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[REVIEW] 42068 - Airport Rescue Vehicle

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Jim   
Just now, BusterHaus said:

@Erik Leppen My guess is that the gear rack has been done so many times that linkages make it a much more interesting set.  Many recent sets have linkage steering - 42030, 42043, 42054, 42061 - and they are often one of the most discussed features of those sets.

That would be my best guess too. "Do something different"

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Ivan_M   

Doing something different for sake of different is nothing I appreciate. The linkage steering is usually much more sloppy than rack and pinion and I would say that young builders would understand rack solution better. Give a kid example of linkage system and rack and let him build his own creeation - my bet is the one with rack will get working steering.

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I_Igor   
1 hour ago, Erik Leppen said:

Do you have any idea why the steering system is like this? Why is it not gear-rack based?

Perhaps it is a question of prize - gears and gear racks are more expensive than liftarms and another (possible) reason is that steering with gears have more slack :look:

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Horace T   

Nice review again, Jim. Its a decent set for someone coming back into technic or a beginner set. If i did not already have enough red panels I would buy it.

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Jonfensu   
13 hours ago, Erik Leppen said:

Do you have any idea why the steering system is like this? Why is it not gear-rack based?

There are many advantages of linkage over gear-racks:

More interesting to build, less slack, and does not require extra alignment when two or more axles have steering (As you must do in 42009) So in the end, could be easier to follow the steps/instructions

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really appreciate all these reviews and the effort that goes into them.

I may get this solely for the B model, it looks great. there must be a sea plane airport somewhere huh...

thanks for focusing on the steering linkage too as that may help me in what I'm currently doing (trying).

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Jim   
5 hours ago, Jonfensu said:

and does not require extra alignment when two or more axles have steering (As you must do in 42009) So in the end, could be easier to follow the steps/instructions

This sounds like the most plausible explanation :thumbup:

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Holodoc   

Nice review, Jim!

Still this set is not doing anything to me. I'm missing the play features. But then again it's an airport fire engine. What could I have expected?
Like others have already pointed out, it could be an (overpriced) parts package. If just I was missing the parts... :wink:

I used to collect fire engines in HO scale 1:87 so fire engines are on my interest line. Not this one for this price.

Did you build the B-model yet? It really Looks like a great alternative to the A model. Here the designers did a fantastic Job. :thumbup: 

 

 

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I just don't like it. The parts aren't great. Red in technic just doesn't work for me. I just don't think those two things go together. I'm also a huge fan of power functions and I know it's "Upgradable" but the initial set being "Power Functionsless" is kind of a let down. As far as the whole airport rescue thing, it's not ment for Lego. They tried it in 2003, not a great plan.

http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/lego/images/d/de/8454_Rescue_Truck.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090917230456

 

Now, take a look at this baby. While really big and probably a 5K+ part count, this guy made the whole "Technic airport firetruck" work. This is a cool moc, also, it sprays water:)

16587972674_d18a412d05_z.jpgLego Technic Airport Crash Tender by Lucio Switch, on Flickr

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Jim   
Just now, MovieMocs said:

Now, take a look at this baby. While really big and probably a 5K+ part count, this guy made the whole "Technic airport firetruck" work. This is a cool moc, also, it sprays water:)

I already mentioned (and linked) that one in my introduction :tongue:

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I don't understand why firetrucks aren't explored more in Technic. Some firetruck has a two-section or telescopic arm for personnel lift, not to mention some mechanism to keep the basket level. I mean, if properly executed a firetruck can be as Technic-ish as any other crane truck.

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Very nice review of an outstanding AES (Airport Emergency Services) set. :wub: 

This is one of the LEGO Technic sets which simply caught my eye and I am pretty fond of the overall built and design. Well, this fire engine/ foam tender is certainly ready to take on CAT 10 runway/aircraft. :sweet: 

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snefroe   

great review, Jim :classic:

at first i thought this was a MOC or a Lego technic set of it's darker days, somewhere in the 90's... I'm pretty sure there was a set like this back then. So far I haven't been impressed by the 2017 technic sets. It seems i won't be buying lego technic this year :sick:

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Spooky   

After big LEGO technic sets I find these type of sets very easy..I started with Ferrari F40 after that immediately bought 42056 and 42054 and I thought woaww that's it..

By the way...

I know this is not a right place but I ask anyway..sorry guys..:(

How can I get old lego sets with reasonable prices for example 42009 from 2013..

I check some websites still selling but I saw crazy prices..:( 

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19 minutes ago, Spooky said:

get old lego sets with reasonable prices for example 42009

I bought mine used on ebay. While i'd love to have only new sets i simply can't afford it otherwise :classic:

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Spooky   
11 hours ago, schraubedrin said:

I bought mine used on ebay. While i'd love to have only new sets i simply can't afford it otherwise :classic:

used ??? you mean opened box before and someone already used ,  played ..

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Blakbird   
On 8/3/2017 at 4:46 AM, Jim said:

That would be my best guess too. "Do something different"

I'm actually OK with this answer as someone who's built a lot of rack and pinion.  While realistic, rack and pinion isn't very interesting mechanically.  There are a lot of gear systems in Technic, but relatively few mechanical linkages.  I'd like to see more of them because they are really useful and therefore a great thing to learn.

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I_Igor   
On 8/9/2017 at 11:53 PM, Richard Dower said:

8295 was a disaster when implementing this design.

I agree but every start is a bumpy ride, so LEGO made a good job with 42061 set, and this set; 42068 has interesting steering solution

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I drove past a fire truck today, and saw the rims were painted black and white just like on this model. I have never thought about that before, why are the rims painted like that? I tried to Googled it but found nothing...

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