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Advertisement: The LEGO Technic crane wagon convinces as a playful giant

With erect arm and extended boom reaches the All-terrain crane truck (Article number: 42082) a record-breaking height of 1 m. After 8.5 hours of installation time – thanks to the comprehensive and understandable instructions – all 4,057 parts are in their place.

Two moving axes


The LEGO Technic ™ all-terrain crane truck is 27 cm high, 76 cm long and 20 cm wide when in running order. He has four wheels that sit on two moving axles. The crane can be steered by a comfortable wheel on the rear part. We are positively struck by the astonishingly narrow tropic. The driving function is not motorized, pushed so is done by hand, which does not detract from the driving pleasure.

The built-in L-motor controls the upper and lower functions of the crane. This allows us to rotate the structure 360 ​​degrees and down the four support feet. In addition, the motor provides for extension of the boom and raising the arm almost to the vertical. The hoist winch is also operated by a motor. Interesting detail: On the winch and the associated spools a total of 3 m string are wound up.

To toggle between the different motorized functions, each toggle switch must be folded. The functions can not be executed in parallel; at the same time extend the boom and let the structure rotate, does not work. But we think it's good that the bodywork can be turned by hand without much effort. The crane truck is just as easy to drive, even though it weighs just 6 kg compared to other Technic ™ vehicles.

Fire extinguisher and toolbox included

The LEGO team put a lot of emphasis on the details in the development of the all-terrain crane truck. On the vehicle there is a small fire extinguisher and two hinged compartments, which contain a tool box and a container with chains. The lovingly designed interior of the crane cab can be reached via a ladder and through a sliding door.

  • Building modules can be lifted with the LEGO Technic all-terrain crane truck. (Image: LEGO)
  • The LEGO Technic mobile monkey rams pegs into the ground. (Image: LEGO)

Building modules can be lifted with the LEGO Technic all-terrain crane truck. (Image: LEGO)

In addition, there are four shims that can accommodate small and large crane drivers under the extendable support legs. Thus, the crane truck can be stabilized when heavier components are lifted. To enable Baumeister to start the crane work after completing the LEGO vehicle, the manufacturer has also enclosed the individual parts for four larger building modules, which can be assembled and then lifted with the crane truck.

Two in one: crane truck becomes free-fall hammer

Anyone who successfully masters the crane structure and is eager for new challenges can convert the crane truck into a mobile free-fall hammer. In running order this is 24 cm high, 50 cm long and 20 cm wide. The chassis is identical on both models. Unlike the crane truck, however, the mobile free-fall hammer offers a bouncing function, with which, for example, a pile consisting of Technic ™ bricks can be slammed piece by piece into a self-built substructure.

  • Building modules can be lifted with the LEGO Technic all-terrain crane truck. (Image: LEGO)
  • The LEGO Technic mobile monkey rams pegs into the ground. (Image: LEGO)

The LEGO Technic mobile monkey rams pegs into the ground. (Image: LEGO)

LEGO has largely dispensed with newly designed components in the 2-in-1 set. Some are familiar from other models. This is convenient, as the largely black and red stones also look good on refueling other vehicles from the LEGO Technic ™ world. Anyway, we had a lot of fun letting our creativity run free when trying out new combinations.

Conclusion

Interfacing and connecting more than 4,000 components is challenging. With a little practice and thanks to the enclosed instructions, it is absolutely feasible. Built on the crane truck is impressive not least because of its sheer size.

In addition to the B model, the mobile free hammer, the LEGO Technic ™ set offers many other combination options. The assembled set is stable, easy to operate and visually appealing. The price-performance ratio is right.

Information about the LEGO Technic ™ Set Off-road crane truck can be found on this page in the overview,

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