42032 Compact Loader & Instructions App

This is the first set I built, about three weeks ago, and which got me into LEGO Technic. At less that AUD25 I think it’s a pretty good start for anyone wondering about trying out Technic.

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With only 250 parts, it’s a pretty easy build. I think it took me about 45 minutes to put it together tonight for this photo.

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Page from printed instructions

Another nice thing about this set, is that as well as the paper instructions in the box, it’s one of the few sets available in the LEGO Building Instructions for iOS. Just like the paper instructions, the instructions in the app are done page by page. Each page shows clearly which parts are required, the actual size of any parts that might be tricky to identify otherwise, and an exploded isometric view indicating what needs to be joined to what.

Simply having a digital copy of the paper based instructions is great (and in fact you can download PDF’s for almost every set from LEGO) but the app goes even further to make the best use of the technology.

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For example, in this screen shot from the iPad, it’s might not be clear which pin hole the pin should be placed in. No problem, the 3D images can be manipulated with all the usual pinch and slide gestures table users are used to.

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Additionally the play button at the bottom of the screen and the slider next to it can be used to slide the parts further towards their final arrangement.

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If you are building one of the supported sets (42049, 42048, 42045, 42044, 42036, 42035, 42032, 42031, 42022) I highly recommend you give it a try.

 

 

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