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  1. Interceptor

    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    Totally agree with Davidmull on 8421, it is an icon, and hardly ever can be beaten in the era of LAs
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    Dear Blakbird, First of all I would like to say thank you for partly being the responsible for getting me hooked again on LEGO, especially on Technic, 7 years ago. This passion gave me lot of joy during the last years. My coming out from dark ages wouldn't have been the same without your glorious site: Technicopedia. I believe it is a kind of online compass for a lot of Technic enthusiast around the world. Regarding your dilemma I share Erik Leppen's opinion. I like your extensive text on the sets the most. Your texts are professional, point out the greatness of each set, mark out your adoration and your personal thoughts (which I also like very much to read, for example the one for 8868 ). Your texts help the beginners and also the experts a lot to find out which sets would suit their personal demand the most. Your texts create one of the greatest online source of Technic assays. Of course I like the high resolution pictures as well, they are indispensable on a modern site. But regarding pictures I like the most the pictures which compares the similar sets to each other (category pics). This is unique thing and probably you are the only one who can do these because of your complete collection. I would love to see pics about the original instructions and boxes as well (I mean photos about the cover only). Your animations are pretty attractive. Personally I care less about the renders (I can imagine how much work it can be to create these), but you could save effort on these I think. And I really don't care about videos. There are plenty of them on youtube in case I would like to watch one. The last two things would probably help to make your site complete but are not the ones that add the most value to your site in my opinion. But these are just my thoughts. Simply do, what you enjoy doing the most. Greetings from Hungary, Kari
  3. Dokludi, you made a wonderful job again. Keep on good work man! I'm very proud that you have the same nationality as I have. Are you an engineer?
  4. Interceptor

    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    Hope you are right and I can buy another MISB one at reasonable price
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    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    Well, I probably missed something. Is 42009 crane truck able to move the hook and the boom simultaneously??? This function would allow not to get out of cable when you extend the boom. If not, this is a big let down for me compared to 8421. The other is the lack of pneumatics (I don't want to create a new quarrel here). As I (and others) said before, this would have been a great (the best?) occasion to introduce new bigger and stronger pneumatic cylinders. Imagine 2 or 4 big cylinders raising and lowering the boom using compressor and pneumatic system and also a bigger turntable! That would have been a wonderful set and probably my new favourite. Regarding the aesthetics, I think 8421 is still the winner for me. 42009 is much bigger and so what? I also understand the opinion of enthusiasts and people who missed 8421 (which set commands unreasonable price on the market now) and eager to buy this new one. 42009 has great functions like the 5 motorized functions, 4 axle steering, etc. I still think it is a nice set and of course I will buy it. And probably it is the best crane set if you consider that you are allowed to use only LAs and have no money to develop new expensive parts. I just try to stay on earth. @Kumbbl very well spoken
  6. Interceptor

