42082 E Model – Offroad Truck With Manipulator Crane

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  1. Nico71 says:

    Hello ! Thank you for your comment 🙂 I will answer some point :
    LEGO rule Nr.1 “if you need force, you are doing it wrong” : I agree with that but I do not consider it forces when you use the play in lego. But I know that on the lockable suspension it is a bit tricky but as it is used only for display the model and not the functions, it were “acceptable”. Regarding the building step, this is the best I can do with the original design, if I want to modify it, I have to rework completely the design. An interesting note is that I have seen some people build the model in real and not use correct technique to assemble parts. For instance, force on pin instead to search the hole alignment and then push it, use fingers to hold the parts though the chassis instead of letting fall the parts in this place and put the axle for instance or move something on the assembly (functions) instead letting it as displayed on the instructions. I do not know you use the wrong technique, but this is just to say this point is very subjective and dependant of builder skills.
    Bad : I am considering make a V2 to put this beam to prevent the gearing slipping because some people have the same problem but I do not understand why because I had not. As I said, I would have do something if I had the problem, so maybe I will change the design and make a rework on it.
    Regarding building instructions, I totally agree with the zoom, I would be able to do it, but the software do not authorise it yet, I know stud.io do it but stud.io is a poor instructions makers (no flexible parts, not buffer etc). As soon I have the possibility to improve it, I will. Regarding the single part step, I choose this because of readability because some people complain it was too complicated and too small (they do not want to zoom on computer for instant or on tablet), so as soon I can make a subassembly I do with callout which is very nice to build, but when I have to display the whole assembly, I use the callout structure to put arrow on the parts to add which give often a part by step. But for this one, it do not represent many step (maybe 100 of the 600 pages). It is slaos more stable for me to work like that to avoid the problem of software bug, the more I have view on page, the more the software can bug and display wrongly the assembly.
    Good : thank you ! I hope you have enjoyed the building despite those points 🙂
    Additional ideas : I think the speed is good, I have no problem to operate the functions even in end stop. Of course you have to know in which way each functions work. The top of the top would be to make the same functioning on the switch as the 8480 with rubber band, to make a return to centre but I have not figure out with the room and part I have.
    I personally hate sticker so I do not use it, and therefore I do not take care of it during design, but I think I should as many people use it. It is also a thing which is not very interesting to think for me (in terms of design) and if people like to find which parts to reuse the sticker or hide them, I can let them figure out. I have seen very nice Model E with good sticker placement. So I assume I have to take care when the sticker is really important (like an indication on a tile, or on a big single panel like set number on the 42100 liebherr) but also let people figure out.

  2. Jan Nekvapil says:

    Hi Nico,

    I know that quite a few negative points will follow but they are my real life experience. All and all I am very impressed with the model but it have its quirks.
    So here goes the good, bad and ugly review.

    Ugly:
    My only real issue with the build. At few places it violates my LEGO rule Nr.1 “if you need force, you are doing it wrong”. In few steps you really have to use force or bend the structure quite a lot to connect some subsection – mainly during building of the chasis. In my opinion it should realy be avoided (by rearanging the building steps).

    Bad:
    Same experience as Nikolay with the falling gears and loose support legs. I noticed the shafts holding that gears are quite worn off – it seems there are some radal forces involved but hard to tell if from model design or inaccuracy of wheel dimensions. The support legs should use different solution…
    Building instructions are not so great this time (when compared with the C model for example). There are sections with lots of consequent “add a single part” steps that could have been joined. On many places zoomed out picture of whole model is used instead of detail and its hard to spot what changed. Sections with missing and reapearing peaces between building steps.
    Steering is quite stiff especially when truck is not moving.

    Good:
    Challenging but satisfying build.
    Great looking model with lot of details and accessories.
    Tons of functionality.
    Lots of great ideas and inovative building techniques.

    Additional ideas:
    It would be worth to slow down the motorized functions a bit, or guard some of the axis with the white slipping wheels – movements are relatively fast and it is easy to hit mechanical end (it is general problem of most mechanized LEGO models though).
    You dont take into account that people have parts with stickers from the original model. They can be used on quite meaningfull places and add to models aestetics only builder have to think about it in advance. But from what I see on your other creations you are “LEGO purist”, right 🙂 ?

    Keep up the great work.

  3. Nico71 says:

    Thanks for your comment ! The slipping gears problem is very strange as I have not problem with them on my build (my parts are not new), if so I would have do something to prevent it for sure ! Regarding the attachment of the crane, yes it is simply attached with 4 pegs but as it is not very powerful, you can not lift heavy object. For now, I do not know how to enhance this point as there is not many room to fix it.

  4. Nikolay says:

    Hey Nico, i was really enjoyed to build this model, it was completely different experience than official lego set. I really like the attention to detail, model looks very impressive.
    But maybe i can offer a couple improvements:
    First, I added two beams below mechanism for holding gears, without them, gears loose over time.
    And Second, I think a different attachment of the extendable crane supports is necessary, because in the current version they are not able to withstand any additional weight.
    Anyway, thanks for your work and I so exited to build your next model:)

  5. Nico71 says:

    Hello, thank you for your words, normally the update is automatic. I have resent the purchase receipt manually, I am sorry for the trouble.

  6. Emanuele says:

    Hello
    I bougth the instruction on 27/04. I noticed you rrleased a correction on 30/04 but i didn’t received an email of update of this. Have I to expect it when there is an update automatically from you or have I to ask for it?
    I take the occasion to make my compliments for the truck model. My son (7 and 1/2) made it and it is enthusiast. Very nice work and i recommend to all! Thank you

  7. Nico71 says:

    Hello, thanks for your comment ! For now no F model is planned but I want to make B model for the 42093 Corvette, 42100 Liebherr, and the Chiron. I am not fan to take many set to build big constructions, in fact neither big creation for only purpose they are big (like the peterbilt with 10cm wheel, it will be massively empty).

  8. Dirk says:

    Hi Nico,
    first of all, I love all of your 42082 alternate models.
    The original 42082 is good, but not the greatest technic set of all time.
    I wish to be as creative as you and your team are in creating these vehicles.
    I´m not but gladly you are so I can rebuilt your fantastic creations.
    Just look at all these great technical functions in your works, that’s an engineering masterwork.
    I bought three of the 42082 last year when it was on sale after you revealed the C-model to build the original and your C-model and keep one for upcoming projects and I´m happy now to be able to rebuilt all of your alternates together (and forget the original a-model).
    Any plans to make an F-model in the future ?. Then I have to buy another one.
    I would like to see what truck you would build if you take two or three of them like an American longnose truck like the old peterbilt with or without trailer.
    Or what about the original 42082 A-model but with up to 6 axles and a driver cabine like the Liebherr LTM 1300 or such things.
    Anyway keep going on with your great work.
    Lego should contact you to make your creations official sets, they are foolish not to do.
    Thank you for many happy hours by rebuilding your creations.
    Greetings from Germany.
    Dirk

  9. Manu Berthou says:

    Salut Nico,
    Voici encore une superbe réalisation utilisant les pièces du 42082, je pense que, cette fois-ci, je ne vais pas pouvoir résister… dès cette après-midi je vais télécharger ton instruction en PDF et dès demain la grue va redevenir un grand tas de pièces.
    Merci pour ton travail et heureusement que des gens comme toi pensent, et ont le talent de concevoir des modèles alternatifs 🙏

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