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  1. The only good thing about this set is Jim's review, which is perfect as always, thank you for your work.
  2. To be honest, I like it overall, and I think it is a worthy successor of the legendary and rare 8275 bulldozer, which launched PF era back in those days. I still remember that Christmas Eve in 2007, right after my dark ages, when I felt like a happy child againg driving my new bulldozer around the Christmas-tree. By that time, I already had the 856 bulldozer, which was released earlier, but still a remarkable set. But back to 41131. Based on the available information, in my opinion it was the right choice to stay with 4 motors - one hub solution and using a gearbox to operate secondary functions. Mechanically it has more realistic and authentic motorized functions than the 8275 had. It has even some fancy functions like the motorized ladder and the manually operated adjustable track. My only serious complain about this set is regarding the rear fake actuators - it should have had real actuators there with manual operation to tilt the ripper. Of course some real lights would have been nice but this would require more ports on a redesigned hub, so leaving this out is acceptable by me. And sure it would be better with physical remote controller but this is a generic problem of C+ sets and unfortunately won't change in the near future according to Markus Kossman, which is a pity. Is it too expensive? Absolutely, as were all the LEGO Technic (and Train) flagship sets in my childhood. I will patienly wait for the 300 EUR price tag, like I did with 42100 Liebherr. Is it still a desirable and "making you smile" type present for (adult) children? For me, defenitely.
  3. The specification (hard coupled driving motors and remotely lockable differential, which is something new in LEGO Technic) and climbing capabilities make this model interesting to me. Even though I liked better the preliminary configuration (6x6), it is back on my wanted list.
  4. Interceptor

    42128 - Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

    Totally agree with these words. Based on the available information it seems better than the very good 8462 and partly good 8285 tow trucks. Can't wait for the reviews. Day 1 purchase for sure.
  5. Thank you @kbalage for the great and informative video. Could you please test in the upcoming video review of 42128 that if it can actually lift and tow 42078 truck?
  6. Updated collection, although my UCS cars are still not presented:
  7. Interceptor

    Which studded supercar?

    Although I love the 8860, which was the pinnacle of it's era, IMO 8865, 8880 and 8448 are slightly better cars for different reasons: 8865 Test Car: 3-speed (unsynchronized) transmission, foldable headlights, V4 fake engine and finally independent (double whisbone) suspension on all wheels for the first time, very good steering geometry with Ackermann. 8880 Supercar: the alpha and omega for supercars, 4 wheel drive, 4 wheel steering, 4 wheel independent (double whisbone) suspension, 4 speed synchronized gearbox, foldable headlights, V8 fake engine, steering with Ackermann. Function-wise it is at least on the same level as UCS supercars of nowdays. But I have to admit that it is not without flaws: it has high level of friction due to the very complex drive train. 8448 Super Street Sensation: 5 speed synchronized gearbox with reverse, V8 fake engine which you can mounted either to front or to the rear of the car, modular design, studded chassis but stylized body created by hoses, axles and panels, gull wing doors or convertible top with dumping system, independent suspension on all wheels with very good geometry. Stickers are the weak point in this set. If you really want one, I would go for 8880.
  8. Amazing job, like it very much, functional and elaborated.
  9. Interceptor

    42128 - Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

    Yes, this new string was introduced with 42070, and is much better than the old one used on 42009, so probably will work with the heavy duty truck. We'll see.
  10. Interceptor

    42128 - Heavy-Duty Tow Truck

    If this heavy duty tow truck can actually lift and tow the 42078 Mack truck, it will be a value-adding factor for me, as I like to play with my Technic sets. Although metal hooks would have been preferred because these plastic ones look very weak. Otherwise good 42009 set has problem with lowering it's constructed plastic hook when there is no extra weight on it. Does anyone know why LEGO terminated the good old metal hooks from their assortment?
  11. Thanks for the info, agree that it can be a good model to mod, although I would have preferred some interesting mechanism at the back.
  12. 6x6 sounds good. Can you tell us what is at the back of the Zetros truck? Hope it is not an empty box.
  13. I keep my flagship Technic models assembled as I like to play with them and 8043 is no exception. I built it in 2011 originally and after a few years I experienced the same slow moving. It was in a closed cabinet so dust cannot caused the problem. I disassembled and then assembled it two times over the years but performance did not get really better (never performed as new) and of course I always tried it with totally new batteries. Some said it can be ABS dust or ageing and small deforming of gears because of huge strain in this model. But the worst case is if the PF M-motors wears out over time (it is very likely) as replacing them will be a real headache after discontinuation. So looking forward to your findings and solution.
  14. Well, I hope it looks like this, in the scale of 8110 Unimog, with only one motor to drive compressor, with lots of long pneumatic cylinders (no remote control) , with big block fake engine, with proper suspension and drivetrain, and probably with an interesting function never seen before.