I've promised a lot lately. I'll review 8868, 8880, Space Police II, Blacktron II...
And I WILL. It's just the time that is blocking me. And my university. And the fact that I just picked up 8460 in original box for only EUR 36,50...! *sweet*
The other reviews will follow - please bear with me.
And this set review is also a gift to this nice fellow who gave me the title!
That's what I'm talking about:
#1 useless information with high numbers:
This set contains 841 parts and was released in 1995 in the TECHNIC / Tech Build / Advanced (sub-) theme.
The bricklink price guide displays for “Used” a Qty Avg Price of $125.85 and for “New” a Qty Avg Price of $212.82.
I got it for $56,98. Still can’t believe it. :'-)
This set was rereleased two times (8431 in 2002 and 8438 in 2003).
#2 the box:
The box is higher than other Technic boxes. Why? I don’t know. 8460 doesn’t have any real large parts. Whatever.
Inlay: I wonder why TLG doesn’t make inlays anymore… They’re noisy and brake easily but are great for (pre-) sorting.
#3 building instructions:
I will quote myself from the 8862 review:
This is the “first” page. (Fortunately Peeron offers scans!)
The last step for the alternate model and a few nice photos showing how the pneumatic pump will be erm- pumped. Yeah.
I forgot the overall thoughts to the instructions: These are Technic instructions as we’re used to them: part count, easy to understand (okay, the string part at the end was too much for me) and the color distinction is okay too. 100 pages long and if I can trust my eyes the pneumatics page can be fold out. (I don’t have this page but I assume it.)
#4 the parts:
An easy and fun build.
Okay, this could take some time. My longest building review up to date.
The front steering:
The rear steering. The axle pin between the rear steering is for the axle which rotates the crane.
The two worm screws in the front are for the outriggers (they’re not linked. One for each side.) The small wheel in the back is for the rotation.
Adjusting front and rear steering.
outriggers are finished. You can notice a 8 tooth gear that will rotate the Technic Turntable.
A steering wheel has been added. Could be the same stickers like the alternate 8880 used to have.
The steering can be operated with both actinic lights (?)
No. We’re far from finished. I’ve got a lot of parts left at this point.
Wow. A 4x4 corner plate!
Pneumatics and a winch:
If you can’t recognize it on the photo: The Technic Beams are the erm- wrong/other side up.
The 1x6 Technic Beams on the left side are normal.
The axle that will extend the crane:
7 gear racks 1x4
the 1x6 Technic plate will keep the two pneumatic cylinders straight.
*sad* 8-| Huh? Did you blink? You missed a special part: The whole rotatable thing will be attached to the Technic turntable using two long Technic pins. The pin on the right side should be in the middle of the three “turntable holes”. On the right side, it’s the first hole. Asymmetric! Why? Because we’ll add a cute cab!
You can find the features in comparison to other Technic cranes here. Technopedia, of course.
I made one "sentence" out of it: (please don’t find any mistakes.) :-P
“two axle rack and pinion steering, pneumatic luffing and gear driven telescoping via crank for the boom which can slew 360° on turntable driven via gear, crank driven hoist and gear driven outriggers at four corners which snap over center.”
#7 random shots:
Comparison to 8854:
uuuh… once again a depth of field.
I tried to make it look authoritarian like 8858 but I failed. Somehow 8460 looks cute.
#8 comparison to 8421 Mobile Crane / Crane Truck:
I feel that a question concerning this will be asked, so I deal with it right now.
First of all: I don’t own 8421 yet. I know. A Technic freak really should own it.
Anyway: 8421 has more than twice as much parts as 8460, is motorized, features a V6-engine and a very neat mechanism to extend the crane/boom twice using a braided string with end studs. Try to find out how!
Of course 8421 features (far) more than 8460.
IMHO 8421 should have been a copy of 8460, a set so successful that it has been rereleased two times, but the designers overshoot the mark.
8421 is a (breathtaking) monster. Compared to it, 8460 looks cute - not pale!
#9 final thoughts:
I got it on eBay in kind of good condition, for about 50 dollars. I know that it has been worth the money in any point of view. *wub*
I didn’t use the word “old-school” for now. I’ll change that:
8460 belongs to the favored few of old-school Technic sets!
thanks for reading and viewing the pictures, I hope you enjoyed it!
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