Monday, March 31, 2003

8462 Tow truck

This set has a pneumatic system and really cool wheels. It also got some nice blue and black parts.

The functionality of the set is quite OK for everything except the crane that handles the winch. It's way to fast in action to get precision in it. It even moves so fast that the winch sometimes looses it's grip on the hatch and the hook comes rushing down. Thank god it aint for real ,)

Year 1998, 773 pieces.

This is the best overview picture I got. Sorry :)

Chassis. This truck has some issues when it comes to sharp cornering.


Backside of the box.

Under the lid.

The inside of the lid.

This is the cockpit. I hate that color :)

Contents of the box.

Another pic.

The crane when it's retracted. Notice that the hook has swung in. This is because I just retracted the crane and the movement is so hefty that the hook swings in. Sometimes the winch lost it's grip when I did this so the hook came rushing down.

In it's outer limit...

The pneumatic cylinder that handles this action.

This pneumatic cylinder raises/lowers the wheel holder for the vehicle that get's towed.

The parts that was not used.

The parts that was not used.

The towing gizmo in it's upper position. Another pneumatic cylinder provides this action.

Ready to tow!


Pneumatic switches, there's another one on the other side.

This thingie got a great function, it centers itself when it's raised.

The winch.

Great pieces

Three big pneumatic cylinders
Pneumatic tubing and T-crosses
Two pneumatic tanks
Cool wheels, six of them
Metal hook
LEGO string (for the purists)


Building instruction on Brickshelf
Inventory on Peeron
Set reference on Lugnet
Jim Hughes Technica

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