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 🙂
This is the second set form my lucky early bird Lego purchase. Let’s start with the unboxing, review & speed build video:
The Mack Anthem is the result of a new partnership between Lego and Mack Trucks Inc. The Anthem is the newest highway truck from Mack, introduced only a couple of months ago. The B model is a Mack LR garbage truck – instructions will be available later online.
I finished the building instructions for my buggy motor mod of agrof’s class 1 unlimited buggy. Please note that these are not complete instructions, the aim was to show you the main modifications I made on the car. There’s no part list either this time. I tried to highlight which part/sequence needs to be changed compared to the original build. I was using 2 BuWizz units to power the buggy motors, the units were replacing the seats in the cabin.
If you remember my Darth’s Angels photo it had 3 custom motorcycles, all of them was a combination of 42036 and 1-2 other Technic sets. As I promised I was preparing the building instructions slowly but surely (bad weather definitely helps), so here is the first one for Darth Vader’s bike:
The inventory can be found on the rebrickable page:
Last week we received the pictures for the complete Lego Technic lineup for first half of 2018. I have to say I really like the 42078 Mack Anthem truck, it’s got plenty of details, tons of pieces for a fair price and a B model that could easily be an A model on it’s own. I read a lot of complaints (as usual), and one of them is about the proportions of the truck. I made a quick comparison with the real thing:
Please note that the perspective of the 2 photos is different and it is a very quick and dirty alignment. What I can see from this:
on the Lego version the nose is longer and the curve of the bonnet is not that significant
the rear wheels are 1-2 studs too close to the front
It is very important too see that this is not a scale model but a Lego Technic interpretation of the Mack Anthem truck, with all the limitations of the system and the available pieces. I think the designers did a very good job, and as always – it’s Lego, you can build it just the way you want 🙂
The 50th Score Baja 1000 off-road race starts today, the best way to pay a Lego tribute to this event is to take an RC Technic car outside and see how it performs 🙂
Last week I showed you the BuWizz & buggy motor equipped version of agrof’s Class 1 unlimited buggy. Although the performance was impressive compared to the original with Power Functions, the car was a bit too big and heavy for my taste. I decided to shrink it down proportionally, and this mini version was born. It has smaller wheels, the body is 2 studs narrower, and the overall length is proportionally shorter as well.
The track width did not change as I did not have the proper replacement parts for the steering, I’ll work on this later. The car feels quicker, although due to the smaller wheels some obstacles can be problematic. The color scheme is not the final one, I had to use what I found in my boxes 🙂 I’ll work more on this car later as I really like the sturdiness and the performance. And now, pictures!