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  1. Here is a little crew! These two models are very compact, so very simple technically. I wanted to do the same type of model as the little LEGO sets. The forklift: The arm can be moved using a worm gear/8t system. The towballs are here to limit the movement of the system. The fork moves when you turn the 12t gear. There is a pin with friction to keep it in position. The truck is even simpler. It has a steering and the dropsides are openable. The LDD file is available on Rebrickable. And here is the video!
  2. Hello good people of eurobricks, allow me to share my latest creation(s). Two small scale forklifts are the subjects. One of which has been designed to resemble to the epic Lego set 8416, the other one is a free take on a concept-like appearance. Nothing revolutionary to report on them, yet they came out to be very well playable. Thanks to @1963maniac free instructions are available, you'll find the liks below. These being fairly simple builds, nothing comes in my mind to highlight, so I just let you enjoy the video and some renders I've made. Of course I'll answer the questions by my best, but humble knowledge. Critics are also welcome, allthough be prepaired to be ripped appart if it doesn't hold water. Building Instructions: Mini8416:'s forklift Mini8416.pdf Concept:'s forklift_concept.pdf
  3. This LEGO set proposal is a model of a Svetruck forklift. Svetruck is a Swedish manufactory specialized in big-sized forklift - the smallest model with 10.000 kg lifting capacity. This model is inspired from their Svetruck 16120 with a 16.000 kg lifting capacity. The model is built in the ratio 1:14 and I have strived to make everything as close to the real thing as possible. I have found the inspiration to build this model from working with forklift through more than 20 years and have always been particularly fascinated by the Svetruck. I hope this model will fascinate both kids and adults with its authentic design and many functional features.
  4. Hi everyone, Here's my modification of 8416, fully motorized and remote controlled. An additional function is the working & tilting steering wheel. The PF elements used are: - 1 M-motor for driving - 1 Servo motor for steering - 1 M-motor for lifting - 1 M-motor for tilting the lifting assembly. - 2 IR receivers - 1 Rechargeable battery box Rebrickable: Bricksafe: (*.lxf file can be downloaded here). Any suggestions on improvements are very welcome. Happy building!
  5. Just finished my new SUPER SMOOTH stop motion build video – LEGO Technic – 42079 Forklift! Please enjoy. )
  6. REVIEW - 42079 - HEAVY DUTY FORKLIFT INTRODUCTION With 592 parts the smallest of the 2H 2018 sets. Of course, less parts doesn't mean a lesser model. It looks interesting enough and it has a promising B-model. The previous forklift (not counting the mini 8290) was the 8416 Fork-Lift from 2005, the year I got out of my dark ages. Needless to say this is a while ago. Like cranes, lots of people tend to like forklifts. Probably like those people, I am hoping that TLG will some day release a big forklift flagship, full RC, so you can fully control it like the 8043 - Motorized Excavator. But I digress. Let's see what this Heavy Duty Forklift has to offer. If you see this icon, you can click the image on the left or right side of the image, to cycle through alternative images. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42079 Title: Forklift Truck Theme: Technic Released: 2018 Part Count: 592 Box Weight: 1,24 kg Box Dimensions: 37,7 cm x 25,7 cm x 9,0 cm Set Price (MSRP): £ / $ 69,99 / € 49,99 Price per Part: £ / $ 0.118 / € Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX Apparently the size isn't important, or impressive, enough to mention on the front of the box. It only shows the Forklift transporting a drum with dangerous content. The picture in the top right indicates that the carriage can go up and down. That's great, being a forklift and all. BACKSIDE At first glance, this doesn't seem to be a very special set, but the backside reveals a very good looking B-model. This alternate model could almost have appeared on the front of the box. Other than that, it has an interesting color scheme, some nice dark blue panels. Color me interested! CONTENTS OF THE BOX This set contains: 2x Instruction booklet 1x Sticker sheet 4x Tire 6x Unnumbered bag INSTRUCTION BOOKLETS We have seen this before, but I was still pleased with getting the second booklet out of the box. STICKER SHEET Nothing out of the ordinary. Just a couple of stickers to provide some details for the bodywork, and of course the DANGER sign for the drum. TIRES Probably some of the most commonly owned tires by AFOLs, but we haven't seen these last year (2017). Last set to use these tires is the 42049 - Mine Loader from 2016. BAGS The set contains six numbered bags. HIGHLIGHTED PARTS Unfortunately, this set doesn't contain any of the new parts. Or any interesting parts for that matter. I have highlighted the following parts as the most interesting of this set. GEAR RACK AND HOUSING This Gear Rack Housing and Gear Rack can be found in six other Technic sets. The light bluish grey housing is only available in two sets though. DARK BLUE PANELS If you want these dark blue panels you are limited to just a couple of sets. And I probably don't need to tell you that two of these sets are pretty expensive. PART LIST Here's the complete part list showing you 592 parts. THE BUILD Early in the build, the chassis already contains a lot of the functional