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8846 Tow Truck Reloaded (Studless Technic)

My studless version of the classic Technic 8846 Tow Truck from 1982

As a kid I was a big fan of the 8845 Dune Buggy. I also liked the matching 8846 Tow Truck on the cover of the Technic catalogue but unfortunately never got one as a kid.

There was no Internet, no Bricklink and the sets only remained in the stores for a year or so. So if you spent your pocket money on other things that year and didn’t get a set for Christmas or your birthday, you didn’t get it at all.

Well, times are changing and a few years ago I found a set at a fair price on Bricklink and finally, finally got this set. Back then I had already built a studless version of my beloved Dune Buggy, so the idea for a studless Tow Truck was there immediately. There were other projects in the making, so it took its time.

Now with some finished projects and Corona lockdown I’ve found some time to dedicate to this project. I wanted to get shape and dimensions as close as possible to the original, so I started to build the original model with LDD and the studless version right next to it.

I know I’m not the first one to do this. There is a digital model built by Arne Didrik on Rebrickable and a cool movie of another model built by PG Play on Youtube. Both models were inspirational, but I decided to built my own one from scratch with the original 8846 as my only reference.

The model is quite complex for its size with some pretty functions packed into a rather small space. So it got a little tricky here and there but I was finally able to build a model with the right shape and all functions.

This is it.

The original model didn’t have headlights or taillights, probably to reduce costs. But I didn’t want to leave it that way. As 8846 has always looked like a Land Rover Defender I added headlights similar to a Series III model.

Side view: As usual on the classic Technic models the bodywork looks more like a frame than sheet metal parts. All lift arms have the same dimension as the beams on the original model

Rear end: There is just minimal bodywork with a visible frame and axle. Like on the original model I’ve kept the differential without connections to a power train. I’ve also added some simple classic truck tail lights. I didn’t find many pictures of Land Rover tow trucks and they all had different tail lights, so I had a free choice.

Another view from the front. I really like the look of the head lights. I decided to add a more modern set of emergency lights on the roof. The original had red ones, but for me orange ones look a lot better.

I was able to include all functions of the original model. Here you can see the steering system with steering wheel and HOG steering connected with a chain instead of a rubber band. It works a lot better this way.

Unlike the original model the new one can open the bonnet. The winch can be driven by the spare wheel when the bonnet is closed.

The “fork” mechanism works just like on the original model. I only added an additional lever on the blocking mechanism.

The rear winch is very similar to the original model. I’ve just added a pair of gears because I needed the space in the middle of the lower axle for a connector. As usual on newer models, most of the functions are operated by the small black double bevel gears.

You can easily take off the body work.

Just add two simple supports and you get a working rolling chassis.

Side view comparison: The silhouettes match exactly.

Front view comparison: Just like my 8845 Dune Buggy before the new one is one stud (or hole) wider than the original to get the typical “odd width” of new Technic models. Head lights have been added, emergency lights, spare wheel and HOG steering have been replaced by newer versions.

Rear view comparison: Everything is one stud wider, tail lights are new. With all the new parts and details the new one has 561 parts instead of 379.

So this is my new studless Lego Technic version of the classic Tow Truck from 1982 with the image that started the whole thing.

I hope you like it! :-))

Bonus picture:

Family meeting – 8845 and 8846, old and new (father, son, uncle and cousin) ;-))

 

Classic Space Gamma I Modular Station (6SCU)

 

A Classic Space Station in 1979 design built with six 16x8x7 Space Container Units (SCUs) on two 32×32 base plates.

I always wanted a big station on my moon base. Like a modern space station it should have a modular design. I wanted to use no more than two 32×32 base plates, a flat one and a crater plate. I chose a design with six SCU based 16x8x7 modules with each of them accessible from one side, preferably from the front.

I had two connection nodes with a “half module” on one side and four station modules with 14x6x6 bricks of room to fill. So I designed the interior module by module with LDD. When I was satisfied with the design I placed some BL orders for used bricks and started the “real” building. This is the result.

Here you can see everything open, ready to play. There is room for four CS-Tronauts to live and work.

