Tag Archives: Technic

The LEGO Technic line was first released as “Expert Builder” sets in 1977, and LEGO has been producing Technic ever since, including Bionicle and MINDSTORMS. The custom Technic models featured here on The Brothers Brick include some pretty crazy and amazing mechanisms that’ll blow your mind, from self-sorting LEGO to automated Rubik’s Cube solvers.

Strandbeest inspired, post-apocalyptic LEGO by Jason Allemann

We’ve posted a couple of LEGO Strandbeest’s here before, but never one wearing clothes. Jason Allemann (True Dimensions) left his version (inspired by Chris Magno) in a box for six years until giving it a post-apocalyptic makeover and posting it yesterday (dated May, apparently). And of course one must watch the video. And to make it even cooler still, Jason has posted instructions for the frame.

EDIT (TG + AB): TR and I posted at exactly the same time, so I include my short description above and leave TR to the rest of the post

I have typed and re-typed this post a few times now, but apparently I am not feeling very eloquent today. So I’ll just keep this simple…flickr user True Dimensions has had this in the works for six years. I am glad he decided to pull it out of the box and dust it off, because it is thoroughly good.

Land Ship

It is just too bloody much fun watching this thing clatter across the floor.

He was also nice enough to offer instruction on how to build your own walking frame on his website.

Bushido

BioRays says that the inspiration for this came from Gundam and “HF Brain Attack hero core”. I know what Gundam is, can’t say the same for the latter. But I also know an eye catching build when I see one. The colour scheme is downright fantastic, and the complexity of build makes my brain hurt a bit.

Bushido

Several view

And I am always a sucker for a good ordnance loadout.

Tiny LEGO RC Routemaster Bus

The Routemaster is almost certainly the most famous bus design in the world. And there have been many built out of LEGO, including this pair by our own Ralph. What makes this one by Gabor Horvarth special is that it manages to pack in full remote control in a very small (6 wide) package. Which I can tell you from my own less successful attempt is an incredible achievement

I first saw Gabor’s work on The LEGO Car blog.

Ready to Race with this LEGO R/C Car

Spanish LEGO fan Fernando (Sheepo) shows his crazy engineering skills with this beautiful recreation of a Caterham 7, a small British sports car. Technic builders never cease to amaze me with the amount of functionality they can build entirely with brick and still pack into a small frame, and this model is at the top of the game. It’s got all the LEGO R/C car bells and whistles, including disk brakes, a full transmission, and complete suspension.

iPhone Gaming Stand by Cam M.

Cam M. built himself a nifty little stand to hold his iPhone so that he can actually steer while playing car racing games. Cam utilized a Smallworks Brickcase to attach the phone, but it would still be possible to do something like this without such a case. I think I may have just found myself a project for this weekend.

iPhone Gaming Stand

Here it is in action:

Edit
It appears we have featured this type of thing previously, however, this doesn’t make Cam’s any less awesome :)

Making Time: LEGO Ball Clock by Jason Allemann

Here’s a really gorgeous piece of horological gadgetry. Not satisfied with those giant LEGO minifigure digital clocks, Jason Allemann has built a mechanical timepiece worthy of any classy desk. Better yet, he’s made a video showing it in motion and given lots of details on how it works.

LEGO Ball Clock - Details

LEGO minifig-scale ultra-class Liebherr T 282B haul truck by M_longer

We’ve featured many gloriously oversized LEGO vehicles by Marek Markiewicz (M_longer) over the years, including his L 580 wheel loader, TH550 underground mining truck, and Caterpillar 24M grader. Marek’s latest truck is the massive — and fully motorized — Liebherr T 282B haul truck, used in mining and heavy construction.

Liebherr T 282B

Marek’s model is fully functional, with working steering and tipper. You can watch this beast in action in his video on YouTube.

Fully functional 1:12 LEGO Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa can do everything but fly

At the end of December, Kyle Wigboldy (thirdwigg) posted a LEGO Spitfire fighter plane from World War II that has the most functions I’ve ever seen in a LEGO plane.

Spitfire Right

Kyle spent about six months on his Spitfire, and the finished model has a wingspan of 112 studs and is 96 studs long. Not only is the Spitfire model gorgeous (too many LEGO Technic models are just skeletons in odd colors), it also includes lots of functionality:

  • Spinning propeller with adjustable prop pitch
  • Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine with working pistons
  • Working landing gear
  • Cockpit joystick and pedals that connect to working control surfaces
  • Working rudder, elevator, and ailerons

The YouTube video shows off all the moving parts.

Read Kyle’s full writeup on Thirdwigg.com, and a more complete review on TechnicBRICKs.