parts. The front wheels with differential, connected to the axle and gears for the fake engine. Two universal joints (U-joints) are used to connect the axle in the mast. In the picture on the right you can see the steering mechanism. Forklifts usually steer with the rear wheels, which is also the case for this vehicle. This profile view shows part of the cabin taking shape, and the 2-cylinder fake engine has been placed. Behind the driver's seat is an axle going down in the chassis. It's connected to the axle leading to the mast of the forklift. BODYWORK The bodywork gives the forklift a finished look. I like the shape and color scheme of it. The light on the top of the vehicle is not the Hand of God steering. In this case, it's the Hand of God lifting hehe. CARRIAGE The carriage is lifted using a Short Worm Screw Gear. The lifting height of the forklift is 16 studs. Thanks to M_Longer for measuring it. I forgot to do that and I currently have the B-model assembled. Always build the B-model first if you are writing a review and you will be covering both models. In case you are wondering how this is measured, here's the exact quote: "I have put a 16L link under and it fit perfectly ;)" LEFTOVER PARTS The usual selection of small parts. COMPLETED MODEL The completed model has an exhaust which provides Hand of God steering. I do like the position of the steering mechanism, but I don't like the fact it is connected directly to the gear rack. This not only results in inverted steering, but also in rather direct steering. I would have liked to see some gear reduction and reversal of direction. I can understand there is little place for an intricate system, but I still think it was feasible. This being a minor gripe, I do like this model a lot. I love its looks and its simplicity (in a good way). I had this model standing on the table and my five year old nephew immediately started playing with it. I only had to explain the tilting mechanism, which is located at both sides of the cabin, but besides that, he quickly started turning the knobs. LIFTING MECHANISM Click on the image below to show the lifting mechanism. REAR The rear of the vehicle does show some unused space. This gives me reason to believe a better steering mechanism could have been concocted. I do like the looks of the rear though. The solution with the two small panels is nicely done. From a slightly different angle the forklift does look those big boys driving around in harbor areas. Another picture from the rear. I can only conclude that it's a good looking model. B-MODEL Since the instructions for the B-model are included in the set, it's only logical to include it in the review. Lucky for me, my lovely partner @Kitty was willing to spend some time building this alternate model. She is not really into Technic, but she is willing to help me out every now and then. Usually, she is taking sets apart, but occasionally she assists building them, like now. Unlike the forklift, the fake engine is placed at the front of the chassis. So is the steering mechanism. Here's a side view with the crane attached. There is no mechanism to extend the boom. You simply need to operate it by hand. The finished model is actually very good looking. And it has the basic functions you would expect from a tow truck, steering, working fake engine and a crane/boom. Granted, a mechanism to operate the boom is absent, but this being the B-model, I can live with it. Shooting pictures for models with some sort of hook is always a challenge. The hook never hangs as you would like and it takes a couple of minutes for the hook to completely hang still . After putting the model on the table you wait...or go about some other business. And a picture from the rear. This is one of those sets which is actually 2-in-1, having a proper alternate model AND instructions to build it out of the box. Below is a picture of the left over parts. SUMMARY For a Heavy Lift Forklift it feels a bit too compact. Like I said in the introduction of this review, it would be cool to have a Heavy Lift Forlift, which is actually massive, like the real machine. Of course, this has nothing to do with the quality of this model. Lifting the forks/carriage is done via the beacon light on the top of the model. Tilting the mast is done via the levers on both sides of the cabin. Both functions work properly. Steering is done via the exhaust at the rear of the model. Steering is very direct and above all, it's inverted. This could have been done differently. At this price point, getting basically two proper models is great value. All in all I really do like this set. Nothing extraordinary, but if will definitely make for a nice gift. Downside for AFOLs is that most of us will be able to make this with our own inventory, since it doesn't contain any new parts. PROS It's affordable. Two very nice models. Functions work properly (steering can be improved though). CONS No new parts have been used. Steering is inversed (minor gripe). SCORE How do I rate this set? 8 DESIGN Two very good looking models, especially for a set this size. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Nothing really special, as expected. But still fun to build. 8 FEATURES Properly working manual features. 8 PLAYABILITY Lots of playability. 7 PARTS No new parts were used. Other than that is an okay selection with some nice dark blue pieces. 9 VALUE FOR MONEY The cool B-model adds a lot of value to this, already great, set. 7,8 FOR LIFTING AND TOWING FINAL WORDS @M_Longer has created an LXF file which he has share in this topic. And @JunkstyleGio has created two wonderful renders. Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  7. Hi all, Here is an attempt at building a new forklift. My previous one used the TLG design for the boom. This time i decided to build my own. Why? Just because the TLG boom had a big inner central mecha that makes impossible for the driver to look in front of him... I solved this by using a string based mechanics to lift the first stage of the mast. The second stage is also indirectly lift by the first one's movement. The whole arm has a tilting mechanism: The model has a propulsion base on one medium size motor, a tilting mechanism based on the same one. The direction is made with a servoand the main lifting use also a medium size motor. At all stage, the power is enough. Some other pictures: Front view. the driver just can look in front of him. Good idea no? Maximun size of the full open mast The model has drive and steering. Led light are also at party. The steering Wheel is custom made using technic disk and a Polly tire I hope you'll like it. Steph
  8. Hello, my entry for the TC6 contest it's a heavy forklift truck, the Hyster 32-12. The model has 8 functions (4 IR or 2 sBricks), it's 50% built at the moment and nearly completed on LDD/MLcad. Soon I'll put updates (photos, video, notes) Here a pic of what an Hyster 32-12 is: Thanks, and hold on for news. Video:
  9. UPDATE: Instructions & parts list are available at Rebrickable. Three years ago I made this forklift as a an alternative of the 42009 set. Ever since then I wanted to make a proper RC version of it. So here it is. Overall it is a better rendition of a generic heavy forklift. It is narrower, shorter and better scaled than its predecessor. You may criticize me for the lack of slopes and curves, but that's my building style - I always prefer sturdiness over beauty. There are 4 motorized classic functions: Movement (L-motor) Steering (servo) Mast extension (L-motor) Mast tilting (S-motor) Manual functions include sliding blades and openable doors. Here is an extremely short video demonstrating the model at work. Sadly, lack of gradual control over the motor's power makes it hard to move smoothly. So, what is your verdict?
  10. It seems like all of my MOCs are being finished during the month of March. I present a Large Scale version of the Kalmar 180-9 forklift. I started this MOC last July, and after completing a number of other distractions, it's done. I'm please with the result. All pictures may be found on Flickr. The MOC features: Dual Stage Lift, PF L Forklift Tilt, PF M Steering, PF Servo Drive, PF XL Opening Doors Removable bodywork The lift is able to move three AA PF battery boxes (~600grams) to the height of 39 studs. Much more at Photo Photo 2 Lift Chassis Open Enjoy, and happy building.
  11. This is my new automated forklift. It has a much stronger lifting mechanism than my previous efforts, and has a proper two-stage (or "duplex") mast. The traction and steering are both provided by the rear wheels - I was pretty pleased at figuring out how to do that! Hope you like it! Automated forklift with dog-treat
  12. Hi, after my [CMODEL] 42042 - Bulldozer I decided to publish my next alternative build for 42042 this time it is a FORKLIFT. I only used parts from 42042 except for the string (265cm needed) - I chose light green to make it more visible. Features: 4 motorized functions: - drive (front axle) with differential (made thanks to turntable) - steering (rear axle) (manual HOG steering when steering position on gearbox in neutral is there too) - Ackerman steering - tilting of the mast - lifting of the forks The mast is telescopic. Forks move in 4 segments. Lifting is achieved by system of string and pulleys. Lifting is not the fastest but that is intentional. My goal was to go for "as high as possible" design, instead of "fast" one. Wheels go really well on carpets, blankets. They tend to slip on hard surfaces (tiles), they are made from tracks (42042 has no tires) - it is easy to modify/replace tire wheels (You can do it. I do not want to, I want to keep it as C-Model) Gearbox's levers is easy to access. The gearbox is 4 channels/functions two-way kind. Easy and simple battery change. The battery pack also serves as counterweight. Details: lights, steps, logical position of stickers from 42042 A-model (no altering), seat (made from tracks!), steering wheel, mirrors, levers etc. MOC designed completely digital free way, no computers were used, just old-fashioned building, rebuilding and again, again. I hope you will like it. Please excuse my photos. leftover parts: EDIT: NEW VIDEO: NEW PICTURES: INSTRUCTIONS PREVIEW: LEGO level quality. Step by step, hi res. With all the necessary details, additional pictures, arrows etc. Bill of material, Stickers (not altered from 42042 A-Model), Battery replacement sequence, Function explanation (It took me forever to make the instructions - there are 324pages (cover to cover) - 19pages only on threading the string through all the rollers and pulleys) RENDERS: from 3D model I made - ex post - for instruction creation:
  13. Norton74

    [MOC] Warehouse life

    Hello mates,today I show you my latest MOC: a little diorama of a warehouse. Recently I've visited a warehouse and I was stricken by the layout. The new MOC is complete with pallets, boxes, shelves, hand pallet truck and a fork-lift.Below a couple of pics Thanks for stopping by! Andrea | Norton74
  14. Epic Technic

    [TC10] Forklift