Top view with the six modules on two base plates.

Another top view with everything open:

  • Module #1 (bottom left): Crew Quarters
  • Module #2 (bottom center): Crew Mess with Shower Room
  • Module #3 (bottom right): Connection Node with Air Lock
  • Module #4 (middle): Command Center
  • Module #5 (top left): Connection Node with Storage Unit
  • Module #6 (top right): Science Lab

Module #1:
Crew Quarters with four bunks and a private storage with two doors for each crew member.

Module #2:
Crew Mess with up to four seats plus Shower Room with toilet. The white doors can be locked in open position for some extra space in the shower.

Module #3:
Connection Node with Air Lock

Module #4 (side view):
Command Center with custom printed screens

Module #5 (rear view):
Connection Node with Storage Unit

Module #6:
Science Lab

Overview:
All six modules open

Gamma I ready for transport

So this is my Lego Classic Space Gamma I Modular Station built with six 16x8x7 Space Container Units (SCUs) on two 32×32 baseplates, the main structure of my big moon base.

I hope you like it :-))

Classic Space/Technic Rover

Febrovery 2020: A Classic Space Rover with Classic Technic Rocker-Bogie suspension.

Last minute entry for Febrovery 2020: The missing parts for this one arrived just in time today.

I wanted to combine the 1979 Classic Space look with a Rocker-Bogie suspension built with Classic Technic parts from the same era. I started the design with LDD, but I really wanted to build it with real used bricks for the special look.

I didn’t find time to finish the project earlier, so I was lucky to have the extra day for that. This is the result.


Canopy open:
There is a toilet behind the drivers’ seat, covered by a 2×2 tile.


Roof open: A small bunk just under the roof.

 


Rear end: A seat, a desk and a computer workstation are placed under the bunk.


The suspension in action: 1, …


… 2, …


… 3 …


… and 4.


So this is my  Classic Space/Technic Rover with Rocker-Bogie suspension. I hope you like it :-))

Bonus pictures:
The Technic suspension

You can see the “heart” of the suspension system in the middle: The differential connects the two Rocker arms on the sides. So when one arm moves up, the other one moves down and vice-versa. This suspension worked well on the NASA Mars rovers, so why shouldn’t it on a Lego Moon rover?

You can also see good old Pythagoras at work on the angled Technic beams. Each of them forms a virtual triangle with edges that are 3, 4 and 5 studs long.

6927 Mod: Light Grey All-Terrain Vehicle

Febrovery 2020: What if the 6927 All-Terrain Vehicle would have been released one year earlier? How would it have looked like? Maybe this way: Light grey with green windows and red rims.

I always wanted to have the 6927 set and now I was lucky to get one when I bought the whole Classic Space collection from one of my earliest and best friends. It should become part of my CS Moonbase, but the white/blue colour scheme didn’t really fit into the look of the base. I had  to change the look a bit to get it right.

I still wanted to have a contrast between the vehicle and the small control station, so I chose the light grey/trans-green colour scheme from other sets from 1979/1980. The green windscreens are quite rare. I decided to order three of them in the US via BL instead of placing two or three orders in the EU.

I wanted to have a real 1980 look. With a few modifications I was able to replace the new parts from 1981. And this is it:


Front left view: Six 2×3 inverted slopes to replace the big inverted window.


Rear left view:  The control station fixed to the vehicle.


Unloading: The control station is unchanged. All parts should already have been available in 1980.


Mod vs. original: I think it looks cool both ways. The ladders were available in light grey in some train sets in 1980, but I preferred the CS logo instead.


So this is my Mod of 6927 All-Terrain Vehicle in light grey and trans-green for Febrovery 2020.
I hope you like it! :-))

 

 

 

LL927 Solar System Commander

Classic Space Maths: 6980+6952+1979=927. LL927 combines the functions of  6980 Galaxy Commander and 6952 Solar Power Transporter with the style of 1979.

I’ve had the idea to build a Galaxy Commander in classic 1979 style for quite a while. I even have a finished LDD file for such a spaceship on MOCpages since 2013.

