And now onto the review.
I know all of those interested in this set already know all the links but still:
UNIMOG U400 - 2011
The scale is not too precise but it is a pretty heavy box.
Everyone's already seen these sides of the box.
And we're onto the interesting part!
3.7 meters of hose!
An interesting detail of the box is the pictures on the back go inside the box a bit.
No, the wheels don't come as assemblies.
Nearly didn't fit on the table.
New parts. 64cm (80L) hoses are new as well. And as everyone guessed, the portal axles can be made in 16-16, 12-20 and 8-24 combos. A part of the U-joint goes in the portal block for a pivot point closer to the wheel.
From left to right: soft, medium, hard. I don't have all three types of the big ones but I'm guessing by the looks of the spring (compared to the smaller shocks) that the Unimog ones are medium stiffness*.
Although a bit smaller in dimensions the new tires don't look smaller than the balloon ones.
Yes, axle fits through the new CV joint. Once you "click" the joints in the portal axle blocks you can pretty much forget about ever getting them out.
Power joints are certainly cool. I forgot to check the compatibility with turrets. Oh well, I'll check after I dismantle the Mog**.
All of the pieces in the box. Nicely filled, very colorful.
5 (!) instruction booklets and sticker sheets. Most stickers are fit for tiles which is a big plus. The LEGO Systems A/S sticker goes on the bottom of the Mog which is also cool but you won't see me apply any of the stickers here.
Some parts of the build.
Of course, the booklets are split in no logical place in the build.
As with the 8146, the wheels are not the last pieces in the build. They are put on the chassis before the cabin, bed and crane.
These are the leftover pieces. Notice the connector. I had to replace that one with this one (from my own collection) because of an error in the build. Both axles are identical apart from this little error that made the front one work less good (and of course the steering). What the error exactly is is up to each of the future Mog owners to discover for themselves***.
...and a review of the functions is yet to come.
EDIT November 2012:
* - This has been proven wrong.
** - Incompatible.
*** - LEGO says it's not an error and you can find some articles about it around the internet.
Edited by Marin Stipković, 19 November 2012 - 08:54 AM.