    Best Technic Set

    All time best Technic: 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig released in 1992. From aesthetic point of view it has clear and beatiful design. Looks like the real thing, even sounds like the real thing. Compressor and pneumatic for the first time. Authenticity, because pneumatic design comes closest to real one's hydraulic. Challenging building. I have all the Technic flagships starting with the '77 Car Chassis but 8868 is the crown jewel and the one I would keep if I had to sell my entire LEGO collection. This set has still not been surpassed. My other favourites per decades: From 70s 852 Helicopter: the first helicopter has never been improved upon, features collective pitch control and flybars with paddles, wow effect 856 Bulldozer: one of the best small sets, bulldozer from only bricks and plates, super mechanism 857 Motorbike with Sidecar: one of the best motorcycles so far, cool functions, design comes close to Model Team standard From 80s 8860 Auto Chassis: revolutionary compared to the first supercar, Ackerman steering and superb seats worth mentioning 8859 Tractor: has all the proper tractor functions and various attechments 8855 Prop Plane: amazing flight controls, very realistic operation, missing the rudder though 8862 JCB Excavator: superb pneumatic backhoe, impressive set even nowdays 8854 Power Crane: first pneumatic crane truck with marvellous functions, although none of them was motorized From 90s 8094 Control Centre: drawing machine and sorting robot arm are simply awesome 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig: logging truck - and LEGO Technic - at it's best 8880 Supercar: the alpha and omega for supercars, even better than UCS 8485 Control Centre II: T-REX and chopper are simply genious, I really miss the universal sets like this 8480 Space Shuttle: 5 motorized functions carried out by 2 motors, fiber optics, cool manual features, design awesomness, some consider this set the best - with reason 8459 Pneumatic Front-end Loader: best front loader so far, with airtank and super playability 8479 Barcode Multi-set: barcode!, unique and awesome, my copy still works fine and joy to play with, even my girlfriend likes the american style trash truck the best From 00s 8455 Backhoe: king of authenticity, super playable and looks like the real thing, best backhoe so far 8421 Mobile Crane: outstanding design and mechanics, very playable, it has authentic synchronized boom-winch mechanism (what 42009 lacks) 8275 Motorized Bulldozer: brought PF to Technic line, simply brutal, Toy Innovation winner in 2007 - that means something 8258 Crane Truck: very complex and clever gear system, rig looks like a real Volvo, if only it had double wheels at the rear From 10s 8043 Motorized Excavator: super playability, aesthetic and complexity, IMO it will remain an icon among Technic sets and will be one of the most sought after in the forecoming decades 8110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400: set new standard for authenticity, great suspension, best MOCable set 42009 Mobile Crane MK II: complex and heavy mobile crane with 5 motorized functions (2 stage outriggers are awesome), turning of this behemoth works like a charm 4X4 Crawler Exclusive Edition: design and functions are better than it's original, exclusive and fun to play with 42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader: don't listen to the croakers, this set is magnific, super playable and goes well with other RC Technic models 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245: most complex set to date with function paradise, upgraded pneumatics, probably Markus Kossman's magnum opus 42054 CLAAS Xerion 5000 Trac VC: terrific tractor with superb rotating cab and steering (could be stronger though) 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: finally a true supercar, Uwe Wabra at his best, the PDK gear shifting mechanism is miracle (after minor modification ) ...
  7. My current collection of Technic and Model Team:
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    Are you satisfied with the 2013 sets?

    IMHO, the crane truck is good (I like 8421 still better for pneumatics and compact aesthetics, but of course this can be changed when 42009 will be in my hands). The service truck is great for using pneumatics (compressor) and LAs at the same time, it is one of the best part packs I've ever seen in a Technic model. And I believe the winner model ("The Boss") will be also great, as I heard they work hard on it. They will get my money.
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    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    Totally agree with this post. With all the above mentioned functions (LAs and pneumatic together in one set for proper functions) the service truck can be an icon among the mid sized Technic sets. It seems this year we have 3 flagships (with "The Boss"). What an epic year. Thank you LEGO. :thumbup:
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    Best technic sets without pf?

    8455: pneumatic paradise, authentic and complex. The best set without motor IMO. And 8880 comes close to it.
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    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    This can be true but a lot of people will be disappointed with this. Agree on that for 120 EUR it should have pneumatics. Good news regarding the crane truck at least. The stabilazing mechanism can be really interesting.
  12. Congratulations! I prefer the extreme version in white colour with blue stripes.
  13. Regarding heavy machinery I would like to see a grader (pneumatic, yellow), scraper, dump truck (RC, 12 wheeled), front loading trash truck (like one in previous post), back loading trash truck (european style, orange), container loader (white, pneumatic), asphalt machinery, flagship tow truck (copressor & pneumatic), forklift, lowboy trailer, road roller, concentrate mixer. Regarding other themes I would like to see a new space ship, huge tractor with variable attachments, robotic arm, 3-wheeled motorcycle, detailed autoengine, flagship supercar with proper functions and in rare colour. I'm sure most of these will come true when I make MOC...
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    9397 Technic Logging Truck

