This Working 18-Wheel Lego Mobile Crane Is a Straight-Up Masterpiece

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It’s time to update that Wonders of the World list to include this impossibly-perfect Lego creation by Dawid Szmandra. It’s a 1:23.5 scale version of the Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane that’s fully drivable and fully functional thanks to 11 Lego motors hidden away inside.

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The crane’s outrigger support legs unfold by themselves, its arm raises, extends, and turns by itself, and it seems like every last motorized function can be operated from afar with a wireless remote control. Even watching this model drive is amazing, since it requires more than half of the wheels to turn in unison given it’s so incredibly long. You can keep your Netflix and HBO GO, I’m happy to just watch this video of the miniature Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 in action all day long instead.

There’s no official piece count, but this model must weigh a ton. It probably needs a slightly larger crane just to lift it off the floor. And while it would be awesome to see this creation posted to Lego Ideas, a set like this would easily cost well north of $1,000 if it ever hit toy store shelves—and be worth every penny. [Flickr - Dawid Szmandra via The Lego Car Blog]

Illustration for article titled This Working 18-Wheel Lego Mobile Crane Is a Straight-Up Masterpiece
Illustration for article titled This Working 18-Wheel Lego Mobile Crane Is a Straight-Up Masterpiece
Illustration for article titled This Working 18-Wheel Lego Mobile Crane Is a Straight-Up Masterpiece
Illustration for article titled This Working 18-Wheel Lego Mobile Crane Is a Straight-Up Masterpiece
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DISCUSSION

I have an old Lego Expert Builder (predecessor to Technics) 755/855 Mobile Crane set. I recognize some of the same parts, especially on the arm assembly.

While this is very cool, I’m not sure how I feel about all the custom parts they are using now. It seems like kids are limited in what other things they can build when so many parts are so specialized. Part of what makes Lego such a great tool for developing imagination is the versatility of the bricks.