A lego version of the B.J Baldwin baja truck Recoil #1, features rear wheels drive, steering, fake engine and suspension, with monster energy color scheme !
Direct purchase of the instructions
Preview of the instructions at the end of the article. Presentation Video (YouTube).
After winning the Techlug contest about building a LMP1 RaceCar, I received some sets, including the #42037 Buggy. Then I have searched for a creation with using the lime wheel, and found obviously the monster energy color scheme. Then, I found the awesome B.J Baldwin baja truck from recoil 1 video and I wanted to make my own version in lego.
The aim of this baja truck is to reproduce the baja truck of B.J Baldwin with nice bodywork and color scheme, then the functionality are quite basic,. It includes drives, steering and suspensions.
The baja truck is powered by two L Motor, with only gearing : 20/differential on the rear wheel as real, ensure a good speed. The L motors are mounted in the suspensions axle, it enables me to have more space in the chassis to put the battery box lower and reduce the balanced weight. The fake engine is powered by the rear axle, with simple axle which cross the chassis and goes to the crankshaft thanks to 16t/16t/16t gearing.
The steering is made with a servo motor, with 12t bevel gear on a rack, which ensures a good reactivity because no more gearing, the servo motor is placed the nearest as possible of the axle. There is no return to steering due to the lack of empty space around the front axle.
The suspensions is based as real, the front is equipped with double wishbone suspensions, and on the rear, there is a floating live axle with a ball join and two connecting rods to keep the axle in the axis of the chassis. The suspensions are quite smooth in order to reproduce the behavior of the real B.J Baldwin baja truck.
The most important work I made was on the design. I wanted to reproduce the design of the real baja truck including the shape and color scheme. I have for that used many panels to obtain the correct curves, and choose correctly the color regarding the color scheme. On the front, I have reproduced the bonnet with the opened shape on the fake engine. This is a personal choice for me to have an opened shape, in order to highlight the engine. I have also used ELite Kit for the front light.
Concerning the middle of the vehicle, thanks to the positioning of the driving motors, I have put the battery box lower in the chassis in order to have a low center of gravity, which enables me also to add some details on the interior, including seat and dashboard. On the roof, I have placed a bank of light to “coat” the roof with details, there is some versions of real B.J Baldwin which have headlight, and some without.
The rear of the vehicle has been also well worked with the additional wheel with lime flex to reproduce some frames which restrain the wheel. Some details like rear panel, exhausts and light make some interesting details.
Then the last part of the design identity : the sticker. I have made my own sticker in order to reproduce the correct shape and color scheme, without it, it is just a black / white / lime baja truck, but with it, it is a monster energy baja truck ! I have made it based on picture and recolorizing blueprint from RC model, and then printed on a special sticker paper.
To conclude, I am proud of this creations, it is well balanced regarding the functionally and design, The chassis is strong enough to handle the road and the design has not been made with lot of compromise. I have reproduced all shape and color I wanted. Concerning the climbing abilities and speed, there are good but not awesome, because of a high weigh of around 1kg500, combined with two L motor is too heavy to ensure awesome performance. But the aim was to reproduce the Baja truck with good looking design, and motorized, which has been raised, more motor or different motor would not solve this. This is funny that I, Sariel, and RM8 Creations decided to create our own version of the baja truck, without concerted ourselves before, nice coincidence ! You can watch the Sariel of RM8 Version to have more performance, but less precision looking.
Pictures and Video
Purchasing the creations or the instructions
You can purchase either the whole creation on the website Buildamoc, or just the building instructions. Regarding the building instructions, you can download one version as a photo sequence for free or buying a other which looks more proffessionnal with rendering step by step instructions with bill of material at each step.
Want to buy this creation ? The Monster Baja Truck has been indexed to Buildamoc and is for sale. The whole package included the Lego genuine parts, and the Pro rendering PDF building instructions.
The price is quite expensive but due to the color of the parts, and it included all electrical elements, battery box, 2 L motor, one servo motor, receiver and remote. The sticker are supplied. You can buy only the sticker sheet by contacting forwart sticker.
I have made the building instructions as a 82 pages PDF with photo sequence. Including Bil Of Material at the end.
Then I have contacting the excellent Thorsten Speltz who have already made several instructions for me. He has made an awesome work for the building instructions ! Therefore, I can propose you two versions of the building instructions, A buying version with professional looking instructions made by Thorsten Speltz, and a free photo sequence instructions. Both will enable you to rebuild it, but buying the professional looking instructions is the best way to support my work an Thorsten Speltz to !
Bill Of Material
Do not take care of the picturing bill of material at the end of the instructions, it has some error. The rebrickable inventory is up to date.
You can download the sheet of sticker here (also included in the PDF instructions) monsterenergybajatruckrecoil-sticker.pdf (0.6mo) to print on a A4 size. The gauges are from the 8051 sticker. Or buy a completr sticker sheet by contacting Forwart Sticker.
Professional Looking Instructions
You can buy the instructions with the following button for 10€. You can also buy other building instructions and get an automated discount. You will get 15% off for 2 PDF, and 20% off for 3 PDF on the total), available for all the instructions for sale on nico71.fr.
After your payment, you will be redirected to a page for downloading your instructions, and will receive also the link to download by email. Please check the spam box and be patient to receive it. If you have trouble to download your copy of the PDF after payment or open the document, do not make a paypal dispute, please contact me using the contact form. The link to download the instructions expires within 24h. Contact me if you have lost your instructions. Note that you can print it, but not copy or distribute. Thank you for supporting my work 🙂
Here is some preview of the building instructions :
Photo Sequence Instructions
You can download the free photo sequence instructions with bill of material as a high definition PDF :
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Have a good building !