I came back to the idea some weeks ago when I thought about another spaceship to transport 16x8x8 Space Cargo Units (SCUs). The Galaxy Commander already carries a station module and my 1979 version of the Solar Power Transporter has an SCU station module as it’s middle section.

So I came up with the idea of a frame similar to the one from the Galaxy Commander and to connect the parts of my “1979” Solar Power Transporter to it. This is the result.


– “Rover to Hab. We’ve found the cargo at the drop zone”
– “That should be the upgrade they have promised for this month.”
– “You are right! We’ll come for you and the Hab.”


– “Hey guys, that thing is cool, isn’t it?”
– “I like it! Let’s see if it works as shown in the manual.”


– “This should be the right place for the couplings.”
– “OK, we’ll bring you this one!”


– “The coupling is fixed.”
– “The wings look good, too.”


– “Second coupling – Check!”
– “And now the first cockpit”


– “We are almost done with the wings, here.”
– “The SCU couplings for the Hub look good, too.
We’ll go inside, now”.
– “Roger. We’ll lock it. See you at the base.”


– “Everything locked!”
– “Roger. Closing roof hatches”


– “And lift off!”
– “LL927 is on the way to Moon Base 1”


– “It’s great that we don’t need an extra carrier, any more!”
– “You are right.
I think, we’ll have a few beers tonight at Moon Base 1″
– “Oh, yeah!”


So, this is LL927, a combination of Lego Classic Space 6980 Galaxy Commander and 6952 Solar Power Transporter in 1979 design.
I hope you like it!

Right now it’s my favourite Classic Space model in my collection. There are so many possibilities to combine the sections and play around with them, even as an AFOL… :-))

If you want to build your own one, feel free to download the LDD LXF file.


Bonus picture: Possible combinations (1/4)


Bonus picture: Possible combinations (2/4)


Bonus picture: Possible combinations (3/4)


Bonus picture: Possible combinations (4/4)

 

 

 

LL918m Space Transport (918 Mod)

A new set of wings for LL918 with a very popular shape.

LL918m is just a little mod of LL918 with a new wing section. It’s more of a coincidence than a planned design. I wanted to build a scooter or a small spaceship with the wing shape of LL928 in half scale.

I started building a little version of LL928 with an open 4-wide cockpit in LDD, but wasn’t really satisfied with it. So I built the wing section with real bricks just to see which ideas I would get during the building process with real bricks. Suddenly I realized that the new wings had almost the same size and shape as the wings from LL918.

So I just built the rest of my existing LL918 around them. This is the result.


The new wing shape.


LL928m with its “big brother”. Looks cool for me ;-))


So this is my Lego Classic Space LL918 Mod LL918m with a half scale LL928 wing shape.

I hope you like it! :-))

 

 

 

Mini Luxo Jr.

A miniature Lego version of Pixar’s “Luxo Jr.” desk lamp.

I’m a big fan of Luxo Jr., also known as “The Pixar Lamp”. The short film “Luxo Jr.” was Pixar’s first CGI film and since then the lamp has become kind of a trade mark for Pixar.

There have been a few cool Lego models of Luxo Jr. and I wanted to give it a try myself. My goal was to build a mini model which should be able to “move” almost like the original desk lamp.

To get a feeling for the kinematics I started with a simple, bigger Technic frame built with Technic beams and liftarms:

But I wanted to have a smaller version, so I replaced the beams with shorter half beams and the Technic pins with 3L bars. The result was my first small “working” Lego version of Luxo Jr. (the lamp on the right). For a better look I replaced some of the half beams with combinations of bars and bar holders with clips (the lamp on the left).

Both lamps have two sets of liftarms in parallelogram shape (diamond shape to be exact), connected with an L-shaped liftarm. So they can “move” almost like the original Luxo Jr. lamp.

That’s it: My “working” miniature Lego version of Pixar’s Luxo Jr. desk lamp. I hope you like it! :-))

I’d love to add an LED light. I’m still looking for the best solution to do that…

Bonus photo: My son wanted to have his own “Pixar Lamp”, so I built a third one for him with parts that I found in my boxes.

