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Swedish Excellence

Lego Volvo XC90

As has been documented on these pages before, the current obsession with SUVs is not one shared here in TLCB Towers. However there is an exception. Volvo…

Sold by Ford during their purge in 2010 to stave off bankruptcy, Volvo are now under the ownership of Geely, and – much like Jaguar and Land Rover sold to the Indians by Ford two years previously – the Chinese have done a far better job of managing Volvo than Ford ever did.

By providing cash and economies of scale, but by letting Volvo be Volvo, the cars coming out of Gothenburg are a world apart from the dull badge-engineered knock-offs built under Ford’s stewardship.

The latest XC90 encapsulates this mantra; with superbly Swedish design, engines no larger than 2 litres, using turbocharging, supercharging, and hybrid electric to boost performance, and self-driving technology, Volvo’s flagship SUV is very probably the flagship SUV. Not bad for a company best known for estate cars.

This beautiful recreation of the latest XC90 ‘Excellence’ edition comes from previous bloggee dgustafsson1317, and he’s built the big Volvo brilliantly. A superbly detailed exterior (including bespoke 3D-printed wheels to replicate those on the real car) continues inside with a stunningly accurate interior, made all the more impressive by the need to squeeze in a raft of Power Functions electronic wizardry.

Five motors power the all-wheel-drive system, steering, and the electrically opening tailgate, all of which are operable remotely via a Bluetooth device thanks to a third-party SBrick. The build also features all-wheel suspension, neat brick-built windows, and some excellent custom badges too.

There’s much more of the model to see at dgustafsson’s enormous Volvo XC90 Excellence album on Flickr – click the link above for over fifty stunning images.

Lego Volvo XC90

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Euro-Kong

Lego Scania R490 Crane Truck

Yu Kee Liu, otherwise known as Shineyu, has become a firm favourite here at The Lego Car Blog for his beautifully engineered trucks and heavy machinery. Today we can share two of his latest, a Hong Kong style Scania R490 crane truck and a Volvo FH16 750. Both are developments of previous builds, with the Volvo first appearing here in 8×4 tractor-cab configuration, and the Scania in a 560 specification with a blue and yellow livery.

Each model contains a raft of remote control features, including drive, steering, crane operation, LED lights, and more, all contained within exteriors that blend European truck design with Hong Kong functionality in astonishing detail.

You can see the complete galleries for Shineyu’s incredible Scania 490 crane truck and Volvo FH16 750 models on Flickr. Head to Hong Kong via Europe at the links above.

Lego Volvo FH 16 Truck

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LEGO Technic H2 2018 | Set Previews

Lego Technic 42081 Volvo Concept

It’s that time of year again! With LEGO’s H2 Technic sets on the horizon the survivors from our crack team of Elves – sent to infiltrate The LEGO Company’s HQ – have returned to TLCB Towers with this summer’s bounty. So without further ado, here are the brand new Technic sets due to reach stores on August 1st!

42081 Volvo Autonomous Loader

OK, let’s get the weird one out of the way first. This is a Volvo autonomous loader concept and it is, frankly, one of the oddest Technic sets to appear in recent times. Continuing LEGO’s successful line of officially-licensed vehicles the new concept loader joins the previous (and excellent) Volvo Technic sets, but differs in that it isn’t a replica of a real-life Volvo at all. This makes it – in our eyes at least – utterly pointless.

Like many of LEGO’s recent Technic sets 42081 straddles the Model Team and Technic themes, bringing increased visual realism to functional models (only 42081 can’t be visually realistic because there is no real-world equivalent). All-wheel-steering, a mechanically raising and tipping bucket, and – for reasons we simply don’t understand – a model of a quadcopter drone are all included.

Expected to cost around $140 there are probably better ways to obtain 1,167 yellow and black pieces for your collection…

Lego Technic 42080 Forester

42080 Forest Harvester

This is more like it. Aimed at ages 10+ LEGO’s new 1,000-peice 42080 Forest Harvester set is the first to include Power Functions 2.0 (which may also mean the possibility of App control). We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the new components to test out the upgrades, but the fact that the set also includes new pneumatics is cause for celebration!

We expect 42080 to use the new system to drive a pneumatic compressor that powers both the raising/lowering of the arm and the grabby/rolly/cutty thingumy on the end of it (which also looks to feature some new spiky round bricks). Mechanical functions are likely to include centre articulation and working steering, plus a little workbench and brick-built chainsaw are thrown in (somewhat unnecessarily) for good measure too.