    This is my entry for the long waited pneumatics contest. A forklift, that uses an i2 LPE with a pneumatic drive/reverse gearbox, pneumatic steering, fork lift with tilting and probably some other functions. The whole contraption will be powered from a buggy motor pump. and controlled through a tethered (with the tubes) remote. The forklift part The forks. The powerhouse, aka the LPE which to my knowledge the the most compact i2 with large cylinders. Now the Drive/Reverse gearbox. And it paired with the LPE Now the steering. And the whole chassis And finally the pump And now the controller; I have only completed one joystick (this one is the for steering and drive) More progress will follow in the next week. To view all the picture in their full resolution follow the link:
  15. Hi there, I'm fairly new to Mindstorms, and these forums, but I thought you might be interested to see my automated forklift truck (hope you enjoy the humour!):
  16. Hi all! I'm Andreas from Norway. After a 15 year break, I came out from my dark ages a couple of years ago. In my whole childhood, it was Lego and Lego only. Being an Industrial plc programmer/mechanic for many years, I've gained a good understanding what is necessary to make things work good. Due to sickness the latest years and the lack of problems to solve, I've used Lego to satisfy myself. I love to build strong and simple designs. I hate to build the design of others. It's simply not satisfying. I have a lot of designs in my head. Very often I know they would work in real life, and therefore I'm not bothered bulding them. When building, I always ask myself; how big does it have to be, to have a strong design and the correct functionality? As a 10 year old, i built my first forklift. It was a dual stage like many others in this forum. Not to powerful, and it could only lift about 400grams. It would easily raise, but it went stuck going downwards due to the forkload. Everything was sliding, and this was the main issue. The heavier the load, the greater the friction. The second issue; the mast was bending forward due to a weak design of the mast (and with the lifting force on the rear side). Building a strong mast takes space, and there isn't much room for it. But I've found a rather neat design taking on these challenges. First I built a dual stage to prove concepts. Later on i converted it to a triple stage in all black. Every stage is with wheels, so there is no friction to speak of. The play of each stage (the top of the mast bending forward) is about 2mm with a fork load of 1kg! All stages activates from a single rope on each side. The lightest stage raises first. The rest of the forklift has not been built, as it is less interesting for now. Take a look :)
  17. EDIT: Parts list & building instructions updated: HERE ________________ Greetings! Kevin again. I’ve got a new MOC to show you guys: a new version of my custom forklift. A year ago, I built my first decent MOC - a RC forklift, and shared my building instructions. That’s less than 9 months since I bought my first LEGO set (8043) in my life when I finished that forklift. It was a very premature creation and I planned to upgrade it long ago. Now this new version is done. So, what’s been upgraded? It’s been totally redesigned from the inside out. Now it has a better lifting performance, a better looking, and much easier to maneuver. Lift assembly is powered by 2 PF L motors, it can lift up to 0.9kg of weight. I used the same lift mechanism as the old version, because it provides a reasonable lift height, which linear actuators failed to do. The assembly is a bit thick so I used technic beams to replace the old technic bricks, and 8-teeth gears instead of the old 12-teeth gears. It is front-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering. In the old version I used the steering mechanism of Madoca's AWD SUV. It’s a great design but not so good for a forklift. I redesigned the driving & steering systems, now it steers more like a real one and has a much tighter turning radius. A short video demonstrating all major upgrades(1080p @ 60fps): Another clip showing the chassis and how motorized functions work(4K @ 30fps): 1 PF XL motor for propulsion, 2 PF L motors for lifting, 1 PF L motor for steering, 1 PF L motor for tilting. More photos: I was planning to make the steering wheel and levers functional, but there is not enough space down there, And making the levers’ movement authentic is quite complex, I have to give up that idea and made it manually controlled. At last, see more of my creations at Rebrickable & my YouTube Channel. I’m working on building instructions and hopefully it will be released in a few weeks. Stay tuned!
  18. So I prefer to build small. I managed to miniaturize all the functionality of a standard forklift (driving, lifting, tilting) into a chassis only 11 studs wide. One of the advantages this offered me (among better strength, speed and maneuverability) is that I was able to build an entire warehouse to muck about in. This wasn't always the plan. I thought I'd just build two or three containers to show off its functionality, and that would be it. Then, the Android Sbrick app crashed and burned (or at least, it did on my phone) and it took two months for them to update the thing into relative functionality again. So I had plenty of time to build some scenery. For the enthusiasts; I've uploaded a LXF file to so you can tinker with it. (By the way, if you're a person who has built a forklift, could you link me to a picture of your forklift in this view? I'm very curious to see how it's scaled relative to other people's MOCs.)
