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Liebherr LTM 1130 - 5.1
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So there I was, idly snapping bits of old Technic together, and (just for a change!) a crane happened...
About this creation

It's modeled on an actual crane (now that is a change), the Liebherr 1130 - 5.1. Scale is about 1:40 - minifig scale - and there's a full suite of Technic functions. It's 10 studs wide and a little bit too long. Still, she doesn't complain...



The stabilizers take up a little too much length, but I wanted it to work properly so I'll take the four studs extra.



Not sure he should be in charge of a thing like this...



Those gears on the back operate the steering - progressive rate on all five axles with the rear two countersteering - and the stabilizers will emerge all together with a twiddle of the other one. You'll have to lock each one down manually, though. Tsk, tsk.



So, what else will it do ?



Things open, which is nice.



The three handwheels on the crane itself operate boom luffing - technical term! - extension (three sections) and hook lowering. The black handle is a spring-loaded lockstop for the hook. Boom rotation you have to do yourself. Oh, the hardship!

I know the photo below looks badly lit, but the boom really does reach to the edge of space...*



See ?



I think Pete would like to be put back now...



I've made cranes before apparently...



So have Lego. Here's a 42009 spoiling for a fight.



Sorry Lego. Blue wins this round despite being half the scale. Fully extended, it goes a tad higher (1 tad = half a stud in this case). 42009 would do better if it's boom was long enough and it made better use of the length it does have (the inner sections don't fill it fully when retracted). It'll lift a fair bit more weight than mine though, so call it even ?



Dat underside - with a bigger gear on the front rack and longer steering arms on the 3rd and 4th axles it steers nice and smoothly.



A labour saving device - as the stabilizers are retracted you can leave them locked down. A plate embedded in the mechanism will push them up as they go in. All four are unlocked and retracted with a single operation of a single control. I'm probably happier about that than I really should be...



The single large linear actuator does a good job of luffing, the inner boom section is linked to the outer via the string wrapped around the middle - it's the same way the two inner sections extend together on 42009 - and the worm gear in the mechanism keeps it where it's put.



I enjoyed making this a lot. I've been building a lot of models for Bright Bricks (including the single biggest thing I've ever made by far...) and it was nice to get one together for me.





The old 'City Expert Builder' range is taking on a blue tinge...



* This may be a slight exaggeration. Just a teensy bit.