SC926 Space Command Centre (2SCU)

926/493 Reloaded: A new version of the Space Command Centre from 1978/79 packed into two of my Space Cargo Units (SCU).

My story with set 926 was more or less the same as with set 920: I always wanted one, but never had one. So after building a “new” version of set 920 with a pair of SCU containers , 926 was the logical choice for my next SCU project.

It was much easier to pack it into two SCU containers. The Command Centre itself is already built like a container with enough room inside for the external stair during transport. And there is enough room in a second SCU to pack all the dishes, lights and antennas into it and build the roof section with it.

These are the two SCU containers


SCU #1:  Command Centre. The interior is very similar to 926/493.


SCU #2: All the antennas, dishes and lights packed into a transport container.

The floor plates from the container (2 4×8 and 2 1×8 plates) are used for the roof of the “garage”. I only have one intact classic TV antenna left and I’m not willing to pay a fortune for a second one. So I added a second “brick built” one instead.


Everything built on a baseplate. It looks pretty much like the original model.

That’s it: My Lego Classic Space SC926 Space Command Centre based on the set 926/493 and built with two Space Cargo Units (SCUs).
I hope you like it! :-))

 

 

8×8 SCU Flatbed Transporter (1SCU)

Febrovery 2019: An 8×8 flatbed transporter for 16L Space Cargo Units (SCUs) which can be “squeezed” to be transported as a single  SCU.

The All-Terrain Transporter and the SCU Carrier are both too wide to move SCU containers on a base. What I needed was a compact 8-wide transporter.

At the same time it should be possible to be transported as a single 16L SCU, just like the Carrier and the Exploration Rover. So once again a transformation function had to be included. The best way to change between transport and transporter mode was a variable wheelbase.

The sliding mechanism was based on three 12L Technic axles in the middle of the structure. The wheelbase could be extended by six studs with the rest of the structure still keeping some stability. So these six extra studs in length were the space where the four supports for transport and the driver’s cabin had to fit in.

The design of the space truck was inspired by MAN KAT1 8×8 military trucks. I noticed that there weren’t enough grey vehicles on my moon base, so no blue this time. This is the result.

Four studs in length aren’t much for a driver’s cabin with a steering wheel. So there is no closed windshield and no rear wall. The main purpose of the cabin is to support the front of the truck when it’s transported in a cargo ship.

For the transformation the center support is removed from the middle of the structure an positioned on a second fixing point on top of the flatbed.

Both halves of the vehicle pushed together and locked.

Side view – transport mode

Side view – transporter mode

And that’s what it’s made for.

Ready for work.

Time to move on!
Oops, the truck is too long…!

OK, that’s better!

And ready to boldly go where no flatbed transporter has gone before…

The SCU vehicles:
Exploration Rover, Carrier and Flatbed Transporter


This is it: My Lego Classic Space 8×8 SCU Flatbed Transporter.
I hope you like it! :-))

Moon Exploration Rover (1SCU)

Febrovery 2019:  A one-man operated Moon Exploration Rover, ready to be transported as a single 16L SCU (Space Cargo Unit)

The idea was to build a vehicle similar to 6928 Uranium Search Vehicle. But the Rover should not be bigger than a standard 16L SCU, so with few conversions the vehicle could easily be transported.

I adapted the bogie arm suspension from 6928 and combined it with classic small Technic wheels in red colour. The design of the cabin is inspired by current exploration vehicles like the Unimog based “Mog Home”.

In the rear cabin you can find a computer workstation, a bed and …

… a toilet ;-)).

For transport the satellite dish  is stored in the driver’s cabin, …

… the antennas are mounted in horizontal transport position …

… and the mount for the satellite dish is fixed on the cabin roof.
The operator can stay in his mobile home during transport.

The vehicle is fixed in the transport ship with the four standard SCU connectors (Technic pins or axles). The front of the vehicle is fixed via holes in the dish mount.

LL928-C with cargo doors closed and ready for takeoff…

Here it is: My Lego Classic Space Moon Exploration Rover for Febrovery 2019. I hope you like it