  19. Well here's my entry for the contest. I wanted to play a little with the new pneumatics so: A-Model: pneumatic forklift. It features: - Fork lifting of course - Fork tilt - Hog steering and functional steering wheel in the cabin - 4 piston boxer engine driven by the front wheels with differential - Pendular rear suspension - Forks width adjustable (manual function) Couple of images: I don't like cutting original Lego rope, so that's what you see in front of the front wheels. I used about 70-80cm of the 1 meter rope. The 8T gear in front of the seat was something I'd rather not do, but the 12T bevel gear for the drivetrain is right below it. The hog steering axle going right through the middle of the chair is also something I'd rather not have, but in the given space I had 2 choices: place the chair a whole stud forward and have it be too close to the steering wheel or move it a full stud back and have an axle sitting right in the middle of the chair. I decided on a compromise with the chair slightly angled. I used this part in the top of the chair so it wouldn't touch the hog axle, but still made both sides of the chair connected. Fitting the pneumatics with the drive axle and the steering above the drive axle meant I didn't have much room to play with, but it fits perfectly and to protect the pneumatics from the drive axle I added a 2L pin connector and 1L liftarm to the drive axle. Pretty straight forward manual function. I wanted to make the forks foldable too if I couldn't fit in the 10,000 stud limit, but considering the model is 34x14x17.5 (that .5 doesn't really show properly in the images, but the forklift mechanism is about 1/2 stud of the ground) I didn't bother with folding forks. So then the time came to make a B-model. Time to duplicate the main model so I knew for certain I had all the parts: The parts in front of the left one are the things I didn't install when I rebuild it, because I either forgot (diff) or bricklink came later (pneumatics). B-model: Bucket truck I really don't like making B-models, but I think this turned out ok. Of course there are things I'd like to do different, but that's the challenge of a B-model. It features: - Bucket lift (why do I even list this ) - 4 Outriggers - Hog steering - 2 cylinder boxer engine - 170 degree turning crane (manual function, radius only limited by hose length of pneumatics) A couple of more images Outriggers are handled by the small pump, I wanted to use both, but the lengths of hoses I had left were a limiting factor. Doesn't really matter, using the 16L axles to power the rear and front outriggers was already planned and I tried the system with 2 small pumps and they weren't able to really lift the model either, not more than 1 pump managed. One pump manages to get the wheels to have slightly less friction. Speaking of friction. For the outriggers I had to switch some pins on the A-model for LBG 2L frictionless pins to make it easy for the outriggers on the B-model. This change isn't shown in the photos of the A-Model, but can be seen in the images of these 2 models together (6 are easily visible on the front wheels of the forklift) and in the video. No parts were added. For every LBG pin added, one black pin was removed from the table. I find no fun or challenge in cheating the rules of the contest. I also didn't want to use more pins than really needed, where 2 were enough to fix a liftarm, that's what I used on the A-model. I already expected that re-using the A-model's hoses would be a problem, but it worked out ok (even for the turning radius of the crane). Ok, I cheated Lego's current hose code a little (2x black on 1 cylinder is old hose code), but the grey hoses were too short or far too long (which I used on the handpump). Speaking of the handpump, thanks 2LegoOrNot2Lego for your handpumps on BL, both used here Not intended, but this model fits in the same box as the A-model: 35 studs long, 13 studs wide and 17 studs high. A and B model and the parts remaining: Of course I'd like to have made a roof for this B-model, but I didn't really see how anymore with the parts I had left. I then decided to make an open truck like the old american fire trucks. Not that this is really intended as a fire (bucket) truck, but I can't deny that with the white and red it could be used as such (maybe reverse the colours). Here's the video of the models. I combined both into one video: Thank you for your time reading this topic and in closing this image:
  20. Hi guys I decided to build something for competition and i'd like to sheare that witch you: I wanted to build something special, something which will be unique and I hope that it wont be too hard for me to build B model witch thease parts:) At the moment forklift have 3 functions -HoG steering -two sections fork raising -tilting fork I'm not delighted witch look of it, but its just a ViP :D Now i'm building digital version of it. Thanks for atention :)
  21. Ryn Labrie

    MOC: Sideloader and Pallet Truck

    Today I have a pair of MOCs that I deem the first of their kind on the internet. I felt that the world of Lego was lacking in little-known warehouse vehicles, so I built a Hubtex-style sideloader forklift and an electric pallet truck. I have only seen one other sideloader, however it was a technic model with power functions. Hubtex 1 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr Hubtex 2 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr Hubtex 3 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr As you can see, my vehicle is heavily based on the Hubtex MQ40, however I placed the door on the back, and the wheels are unable to pivot. Hubtex 4 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr Hubtex 5 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr Hubtex 6 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr The other model I built was an electric pallet truck. Pallet Truck 1 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr Pallet Truck 2 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr Pallet Truck 3 by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr This last picture shows both of my models working together in a military warehouse. Western Arms Warehouse by Ryn Labrie, on Flickr C&C is greatly appreciated and I hope you all have a wonderful day!
  22. Hi, Final model: ========== The forklift is now done. I got the last order from bricklink and have finished off the final details like the dashboard and cabin floor. I actually completed it the 22nd, but haven't had time to take the photos before today. More pics in full resolution can be found here. A video will follow this weekend. My main focus for this model was making it realistic, and using a linear actuator along with chains to lift the carriage and forks. I have tried to keep the rest of the model as realistic as possible, even though the scale is not exact (a few studs to wide). The model is inspired by two different models of a Linde 3 ton forklift, but not an exact replica of either. As you can see the mast is taken from the first model, while the over all design is taken from the next. Pictures of the final MOC: From behind; max turning angle. forks in top position, lights off. Front view; forks in top position, lights off. Cabin interior; dashboard above the wheel, heater with 3 "buttons" below the wheel, speaker in silver to the left and right of the dashboard, and hydraulics control on the left. The seat can barely be seen in the lower middle of the pic. Detail shot from the rear; light on, with the seat dismantled (it was very hard to show it in any other shots) Interior shot; here the pedals are also clearly seen. Finer rear detail; notice the pressure gauge, gas connection and the towing hook; light on. Side profile The famed bottom shot shows very little, so I added some stripped side shots. Panels, interior and battery box removed; large motor for lift visible in the lower middle, and gear train for lift and tilt visible. M motor for tilt located under switch, similar to L on the other side. Notice servo under PF receivers and steering drive train with RTC spring to reduce play in steering. Side panels removed, all interior in place. Finally the seat is visible... The final model have these functions: PF functions: - Drive by XL motor. - Steering by Servo, and nontraditional design on steering system. - Mast tilt by M motor. - Fork lift by L motor. Manual functions: - Interchangeable carriages for equipment (different carriages with different forks or other equipment). - One Carriage with Adjustable interchangeable forks and towing hook. - Rear towing hook. - Removable LPG bottle. - Opening rear panels to allow access to remove counter weight (battery box). Fits both standard and LiPo/AAA box battery box. - Opening seat compartment to access technical functions (switch and PF recievers/Sbrick). Just like a real forklift where this gives access to motor or batteries. - Opening "hood" to switch battery box on/off Other functions: - Steering wheel that turns along with the servo. Achieved through flex axle from a Znap set. - Front light - Rear light - Work lights - All light controlled by a switch. Video: (Please excuse the music, it was to boring without, and I've never used music in a video before...) WIP: Last rebuild: ========== The last rebuild is done. I've made a new iteration of the front end of the forklift. The mast is the same, but has been moved three studs closer to the front axle, and I have rebuilt the drive train for the fork lift and mast tilt to place them lower and further back in the chassis. I had to make a second rebuild of the fork lift drive train in order to gear it properly, and this lead to a rebuild of the drivers cab as well. I am pleased with the end result, but there is still some details that need to be added. I'll have to wait for a Bricklink order to complete these changes, but they are all minor and only cosmetic. The model is working properly, has the right gearing (after the second rebuild of the front) and is basically finished in the over all design. I have uploaded 5 preliminary images that will be replaced after the Bricklink order arrives and I can take some good shots with my SLR camera. When starting this model I had set myself a few challenges in addition to those of the competition. First of all it should be based of the PF equipment of set 42030 Wheeled loader. This meant using the big AA battery box, and made the truck a couple of studs wider than it would otherwise have been (And a little to wide for it's scale). I also wanted it to bee as realistic as possible, and in order to achieve this it should only use a single linear actuator to lift the forks (This actually gives me 31 stud lifting height from ground to to position), and use chain links rather then the more common cord solutions. I also wanted it to be as easy as possible to rebuild for others, so no uncommon parts are used in the basic chassis except from these: There are however a few uncommon parts used in order to achieve it's looks, and extra functions. I set out to make the model look a lot like a Linde forklift, but never used a exact model for it. It's Linde inspired, especially by the older 3 ton Linde forklifts (around 1995-97). It is however not based on any specific model. The pictures below where a great inspiration, but the finished model differs from any Linde model both in color scheme and in proportions. This was necessary to keep it to the compact scale I wanted and at the same time include the 42030 PF parts. In order to rebuild the forklift I am making a LDD file for it. This will differ from the built model in two ways; it will not have any "illegal" techniques, whereas the buildt model has tow - the narrowing of the end as well as the LPG cranes. It will also be missing the moving steering wheel as this is achieved through this uncommon part: Here are a few pics. Remember the final finish is still lacking, but the general model is done. In the second pic you can also see the lights that are controlled by a switch beside the cabin. I also have to make a video of it, and will make an update when it's done. PS: I would also like your opinion of the white LPG bottle versus the black topped I made earlier. I think the withe single colored one is more realistic, bit it