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Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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The Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is one of the best Lego Technic Supercar ever released. By “Supercar” I mean “big car with several functions which replicates real ones”. Released in September 2016, this Porsche includes several functions, new parts, and several other cool stuff like a unique number or Porsche history guide. The vehicle is presented in a special box with black carbon pattern, sold 299$ or 299€ in Europe. The lower price constated was 229 on Amazon France website.


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Dimensions and style

The Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS measures 57 x 25 x 17 centimeters (22 x 10 x 7 inches), which represents 1:8 scale, and was developed in partnership with Porsche.

Body parts are very well represented, lots of details can be observed. For example, the front bumper is aggressive, with large openings and radiator imitation parts, like the real Porsche 911. Another very nice detail, the side air intakes are beautiful. On the real vehicle, these intakes allow cooling the engine (the Porsche 911 has the engine in rear position). Otherwise, the rear of the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is wider than the front, also like on the real car.

Functions

Regarding functions, there are no electric motor, no power functions elements and no pneumatic parts for his set.
All mechanical functions are done with worms/screws/gears or friction pins :

  • Steering, from driver wheel
  • Full independent suspensions
  • Flat-6 cylinders motor, at the back of the car
  • Rear wheel drive, with differential
  • 4 speed sequential transmission
  • Sequential transmission shift levers on steering wheel
  • Opening doors
  • Opening hood, with a small suitcase
  • Opening trunk


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Building

Construction of this model is very instructive, even for kids if an adult supervises them. Regarding functions, the 4-speed transmission can be handled from the steering wheel, which is very cool even if sometimes friction appears. The only bad point is playability: it’s difficult to steer the front wheels or use the gearbox. The car is designed to be exposed and seen, not really “played”. It’s still a masterpiece in a Lego Technic fan collection.

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The preliminary version

In early 2016 the preliminary black version of Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was visible in Toy Fair event. The model presented was black with some white stickers. This black version of the Porsche has never been available in stores.


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The fake Lepin 20001

Lepin brand has replicated the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911, in orange color but also in green and white. The price is lower, but the quality is not as good as Lego. I strictly discourage you from buying counterfeit Lego toys for several reasons:
– First of all, it’s illegal. Customs will probably destroy your parcel.
– The security tests hasn’t been passed, materials are not as good as Lego.
– Some parts are often missing.
– The worker’s conditions may be poor or unacceptable.
If someone tries to sell you a Lego without “Lego” logo on bricks, it’s very probably a counterfeit. If you’re not sure, ask for the original instruction book: the Lego logo has to be printed clearly, not “Lepin” or “Lele” or whatever.
In few words, I strongly recommend you to buy only original Lego toys!

Conclusion

Previously, Lego has sold several big cars and “supercars” with realistic and several functions, like the Lego Technic 8448 Super Street Sensation or the legendary Lego Technic 8880, but none of them has the same complexity level, such features, or represent a real vehicle. The style is also really amazing, orange color suits perfectly. Even if some glitches appears (in sequential transmission especially), the Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a masterpiece and a very good surprise. Now we’re waiting for the next Lego Technic supercar 🙂



Lego Technic 8858 Rebel Wrecker

Released in 1994, the Lego Technic Rebel Wrecker is one of the most beautiful 90’s sets with several functions. It looks like a “big foot” 4×4, including a rear boom winch. With red colors and small yellow line all over the body, this amazing vehicle represents exactly what Lego Technic from 90’s are: colorful, powerful, and very well engineered with lots of functions.

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Rear differential drives a V6 engine, front wheels steers from roof gyro (HOG), front and rear suspensions are also present. At the back, a winch with the retaining system is present. On my vehicle, I remove the additional 3rd damper on the front independent double wishbone suspension because the hardness of suspensions is enough with 1 dampers per front wheel. A Lego Technic figure has also been added.

