Thursday, August 19, 2010

8043--Just in time!

Apparently the 8043 Motorized Excavator has been pulled from shelves. I don't know all the circumstances yet, but you can't buy it anywhere now. Which mean that the one I just bought last weekend is "Limited Edition." Makes me wonder if Lego will be offering replacement parts, re-release it or just discontinue it altogether? Hmmmmm.

I am up to step 23, so I am pretty early in the build. I am going to very closely inspect each step as I go now.


  1. A bricklinker pointed to these two threads:

  2. Hi Shep. I'd be interesting to see how it goes for you. Apparently performance degrades significantly over time, but no-one is sure exactly why. I expect it is stresses on the structure pulling it out of alignment and increasing friction, but I'm not sure.

    Also, a mod you should do when building it, put the two 20T idler gears at the bottom of the lifting linear actuators on the same sides of their brackets rather than opposite, meaning the actuators stay synchronised at any angle