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, finally add 4 buggy motors and 2 BuWizz units. The result is pretty fast considering 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:
I’d like to share with you my biggest project so far – Darth’s Angels. I had the idea to create custom motorcycles for the Star Wars buildable figures ever since my son got his first set. As I realized the Stormtrooper fits perfectly on the 42036 Street Motorcycle, especially on the B model. That was the first step, and after a few weeks of building, refining and constructing the photo scene finally I managed to create the shot I imagined:
For this Lava shot I had to collect around ~6000 round plates and pins 🙂 I’ll share a separate post about the techniques used for the photo because it was quite a nice challenge 🙂
Three custom motorcycles were created for Darth Vader and the two Stormtroopers. I wanted to add an extra twist to the build so all of the motorcycles are using pieces only from specific sets.
Darth Vader’s bike – 42036 Street Motorcycle + 42050 Drag Racer
First Stormtrooper bike – 42036 Street Motorcycle + 42039 24 Hours Race Car
Second Stormtrooper bike – 42036 Street Motorcycle + 42045 Hydroplane Racer + 42047 Police Interceptor