For the gear-heads who are children at heart...

For the gear-heads who are children at heart...

Postby SonicVenum » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:05 am

Which is all of us. My wife of two months, Rach, got me an amazing birthday present. I had seen it a few months ago and mentioned it to her. It's the Lego Technic 42000 Grand Prix Racer set. It's a Lego Formula 1 car. I haven't played with Legos since I was a little kid, but they were nothing like this back then. This thing is amazing.

The box (Yes, 1141 pieces)
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Once it's all out of the box, assembly instructions in 3 books!
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Double-wishbone pushrod rear suspension with functional diff:
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Transmission (not for vehicle drive) with functional shifter:
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The engine, including pistons, rods, and a crank:
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Completed engine mounted to rearend with full coilover suspension mounted:
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Front clip with double-wishbone pushrod suspension and steering box mounted:
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Engine detail with exhaust mounted:
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Completed:
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The rear wing and engine cover are both lowered and raised by rotating the cog coming off the transmission shown earlier. With the lever in the forward position, the engine cover is adjusted, the wing with the rearward position, and neutral in the middle. When the rear wheels turn, the differential makes the engine rotate and you can see the pistons moving. This thing is so cool for a 35 year old kid like me! :dance: Now I just have to take it all apart again and build the "B" model, a race truck. :mrgreen:
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Re: For the gear-heads who are children at heart...

Postby jhwalker » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:26 am

Sweet! Brendan (way back in the day), then Adam, and then Ryan were all into the serious lego stuff, but nothing like this. Jeesh...

It made birthday and Christmas presents easy for the relatives :-D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqJOUxoAMis from 2:00 on is pretty funny...
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Re: For the gear-heads who are children at heart...

Postby jhwalker » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:28 am

This guy sez 3-5 hours to build. I'm thinking it would take me a little longer, depending on how much blanco was involved. :whistle:
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Re: For the gear-heads who are children at heart...

Postby SonicVenum » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:02 am

I was browsing around other models in the Technic line. Some go as high as $500. :o Definitely not getting that into it, but I'm definitely interested in building more of these. There's an entire community out there of adult Legoers, and they make some pretty cool custom models. I'll see what I can find to build with the this set.

3-5 hours? It took me a bit under 8 over 2 days. :? Maybe that's because I had never laid eyes on this type of Lego set, and I initially put the rear diff in backwards and had to find a way to flip it without taking the whole rearend apart? :lol:
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Re: For the gear-heads who are children at heart...

Postby jhwalker » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:37 am

SonicVenum wrote:I was browsing around other models in the Technic line. Some go as high as $500. :o Definitely not getting that into it, but I'm definitely interested in building more of these. There's an entire community out there of adult Legoers, and they make some pretty cool custom models. I'll see what I can find to build with the this set.

3-5 hours? It took me a bit under 8 over 2 days. :? Maybe that's because I had never laid eyes on this type of Lego set, and I initially put the rear diff in backwards and had to find a way to flip it without taking the whole rearend apart? :lol:


I would look into it but I think I will leave this to you. :-D

Right now I am suffering from the "too much fun, too little time" syndrome. 4 of us have been building sets for a shooting competition that is Sunday. During the past 3 weeks, we each have over 30 hours into the build. This stuff where you shoot a steel plate and two windows open and you have to shoot the bad guy, not the good guy, blah blah. This set has 7 lanes and with a revolver if you don't have 6 speedloaders plus 6 in the gun, you are at risk of not completing the course. We are making custom bullets for the pepper-poppers because we are setting them up "stiff", requiring a steep power factor to knock them over, etc. I will start a thread after the Sunday event. We will have some vids up I am sure. No more pollution of this gear-head thread... :shhh:
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