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    <p> I am a Technic builder, from the United States, and I love building Technic creations, although I think the theme itself is headed the wrong direction, with models having high part counts but being low on functionality and feeling empty. </p>

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  1. Saberwing40k

    Technic General Discussion

    Unfortunately, with regards to B models, I feel that some sets are just too specialized to have a B model, while still having it be different from the A model. I find it just as bad honestly when the set has a B model that is just changing the topping, like 9398. Honestly, would 42099 be any better if it had a B model that was just the same chassis with a different body? I don't think so. I also think that licensing comes into play, because 3 of the 4 models this year that don't have B models are licensed. Or, due to the ongoing Control+ development, there was not enough time to spare to make B models. It may also be that with Control+ models, there are no B models because that would require coming up with a whole new profile, and all of the attendant crap like achievements.
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    large scale telescopic crane

    Pics or it didn't happen. It sounds cool, but I have trouble picturing it, and pics of progress would be helpful, for anyone who wants to build a crane.
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    [WIP] Fox 8x8 V2

    The wheels are mounted on the black pieces shown in this picture.
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    Technic General Discussion

    I'm willing to bet that the tow truck would not be able to lift the crane off the ground, but it could lift the front of the crane up enough to move it. A 4 axle mobile crane like a Liebherr LTM 1070 4.2 only weighs about 40 tons, going for 10 tons per axle, so I don't think that's beyond the realm of possibility for a large tow truck. But, I think you may have actually been seeing a truck crane, not a mobile crane. There is a distinction, believe it or not. All terrain cranes are like 42009, and can be quite heavy. They have specialized carriers, and usually have single tires. Truck cranes based on a standard truck chassis, minus the cab, and are lighter, so I think that is what you were seeing. Well, real crawler cranes exist, some even have telescopic booms, but there is nothing like this. (Currently.) I'm sure such a thing could exist, but there is no direct real world equivalent.
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    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    You know, something irritates me about the price. But not for this set. This set costs what you'd expect as set with 4108 parts to cost, about $450. So, why can't 42099 cost only $90-120? Or even better, the recent tracked racer things. Why can't they be like $50? The massively inflated prices of those sets make little sense if this set does not have that RC tax added to it. Or, maybe there's something I'm missing here.
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    42110 - Land Rover Defender

    Medium Stone Gray.
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    42099 B-model by dokludi

    How? How did you make a B model that looks better than the A model?
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    [WIP] Fox 8x8 V2

    Those tire are actually just an LDD stand in for these ones: These are from set 8675, and apparently have very good grip.
  9. Saberwing40k

    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator;gid=1&amp;pid=6 Yup, this MOC, specifically. Now Lego would have to make their version modular, if only to make the build manageable. Whether that means it will break down like the real one is up for debate. I think the arm and undercarriage will behave similarly to the real machine, but the main body will not. Why? Lego doesn't have to worry about transport weight or dimensions, so they can do what is best for the building process. Of course, they could still surprise us, and make it modular. Incidentally, does this model scale with, say, 42078? It would be pretty cool if a diorama could be configured to recreate the real setup process.
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    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    Hey look, we have the official price, $250 USD. It's up for preorder on We also have the official part count, 958. Wait, what? Figuring 10 cents per part, this set would be roughly $100 on its own, leaving $150 for the PU components. Equivalent PF components would only cost $85 which means that the PU "Upgrade" costs us $65. Is PU worth the extra money? I honestly don't think so. Here's what you gain with Powered Up versus Power Functions: Bluetooth range and resistance to sunlight. And here are the downsides of Powered Up No ability to stack motors. No backwards compatability More expensive parts Larger, bulkier motors, especially considering the fact that they also apparently have lower power. No physical controller. Bulkier receiver/control module Unneeded/unwanted extra features. Okay, the last point is kind of debatable, but I do not think that Powered Up is a well though out system. For Mindstorms, Boost, et al, this system works just fine. But, as a replacement for Power Functions, it seems like a really stupid idea, and I just can not understand Lego's reasoning behind doing it this way. You would think it would be cheaper and easier to make a 2.4ghz or bluetooth controller and receiver for Power Functions, and leave Powered Up for robotics systems, but no, there can only be one ecosystem, even if it does not work well for certain applications. There was also, at least in my mind, not any community involvement, unlike Power functions, which saw Lego asking fans what they wanted out of Power Functions. But, Most of my problems are with Powered Up, and the baffling decesions and higher cost that it brings, rather than the set itself. With the set itself, it's... okay, I guess. I majorly dislike the fact that it has both pendular and independent front suspension, which seems to be an unneeded feature which just makes the set look worse. It would have been all too easy to give the set more suspension travel, using the same wishbone pieces as it already does, just by changing mounting points and using the longer 9.5l shock absorbers. That's another thing. I dislike the fact that Lego wasted a perfect oppertunity to put out more shock absorbers, because a lot of moccers need them, but they are rare and expensive. Honestly, the set is okay, but I think that at a premium price, just okay is not enough. And that's not even touching the whole argument about RC sets in general.
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    42098 - Car Transporter

    By the way, this set is listed for preorder on, for $179.99 USD, and the official part count is 2493 parts, making it a pretty good value.
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    Effe's MOC Corner

    A ballast carrier for a truck like this is a good idea. Virtually every heavy haulage truck I have seen has a ballast box, or at least an option for one. Are you going to add a tarp roof and other details to the box?
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    WIP 42099 Replica

    Hey Zblj, did you notice that the front pendular axle actually extends for like 2/3rds the length of the model? Because it does.
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    42097 Spider Crane

    Sure, just ask Ngoc Nguyen for some candies.
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    42098 - Car Transporter

    Nope. There is plenty of other room for a sticker pointing at the cab lift to go, whether that's on the beam directly above it, or on the panel below or behind it.