Comments

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  February 27, 2016
One of the best LEGO mobile cranes on mocpages!ialso saw this on TLCB.very well built!😄5/5 excellent job Nick!
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  May 31, 2015
ravishingly beautiful!
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  February 16, 2015
The wheel seem a bit too small for a ride like this but other than that it's a great looking machine. I like those colors and how you did those letters on the boom. And, oh yes, everything works :)
  February 15, 2015
Nice work. I've never seen a crane reach That far before. :)
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  February 13, 2015
That's Awesome! I love it! One of your best!
  February 13, 2015
That's a mighty impressive build for a crane that "just happened". If only things like that "just happened" around here! Very strong work, as usual, Nick.
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  February 12, 2015
"when I'm waisting time, I'm building Lego cranes..." You're the Crane-Master my dear Nick!! I'm surprised by its size even at minifig'scale. Lot of playability, here. And lots of building tricks that could help me on my WIP now, I'm always wondering where you put so many technic functions is so few place. The comparison with the official Lego set is very interesting, too. Blue is beautiful!!
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  February 12, 2015
Fantastic! I love the shaping and the clean lines. The markings and functionality are terrific. I really like this. Well done.
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  February 12, 2015
That's enormous. and only 10-wide. Jesus I'm speechless.
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  February 12, 2015
It's perfect and it's not a tie - you win!
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  February 12, 2015
Absolutely fantastic MOC! Very clean, detailed and functional. One of your the best creation. Great work!
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  February 11, 2015
This is great! Having built the yellow Technic version, its really cool to see this pack a similar range of functions into half the scale while still extending farther than Lego's. Expertly built as usual!
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  February 11, 2015
Awesome rig, Dude! Slick design, with the whole brick-built effect. I think the single control stabilizers ARE worth getting excited about, by the way. Fun stuff!
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  February 11, 2015
If you keep working at this technic stuff, you might discover you have a knack for it. Worth a try. (I wouldn't highlight that she's not complaining. Cause, what does that suggest?)
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  February 11, 2015
A great fusion of 'expert set' parts and regular bricks. Great transitions between the various parts and the playability is excellent! And I love the blue. Nicely done.
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  February 11, 2015
Haha so Nick Barrett. Fantastic functions especially for the scale. Brilliant.
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  February 11, 2015
Very nice. Looks quite old-school. I could tell imediatly from the thumbnail that it was yours; because of the angle of the photo and the colour chosen!
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  February 10, 2015
So awesome ! Very modern in term of build, complexity and cool functions, but as always with your builds, with a yummy vintage Lego flavor that I just can't explain, you feel it that's all, if you're old enough, that's it :) Or maybe it's the space 1x2 brick with the arrow pattern ! Anyway another masterpiece :D
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  February 10, 2015
Wow Nick! This is amazing. Congratulations on being bloged on the car blog, that's awesome! I could play with this for hours, I mean examine it for hours :-). Magnificent job!
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  February 10, 2015
better than ever, superb!
  February 10, 2015
Wow nick! I can't believe how big this truck is! Fantastic work! I love the lettering on the crane, it stands out perfectly!
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  February 10, 2015
Great job! The body has some really nice techniques! Very playable! I like the driver! :D
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  February 10, 2015
I like the combination of brick-built smoothness with Technic functionality, all at a minifig scale. It's the way I want to go with my builds in real bricks. The boom extends to an impressive height, the all wheel steering would keep me entertained for ages (look they all move!) and it's nice to see that old, blue, 1x4 LEGOLAND brick in there too. I must use my yellow ones again sometime.
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  February 10, 2015
Lego engineering at its best!
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  February 9, 2015
Fantastic work, Nick
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  February 9, 2015
Great and amazing functions, Nick, but I wouldn't want to be around when it fought that yellow crane!
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  February 9, 2015
Love this crane. Vrey well done.
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  February 9, 2015
TechNICKcity at its finest! :)
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  February 9, 2015
No one is better at Technic than you! :) This is so awesome, it almost seems real!
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  February 9, 2015
Terrific build Nick, I particularly like the shaping of the back cab. Always impressive to see what you can do structurally with these behemoths.
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  February 9, 2015
Your cars are always very realistic and detailed. I personally can see the love in your works.
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  February 9, 2015
Love the writing on the crane and the front is perfectly shaped
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  February 9, 2015
Great snapping of old bits of technic together! The system body isn't too bad either!
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  February 9, 2015
Excellent stuff, a great design combined with cool functions - But what's that? Studless design? Nick are you OK? ;-)) The result is awesome, anyway! Great job! :-))
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  February 9, 2015
Top stuff - so much sideways building! Impeccably engineered functions too. 5 stars
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  February 9, 2015
Wow!!!! A terrific build.
Nick Barrett
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matt rowntRee
  February 8, 2015
liebherrlicious! Love those outriggers. And it's blue! Can it pick up the crane one size smaller? Gotta have standards. ;) Excellent!
Nick Barrett
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Tirrell Brown
  February 8, 2015
Impressive truck,that crane and the functions are top notch.
Nick Barrett
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Matt Bace
  February 8, 2015
When I first saw the thumbnail picture, there was little doubt in my mind about who the builder was. It is amazing how much Technic functionality you manage to pack into a minifig scale vehicle. I'd definitely take this crane over the 42009.
Nick Barrett
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Black Smith
  February 8, 2015
Superb, a mini fig scale masterpiece, well done !
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  February 8, 2015
Absolutely stunning crane. Loaded with details and extreme functionality. Impressive, most impressive indeed. 10/10
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  February 8, 2015
Quoting matt rowntRee liebherrlicious! Love those outriggers. And it's blue! Can it pick up the crane one size smaller? Gotta have standards. ;) Excellent!
It passes the test! Just don't ask it to pick up the bigger one... Thanks matt.
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  February 8, 2015
If this were an official set it would be very expensive but worth it. Fantastic attention to detail.
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  February 8, 2015
Wonderful! I really like your style of building where you coat the technic in actual bricks, unlike lego now where it's all smooth plastic you use the old holed bricks, and it looks so extremely retro even if it's not. Especially with that "legoland" sticker. And all the functionality of bigger models and sometimes more is just amazing, like this steering mechanism. I can't imagine devising something like this myself.
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  February 8, 2015
love your builds Nick always enjoy reading your captions just got 42009 for christmas and this looks just as impressive well done yet again
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  February 8, 2015
Very impressed
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  February 8, 2015
nice job!:D
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  February 8, 2015
Lovely crane, especially that it is built in minifig scale. The functionality is excellent; I like steering that works on all axles, and the boomrange - wow - outer space - impressive :-)
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  February 8, 2015
Wow! This is absolutely stunning! Some powerful angle shots, some interesting techniques sots, and some funny shots, lol. I particularly love the steering system on this one . Keep it up my friend. A+
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  February 8, 2015
Beautiful work!
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  February 8, 2015
Perfect work my friend! Love it with all the cool functions :)
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  February 8, 2015
Wowww Perfect..
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  February 8, 2015
A lot of functions at this scale! Wonderful!
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  February 8, 2015
This is a fantastic creation on so many scales. It looks fantastic, and reeks of Nick Barrett, and to have all those fabulous functions - which smells equally Nick-Barrett-y - boggles the mind. Considering the scale difference it whoops TLG's behind. Not to mention your humor never fails to bring a smile to my face (especially with your "1 tad=half a stud" scale). Lovely stuff!
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  February 8, 2015
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) That's awesome Nick! I really like the vintage feeling thanks to the old way of building lego technic. The engineering and the functions are spot on. Well done & keep building! What about a large scale car next, like these in your fabulous classic Citroen collection?
It's about time I knocked together a big 'un isn't it ? Stay tuned... Thanks Yann :-)
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  February 8, 2015
That's awesome Nick! I really like the vintage feeling thanks to the old way of building lego technic. The engineering and the functions are spot on. Well done & keep building! What about a large scale car next, like these in your fabulous classic Citroen collection?
 
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