might be better if I use a flat silver "ring"... Your opinions? All other comments are also welcome. WIP: ==== For the first time in a long, long time I've actually had some time to build. By girlfriend took both our kids with her to visit her sister for the weekend, and celebrate the 5 year birthday of her oldest daughter. I became sic with some kind of virus, and was asked to stay home from work, so I just spent a couple of days of uninterrupted building.Earlier this week I started to test a modification to the new type thread links, and I found a prototype of the mast of a forklift I built a couple of years ago. It was a test to see if a large Linear Actuator could be used to build a forklift mast, but it became so large and bulky that i gave it up. New parts that I have gotten over the last couple of years has made it possible to build it much more compact than i could before, so I started testing to see how good I could make one. I especially find this part usefull: On Thursday I finished a proof of concept, but I still felt it was a bit bulky, so after my girlfriend and the kids left I sat down to redesign it. The proof of concept was a single action mast like you can see in the video linked below, but I wanted more of a challenge, so I set out to build a two stories mast that was more compact than the proof of concept. And I succeeded. (this is the type I have based my construction on). I have tried to stay as close to a real one as possible, and its all based around a single LA and chains. Back when I went to school I used to work as a mechanic at a local fish landing facility with several factories in my holidays. There I did among other things service forklifts from Linde. They made an impression on me even though it's 18 years since I last worked on one, so when I had made the mast I decided to make a 3 ton Linde forklift for the Sbrick competition. Today I have spent 15 hours on building and have gotten amazingly far. Much further than I had hoped, and hopefully I will have the model finished before my girlfriend and the kids get back home. I'll post pictures tomorrow, a bit to tired now... But here is what I'm going for: I haven't used a specific model, but based the MOC on my own memory of Linde forklifts. I haven't scaled it either, but I think I'm quite close to how a Linde used to look 18 years ago (the second picture is a lot closer to that)... I have looked at some pictures, most importantly this (a nice old model from a different manufacturer), to find what tires to use, and a general scale of the forklift. You will see my progress tomorrow. I have uploaded a .lxf of the mast to myBrickshelf. WIP Pictures: =========== Some pics from the build process of the first iteration. I'm not pleased with the rear corners and placement of the Mast relative to the front axle. I would also like to shorten the design with 1 stud to make the panels come closer to the rear wheels.In order to get the mast closer to the front wheels i will have to make a complete redesign, and as I also have a slight problem with grinding gears I will do so. That means to start from scratch and redesign the whole front end... Any opinions and tips are welcome as I will be changing this a lot. The tests of the new two section mast is complete and I have installed it on a basic frame. There is still a lot that is necessary to modify. (Don't look at the mess. It's creativeness not mess...) I had a lot of challenges with designing the steering mechanism and finding out where to place everything, but as the frame came along it was easier to see where it could all fit. It was a huge problem finding out how to mount the servo as I'm not using a standard steering setup. Because there is some tolerance in the gears the servo will have problem keeping the wheels centered, so I also worked a return to center spring into the mix. The steering setup is able to take a "unlimited" load of downward pressure, only limited by the breaking strength of the beams. In these pictures you can see the black and red body colors supplementing the gray frame. The black part of the body will be and integrated part of the frame, just like on the real Linde forklifts, while the red is simply paneling that can be removed. It's shaping up nicely. I had to make some bodywork in order to see how much space I had for placement for the last PF parts. The standard PF battery box will be integrated as a counter weight, but very easy to remove. I will get back to this once I've done the necessary redesigns on the next iteration. I also found no way to include the standard Linde step (to enter the forklift) in the body paneling, so I deviated from the Linde design and made a step outside of the paneling (gray 6 long thin liftarm in the picture). I will add another thin liftarm to make it more realistic in size compared to forklifts from other manufacturers who use this solution... You can also see the rear corner that I'm not very pleased with. As you can see from the images this will look like a LPG based forklift, as these are the once I have the most experience with. It will however not include a fake engine if I don't get a very good idea. You may notice that the motors I've elected is the same as the new "42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader". This is on purpose as many who are new to PF can get everything they need in that set. Update - LPG Bottle: I just finished the LPG bottle. I spent 2-3 hours looking for the parts (I have ore than 30 boxes with thousands of parts in each,as well as 10-15 assortment racks, and the regular Lego parts are not much used...), and 10 minutes to decide on the design. Building it was actually quite hard, even though I knew what design i wanted, because i needed to bend a rigid hose into a circle. In the beginning i couldn't make it round, but then I got an idea. I put a old flex cable into the hose, and suddenly it bent nicely and kept closed much more easily. I like the end result, but I don't know what color