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42053 - Volvo EW160 - Mods and Improvements

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On 22 April, 2017 at 2:13 PM, vale said:

Hi,

as you can see I´m new here so I hope I´m doing right with the guidelines. ;)

Now back to topic some weeks ago I started to mod the 42053.

I´m pretty happy how it turned out and hope you like it.58f9cebca17df_P1060474(Small).JPG.40fecaae06132706a900e5ccb522798c.JPG

Here a list what I modded:

- pressure tank between the wheels

- pneumatic front shield (controlled by switch above power switch)

- aditionall pneumatic connection for the trailer (controlled by switch in the undercariage)

- a 3 side tipper to transport the other atatchments ( tipping mechanism by efferman)

- 3 intercangeable boom atatchments

- L motor + 2nd small pneumatic pump

- completely new boom design:

  - 3 pice boom

  - double cylinder in the first stage 

  - new single cylinder 

  - new normal cylinder to controll the bucket (normal cylinder because I ran out of big ones ;) )

  - new lengths for the single abstracts to come closer to the original

  - new and in my eyes way better tubing ;)

 

Because I can´t upload more than one usable picture here I uploaded the others on flickr.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskTuTJPM

Those are the best mods ive seen done to this set. At first I thought the original model had it's pneumatics going thorugh everywhere after seeing im surprised how you managed to fit all of that in such a tiny area without any flaws. A thing is what is the manual pump connected to?

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Thank you for the great feedback.

Next time I will try to insert the pictures correct. The manual pump is conected to the whole system. I haven´t removed it to have extra capacity besides the 2 small pumps. For example when the battery is dead.

P.S. It took me lets say some time till I had installed the whole tubing ;)

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This is actually an impressive MOD, and makes the set a whole lot more interesting to me with the increased functionality whilst retaining the original looks (if not improving them with the tube routing!:laugh:). I especially like the 3-way tipping trailer! Very well executed overall. Good job! :thumbup:

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On 2/9/2017 at 9:46 PM, JohnnyDNGRSLY said:

I've begun to redesign the front dozer blade, whose arm rotates over-center to lock into place. Like @Sariel, I've found it can collapse under weight (for me, even under the pressure of cycling the hand pump!).

I'll share my design here if it works out. Has anyone else tried to mod this? I'd like to stay as close to the real-life EW160E as I can…

I noticed the same issue and while looking for a fix it occured to me that it's just a slight 'angle issue'. I replaced the 'angled connector #5' with a #6 (step 100 of the instructions) and it now locks securely :). Really odd that Lego didn't figure this out and ships like this.

Loving the mods here, especially the cleanly routed pneumatic hoses, nice job!

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Hello all

Recently 2 new long pneumatic cylinders arrived, so I could finally fit the main boom with 2 cylinders and also the bucket has a long cylinder. Also my EC160 has a new stick.

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With the 2 boom cylinders installed, I should also install a second pump and an L-motor, that will be my next project.

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On 9-2-2017 at 9:46 PM, JohnnyDNGRSLY said:

I've begun to redesign the front dozer blade, whose arm rotates over-center to lock into place. Like @Sariel, I've found it can collapse under weight (for me, even under the pressure of cycling the hand pump!).

I'll share my design here if it works out. Has anyone else tried to mod this? I'd like to stay as close to the real-life EW160E as I can…

 

 

First of all: this is my first post so excuse me and point me out if I'm doing something wrong.

To fix the front blade problem you can move the blue pin of the locking mechanism one hole up and add a bluish grey 1x1 ring to it, which was amongst my spares. I presume every 42053 has the same spares.

TandT

 

Edited by TandT

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On 5/2/2017 at 3:09 AM, gvo25 said:

Hello all

Recently 2 new long pneumatic cylinders arrived, so I could finally fit the main boom with 2 cylinders

how much of a difference does/did two main boom cylinders make to try and stop the fast dropping of the boom? it looks like you linked up the hoses close to the cylinders which should also limit cylinder air escape velocity time blah blah *huh*

also is that the 8851 bucket? looks great on this set, so I may do that sometime as I have that bucket being unused for 30 years, I want to use it :thumbup:

sorry i know this is relatively old post but I'm almost finished this build (yes a bit behind everyone) what a great set! especially for the price. 

Edited by MangaNOID

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I made my turn on this too, found cheap 56x30-er tires. The difference is not significant, but a bit more proportional than the original ones. Here are pictures to comparison, on the machine the lower ones are the originals.

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I also changed some parts to make it work without decals, and covered the naked studs on the boom by this part. Still one of my favorite set, very playable and no worries about batteries! :sweet:

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