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dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Thursday 4th August 2011 quote quote all
Renquist said:
dr_gn said:
8043 ?
Yes, it's superb, really is the ultimate big kids toy, it's a digger, it's remote control and it's Lego!
Quite good for digging M&Ms biggrin
£137.97 FFS I'll have to get one now dammit.

vdubbin

2,001 posts

83 months

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Thursday 4th August 2011 quote quote all
Damn it all, I've spent a misty-eyed hour browsing through the Lego back catalogue 1977-1985 on Brickshelf. Time to get back to work…

FraserLFA

4,972 posts

60 months

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Friday 5th August 2011 quote quote all
Mandat said:
Any idea how much that's all worth?

x5x3

1,671 posts

139 months

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Saturday 6th August 2011 quote quote all
to the OP - thanks a bunch, I had been trying to give up Lego technic (been clean for nearly 2 years!) but now have just ordered the UNIMOG!

Blakeatron

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1,329 posts

59 months

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Saturday 6th August 2011 quote quote all
In that case then you will hate what has arrived for me...



Just cleaning up some old RC cars to stick them on ebay to get the excavator!
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dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Saturday 6th August 2011 quote quote all
So where's the cheapest place to buy (specifical;l;y the 8043 excavator)?

Renquist

309 posts

41 months

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Saturday 6th August 2011 quote quote all
Amazon looks cheapest from a quick froogle search @132, quidco gives 7% cashback for purchases from lego though, think its 140 ish there.

Unimog is tempting...

dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Saturday 6th August 2011 quote quote all
Renquist said:
Amazon looks cheapest from a quick froogle search @132, quidco gives 7% cashback for purchases from lego though, think its 140 ish there.

Unimog is tempting...
Few on EBay that have been built once for dispaly and packed away again. Only about £90 - I think I'll go for a used one. Didn't realise it builds into an excavator too.

ETA £80 - £90 for a used one in Completed Listings, not current bids.

Dirty Frank

598 posts

40 months

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Saturday 6th August 2011 quote quote all
That Unimog is £155 - cant afford it when im getting the crane truck 8258 next pay day. 8043 is on my wants list too.

We love Lego in our house, we buy lots of kits mostly for the kids but ive got plenty of Technic and Mindstorms.

dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
Apparently there were some significant issues with the 8043 excavator (motors being marginal on power and durability), which may have been corrected on later sets.

Buyer beware - especially if considering buying used items off EBay!

Renquist

309 posts

41 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
It was the linear actuators that weren't up to the job, Lego will supply you with upgraded ones if you ask for them, I think the early ones were withdrawn from sale and updated, I got some new bits sent to me.

dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
Renquist said:
It was the linear actuators that weren't up to the job, Lego will supply you with upgraded ones if you ask for them, I think the early ones were withdrawn from sale and updated, I got some new bits sent to me.
Thanks for that. I e-mailed Lego today to ask what cost an exchange would be if I bought a second hand set that had the old parts. Presumably the updates would only be available to original purchasers?

How do you tell the difference between the old and new designs??

Cheers.

Renquist

309 posts

41 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
I'm not sure, I checked mine against the older ones and they looked the same, there was a couple of different steps in the build too, I'll see if i can find a picture of the changes, if they are in the instruction book it will be the modified version

x5x3

1,671 posts

139 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
x5x3 said:
to the OP - thanks a bunch, I had been trying to give up Lego technic (been clean for nearly 2 years!) but now have just ordered the UNIMOG!
just arrived and trying very hard to work today and resist making a start.......

Renquist

309 posts

41 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
If your instructions have these steps in, you have the updated version, might be separate pages as the service pack had or included in the books, if you don't have them get in touch with lego and ask for the 8043 Service Pack, think its free (mine was)




dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
Renquist said:
If your instructions have these steps in, you have the updated version, might be separate pages as the service pack had or included in the books, if you don't have them get in touch with lego and ask for the 8043 Service Pack, think its free (mine was)



So the linear actuators are in the service pack and are direct replacements, and the other stuff is covered by the additional instruction steps?

Ta.

Renquist

309 posts

41 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
Yeah, the linear actuators are just direct swap outs, the extra bits in the service pack were these:

dr_gn

8,849 posts

70 months

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Monday 8th August 2011 quote quote all
Renquist said:
Yeah, the linear actuators are just direct swap outs, the extra bits in the service pack were these:
That's good, so whatever set I end up with it's not the end of the world to get a service pack.

Thanks again for the info.

Blakeatron

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1,329 posts

59 months

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Tuesday 9th August 2011 quote quote all
Well my weekly bonus has just gone on..... The excavator set! Bought direct from lego and I had £10 off from my VIP points so came in quite cheaply. Got a free spaceman mini-figure too.

Now I just have to tell the wife, and find some time to build them!

miniman

17,096 posts

148 months

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Tuesday 9th August 2011 quote quote all
Just finished book 1 of 3 of the crane biggrin
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