Iīm always been a fan of the Mercedes Benz Unimog family. After beginning another lego car project a couple of years ago I found myself more and more thinking about how a Unimog could be built instead of concentrating on the first car.
Maybe it is the right thing to do, because the other project is more complex and I want it to be really like the original car.
I havenīt built much lego the last 20 years and the new studless parts still make me have to think twice about how something could be done. So I think the Unimog as a first project was the right desicion!
So here the Unimog, scale is about 1:10 and I am aming for the the short version as a template. Portal axles, 20(!) gears, and later some kind of typical Unimog service installation, hydralic or mechanic, maybe both.
Update 11th of november 2008:
I did a new search on the internet and found out that the original short unimog, introduced in 1974 has a shorter wheelbase then the present one, 281 cm instead of 325 cm. One my model it made a difference of five studs/holes. It makes the car look more compact and powerful. Thanks to Morten Frandsen for the tip!
Here (http://tinyurl.com/6exxf8j) are now a bunch of pictures of the new 8110 Unimog and Lego has indeed brought some new parts, among others portal hubs.
What I don't like about the 8110 is the portal axles solution. From the turning point on the front axle to the wheel they have at least 4 studs (maybe even 5!). This makes the turning wheels move back and forth and forces you to build bigger wheel arches. I have 2,5 studs from the turning point to the wheel with original parts.
Also there is not a lot of ground clearance under the diffs/between the wheels. Again I find my solution better.
The model looks very bulky and not so sleak. Those axles look really massive...
As it looks right know I will not use any parts from the 8110. Maybe I'll copy the winch... ;-)
There is a lot of talking about the new Lego 8110 Unimog coming late this summer.
Just to compare, my model is not the same. Lego will bring out the smaller Unimog U400, and mine is the bigger, medium-duty model U1400 (with the old cabin).
I'm sure that Lego will bring portal axles, PTO and many other features and I'm glad they do. If any new parts will help me make some solutions work better/get smaller, I will use them (f.e. the portal hubs).
But mine will have 20 gears... ;-)
I havenīt been building a lot lately due to work, family and the usual excuses...
Cabin is up next, the cabin frame is done, now itī's time for windows, lamps, doors etc.
The original Unimog has 32 gears, but I won't try that. It will probably be a normal 5+R mounted with the enginge and connectedto a compact 4 gear transfer box in the middle, resulting in 20 gears forwards and 4 reverse!
Looks very good! A 20 speed gearbox will be mighty big, even on this large of a model. Stay determined and follow through with this, that's a problem I have. I've heard rumours of Lego making a Unimog as their flagship technic model this year. Good luck!
Darcy Guerin Hanlon
June 17, 2009
i share the same passion for Unimogs there nice big and ugly! and from what i heard its not good to put gear boxes cause you loose all your power and it causes lots of friction. oh yeah Packie that lambo Dan the man is building is still going strong! just search dan the man
Hi again. I havenīt been building a lot lately, work and family were more important the last months.
But Iīm planning for doing some building in may. Projects will be steering, gearbox (20 gears!) and some body construction.
So please come back then!
Thanks all of you for your comments. Iīll keep you updated!
Firas: What exactly do you mean by technic parts or normal parts? Without technic parts (gears, axles, coils aso) it would be very hard do build something like this. So my answer must be that I use technic parts...
Ape: Nice Rod you have there, will give you some feedback, I promise! Building a 4x4 isnīt hard, I built my first one in 1983, with steering and individual suspension.
Morten: I hope I got the right plans. Actually, it will be in scale 1:10, not 1:8 as I wrote in the description. The original is 540cm long, 196cm wide and has a 325 cm wheelbase, which should be 40 studs/holes on my model. I have to go counting again....
This looks superb! Only four because it's not finished yet, but I have no doubt it will be a five. I really wish I had the parts to make a 4x4 : ( Please check out my technic MOCs, that's not a plug, but you look like you can provide some decent feedback. Cheers, A.F
Woah! Goold luck there chief! I'd love to see a finished product. Reminds me of the 1/3 scale Lambo somebody started on this page a few months ago. Wonder whatever happened to that... Anyway, good luck, looks great so far! Peace - Patrick