PH Blog: Unimog, work in progress


So how's your festive period going? The picture should offer you a clue as to where mine's been at. As promised/threatened the real Unimog we featured for one of our Christmas drives is currently being recreated in Lego thanks to the monster Technic kit that arrived in the office before Christmas and on which editorial privilege was exercised immediately.

Ages 11-16 it says on the box...
Ages 11-16 it says on the box...
And, like the last 20 years never happened, my Christmas has once again resounded to the rattle of boxes of Lego being sorted through to find that one missing bit. And, boy, this Technic Unimog is a beast of a kit and nearly as complex as the real thing.

After two evenings of work I'm on very thin ice socially but I do at least have a rolling chassis, complete with power take-offs front and rear and the basis of the pneumatic system with its little compressor. The engine turns properly now that I've corrected my schoolboy error and put the rear diff the right way round, though this did involve a bit of swearing and deconstruction to correct. It's great too, it's even got proper portal axles like the real thing.

Proper Unimog portal axles in place
Proper Unimog portal axles in place
As stock the kit comes with a winch and pneumatic grabber arm but, being a bit competitive and having seen other hacks build it as stock I've got plans to go off-piste and do something a bit different here. Stocks of my original Lego have been dug out of my dad's loft and there is a plan. I was hoping for rain today too and an excuse to go nowhere. But, dammit, it's looking OK out there. Now could be an opportune time for that man flu to come back perhaps...

Dan

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  • McWigglebum4th 06 Nov 2013

    J4CKO said:
    So, thread revival, and as usual late to the party but my UniMog is on the way and I had to tell someone.

    Anyone other sad middle aged blokes getting excited about Lego ?
    Not really

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERCEDES-UNIMOG-404-INSU...

  • J4CKO 06 Nov 2013

    northwest monkey said:
    J4CKO said:
    So, thread revival, and as usual late to the party but my UniMog is on the way and I had to tell someone.

    Anyone other sad middle aged blokes getting excited about Lego ?
    Oh yes! I was 40 in September & my OH got me the Unimog - it's awesome although I have decided being a crane operator is not my calling.

    My son has just turned 6 & we're currently building the Lego City Cargo plane - the OH is delightedlaugh
    My missus bought me the Lego Enzo a few years back, a complete surprise and took me back to being ten, compared to the normal contrived or boring gifts I know about because I chose them, it was a great one.

    However, this time she pulled a face and said why, so I ordered it myself, she tends to ask me what I want and rejects most ideas and buys something she wants or deems appropriate, an electric saw for cutting up wood for the log burner was purchased, and women have the audacity to bh when you buy them a new Iron ! which is what I may get her instead of the selection of "Pandora Charms", a load of overpriced, pointless st I am sure you will agree but I understand the idea of "Want", you cant explain it, it doesn't make sense but I wanted a plastic kit to make a little tractor type thing.

    I pointed out that whilst I am doing Lego at home I may be a sad Man/Boy hybrid but I am not out Being Unfaithful, Getting done for Fraud or Gambling like some of her mates husbands have been but will do if I dont get my Lego, cue big tantrum in Toys R Us.


  • northwest monkey 06 Nov 2013

    J4CKO said:
    So, thread revival, and as usual late to the party but my UniMog is on the way and I had to tell someone.

    Anyone other sad middle aged blokes getting excited about Lego ?
    Oh yes! I was 40 in September & my OH got me the Unimog - it's awesome although I have decided being a crane operator is not my calling.

    My son has just turned 6 & we're currently building the Lego City Cargo plane - the OH is delightedlaugh

  • J4CKO 06 Nov 2013

    So, thread revival, and as usual late to the party but my UniMog is on the way and I had to tell someone.

    Anyone other sad middle aged blokes getting excited about Lego ?

  • dinkel 05 Jan 2013

    RizzoTheRat said:
    I can't make my mind up about modern lego, to me that looks like it's got way too many bespoke pieces compared to a classic technic kit such as..

    I have this one - and converted it into a permanent 4x4 'crawls over everything' vehicle.

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