With the lockdown keeping us all confined to our homes giving us way too much spare time I decided to release the instructions of the Tomcat I built a couple of years ago. At nearly 4000 pieces and with a myriad of functions it is a build that will keep you occupied for quite some time I hope. You can buy the instructions in my webshop. When you have two sets of 42066 you’ll have about half of the pieces needed to build this model.
I wrote a longer article on all the functions here, but here is a short summary of the functionality:
Motorized landing gear
Motorized landing gear bay doors
Motorized Gatling gun
Motorized onboard pneumatic pump
Motorized swing wings
Motorized cockpit canopy
Pneumatic arrester hook
Pneumatic air brakes in the wing and on the fuselage
Pneumatic leading edge slats
Pneumatic intake bleed doors
Pneumatic delta wings
Pneumatic switch to choose between the inboard pneumatic pump and the of board manual pneumatic pump
Manual joystick that is connected to the control surfaces
Differentially operating elevons
Manual ejection system. This will eject the canopy and the two chairs
After a long, long period of silence it is time to showcase some new models. One I already blogged about a while (actually over a year) ago, the other one is a non-exclusive commissioned build. Both of them are inspired by models of the same supercar manufacturer, but I am not allowed to use their name, so you’ll have to guess for yourself which company that is.
Let me start with the elder brother.
Il Toro Azzurro
This model came out of a cooperation with Marco van Overbeeke. Marco is a talented freelance automotive designer who has earned his stripes in the hypercar market. He designed the bodywork, like he would for real cars and I converted that design into LEGO Technic. Here is the final result:
This car has a V10 in the front, a 4 speed sequential gearbox operated with flappy pedals at the steering wheel, a D-N-R switch in the console, independent suspension on all wheels, 4 wheel drive and of course all doors can open. But the feature that makes this build special is the 4 wheel steering. Not only does this car have 4 wheel steering, but it also changes behavior depending on the gear you are in. In first gear (low speeds) the wheels steer in the opposite direction, so you can turn in a tighter circle. In fourth gear (high speeds) the wheels turn all in the same direction, so you can go smoother switch lanes at high speed. A second special feature in this car is the fact that the bodywork is completely removeable from the chassis:
Instructions for this model are now for sale in my shop. The partslist can be found here.
The PF Tribute
The second blue brother is another supercar. Below it is shown in a dark-blue, medium-blue livery, but since the medium blue is full of rare parts I made instructions available for a dark-blue/white combo. Also this car is righthand drive, whereas the instructions are for a left-hand drive version.
It of course has the usual supercar features:
A V10 engine in the back
An 8 speed gearbox with separate D-N-R switch in the central console
Independent suspension on all wheels
Electrical flappy pedals, using a servo motor to switch gears
And it also has a couple more special features:
The front suspension can be raised using the LEGO PF IR remote control
The roof can open and close using the LEGO PF IR remote control
Especially the convertible roof mechanism is a joy to watch. Have a look at the video below to see it in action and keep in mind that only one button press is needed to complete the entire process of opening the deck lid, folding out the roof and closing the lid again.
Also for this model instructions are for sale in my shop. The partslist can be found here.
It has been quiet on this blog for quite some time. However that didn’t mean not much was going on. In fact a whole array of exciting models are going to appear in the coming weeks. They all happened to be ready around the same time.
I will kick off with my LEGO Technic version of the Millennium Falcon:
Since it is a LEGO Technic model it has a few working features. First of all the top gun turret is fully articulated. By turning the controls you can rotate the gun 360 degrees in the horizontal plane, but independently it can also rotate from horizontal to vertical. This gives a full hemisphere coverage above the ship.
The landing ramp is also remotely operated. By turning the control on top of the corridor to the cockpit the ramp lowers and closes.
The radar dish can be adjusted as well, but has no special controls.
This model was made as a commission without an exclusivity clause. I therefore made instructions for a slightly adjusted version (with fewer rare parts, but with the same functionality). Instructions can be bought in my webshop.