Now that the the 42010 + 42011 'Dragster Combi Model' instructions have been provided by DLuders, and have finally made their way onto the Lego Technic Website (here or here, but not on the Lego Customer Service Building Instruction page yet), I present my pictorial review of this model. I won't spend too much time talking about the boxes or parts as I have already covered those topics in my pictorial reviews of the individual sets (42010 Off-road Racer and 42011 Race Car). All pictures can be clicked on for a larger view, and are viewable in my Brickshelf folder (once moderated).
Set: 42010 + 42011
Name: Dragster Combi Model
Pieces: 231 (+100 spares)
Price: US $39.98 (US $19.99 + US $19.99), CAD 49.98 (CAD 24.99 + CAD 24.99)
42010: Lego Shop@Home (US) Lego Technic Website Lego Technic Instructions Brickset Bricklink Rebrickable
42011: Lego Shop@Home (US) Lego Technic Website Lego Technic Instructions Brickset Bricklink Rebrickable
Pictures: Brickshelf (once moderated)
Related Reviews: 42010 Off-road Racer 42011 Race Car
The back of both boxes shows the Dragster Combi Model, and states 'This building instruction only at: LEGO.com/technic'. This message is also reiterated in the building instructions for each set, as well as the supplementary booklet that comes with both sets.
The instructions for this 'Dragster Combi Model' don't come as a printed booklet with either of the two sets, but must be downloaded from the LEGO.com/technic website, via this direct link to the PDF, or via this link provided by DLuders. The PDF is listed as a 7.77MB download, and contains 45 pages. The quality of the PDF is a lot better than the quality of the A Model instructions of either set, and, as is typical for download-only B Model instructions, these instructions feature a white background which will save ink/toner when printed.
Random page from the instructions (Page 41, Step 28):
To make this 'Dragster Combi Model' you will either have to:
- pull apart both the 42010 Off-road Racer and 42011 Race Car sets,
- buy another copy of each set, or
- already have the pieces available in your collection.
I took the second option, and bought another copy of each of the sets.
The pieces from 42010 Off-road Racer (on the right) and 42011 Race Car (on the left):
This 'Dragster Combi Model' uses more pieces than either of the A Models, so there are slightly more pages of instructions, and a few sub-models, but it has about the same difficulty as the A Model of either set.
In my previous pictorial review, a request was made by Lost_In_Noise to have some shots of the build process. So here they are... (remember that you can click on each picture to see a larger version)
Page 4, Step 5, and Page 5 Step 8:
Page 8, Step 10, and Page 13 Step 15:
Page 16, Step 18:
Page 24, Sub-model, and Page 25 Step 19:
Page 28, Step 20:
By turning an axle, which turns a worm gear, which then turns one of the new 8 tooth gears, the driver's cage opens and closes.
Page 35, Step 27, and Page 40, Sub-model:
The sub-model also features a mechanism using a worm gear and the other new 8 tooth gear to enable to rear wing/spoiler to be adjustable.
Page 45, Step 32:
The completed model.
The Dragster Combi Model
I like that TLG added the shift indicator light into the cockpit of the Dragster:
The 42010 Off-road Racer contained 160 pieces, with 7 spares.
The 42011 Race Car contained 158 pieces, with 6 spares.
That adds up to a total of 331 pieces for both sets combined.
The 'Dragster Combi Model' has a total of 231 pieces (if I counted correctly), utilizing about 70% of the pieces from both sets, and leaving 100 spares left over.
I would have liked to see a higher percentage of parts used, and would have liked to see both pull-back motors used in this model.
All Three Models
First of all, I would like to re-state that I wish TLG would release the instructions for the B Models and Combi Models' at the same time that the respective A Models sets are available to purchase! The instructions for this 'Dragster Combi Model' only became available about one month after I had already received my copy of the 42011 Race Car.
I'm not sure that the wait was worth it either, as this model is a little bit disappointing in a number of ways. Although the combined model uses more pieces then either of the A Models, it only uses 70% of the total number of pieces available, and I was hoping to see both pull-back motors used at once. This model is also heavier that either of the A Models, which means that it doesn't perform as well either.
42010 Off-road Racer: low-pile carpet = 9.60m (31.45'), smooth tiles = 11.50m (37.75') 42011 Race Car: low-pile carpet = 7.85m (25.75'), smooth tiles = 8.55m (28.05') 42010 + 42011 Dragster: low-pile carpet = 5.65m (18.55'), smooth tiles = 6.30m (20.65')If you want the best performing model, I suggest getting the 42010 Off-road Racer.
I think TLG did an okay job with the use of colour in this model, and while I didn't use the stickers, most of them look okay in the combined model (see below), except for the stickers on the rear wing/spoiler which look a little bit out-of-place.
This model does have some nice details though, such as the engine air intakes and exhaust pipes, shift indicator in the cockpit, and even 'pedals' for the driver. However, while this model is easily recognisable as a dragster, it is still out of proportion when compared to real dragsters. The back is way too big, the chassis isn't skinny enough, and the rear tires aren't large enough.
On the plus side, it is nice that both of the extra features (opening/closing of the driver's cage, and the adjustable rear wing/spoiler) can be controlled via axles sticking out the back of the vehicle.
So given the above comments, is this model greater than the sum of it's parts? I would have to say 'no'.
If you can only afford one of these sets, I would choose the 42010 Off-road Racer.
If you can afford both sets, I would keep them built as the 42010 Off-road Racer and the 42011 RaceCar.
If you can afford to get two of each set, then the 'Dragster Combi Model' is still an ok model, but I don't think that it is a 'must have'.
As always, you're opinion may vary.
Edited by Splat, 10 April 2013 - 01:07 AM.