We expect the brightly-coloured 42080 Forest Harvester set to cost around $150 when it reaches shelves later this year, which makes it $150 better value than that Volvo…

Lego Technic 42079 Forklift

42079 Forklift Truck

A staple feature throughout Technic’s long history, we’ve lost count of the number of forklift trucks in LEGO’s back-catalogue. The new set does appear to be one of the best though, and it could very well be the sweet-spot in the H2 Technic range. With Hand-of-God rear-wheel steering, a tilting fork, and an interesting-looking rope-activated lift mechanism, 42079 includes just enough mechanically-operated functionality to be interesting.

We think it looks rather nice too, with well-judged Model Team detailing, a few stickers teamed with a nice colour choice, and a bonus mystery barrel containing something dangerous. Aimed at ages 9+ 42079 is constructed from just under 600 pieces and is expected to cost around $70 when it reaches stores in August 2018.

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42082 Rough Terrain Crane

Now for the big one. This is 42082, LEGO’s 4,000+ piece, $300 flagship, and it’s massive. With the highest piece-count of any Technic set to date, plus Power Functions, 42082 is set to lift (hah!) the top tier of LEGO Technic even further towards engineering for adults.

An enormous extending boom (and it really is huge – the picture above shows it in its most compact setting), superstructure slew, boom raising/lowering and winch control are all driven electronically by LEGO’s Power Functions system, plus there are working outriggers, steering, and a V8 piston engine.

As with all of the new Technic sets 42082 will include instructions for a B-model, and it also features a wealth of stickers (each new set seems to include decals denoting the set no.) as part of a trend towards increasing the visual realism of Technic.

So there you have it, LEGO’s new-for-H2 2018 Technic sets. It’s quite a construction-heavy line-up, and one that we think is largely a decent effort. Apart from that pointless Volvo. Of course, the Volvo isn’t LEGO’s only officially-licensed new Technic set due for release later this year…

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Bucket o’Beatings

Lego Technic Volvo L120H Wheel Loader

Much like its real-world counterpart, this rather wonderful remote controlled Volvo L120H by Eurobricks’ mpj is not a fast machine. A smaller version of Volvo’s wheel-loader in the 42030 Volvo L350F set, mpj’s L120H can do everything the official set can, including drive via an XL Motor, articulated steering via two Medium Motor-Powered linear actuators, arm raising/lowing via another two linear actuators driven by a Large Motor, and lastly the tipping of the bucket by a  final Medium Motor.

An impressive roster of remote control functions then, which today’s discovering Elf deployed with moderate success. Unable to run over any of its colleagues thanks to the L120H’s slow speed, it drove its find into the Cage Room, up to a cage containing a sleeping Elf, and promptly tipped it out. Understandably unamused the awoken Elf remonstrated forcibly with its aggressor, who responded by simply stabbing it with the bucket, and then (very slowly) running it over. Job done.

We’ve taken the controls away now so there’ll be no more Elven violence (at least at the hands of the Volvo), and you can see more of mpj’s impressive machine at the Eurobricks forum. Click the link above to take a look.

Lego Technic Volvo L120H Wheel Loader

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Squarange*

Lego Volvo 240 DL

Contrary to today’s other post, this slice of orange magnificence is not of interest to the Elves one bit. It is however, so our kind of car! Old, square, and with the design aesthetic of an East German office block, the Volvo 240 DL and TLCB Towers have much in common.

This wonderful recreation of one of the finest lumps of Swedish steel comes from LegoJalex, and never has the humble LEGO brick seemed more suited to a vehicle. Opening doors, hood and trunk-lid all feature, as does a deliciously brown interior. If you’re as much of a fan as we are (and therefore probably a bit odd), you can see more of this classic Volvo on Flickr via the link above!

*Because it’s square. And orange.

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Writer’s Revenge

Lego Volvo FH16 750 Truck

Today, this TLCB Writer snapped. Enough Elven droppings on the office floor. Enough Elven fighting in the corridor. Enough Elven surgery following the Elven fighting in the corridor.

Luckily one of the Elves found a creation perfect for rehabilitating a TLCB Writer post breakdown. This huge Volvo 8×4 FH16 truck, trailer and A60H dump truck combo comes from previous bloggee Shineyu, and it’s a truly incredible feat of Lego engineering.

