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  1. So you took the off-the-shelf toy into the woods, outside of the its intended environment and proved it wasn't as good as purpose built 6x6 mocs. Mmm.... I presume for a valid test the Mocs will go through TLG's internal release program to see if any can compete in the commercial viability sector?? Because unless you do, the test is heavily biased to the point of irrelevance. The only fatal flaw here is the ill-conceived test.... TLG bashing with no valid basis of comparison.
  2. Crikey, harsh scoring! But its all subjective.. For me personally, @Jim 's scores feel closer.
  3. Excellent review as always. Scoring seems fair to me, but scores are very subjective so there's no real right or wrong. I like this set a lot. I thought i would, and i do! I mentioned in the main thread that the building experience looked like it should good... and this seems to be the case. I love the diff locks and the gearbox, there's not too much bodywork as i find all those pretty bits boring to build!! The rrp is high, but nothing is actually bought for the full rrp.. Strongly suspect this will be around £200 with discounts in the uk, and thats ok with me.. i'd prefer 150, but some people spend 200 on cigarettes and beer in a couple of weeks. I don't do either, so if Lego is my 'vice' then i'm happy with that!! Looking forward to getting this!
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    My posting history agrees 100%! Anyway, i'm very excited for this set and its reviews. Its looking like an excellent technic year!
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    Learn something every day. (not Milan the mod then? Very confusing...!!) I like builds that feel like proper technic. Claas really disappointed me, very fiddly building random bits. This build looks great, proper technic. Like the BWE, awesome build.. and Arocs. Also an awesome build. I should look-up who designs what, perhaps my favourite builds align with certain designers. I've often been quite outspoken about the very loud (minority) slating sets long before they've been released. Claiming they could do better (42082 anyone?! Still never seen the better version have we?!!), and I also commented that it must be awful for any TLG employees who view the forum sometimes - I never realised that a technic designer was actually on here. Maximum respect to @grohl .. Skill, professionalism and a quiet dignity!! A better man than me!!
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    Thanks, i don't really follow who designs which set to be honest - The same Milan thats on this forum?
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    This set looks to be a credit to Mr Kossmann (assuming he was the designer?). Eagerly awaiting the reviews, but from what i've seen the build looks pretty enjoyable and the end result seems excellent.
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    This looks a pretty interesting build - was this ever really 6x6? Looking at how resolved this design is, it looks unlikely. There was some negativity on the thread relating to it having 'only' 2 axles... a great example of why its best to wait and see before poo-pooing! Definite buy for me.
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    42128 - Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

    Looks an enjoyable build to me, and the finished model looks great. 42129 also looks excellent so far... we'll see once the embargo lifts! But at the moment both these sets are on my 'buy' list (once the discounts arrive, not at full money!!) Just need the Cat bulldozer to be a winner too and it could be an epic year for lego... and for my wallet!! @Jim i'm sure this has already been asked, but are you reviewing these sets? Your reviews were always very balanced assessments..
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    Does the embargo lift today? 12th rings a bell but i could be wrong...
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    Volvo FH16 6x4 scale 1:17 - Build log

    Its brilliant to see the trial and error and experiments done using real bricks (this is how i work too), so many mocs are presented as renders which leaves me a little cold. Great to this in genuine real lego!! And a great moc too!
  12. CVT isn't involved in the 4wd ratio's. Tractors have fully lockable 4 wheel drive with just a gear ratio to compensate for the wheel size difference, drive to the front axle is engaged/disengaged via a clutch, which is why tyre sizes need to be from the same Group. For example Group46 for front and rear to maintain the ratio, CVT just replaces the gearbox to provide ground speed control. Its just a posh transmission. The output from the CVT is just like a normal gearbox output, it goes to the rear axle full time, and the front axle via a clutch. The exception of course is the latest Fendt that use Hydrostatic IVT transmissions, separate ones for each axle.. but that i fear is currently beyond technic!(at least in a sensible scale!!)
  13. Agreed.. Only the driving sprocket is relevant. I'd forgotten about this excellent moc! I love tractors, so i'm bound to love this.. but what i like about the bodywork (mask as its being referred to), is that its technic - not a thousand bricks used to close every gap. 8RX is an excellent concept. (I've been looking at the Claas Axion terra trac... ). Central diff is an option, depends on how faithful to the original you want to be. It doesn't use a central diff, very few tractors do - one exception is the Xerion due to its steering modes.
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    Mmmm... thats a good point! I'd love to see something clever done with C+ and diff locking... even a manual locker would add whole new function to the model which helps with the price tag. I just don't think we'll see it.. which is a shame. But i'm still excited to see the details of this set. The tow truck looks a great set, this has great potential too. Fingers crossed!
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    TLG won't release a set with diff locks.. the feature on the diff that makes it possible is there for mocs only. Locking it and then playing with it can smash parts and TLG won't release something that can self destruct. It will never happen, but it keeps coming up on new model releases!!! Its none-subject, for so many obvious reasons.. forget about diff locks...