After nearly 10 months of hard work I am finally able to present the LEGO Technic replica of the Liebherr LTM11200 crane. It is one of the biggest roadworthy cranes in the world and I have tried to do it justice in LEGO as well.
This is actually a redesign of the model I made in 2013. At that time I had designed the carrier, the superstructure and the outer section of the boom. I have gone through the entire design, updated it to improve on the weak points of the original design and updated it to the newer parts that are now available. I also designed the complete boom from the ground up.
When I started this model I wanted to make it the most complex remote controlled model that I could think of. At the same time I didn’t want to exceed the limitations that the LEGO PF system set. Which meant no more than 8 motors could be used in the model.
They are equally divided between the carrier and the superstructure. In the carrier one motor is used for switching, whereas the other three are used to drive different functions depending on the position of that switch. It has two positions. In position 1 the three motors are used for driving, steering and switching the steeringmode (you can steer normally, or you can crabsteer). In position 2 the three motors are used to expand the outriggers, elongate the outriggers and finally extend the outrigger feet.
In the superstructure a similar setup is used, only this time there are four positions for the switch. Which gives 12 different functions that can be remotely controlled. Of these 12 functions 8 are located in the superstructure itself:
- Rotating the superstructure *
- Raising/lowering the counterweight
- Raising/lowering the hook
- Raising/lowering the boom via the cylinders
- Raising/lowering the boom via the rope-and-pulley system
- Raising/lowering the arm of the operator cabin
- Rotating the arm of the operator cabin
- Tilting the operator cabin
And 4 functions are routed onto the boom:
- Extending the 4 section boom *
- Spreading the stabilizer arms
- Tilting the stabilizer arms *
- Raising/lowering the supporting legs (needed in case the boom has to be transported separately from the rest of the crane)
This model was always intended to push the edge of the possibilities with LEGO Technic. And unfortunately that edge pushed back. The model is incredibly complex (as an example: it uses over 300 gears) and doing all that in plastic proved to be too difficult for some functions. The functions with an asterisk require manual assistance when operating. And believe me, even though lifting the boom is possible by combining the cylinders and the rope-pulley system, it is really scary to see how much force is going through all that plastic.
Nevertheless, I feel that this model does not meet my quality standards. I therefor decided that I will offer instructions at 50% of the intended price, which means you can buy the instructions for 37.50 euros instead of 75 euros. You will be able to pay full price for the instructions if you want to encourage me to keep pushing the Technic boundaries with my upcoming models.
A big thank has to go to Merlijn Wissink who spend a huge amount of time on making the instructions. The instructions are done to LEGO standards and fill a book of 1174 pages. We did our best to make sure that every step is clear, but as you can imagine I might have missed something. Please let me know if there is anything unclear and I’ll try to explain what was intended.
The partslist on Rebrickable was also compiled with the utmost care, but also here errors could have been made by me. If you find out there is a piece missing (or too much), please let me know and I will update the list.
I hope you enjoy building and playing with this model as much as I did designing it. The end result is a nearly one meter long mammoth that can reach up to 2.5 m high. It is by far not the biggest crane made out of LEGO Technic, but it sure is one of the most complex.