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Mercedes Benz Arocs grab/tipper truck
Mini fig version of set 42043
About this creation
Haven't got £160 to blow on the Technic Mercedes Arocs set?
Then this could be your answer.
This is my city/technic crossover based on the Lego set 42043.
The cab is 7 wide and the tipper/container is 8 wide-ish.
It has many functions which you will see over the next few pictures.
You can click here to see a short video of it in action.












Room for 2 mini figs inside.
Also in this pic is the HOG steering just to the rear of the cab.
Also (not shown in this pic) there is a shovel and broom clipped to the container/tipper body for Mr Minifig to keep himself busy with.


Both cab doors open.

The outriggers.

The outrigger mechanism takes up the middle part of the trucks chassis.
By turning the gear (shown top left) both outriggers move out at the same time and also back in.


This pic shows 2 functions.
The top part shows how the arm moves up and down by turning a gear at the base of the arm (left side of the truck).
The bottom part shows the arm extension which is controlled by a gear on the arm pivot. There is a gear on either side of the arm just to make it a bit easier depending on how the arm is positioned/rotated.


This pic shows how the arm moves in and out. This is controlled by a gear on the back of the arm.

The tipper function.

Controlled by a gear at the base of the arm on the right hand side of the truck.
The tail gate automatically opens and closes using gravity when the tipper is raised/lowered.

The bucket.

I was going to buy the official yellow Lego one from Bricklink but I had no other bits to order so it wasn't really worth the bother and postage cost (also yellow would have looked a bit out of place on this truck). I'm quite pleased with this though. I've used a technic rubber band to give it the snap-back function.


The truck has progressive rate steering. Here is a pic to show the workings.



Hope you enjoyed looking. Thanks for your time, please feel free to comment and rate.



Comments

 I like it 
  December 9, 2015
Great idea and lovely execution! Really nice work!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2015
Wow! Very cool model! You captured the shape of the set very well and it's amazing, that you crammed so many functions into it. Great work!
 I like it 
  November 29, 2015
This is amazing, and almost as functional as the big one while looking even better! Bargain of the year :-)
 I made it 
  November 28, 2015
Quoting Søren Dalsgaard Any plans for making building instructions for this?
Wasn't going to but if I have enough interest I will.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2015
Fantastic job, so much technic!
 I like it 
  November 26, 2015
Any plans for making building instructions for this?
 I made it 
  November 22, 2015
Quoting eric s This is so beyond awesome! What a beautiful model and one that would fit perfectly into any City/Town/Modular MOC or layout! Ron Dayes turned me onto this and I appreciate the both of you so much! Great inclusion of Technic into a COMPACT system MOC, with the 7/8wide split fitting just right! I just can't say enough good things ^_^
Thank you Eric S, that is a lovely compliment
 I like it 
  November 21, 2015
This is so beyond awesome! What a beautiful model and one that would fit perfectly into any City/Town/Modular MOC or layout! Ron Dayes turned me onto this and I appreciate the both of you so much! Great inclusion of Technic into a COMPACT system MOC, with the 7/8wide split fitting just right! I just can't say enough good things ^_^
 I made it 
  November 19, 2015
Quoting David Roberts Superb! Why did Lego bother with all of the hassle of that giant Technic set, when they could have made this? There are some wonderful technical solutions here and you've opened my eyes to the potential of Lego rods/sticks as hinges. Packing all of that functionality into such a small space is brilliant but it all looks so neat and tidy too. The truck is lovely but for me the star is the brick-built scoop: definitely worth the effort and I'm glad you didn't buy the Lego piece! I must strive to fit more functionality into my models, though I don't think that I'll get to this level! Excellent!
Thanks David. The bucket was a particular headache and took a bit of time to work out, the bricklink option really would have been a cop out. The main problem I found is that the perfect technic pieces were there but making things pivot/move using just technic pieces was nigh on impossible unless size was increased dramatically (which would have looked silly). As luck would have it I have plenty of rods and they make things so much easier to move on a small scale.
 I like it 
  November 19, 2015
Superb! Why did Lego bother with all of the hassle of that giant Technic set, when they could have made this? There are some wonderful technical solutions here and you've opened my eyes to the potential of Lego rods/sticks as hinges. Packing all of that functionality into such a small space is brilliant but it all looks so neat and tidy too. The truck is lovely but for me the star is the brick-built scoop: definitely worth the effort and I'm glad you didn't buy the Lego piece! I must strive to fit more functionality into my models, though I don't think that I'll get to this level! Excellent!
 I made it 
  November 17, 2015
Thanks for all the great comments and feedback, peeps!
 I like it 
  November 16, 2015
Oh this is excellent. Wonderful take on the 42043.
 I like it 
  November 16, 2015
Wow! Great to see such a clever combination of Techninc and System bricks. Nice video showing the amazing functionality. Excellent Work!
 I like it 
  November 16, 2015
Åxceptional small replica of the arocs!
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  November 16, 2015
Wow, what a freaking awesome MF scale version of the Technic model. Great job! :-))
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  November 15, 2015
awesome!:D
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  November 15, 2015
Excellent, Andy -- both the MOC and the video! The manual functions are quite clever, and the claw, brilliant. Watched one of these assisting a crew laying pavers below my hotel window in Amsterdam and immediately put it on my to-build list. You've inspired me to get started.
 I like it 
  November 15, 2015
Very nice model!
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  November 15, 2015
excellent put this on LEGO ideas very good indeed
 
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