10 LEGO Technic machines: comparing designers and their real prototypes
LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS, art.42056 (2704 parts)
The model was developed in close cooperation with Porsche AG and strikes with its accuracy of working out the details (naturally moving!) Opening windows, doors, trunk and hood, in the cabin - adjustable sports seats, glove compartment, dashboard, under the trunk lid - amazing engine detail, under hood - a place for a suitcase (and the suitcase itself). It is most striking how the designers managed to achieve a brilliant resemblance to the original, while preserving equally its smooth outlines and the harsh technical component. The assembled car looks equally beautiful and brutal.
The LEGO model depicts the third-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS, first introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (version 991.1 GT3 RS). This year, Porsche introduced the next version - 991.2, but to reflect the differences between them in the LEGO model is relatively difficult - and it is not necessary. Version 991.1 is equipped with a 4-liter, 6-cylinder engine with 500 hp. and is capable of accelerating to “hundreds” in 3.3 seconds. In fact, this is the most spectacular sports car in the company's lineup, and its racing version represents the Porsche in a variety of body championships.
A short video about the model:
LEGO Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245, art. 42043 (2753 parts)
The model appeared as a result of the collaboration of designers LEGO and Mercedes-Benz. The mighty truck has a built-in electric motor that allows you to control the lift. The car’s cab leans back, doors open, stops extend, wheels turn, there is air suspension, the body rises. The main thing is that the device of all these mechanical nodes fundamentally repeats the device of similar nodes in the prototype car.
And the prototype was a Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 with an excavator. The Arocs line was launched by the company in 2013, it includes dozens of different configurations on several chassis options. Arocs are primarily “workhorses” in contrast to the “long-range” Actros line; their load capacity ranges from 18 to 41 tons. It's funny, but the LEGO designer has surpassed his ancestor in popularity - at the request of Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245, 9 out of 10 materials on the network will lead to the model. This is no wonder: Arocs is a good, but generally familiar type of truck, but the LEGO model is the most complex truck in the history of LEGO Technic, and it is really amazing.
LEGO Technic "Explorer of the Ocean", art. 42064 (1327 parts)
The LEGO Technic Ocean Explorer set is a classic oceanographic vessel with a helipad in the bow and a crane that can lower the bathyscaphes in the stern. All the elements that are movable on a real ship move in the LEGO version: you can open the board to get into the hold, lower the anchor, launch a helicopter and a submarine. The set is rebuilt into a barge with a tug.
Generally speaking, it is this arrangement with a helipad in front and a stern crane that ships most often have associated with seismographic and geological surveys. Only the latter between the crane and the wheelhouse still has a drilling rig for test wells. Close enough to the LEGO model can be called seismographic vessels of the Geo series, built at the Bergen Group shipyard. They were built in Norway in the 2000-2010s, the total length of each is 100 meters, displacement - 12100 tons. The family includes vessels BN 165 Geo Coral, BN 162 Geo Carribean, BN 160 Geo Celtic and others. True, seismographic vessels have one more “load”: their rear deck is equipped with drums with seismic streamers, in fact, it is a tugboat that pulls an extensive network of seismic sensors. Perhaps in the future in the LEGO Technic lineup such a model will appear :)
LEGO Technic Claas Xerion 5000 TRAC VC, art. 42054 (1977 parts)
A detailed tractor model created in collaboration with Claas engineers. It is equipped with an electric motor Power Functions and “knows how” to control the manipulator, extend the outriggers, and also turn all four wheels at the same time. All these functions correspond to the real "skills" of the Claas Xerion 5000 TRAC VC tractor. Of particular interest is the function of turning the cab 180 ° - the tractor is universal, and is used, in addition to working in the field, for logging and silage operations, where a good overview of the rear is needed. VC - this is just Variable Cab, the ability to change the position of the cab. As always, the controls are ideally precisely made, and other attachments can be assembled from the parts that make up the manipulator.
Actually, the real Claas Xerion 5000 TRAC VC tractor is the company's senior model. It has an all-wheel drive, two steered axles and a one-piece design, which allows the tractor to maintain the highest maneuverability with very significant dimensions. The Xerion 5000 TRAC VC cab rotates through 180 °, the wheels have the same diameter for even pressure distribution on the soil, and the maximum speed during transportation is about 50 km / h (if you ever trailed along a two-lane road behind a tractor, you understand how important this indicator).
A short video about the model:
LEGO Technic BMW R1200 GS, art. 42063) (603 parts)
The highly detailed off-road motorcycle model was developed in conjunction with BMW specialists and repeats many of the technical solutions used in a full-size motorcycle. In particular, the model uses the BMW Telelever suspension, and when driving, a cardan transmission and a two-cylinder boxer engine work. The motorcycle is equipped with travel bags in which to put something.
