While I was filming the review video of the new 60197 Passenger Train set I realized that the operating range of the remote is much better than I thought it would be based on the early reviews. Since I was able to test it indoors only with 10m distance (easily passed, even through 2 walls) I decided to compare it with all the different LEGO RC solutions I have. Took all the equipment outdoors to a remote area without any interference and tested the operating range.
I made my first quick proof of concept rc mod of the Lego Technic 42078 Mack Anthem truck to see which motors fit and how in the chassis using some spare parts I had. I did not plan to release any instructions or images about it as it was just a test and I will do a proper RC mod sometimes in the future.
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas with this video and thank you for your support!
The Lego Technic 42078 Mack Anthem received additional rc functions with the lights and the motorized trailer, controlled by 2 SBricks. The light sequences of the container are also controlled by one of the SBricks. The trailer has 2 Power Functions L motors built in. Also tested with M motors but they could not handle the load. Please note that this is a test RC mod, so there won’t be any instructions for the time being. I’m planning to do a proper rc conversion and I’ll share that one in details.
This is my first proof of concept RC mod of the 42078 Mack Anthem truck with Power Functions Servo motor and L motor, controlled via SBrick. I’ve also posted some updates and correction of my review published yesterday. I was informed via the comments how to properly operate the crane so I did a test again and apparently the whole structure is much more stable when the trailer is connected to the truck. As you can see I’m not an experienced crane operator or truck driver but I’m learning quickly 🙂
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.
For the video I used the 8878+SBrick combination as the control was easier with an USB gamepad through the SBrickcontroller app. It turned out to be a very fun little car, pretty quick considering the size. Enjoy the video!
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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: