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Liebherr LTM11200

Hi,

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.

Leg godt,

Jeroen

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Millennium Falcon

Hi,

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:

Millenium Falcon
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.

Millennium Falcon
Millennium Falcon rear

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.

Finally here you can find a video of the model.

The Millennium Falcon is a trademark of Disney. They do not endorse, sponsor or authorize the instructions, this replica nor this website.

 

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Liebherr LTM11200 WIP

Hi,

Time for another update on my Liebherr crane. I have made a first version of the 4 stage boom. The thing is massive! It weighs over 4 kg, it has 90 long panels (3×11 curved, 3×11 flat, 5×11 flat) in it and it reaches 2.5 m when fully extended.

Liebherr LTM11200
This is the fully extended position

Due to the weight it is now impossible to lift the boom with just the cilinders. So I added a system with rope and pullies to lift the boom. There is some fearsome bending of axles in the current setup when the boom is lifted, but it works.

I devised a new way of extending the boom to maximize the size of the inner sections, but also this system is struggling with the sheer weight of it all.

Rotating the superstructure has also become impossible with out a helping hand.

On the plus side, the whole crane can stand on it’s own when fully extended, which is an awesome sight. Also the speed of the ropes is not as slow as I feared.

Even though it looks finished, it is not. There are still quite some things to improve:

  • The rope for lifting the boom and the extention of the cilinders need to go to the same group of RC operations (if you remember there are 4 sets of 3 functions each in the superstructure).
  • A driving mechanism for extending the inner sections needs to be made that is strong enough (at least it is self braking now)
  • The structure where the pulleys in the rear are connected to needs to be strengthened (there are even some form-locked constructions that are being pried apart)
  • The stabilizer arms need to lift further upwards
  • The small LA’s in the stabilizer arms need to be replaced with big LA’s (that will bring the total amount of big LA’s in this model to 12)
  • The rope for the hook needs to be properly guided along the boom
  • The legs to put the boom on when moving the boom from the carrier to a transport wagon need to be designed and added

Here is the heavy road configuration version (without the extra pulleys to lift the boom):

Liebherr LTM11200
This is the road configuration

Finally I am pleased to announce that the work on instructions has started. So please stay tuned.

Leg godt,

Jeroen

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Ferrari Testarossa

Hi,

Here is my latest commissioned model, the Ferrari Testarossa.

Ferrari Testarossa (side)
Ferrari Testarossa

This car has been a childhood memory for me. I remember seeing it for the first time and I was blown away by it. It is really special that I have had the chance to make one in LEGO. As usual I have tried to add as many authentic features as possible:

– Independent suspension on all wheels
– Steering with Ackerman geometry and working steeringwheel
– pop-up headlights with a
– 5+R manual gearbox
– Flat V12 fake engine
– openable hood, doors, trunk
– adjsutable seats
– detailed engine bay & interior (with working glovebox 😛 )

Ferrari Testarossa
The popup lights can be operated from the dashboard

If you like what you see and want to commission a model yourself, please pop over and apply for your own commission.

To finish a shot from the top to show the bodylines and a shot of the enginebay:

Ferrari Testarossa (top)
Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa (engine bay)
Inside lies a flat V12 engine

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WIP Liebherr LTM11200 (part 2)

Hi,

Here is the second post about my current project (or more accurately one of my current projects), the full RC Liebherr LTM11200 crane. It is the superstructure:

Superstructure
Liebherr LTM11200 Superstructure

This superstructure is packed with functions, 13 in total. All are RC, but only 4 motors are used. Combined with the 4 motors of the carrier this gives a total of 8 motors for the entire vehicle. And that is exactly the number of motors that can be individually controlled with the LEGO Power functions system.

In the center of the structure a big gearbox is used to switch between 4 groups of 3 functions each. Just as in the carrier each function is colourcoded in either red, yellow or black. Red is coupled to the XL motor and is used for the heavy jobs, like lifting the boom and rotating the superstructure, whereas yellow and black are coupled to L-motors. The switching is done with a M-motor.

The grouping is as follows:

  • Group 1
    • Yellow: Rotating the arm of the cabin
    • Black: Raising and lowering the cabin
    • Red: Tilting the cabin
  • Group 2
    • Yellow: Winch 1
    • Black: Winch 2
    • Red: Boom function 1 (which will be extending the boom. This way it is possible to extend the boom and wind down the winches at the same time)
  • Group 3
    • Yellow: Boom function 2
    • Black: Boom function 3
    • Red: Rotate the superstructure
  • Group 4
    • Yellow: Boom function 4
    • Black: Raising and lowering the counterweight
    • Red: Raising and lowering the boom

The superstructure also has one manual function, namely opening the cabin with a slidedoor.

As with the carrier a lot of attention has gone into the structural integrity of the build. The whole structure is formlocked where possible and longitudual beams are running along the bottom and topside to guide the forces towards the mounting with the carrier. As you can see in the video I used a brickbuilt rollerbearing for maximum support of the superstructure.

I made a short video to showcase all the functions:

And here is a final shot of the superstructure mounted onto the carrier in limited weight transportmode:

Carrier_and_superstructure
Liebherr LTM11200 Carrier and superstructure

That’s it for now.

