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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.