Underneath the wonderfully realistic exteriors of each model are a host of Technic Power Functions motors, powering the drive, steering and – in the A60H’s case – the giant dumping bucket.

Lego Volvo A60H Dump Truck

You can squeeze a lot of Elves in said bucket, and Shineyu’s A60H is powerful enough to carry them all down the corridor, (whooping with delight), towards the office entrance (still whooping), through the doors (whooping subsiding), into the car park (whooping ceased), and towards the pond (whooping replaced by panic).

The Lego Car Blog Office is a much quieter place now, and this writer can confirm that the Volvo A60H’s dumping mechanism works wonderfully. Whilst he enjoys a peaceful day at TLCB Towers you can check out our favourite creation for some time courtesy of the Eurobricks discussion forum here, and you can watch both Volvo trucks in action thanks to the video below.

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Dig Big

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator Remote Control

This TLCB writer was peacefully working today when one of the more unusual sounds to penetrate the office came floating through the door. A cascading metallic rush followed by screaming, it sounded like a tin of thumbtacks being emptied over a TLCB Elf. Sigh. Still, no Elf is strong enough to upend a full tin of thumbtacks over one of its colleagues, so it couldn’t be that.

Oh yes it could. Thanks to previous bloggee ShineYu‘s remarkable fully remote controlled Volvo EC950EL excavator, a multitude of thumbtacks had indeed rained down on one of our Elves.

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator RC

Much too slow to run down any of its colleagues, the Elf at the controls of ShineYu’s Volvo had deployed some trickery to allow it to cause maximum carnage. This involved loading a tin of thumbtacks into the excavator’s bucket, using the four Power Functions L motors that control the arm to raise it high above the floor, and then lying in wait for a curious Elf to walk underneath it.

Carnage achieved it then ran off cackling delightedly, leaving us to pick up tacks, and to pull a few out of a very sorry looking Elf. Whilst we do that you can check out more of ShineYu’s huge Volvo EC950EL at the Eurobricks discussion forum, where you can also watch a video of the four excavator arm motors in action, as well as the two XL motors that power the tracks and a third that rotates the superstructure. Click the link above if you dig it.

Lego Technic Volvo EC950EL Excavator RC

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Candy Crush

Lego Technic Volvo FMX 4x4 Crawler RC

It’s been a slow (read ‘hungry’) week for The Lego Car Blog Elves. However, with their empty stomachs ‘motivating’ them it was only a matter of time before we’d have a creation to share with you.

The hungry Elf responsible for today’s find was duly awarded a meal token and Smartie, upon which something remarkable happened… the Elf ate about half of its Smartie, and it then proceeded to break the rest into pieces. Were we about to witness the first ever moment of Elven compassion and sharing? Were we balls.

The aforementioned Elf scattered the Smartie pieces opposite a curtain in the office and then scurried off. Soon several of its colleagues had sniffed out the unguarded confectionary and landed on the abandoned loot like seagulls on an open bin.

But unguarded the confectionary wasn’t, and the curtains suddenly parted as a huge white truck powered through them. The nearest Elf had just enough time to point and scream before being squashed forcefully into the office carpet, before its scavenging colleagues met the same fate.

A jubilant Elf then re-emerged, scooped up the Smartie remnants, and ran off cackling madly. Sigh. We thought they were getting bored of this.

Still, kudos the Elf in question, which had deployed some remarkable inventiveness to overcome its find’s lack of speed – which normally would have left it unable meet out any smushings.

The vehicular weapon, whilst slow, is a mighty impressive bit of kit though. Based on a Volvo FMX truck, the build features five Power Functions motors that power the four-wheel-drive system, generate air pressure for pneumatically locking differentials, and drive the centrally-pivoted steering, whilst pendular suspension with simply ludicrous articulation and oversize tyres from the 42054 Claas Xerion tractor set take care of truck’s impressive rock-crawling ability.

The build is the work of TLCB debutant dgustafsson1317 and there’s an enormous gallery of high quality images available to view on Flickr. Click the link above to see all of the Volvo FMX Crawler photos, whilst we scrape some very flat Elves out of the office carpet.

Lego Technic Volvo FMX 4x4 Crawler RC

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Double Decker

Lego Volvo Olympian Bus

We don’t feature as many Town scale vehicles as we do large Technic creations here at The Lego Car Blog, as it often takes more to impress at a smaller scale.* This though, is how you do it! Built by Legokinsfolk of Brickshelf this is a Volvo Olympian bus in Hong Kong specification, and it’s wonderful.

