8271 Wheel Loader

This loader looks the part, and the designers have given themselves the challenge of implementing a hybrid parallel lift mechanism – but that’s where this set sucks a bit.

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Alternate MOCs

When you are looking at larger sets, is common to be able to find alternate builds created by fans – MOCs (My Own Creation). It’s always interesting to see how others have addressed the design challenge of creating a new model from a limited set of parts. I received 60183 “Heavy Cargo Transport” as a gift, and at 310 parts it’s a likely candidate for having a couple of good MOC’s.

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60183 is an enjoyable enough build and is quite playable. With so many wheels, it’s going to lend itself to vehicle MOCs.

The first one I turned up on Rebrickable was from “Keep On Bricking” and is a slicker looking big rig pulling a float that’s not quite in minifig scale.

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Some MOC creators provide instructions as PDF’s similar to the official LEGO instructions, others provide the LDX files (Lego CAD files). Keep On Bricking provides his as videos captured from inside the a CAD tool (I assume LEGO Digital Designer).



75886 Ferrari 488 GT3


Christina Nielse

As part of my tour of some of the LEGO themes, I’ve just built the Ferrari 488 GT3 from “Speed Champions”.

The Speed Champions theme was launched in 2015 and sets in the line reproduce real racing cars from a variety of motor sports at minifig scale. The sets come in boxes with a black background (a little like the Architecture theme) that sets them apart on the shop shelves, suggesting they are a bit classier or aimed at a slightly older audience. This box was marked with a holographic sticker, identifying it as an official Ferrari product.

IMG_2060This incarnation of the 488 GT was driven by Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen. Although none of the LEGO marketing mentions Christina, it’s probably not a coincidence that the set includes a blonde female driver wearing her racing livery.

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