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Also, at the back of the 4×4, I replace few gears to get more efficiency: two 24T gears replaces the double 8T + 24T of the official set, the original architecture generates little frictions. Other elements are quite identical, it’s a real pleasure to play with this set, and even more it helps another Lego Technic model 🙂

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Lego Technic 8674 Ferrari F1

The Lego Racers Ferrari F1 1:8 #8674 is a huge Formula One that measures 61 cm length, 29 cm wide and 15 cm high. Sold in 2006, its price was close to 150€, and the set contains 1246 parts. This set has no electric motor, and components used are almost studless. The Lego Racers Ferrari F1 1:8 is under Ferrari license, and it’s included in the Lego Racers products, not Lego Technic. So, there isn’t B-Model for this Formula One. The set is proposed with stickers, not presents on the pictures.

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The Lego Racers Ferrari F1 is very realistic. We can see a lot of details like mirrors, vents or radiators on the side of the car. Mechanical functions are simple, the V10 motor (instead of V6 turbo for actual Formula One) drives the rear wheels via a differential, and the steering wheel guides the front wheel.

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The handling of the Lego Racers Ferrari F1 1:8 is better than the Lego Technic Silver Champion #8458 or Lego Technic F1 Williams #8461 (different frames and bodies, but the same scale and same functions).

Shock absorbers are placed horizontally, like a real Formula One. They work very well, it’s a pleasure to see them in action. A hood can be picked-up to see the motor and exhausts. Practical and indispensable.

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Lego Technic 8289 Fire Truck

The Lego Technic Fire Truck #8289 is a nice Fire Truck with nacelle that measures 37 cm length, 14 cm wide and 20 cm high. Sold in 2007, its price was close to 70€, and the set contains 1036 parts. This set has no electric motor, and components used are almost studless. B-Model is an interesting fire 4×4.

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This Fire Truck #8289 is quite nice. We can recognize an off-road truck like those who operates in forests. Nevertheless, the front bumper is too high, and the chassis of the truck is very strange in his conception.

On the sides of the truck, 2 stabilizers can touch the ground by turning the 2 gears on the roof. In doing so, the truck is very stabilized and you can easily operate the arm with the nacelle. At the back of the Fire Truck #8289, on the rear bumper, a gear is placed to turn the front wheels. It’s not very nice, but practical and necessary. There is no fake motor.

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The arm with the nacelle can be lifted up by a gear on the side of the truck, and turned on 360° by another gear. Movements are good and realistic, it’s a pleasure to play with it.

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Lego Technic 8273 Off-Road Truck

The Lego Technic Off-Road Truck #8273 is a very nice Truck that measures 33 cm length, 11 cm wide and 21 cm high. Sold in 2007, its price was close to 60€, and the set contains 805 parts. This set has no electric motor, and components used are almost studless. The B-Model is a 4×4 with 6 wheels, articulated in the center like a Trial Truck.

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The Lego Technic #8273 has numerous functions. There is a direction to the front wheels from the roof rack with, a winch on the front, a crane lifting and rotating rotary, and a tilting dump. Also, the cab tilts like on a real truck, which is very appreciated.
We regret the absence of a motor under the cabin, but the frame of the truck doesn’t allow it.

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Rear wheels are equipped with pendular suspensions, without shock absorbers. Consequently, the truck keeps its wheels on the ground whichever the land on which it operates.
The blue color is good, but I wish only the cab is blue with a black frame to have a more realistic truck.

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The best point of the Lego Technic #8273 is probably his crane arm. The crane arm rotates at 360°, it rises and falls. The crane is designed to pick up pallets on the floor to put them in the dump. Dump can be tilted up with a wheel, but it requires a lot of strength. A linear clutch could solve this problem.

Lego Technic 8207 Dune Duster

The Lego Technic Dune Duster was released in 1996. It was my first Lego Technic set, after several Lego System and Airports sets. This set is quite small, but it contains 2 functions: steering, and rear suspension.

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As shown here, this set contains few modifications, but they’re so minor that it’s not a MOD (Modification of Official Lego Set): headlights are absent, some gray parts have been replaced by black ones, and old “1/2 bushes” have been replaced by recent ones.

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Handling of this “small kart” is very good. In conclusion, a very nice set, great for beginners and Lego addicts !