Lego Hong Kong Bus

At 10 studs wide it’s pushing the limits for a Town creation, but it is mini-figure scale, and can seat 43 of them plus the driver across both decks. The doors and engine cover also open and the interior is quite brilliantly detailed. There’s lots more to see, including interior shots, on Brickshelf – click the link above to buy a ticket.

Lego Volvo Hong Kong Bus

*Ask your Mom.

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Town Truckin’

Lego Peterbilt Truck

Today no fewer than four TLCB Elves returned to TLCB Towers, each with a find they thought worthy of a meal token. Of course this led to a fight amongst them, but now that the blood and body parts have been cleared up we’re pleased to say that all four Elves received a meal! See, we are generous sometimes…

Lego Volvo Truck Nexo Knights

They did each deserve a meal actually, as each Elf found a lovely and beautifully built Town style truck by Flickr’s Peter Schmid, who has uploaded his latest four models in one go.

From top to bottom are; a Peterbilt Classic rig, a Volvo twin-trailer truck (in Nexo Knights livery), a Mack four-axel dump truck and a huge Volvo sleeper cab semi, each in mini-figure scale and all brilliantly detailed.

Lego Mack Dump Truck

You can see each build in full-size images via Peter’s Flickr photostream here, where a variety of other vehicles, both digital and real, are available to view. Click on the link above to visit Peter’s photostream and to check out more of each build.

Lego Volvo Truck

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Eurotrash

Lego Technic Volvo FE Refuse Truck

This is not one of the more sexy vehicles to appear here at The Lego Car Blog. It is, as any European reader will know, a humble Volvo refuse truck. But it one of the most well thought-out Technic creations to appear here in a very long time.

There are no remote control components, no motors, and no pneumatics, but this model has mechanical functionality by the wheelie bin load. Built by previous bloggee Thirdwigg the little Volvo features a mechanical bin lift, compacter, extraction plate, hopper, piston engine, steering, tilting cab and opening hopper. It’s just the sort of model that we wish LEGO would add to the Technic range themselves, and there’s lots more to see on Flickr and Eurobricks at the links.

Lego Technic Volvo Garbage Truck

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What’s in a Name?

Lego SAAB 39 Gripen

Company names are bit weird these days. Saab automotive died a few years ago when General Motors killed it off, but the Saab Aerospace and Defence business, which separated from the automotive company in 1990 (in the same way that the Rolls Royce aero engine and vehicle companies used to be one business until 1973) is going strong.

Powered by an RM12 after-burning jet engine produced by Volvo Aero (which no longer has anything to do with Volvo cars. Or trucks for that matter, although Volvo trucks do own Renault trucks, which have nothing to do with Renault cars… This is getting confusing…) the Saab JAS 39 Gripen can reach Mach 2 and is currently in service with four national air forces. Around 250 Gripens have been produced since launching in 1997, with several other air forces recently placing orders for the latest versions.

This superb Lego recreation of the Swedish fighter comes from previous bloggee Stefan Johansson, who is continuing his chronology of Saab aircraft. There’s lots more to see at his Flickr photostream at the link above, and you can see Stefan’s past Saab (aerospace) builds to feature here via this bonus link.

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Busy Bee

Lego Excavator and Tipper Truck

This excellent Town-scale Terberg* FM-2000 and Bee excavator pairing comes from Flickr’s Smigol. Both are brilliantly detailed and show just how good Lego models can look even at a small scale. There’s more to see at Smigol’s photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

*Which looks suspiciously like a Volvo to us. If you know why reply in the comments!

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Town Truckin’

Lego Volvo Truck

You don’t have to build big to build well. Jakeof_‘s superb Volvo truck, complete with tipping trailer, is only 8 studs wide. Small in parts, big in realism. There’s more to see on Flickr – click the link above to visit the Volvo at Jakeof_’s photostream.

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Town Truckin’

Lego MAN Truck Dakar

These excellent Town-scale trucks were suggested to us by a reader. They come from Flickr’s Smigol, and they are wonderfully realistic. Above are a pair of MAN TGS Dakar race trucks, whilst below another MAN is joined by a Volvo FH, this time in logging specification. There’s more to see of all the details, including several posable working features, at the link above.

Lego MAN Volvo Town Trucks

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