Leg godt,

Jeroen

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WIP Codename Silvestros

Hi,

Here is another work in progress project that I have been working on for some time now. It is 1:8 scale supercar. This project is a cooperation with Marco van Overbeeke.

Marco is a talented freelance automotive designer who has earned his stripes in the hypercar market. Recent projects are the Dendrobium electric hypercar (exterior and interior together with his brother Andries van Overbeeke) which debuted at Geneva 2017, and the livery design of the Lunar Red exterior of the 2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie for Kris Singh. You can find more of Marco’s work on his website and instagram.

Here is a first bodywork sketch he made for me:

Exterior sketch Silvestros
Exterior sketch Silvestros

At this moment I am perfecting the chassis. I have redesigned the chassis three times from the ground up. Reason for that is that there is quite a complex mechanism inside. This car will namely feature 4 wheel steering that is dependent on the gear it is in.

When you are in first gear the front and rear wheels steer in opposite direction. When you are in fourth gear the front and rear wheels steer in the same direction. And when you are in second or third gear the behaviour is something inbetween. When you are in reverse only the front wheels steer. This whole behaviour is controlled with linkages. connected to both the steering wheel and the sequential gearbox (with working paddle shifters next to the steeringwheel).

Here is picture of the chassis as it is now:

WIP_Silvestor_third_chassis_version
Chassis V3 for the Silvestros

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WIP Liebherr LTM11200 crane

Hi,

This time I don’t have a finished model to show, but instead I decided to show a bit more about the building process of a new model. I wasn’t actually planning to make this model this year, but as the Dutch say: The blood crawls where it can’t flow. Every now and then a model gets stuck in my head and I just need to build it. And this model got stuck about a month ago…

In this case it is a redesign of a model that I designed and abandoned a couple of years ago. Here you can see one of the few photos I made of it, to get a sense of what the final model will look like:

leftside_crop

It is a fully remote-controlled model with 20 functions, 7 in the carrier, 9 in the superstructure and 4 in the boom (driven from the carrier). It is a model that is close to, if not over, the edge of what is possible with LEGO.

In this post I will concentrate on the carrier. Compared to the original model I have made a couple of changes:
Most noticeable is the colour scheme, which is changed to a white-orange livery (since yellow is not as abundantly available as it used to be).
But inside a lot more has changed. I have swapped two M-motors to L-motors (which weren’t available at the time). I have redesigned the outriggers (and I will have to do that again since they are not working to my liking), the function-switcher (to use the modern 3L driving rings), I colour coded the functions (for ease of operation) and I made all kind of small changes to ease the building process (if there is enough interest I might make building instructions).

In this video you can see how the carrier looks and works now:

As you can see retracting the outriggers still requires some redesigning to make them go in more smoothly. Switching the steeringmodes is also not a foolproof system (and I don’t know if it ever will be). The mechanism relies on moving a central axle with gears between two positions two studs apart. There is a mechanism in place that ensures that it is only possible to switch between modes when the wheels are straight. However, this mechanism is located quite far to the front (between the 2nd and 3rd wheel pair). Because of the torsional (lack of) stiffness in the long axle the last wheel pair can be one teeth off during the switch. So after a few switches the alignment between the different wheel pairs can get lost.
Another issue are the two driven wheels. When in normal steeringmode the steering angle of these wheels are only determined by some elastic bands. So sometimes they start to wiggle about. When in crab steering mode only one steeringrack is engaged, whereas the other is moved through a linkage with quite some play. As a result these wheels also don’t steer very well when in crab steering mode.

So, still some work ahead of me… If I have found some solutions I will post them here again.

Leg godt

Jeroen

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Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Hi,

Here is my next exclusive commissioned model:

Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Aston Martin DB9 Volante

It is the Aston Martin DB9 Volante. The model is packed with features:

– Independent suspension on all wheels
– Steering with Ackerman geometry and caster angle
– A 5+R manual gearbox
– A V12 fake engine
– Adjustable seats
– Openable doors, hood and bonnet
– And a convertible roof

Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Aston Martin DB9 Volante

The roof mechanism is not automated like on my Ferrari 458 Spider, but it does fold itself in exactly the same way as the real car.

Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Aston Martin DB9 Volante

The doors use a special 4-link mechanism to make the door completely flush with the bodywork when the door is closed. I have made a small video in which I showcase the various functions.

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Ferrari 458 Spider

Hi,

Here is my next commissioned model, the Ferrari 458 Spider:

Ferrari_458_Spider
Ferrari 458 Spider

It is a 1:10 scale replica with the following working functions:

  • Steering with Ackerman geometry
  • Independent suspension on all wheels
  • A fake V8 engine
  • A 4 speed sequential gearbox
  • Openable doors, hood and trunk
  • Convertible roof

Ferrari_458_spider_frontal
Ferrari 458 Spider

It is a right hand drive model. I really enjoyed designing and building this model. The convertible roof was a particular difficult challenge, especially in combination with the gearbox and the engine that all had to fit in the space behind the seats.

Ferrari_458_Spider_rear
Ferrari 458 Spider

I also made a small video to showcase the different functions. It can be found here.

Leg godt,

Jeroen Ottens