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Janotechnic posted a topic in LEGO Technic, Model Team and Scale ModelingHello, after quite some time I have found my way to Eurobricks forum... And even if it's not brand new anymore, in my first post I would still like to introduce my biggest MOC: The Lego Technic Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT) for the Lego Ideas Saturn V with integrated Crawler. Special feature: For the basic variant, you only need the parts from three Technic sets: 42055 BWE, 42082 RTC and 42098 car transporter. With the given parts from these three sets, I tried to match the proportions and add details as good as possible. As I dearly missed some details (e.g. the fuel pipes), I added some upgrades to the LUT. But this means to leave the parts bank of the three mentioned sets, and add some more parts. So far I have upgrades for the fuel pipes, a red crane front, more red parts at the tower, and better looking launch pad surface. These functions are fully motorized: Driving forwards/backwards Steering left/right Elevator in the tower up/down Turn the swingarms into start or supply position Hammerhead crane turn left/right Hammerhead crane rope up/down Manually: Damper arm up/down for the transport position Longitudinal position of the rope on the crane Release tail service masts on the launch pad Video to show the functions: https://youtu.be/pB5tYQBT_tY (please ignore my errors in the rendering, and: YES, it was intended to not use the real names ) Building instructions and more pics are available here: rebrickable And the last link: My insta account to follow me: instagram And now some pics: The basic variant: Upgraded variant: Real picture of my MOC: Comparison for the proportions of the original LUT: Feel free to comment or raise some questions!
I'm not sure if reviews are welcome in this part of the forum, but it seemed to me like a more fitting place than e.g. historic themes. If I'm wrong, please move the thread. Pros and cons followed by TWO videos below (a review and a separate speed build video): Pros: - incredibly BIG, surprisingly detailed and accurate - comes with a beautiful instructions book featuring the whole story of the Apollo 11 program; a wonderfull lesson in history - includes unique and useful printed pieces and nice nanofigures, too - great display set; the rocket can be displayed vertically or horizontally, and accompanied by the Moon landing and splashdown scenes - features craziest building techniques I've seen in an official LEGO set - relatively cheap at 5.6p / 6.1c per piece Cons: - limited playability; primarily a display set - very tall and quite heavy; easy to knock down and thus potentially unsafe for young children - wanting instructions; to properly reenact the Apollo 11 mission, you need to alter the CSM module in a way not explained in the instructions - can be difficult to build due to the very unusual building techniques being used - parts of the build are pretty boring, as you have to build 4 copies of the same part repeatedly