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The Ultimate 8043 (modification) . With complete Photo-building instructions . Instructions Ok, this isn't a MOC, but I did some heavy upgrading to the 8043 motorized excavator which is definately worth mentioning. It is a very nice model, but there were some things I wasn't happy with: * Lifting the boom was underpowered * It used normal batteries * Bucket was too big, doesn't have a correct rotation point and it's working range is too small * Working range of the dipper was too small * Side-effects of "2 drivetrains throug a turntable" were too noticable * Not all the functions were available simultaniously, switching is neccecary. Moving the boom/dipper/bucket was not possible during rotating. All this together made it quite a poor digging machine. This could be done better... So I started rebuilding the model. Now it includes: * Full independent simultanious controll of all the functions * Joystick-controller that works just like a real excavator. Based on a desigh by Jason Railton * 8878 Rechargeable battery * XL-motor for lifting boom * PF-lights * Improved bucket looks and operation * Improved dipper range * All the gear-reduction moved to the undercarriage to reduce mentioned side-effects * Cabin roof Altogether these mods considerably enhance the playability of the model. The remote controller deserves some extra attention. It's an adapted version of Jason Railton's Thumbstick, which I found on TechnicBricks Blogspot. Because it works so well now, I decided to make photo-instructions for this mod so everyone can turn their 8043 into a real mean digging machine. The instructions can be found on my website Feel free to comment or ask quistions.

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