I want to show you some more bodyworks compatible with my modular platform.
This time I have chosen again the Land-Rover family. The reason is because many people like the LR, but my previous one is very big and complex. Also, I wrote before the MAP born as a mid-size Defender, so built some Land-Rovers was a important too.
LR Series II, III and Defender are very similar, so was very easy create all of them.
After many years following the same principle and rules in my cars, there is something important I will change starting with my next big car: from now to the future I will change the the scale ratio of my MOCs, from average 1/8 scale to 1/10, changing the "standar" 81.6x36 wheels to the 68.8x36 or 62.4x20.
The reasons for this change are very important.
- My cars are too big to be really playables, the Lego motors are very small, and the scale 1/8 is out of the useful size range.
- Using 1/10 scale instead of 1/8 you only need the 50-70% of the parts to build the same car with similar mechanisms.
- Less parts means less price for the people who want to built my cars.
- I will need less time to build a new car.
And now the most important question for the people who like my cars:
Will be my MOCs simpler now?
To be honest at the beginning probably yes, but as soon as I feel confortable with the scale I think I will can catch up a similar complexity of my previous cars.
The brakes are the main limitation in smaller scale than 1/8. The minimum wide with 68.8x38 wheels and full independent suspension is 27 studs.
If you translate 27 studs to 1/10 scale means a real car with 2.16m(85in.) wide, which it is too big.
My next car doesn't have brakes, but it includes many new functions and mechanisms, I am very sure than you will forget the brakes ;)
Now I only need build the bodywork to show it. This is the worst part for me because I don't like build bodyworks ;(
With the new big Technic set 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs coming to the stores I want to share my unfinished and abandoned Arocs.
Two years ago a Mercedes Trucks dealership in Spain asked me about built a Arocs 8x8 for them in big scale. When I had the chassis finished they decide don't buy me the truck, so I stopped the development, but I kept the chassis assembled because I didn't need the parts for other projects.
This is what I built (the chassis has tons of dust... but after two years on a shelf is normal ;) )
The instructions are made in PDF format, and they look very similar to the LEGO Official ones.
The instructions and the part list of both chassis include the steps to build all different wheelbases and fake engine configurations.
So if in the future you want yo buy a new bodywork you only need to buy the bodywork if self, not the chassis again. Or if you want RC and Manual versions of any car you only need to buy one bodywork.