Lego has organized recently another Rebrick contest with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team – the goal was to create the F1 car of the future. I wanted to create a car that looks somehow futuristic but looks like an evolution of the current cars, and represents the color scheme and the logos of the team. As I do not have too many non-Technic bricks I decided to create a digital entry. I started to build with LDCad, that’s the application I’m more or less familiar with. I started to sketch some ideas but the summer holidays came so I forgot about it. I only realized the deadline 3-4 days before it arrived, so I had to act quickly 🙂 I finished the build in LDCad, but as it does not offer any rendering abilities I had to look quickly for a solution. The Ldraw-Povray connnection was not that easy to figure out in such a short time frame, so I had to look for something else. I considered rebuilding my car in Lego Digital Designer as there are multiple good rendering options for the official app, but unfortunately I used some pieces that are not available in LDD.
I’d like to share a small but agile creation – the remote control mod of the 42033 + 42034 Extreme Off-Roader combined set. Additional parts (mostly for steering) were used only from the set 42035 Mining truck.
Lego Technic 42037 Formula Off-Roader upgraded for full remote control. Engine swapped, it has a V8 now. Driven by two buggy motors, powered by 2 BuWizz units. Steering with Power Functions Servo motor. Engine powered independently with a Power Functions M motor. Installed Power Functions Lights as well.
After my first RC mod of the 42069 set I wanted to build something faster 🙂 The plan was fairly simple – remove every non-vital part (including the fake V8, sorry), streamline the body as well, finaly add 4 buggy motors and 2 BuWizz units. The result is pretty fast cosidering the size and the tracked wheels, check out the video:
Originally I did not plan to create any building instructions for this mod as the motorization was an ad-hoc process, tried to replace the manual parts while keeping the original structure as intact as possible. Since I received so many requests to provide instructions, I try to help you and took a series of pictures while disassembling the model. Please note that this video is far from being a complete guide – it shows how to build the 2 axles and provides some additional hints on the placement of the M motors.
If you’re looking for 3d files or additional ideas to motorize this set, I suggest you to check this topic on Eurobricks, it already has some great content and I’m sure it will have more.
After building the 42069 Extreme Adventure set the next challenge was to motorize it. Luckily the set has a spacious internal structure, it is pretty easy to squeeze in several Power Functions components. The aim was to add the Power Functions parts without taking apart the set completely or to change the original structure, so obviously there are more elegant ways to hide all the motors and to upgrade the suspension and the drive train. The list of the added elements: