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Pictorial Review: 9397 Logging Truck

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Why don't you start it after you've taken the pictures? I can't understand this way of starting new threads.

But I'm looking forward to see the review :wink:

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Why don't you start it, when you got the pictures? I can't understand this way of starting new threads...

I'm planning to have it finished by tomorrow, and if someone else is doing it at the same time, there is no use for me to do it.

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There are already several reviews of it available on Internet including some very good videos in YouTube.

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I have to convert the images, upload them to a webhost, organize them in folders there and come up with something clever to write. I'll leave it uploading till tomorrow, then I'll start in the evening. Hopefully I'll be finished by Thursday with the whole thing.

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9397 Logging truck review

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The box is about 1/3 filled with parts, and the instructions are packed in cardboard and plastic just like it should be along with the sticker sheet.

This set contains 3 instruction books for the main model, the alternate has to be downloaded from the Lego website.

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The DSS (Dreaded Sticker Sheet) is enclosed in the cardboard also. It contains 20 stickers, which aren't numbered like in previous sets I've built.

This set introduces four new parts, shown below.

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This is called "Technic, Liftarm Triangle Thin, Type II", and replaces the previous triangle liftarm.

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The new mini turntable, also featured in the mini excavator set.

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Another new part, the "Axle and Pin Connector Perpendicular Double 4L" is introduced with this set.

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Lastly, this is called "Technic, Axle Connector Hub with 3 Axles". It's a Bionicle and Hero Factory part, first time used in the Technic line in this set.

Some random shots of the outspread parts:

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The small parts; bushes and pins:

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Beams:

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Now on with the build, first it's the 2nd axle with a differential to drive the engine.

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Really micro steps in this set, this is step 9 of 155.

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Wheels fixed in place with an 11 axle and two grey "Liftarm 2 x 4 L-Shape Thick"

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Adding a driveshaft, and extending the chassis forward.

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These are added to support the front part of the frame:

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These make this:

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Placed in the front along with some more reinforcing beams:

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Now the base frame of the truck is finished. We've reached step 27 of 155:

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Steering mechanism added to the front:

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Front bumber added along with the HOG steering:

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You can see the bumper to the far left.

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A gear rack is placed on top of the driveshaft, tilted into place, and secured with a 3 axle.

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Adding the back of the cab is added, you get an idea of the size.

Now for the interesting part; gearbox building. The PF motor is added in this section.

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Finished gearbox, now adding the stickered 9 beams. I found it easier to sticker them prior to mounting them on the chassis.

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2 4axles with stop secures the changeover catches in place.

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Gearbox mounted on chassis.

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Zoom out:

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The next steps features the new "Black Technic, Liftarm Triangle Thin, Type II", but the instructions aren't updated to the last parts. Thus, this picture is provided in the instructions to show that it is interchangeable with the previous type:

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Added to the main structure along with a worm gear and some yellow half-bushes.

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The main base for the outriggers is finished.

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This black 20T DB gear later controls the outriggers.

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These two gear racks will control the movement of the crane.

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These are the gear racks for the cranes operation.

Next is building the base for the outriggers.

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This adds strenght to the back end of the truck bed.

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You can see them both added to the superstructure here.

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Added a 11L beam and a 16T tooth gear at the end of booklet one.

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Adding HOG steering with the usual two knobwheels.

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Next adding an inline 4 cylinder engine, which uses the "Light Bluish Gray Technic, Axle Connector Hub with 3 Axles" as a fan.

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The cocpit rear frame is next.

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This horizontal beam with L-shaped ends is the base for the outriggers.

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Cocpit seats next.

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Here is the base for the hinged doors.

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And the doors themselves, with nice stickers with what I believe is a fake phone number.

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The roof;

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windows;

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mirrors;

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sunscreen and horns make up the rest of the cab.

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The hood is next. It's built upside down.

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Finished;

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Mounted on chassis;

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Adding some outrigger knobwheels and rear wheelwells.

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Battery box in place:

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And a frame for it, along with the exhaust pipes:

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Very nice:

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Two of these are bases for the outriggers.

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Placed on each side.

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Now to make the turntable base for the crane.

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Placed at the start of booklet 3,

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and locked in place by two 6 axles.

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Outriggers are made in the usual manner.

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Placed here:

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Some panels are placed behind them to hide away the PF motor.

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Now we build the crane, starting with a base placed on top of the turntable.

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First part of the log cage placed behind the crane base, along with a linear actuator.

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A 12 axle with a 12t bevel gear on top runs through a H-frame. Two yellow 15L beams supports the structure.

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This gear rack is placed on top of the linear actuator.

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A 7L axle with a bush runs through a "Gear 20 Tooth Bevel with Pin Hole" is keeping it in place.

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Extension of the crane arm with these pieces in step 144.

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A mini LA is used for the final crane movement.

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Now to create the Log grabber.

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Finished with stickers. The grabber uses the same principle as the 8110 Unimog with meshing 16T gears and bent liftarms.

Now for the arm that controls the grabber. It uses the mini turntable, which consists of two elements. A 12T double-bevel gear controls it via a 5.5 axle.

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Completed crane arm.

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Attached to the truck.

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An 8T and a 24T gear are placed at the base of the crane to control the turning.

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The log compartment is made from single beams with liftarms.

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Adding the wheels. I'd wish for dual rear wheels like the 8285, but I guess I'll keep on dreaming.

The log consists of 8 wheelrims, and two 12L axles. But there's only one. What a small forest this truck must have found.

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Some finished shots:

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Crane extended:

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Ready to drive:

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This truck looks great, but should have more logs. A polarity switch should be mandatory on all Technic models IMO. Stopping the crane at the center is a pain with the battery box switch.

Comparison with the other Uwe Wabra (UW) trucks, 8285 Tow Truck and 8258 Crane Truck

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That's all. Please leave me some feedback if you think I should have done something differently.

Edited by Lost_In_Noise

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i like Uwe Wabra's truck models, but i can't seem to hook myself to the 9397 model. the crane looks too flimsy, unlike what he did in 8258.

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Good post! I was hoping I could afford that model but alas it was not to be...yet! Anyway, your post has just helped me solve a query.

Thanks

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3 2 weeks left until one of these is mine! :excited:

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Nice review!

The sticker sheet doesn't have numbers as there's not many stickers I'd say,Also u think the phone number on the sticker is not real lol :) it's just the set number and year :)

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Thanks David. It was sort of a joke from my side with the phone number. This set is currently in pieces, and will go to someone who is insterested in taking it off my hands. I don't have the space for this anymore...:S

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Hey LIN,

I just wanted to thank you here for all of the excellent Technic reviews you've posted. Based on your review, I just ordered the 8462 tow truck from Ebay, which I'm really looking forward to.

Keep up the good work!

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Thanks lazylegoist. Feedback is always welcome:) I'm hoping you'll like the tow truck. I plan on keeping all my pneumatic sets, they are so good.

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I love the comparison images. I'm excited about building this one at some point. It would be nice if there was a way to make the claw controls work from the truck also. I guess you would need to add a switch along with the necessary mods to make it happen. The Designer Han rear wheel mod or similar is a must.

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Well, there's not enough room to route the grab function to the central structure. I would sure love to see that in a model. So far, this is only done with pneumatics (8110, 8868). Maybe some cv joints could be used?

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