dodge T-Rex RC

We never understood why Barney the Dinosaur was so friendly. Always happy to dance awkwardly and sing a humiliating song, we longed for the day when he’d go feral, eat the children and maul a producer. We’re still waiting for that day to come, but in the meantime we can get our fix of destruction and violence (and an excuse for a clever title) with this brilliant LEGO Friends-themed remote control Dodge T-Rex.

Powered by an XL Motor, plus another two for steering, this colourful 6-wheel-drive creation will climb over almost anything. And it’ll easily squash a group of fleeing Elves if one of their number is at the controls.

Previous bloggee Desert752 Kirill is the builder and you can see more of his friendly T-Rex on MOCpages via the link above, or at the Eurobricks forum here, plus you can see it in action on a tough-looking Truck Trial course courtesy of the video below.

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Jeepster

Lego Technic RC 6x6 Dodge T-Rex

As well as being a terrifying (although also slightly comical) dinosaur and a rather excellent 1970s rock band, T-Rexs also come in a vehicular variety. This is one, built by MOCpages’ Desert752 Kirill, features 6-wheel-drive, 4-wheel-steering and some very green bodywork. You can see more of Desert752’s remote controlled Technic Dodge T-Rex 6×6 at the link above, plus you can see it in action in the video below.

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KrAZy!

Lego KrAZ 255B Trucks

MOCpages’ Ingmar Spijkhoven, a veteran of The Lego Car Blog, is back, with not one but three incredible remote controlled KrAZ 255B trucks. In fact there are nine models, once all the possible combinations of tractor and payload are included.

Powered by an XL motor each, with 6×6 drive, a working V8 engine, servo steering and solid axle suspension on all wheels, Ingmar’s KrAZ trucks are an engineering triumph.

Lego KrAZ Truck Trial

Ingmar has designed three versions of the KrAZ 255B; flatbed, truck-trial (above) and logging (below). All are available to view on MOCpages, where full technical details can also be found, along with an extensive gallery of the features of each truck and payload combination. Click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Technic KrAZ Logging Truck

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Snow Tat

Lego Technic Tatra 8x8

It’s been a truck-heavy day at TLCB today, but no matter – we like trucks. This is one of our favourites, Tatra’s ridiculously capable Kolos 8×8. Horcik Designs of Flickr has built this one, complete with the legendary 8×8 drivetrain, in this case propelled by LEGO’s superb Power Functions motors. There’s more to see, including a video of the Tatra in action, at the link above.

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Gettin’ Dirty

Lego Tatra T148 Truck Trial

HorcikDesigns‘ likes to get his Lego dirty. Truck Trial is his chosen method, and the Tatra T148 is his chosen vehicle. Featuring two Lego Buggy Motors for drive, a Power Functions M Motor for steering, and fully independent half-axel suspension Horcik’s recreation of the famous off-road truck is perfectly equipped to tackle the rough stuff. You can see more of the T148 on Flickr at the link above.

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Red Letter Day

We’ve got a lot of red Smarties to give out today…

Lego Technic Truck Trial Tatra 813

The Elves, upon the recent discovery that red Smarties are made from crushed beetles, have gone on a bonanza of frenzied online treasure-hunting not seen since those pictures of Jennifer Lawrence were leaked. As a result we have no less than five(!) red creations to show you, from five disgusting and delighted Elves.

At No.5 is this stupendous remote control Technic Tatra 813 trial truck by Eurobricks’ Madoca 1977. It features 8-wheel-drive via two Power Functions XL motors, RC steering, LED lights, a V12 piston engine, and the obligatory-for-truck-trial awesome suspension. You can see more details of this incredible machine at the Eurobricks forum linked above.

Lego Ford LTD

At the other end of the scale, and our red No.4, is this classically-built 1977 Ford LTD. Newcomer FirstInfantry is the builder, and you can see more of his 6-wide classic, and his other beautifully simple vehicles, on Flickr.

Lego Pilatus PC-7 Aircraft

In at No.3 we have this lovely little Pilatus PC-7 plane created by one of our favourite aircraft builders; Flickr’s Dornbi. Bedecked in pretty Swiss colours Dornbi’s Pilatus has one of the nicest brick-built canopies we’ve seen. See more of his work via the link above.

Lego SHIPtember GARC Spacecraft

For No.2 we head into space. And also into the weird world of SHIPtember. And GARC. And probably some other Lego memes we know little-to-nothing about. Anyway, despite our sci-fi ineptitude, this one-hundred-and-fifteen-stud-long behemoth still looks pretty cool to us. The red giant is entitled ‘Sphyraena’ (we’re glad we’ve just had to type that rather than pronouncing it) and it can be found on F@bz Flickr photostream here.

Lego Technic Truck

And finally at No.1 we have this; Lucio Switch aka Ivan Manarin‘s beautiful pneumatic and remote controlled Technic truck. One of the most superbly photographed models of the year, Ivan’s masterclass in Technic features four XL motors for drive, a servo for steering, a M motor for the air suspension pump, another for the fifth wheel, two sets of IR receivers and three Power Functions battery packs. Oh, and eight(!) pneumatic cylinders, plus three valves and two pumps. Have a guess how many shock absorbers each front wheel needs to deal with that lot. Now triple it. It’s the Technic truck of the year.

So there you have it; five happy Elves and five stunning red creations. You can check each model out via the links in the accompanying text – which is your favourite?

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Dirty Lego

Dirty Lego

Much of what we feature here at The Lego Car Blog is the work of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of Lego). This usually means an impeccably photographed, spotlessly clean and brilliant creation, which will forever be placed within a glass cabinet away from light, air, and fingers.

But that’s not what Lego is about. Lego is designed for kids, it’s tough, and it likes to get dirty. Above all else, Lego is for playing with.

Thankfully some AFOLs do retain the childish desire to drive a Lego creation through a big pile of mud, something we whole heartedly approve of here in TLCB office. Truck Trial is their chosen means, and it involves building a remote control replica truck to drive as fast and far as possible through an obstacle course before crashing or breaking something. And that sounds awesome to us!

This trial truck was discovered on the Lego picture-sharing site Brickshelf. It’s a Tatra 6×6 by Atrx, powered by two Power Functions XL motors and controlled via a Mindstorms NXT brain. And it’s delightfully dirty!

You can see all the photos via the link, including chassis engineering shots and more of the Tatra in action at the muddy LUGpol Truck Trial event shown in our featured image above.

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