Motorcycle R1200 GS belongs to the class of travel enduro, and the GS line itself exists in the framework of the BMW brand since 1980! In May 2009, the number of GS motorcycles exceeded 500, 000, and the first BMW R1200GS was launched in 2004. The generation represented in the LEGO format appeared in 2014. The motorcycle is equipped with a 125-horsepower engine with a capacity of 1170 “cubes” and accelerates to 210 km / h, while maintaining the ability to ride not only on asphalt, but also on rough terrain - that is, it is still not a sport bike, but a touring wagon.
LEGO Technic "Telescopic handler", art. 42061 (260 parts)
This model does not have a specific prototype, but allows you to understand the design of a whole class of equipment - telescopic handlers. This is a loader that has a cab offset to one side of the body and a telescopic boom, most often ending in a bucket (but there are other options). The model completely repeats all the possible movements of such loaders - all four wheels turn to reduce the turning radius, the boom extends, the angle of inclination of the bucket also changes. The machine can be rebuilt into an excavator.
Telescopic handlers are produced by many engineering companies - JCB, Merlo, Caterpillar, Dieci, Manitou. Most often they are used in construction - at the initial stage, when there is still no flat site, they serve as ordinary loaders due to their high maneuverability, and by the end of the work they “re-qualify” in lifts, delivering workers to high floors, up to the fifth. In general, all telescopic handlers are almost the same in layout, and the LEGO model incorporates the universal functions of this kind of machine.
Note that a telescopic handler of a different design is included in yet another set - LEGO Technic “Container Terminal” (art. 42062).
LEGO Technic "Rotary Excavator", art. 42055) (3927 parts)
The largest LEGO Technic kit to date, and it is justified. The fact is that rotary excavators as a class are the largest mobile machines in the world. Well-known is the largest such excavator - the German Bagger 293. Its height is 96 meters, length is 225 meters, weight is 14, 200 tons, and each of the 18 buckets can move 15 cubic meters of rock at a time. And this giant car is capable of driving a short distance in its own power!
This is the set of LEGO Technic: a huge model can move, rotate, move buckets and generally perform all the manipulations available to its steel prototype. It's serious: if you pour a hill of parts under the buckets, the excavator will pick them up and move them to the dump truck body (which is also included in the kit and seems very small). The main thing is that while playing, children do not try to overload the real earth or stones with the help of the model - this can ruin the constructor. Although, on the other hand, the model is so realistic that it is difficult to fight the desire to pour a real breed into it.
LEGO Technic "Racing cards", art. 42048 (344 parts)
Kart is the simplest racing car without a body, in fact it’s just a tube frame equipped with an engine and a seat. There are also supercards that differ from the card in the first place with an aerodynamic body kit (cards are just a frame, a chassis with a minimum of third-party elements in order to facilitate). Most often, supercards use fairly powerful engines with a volume of 250 cm3, and you can chase them along long tracks, up to 1500 meters, and not on small kartodromes. Moreover, supercards often show lap times better than cars of the "older" series, for example. F3 or F4.
The model is well detailed, the engine with moving pistons, and the steering wheel is connected to the rotating front wheels. A working transmission is visible under the tilted pilot seat. Since such an aerodynamic body kit can be both on the map and on the supermap, we can attribute the model to any of these varieties.
LEGO Technic Volvo EW 160E, art. 42053 (1166 parts)
One of the coolest sets of LEGO Technic, based on the use of pneumatics, and traditionally authentic down to the smallest detail. Detailed cabin, controls, engine and, most importantly, mechanical movable elements. The bucket moves thanks to pneumatic drives, the cab rotates, the base rotates. If desired, the model can be retrofitted with the LEGO Power Functions electric motor, as well as rebuilt into ... another Volvo car, the Volvo L30G wheel loader!
The model was made in collaboration with Volvo Construction Equipment, and it is especially interesting here that two authentic models can be assembled from one designer - the Volvo EW 160E excavator and the Volvo L30G loader. The Volvo EW160E model appeared in 2016, it is a wheeled excavator weighing 16 tons, characterized by a very high maneuverability of the boom and body, as well as exceptional driver comfort (this is a separate article of the company's pride). Volvo L30G is a compact loader for various jobs with a bucket capacity of 1 m³. In general, both cars are ordinary representatives of the Volvo model range, beautiful with such technical beauty when functionality and naturalness are more important than elements of artificial design.
It's funny, but buying a LEGO Technic Volvo EW 160E kit is the only way to become the owner of such cars, since neither the EW 160E nor the L30G are officially delivered to Russia (we require a range of heavier cars).
LEGO Technic "Career loader", art. 42049 (476 parts)
In fact, this machine is not called a mining truck, but a mine loader, since it works in spaces with limited height and therefore has a specific layout without a cab. The rotation of such a machine is carried out using articulated clutch, also the model has a mobile grip for cargo.
The model depicts a bunker-type loader, which is designed to capture objects and stack them in stacks in a limited space. In addition to the bunker, there is also a bucket type - it is easy to guess that its working body is a bucket. Mine loaders are produced by many enterprises, for example, the Finnish company Tamrock, the Polish Fadroma, the German Paus and so on.