So i bought this a few months ago. I really enjoyed this build and i think this model is a bit more functional than your everyday tow truck.
I personally didnt think the tracks would work to well on this model but i was wrong. They took a while and where a bit fiddly to put together but they make the model totally unique.
There is 2 switches for gear selection at the back of the model.
– One controls the top boom forward and backwards motion, flick it the other way and it controls the bottom boom.
– The second controls the opening and closing of the claw which has a really strong grip which i proved by lifting cans up off the side of the sofa! 😀
Well after buying my first Lego Technics model back in January (http://bonxy.info/?p=16269) I decided it was time to invest in a bigger one.
My birthday wasn’t far out so I decided to go for the Lego HGV Tow Truck (42008).
This one unlike the other was fully motorized with hydraulic T-bar and boom including winch. It also had rear stabilizer legs for picking up heavy loads.
This one was far more complex that the first one and the main gearbox to control everything was a lot more complicated and fiddly. Once the engine and the gearbox was built it went quite easy from there.
In total I think it was a 1500 piece set and took around about 5 / 6 hours to complete.