to make it in... i will have to order parts anyway as I don't have anything matching colors right now. A few of the parts will be a problem though, like the air tank that only exists in blue and white. I would love to have it in gray... But anyway, i was thinking to either make the top Gray, Chrome or white. If all else fails, it will stay as is. Flex cable and rigid hose makes for a nice circle. The LPG Bottle itself: And a real one for comparison: Redesigning the back end: As stated before I will have to redesign the whole front end of the forklift, and that is quite a job as this is the part that took me the longest to make. I didn't really wanna do that yet, so I started work on redesigning the rear end, and have now reached a level of refinement where I concluded it's good enough. You may not know this, but the Linde forklift range are design in cooperation with the Porsche Engineering design studio (see this link for more info). This is part of what made me want to recreate a Linde when I decided to make a forklift. Recreating the organic lines of Porsche in Lego is both a challenge and a great opportunity to make something that isn't all square and boring. I managed to narrow the rear with two studs, and at the same time allowing it to cone in towards the back as can be seen on the pic below. This was the change that really made it all come together. After i narrowed the rear the center upper rear end was pulled in half a stud, and it gave me room to do what I wanted with the towing hitch and solved the sharp corner problem. (The reare "axle" is disconnected in this pic...) As I was redesigning the rear it was like the forklift designed it self, like it was telling me what needed to be done, and everything fell into place like in a puzzle. I have managed to keep all technical solutions and motors (m motor is to fit beside XL when i redesign the front) below the 5 stud level, both keeping the center of gravity low, and giving me room to work on the design on the upper part. You may also note the (for Lego) extreme steering angle of the rear wheels. They do also have correct Ackermann geometry, and was one of the really big challenges. I'll show more of this in a later update. The area where the towing hitch is placed was a square 5 x 7 hole in the first iteration, and is now a nicely flowing area with a functioning tow hitch. I managed to redesign the corners so they have a round flowing line, and not the sharp edges from the first iteration. When starting the redesign process I kept in mind that most car designs (also Porsche) has the front and/or rear making a face with the light as eyes. In the pic below you can see how the red lights make out the eyes, the beam in the middle becomes the nose, and the towing hitch makes for an angry mouth. I think I captured this very well... It strays a bit from the real Linde forklifts (even though lights are pretty common on forklifts for road use) and reaches for the Porsche concept drawings for Linde. In this setting I think that is quite ok. You can also notice that I finished the mounting for the LPG flask. That finishes off the back end. Only a few tweaks left to the steering and I can start redesigning the front. Steering mechanism: I've done some final tweaking on the steering assembly after I finished the back ends bodywork and saw how much space was available. This i the result I probably will use. As you can see of the second picture the steering angle is quite good for being Lego. The ackerman angle is actually to sharp, but this is done because there is some slack in wheels. By making the angle this big both wheels will flex into the right angle when the model is driven, the inner wheel flex a little bit out and the outer wheel in. My primary goal making this was a very good steering angle and "unlimited" load capability. It's capable of taking a load that squeezes the tires off the rims without flexing! It is also very easy to remove (for service etc), as only two pins are holding it from falling down. Functions it will have is (Planned): =========================== PF functions: - Drive by XL motor. [OK] - Steering by Servo, and nontraditional design on steering system. [OK] - Mast tilt by M motor. [OK] - Fork lift by L motor. [OK] Manual functions: - Interchangeable carriages for equipment (different carriages with different forks or other equipment). [OK] - One Carriage with Adjustable interchangeable forks and towing hook. [OK] - Rear towing hook. [OK] - Removable LPG bottle. [OK] - Opening "hood" panel in the rear to remove counter weight (battery box). [OK] - Opening seat compartment to access technical functions (switch and PF recievers/Sbrick). Just like a real forklift where this gives access to motor or batteries. - ??? I'm happy to get more ideas. Other functions: - I hope to be able to include a steering wheel that turns along with the servo. - Front light (hopefully through a switch). - Rear light [OK] - Work lights Updates will follow as I progress into the second iteration of the forklift and the fourth of the mast... I'll also see about making a video to show off the functions. -ED- Post will be updated with WIP pictures as well as a few videos when I have gotten a bit of sleep. EDIT: Updated with WIP progres photos 10.01.2015 Updated with WIP progres photos 12.01.2015 Updated with WIP progres and .lxf 13.01.2015 Updated with WIP progres and photos 20.01.2015 Updated with final model photos 28.01.2015
  23. This is what I managed to build today in cca 5 hours. Its a very efficient, lightweight yet powerfull forklift. All functions are motorized with M motors. Features: - Front wheel drive with differential - Pendular rear axle with ackermann steering geometry - Lifting mechanism with double chains for max lift force of over 500 grams - Fork tilting mechanism I will upload better pictures and a video tomorrow
  24. camberry234

    Lego Movie Inspired Build

    This is a mech built only with the pieces from the forklift from Cargo Truck 60020