    I was thinking about the same too since it was released by TLG. Until today. I've just ordered it from a Hungarian toy shop because there was a discount on it. I know that it won't be as magnificent as 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig but I just could not resist. I like american style trucks and the functional part is not that bad...
  15. I got this set in 1994 as a Christmas present from my parents, so it has a special meaning to me. IMO 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig is still the BEST Technic model ever released by TLG. I have (or had) all the Technic flagships from the beginning to this day so it is not pure nostalgia. I was so lucky back then (thanks to my father) that I could choose between 8868 and 8880, but my decision was univocal and I've never regret it. The building of this set took hours under the Christmas-tree and nearly midnight it was completed. Words can not describe the feeling when the truck's compressor and pneumatic system was first put into order. Personally I like it's robust and clear aesthetic very much (even if there is no steering wheel) but of course the function is the strongest part of the rig. The 9v engine driven compressor system produces air constantly and the only thing you have to do is controlling like in real life by the four valves settled on the sides. And the compressor sound is also like the real thing. I love the small details on it (two differential, rigid hoses). It is my only set which has never been disassembled and still works as if it were new. My original rubberbands also still hold up like D3K's. LEGO miracle and quality from 1992. Thank you for bringing back such great memories with this nice review. BTW, does anybody know that who was the original designer of this set? Maybe an interview somewhere?
  16. Interceptor

    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    Ondra is right, remember I was investigating that photo pixel by pixel if there was a hidden function of the 4x4 Crawler.
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    Lego Technic 2h 2013

    Well, I'm mostly pleased what I've seen from the 2h preliminary images so far (even if there is nothing really new). It is going to be a good year for us and a bad year for our wallets. I probably like the 42008 Service Truck the best from the list because of it's rare green colour and it not only contains an L motor but also pneumatic. I hope there are a few cylinders and even a compressor system in it so that would be a fascinating set. In my opinion strong usage of pneumatic would generate very high demand for this set among the medium sized Technic models. On the other hand it would make this beauty quite expensive... I defenitely like the flagship 42009 Crane Truck as well. It is so massive with 10 wheels and looks like the real thing. The "H" shaped gear box must be complex to carry out all the 4 motorized functions (hook, extend boom, raise boom, outriggers). I hope they managed to do better outriggers than were on 8258 and you don't have to fasten each of them by hand (unfortunately it is not very likely ). I also hope that there is at least a gear system to rotate the superstructure (rotating directly by hand was the only thing I didn't like on 8421). 4 axle steering is a must in this scale and fake engine is welcome. Markus Kossman is one of my all time favourite designers at LEGO and I'm sure he managed to put some interesting solutions into the mobile crane we can not see from a low resolution picture. I believe we will get better pictures in early February from Nuremberg toy fair as usual. The only preverse thing regarding 42009 is the usage of LAs instead of the more authentic pneumatic system. I agree with Davidmull that this would have been a great occasion to introduce bigger and stronger pneumatic cylinders (locking elements could have been added easily to keep the boom in high position)...maybe next time. I admit that LAs have some advantages but are not as cool as pneumatic cylinders. Finally congratulations to all the Technic Challange finalists! You made awesome models guys. There are some of my favourites on the final list as far as I know. This will probably be the third set I will buy from the 2013 Technic product range.
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    Lego Technic 2013 sets & info

    Ondra, thank you for the news. I am a bit disappointed with the list tho. Nothing exciting or new concept. Don't misunderstand me. I like the green colour and both tow truck and mobile crane can give us challenging (PF) solutions, so I eager to see the prelim pics. But there were plenty of these machinery in the past and e.g. the legendary 8421 can hardly ever be beaten using only one L motor and actuators. Hope I am wrong and TLC will enchant us again as they did several times. :)
  19. Hello, my name is Kari, I am 30 years old and I am from Hungary. I've been a LEGO enthusiast since my childhood and always loved to create, build, and play with LEGO. Nowdays I mostly collect my favourite sets from the past but recently decided to start building LEGO MOCs again. My all-time favourite Christmas present was the 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig in 1994 and probably that is why I'm especially interested in Technic models. I've been reading this forum for a while and I found it very inspiring and friendly so I joined and this is my first post here. Kari