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Technic techie question

HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,384
A question for Technic experts, to assist with my next review of an olden set: What was the last set to use the flex-system for control, rather than just the pipes for aesthetics?

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  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,280
    Paging @Crowkillers‌
    Crowkillers report to this thread please!

    Pass. I've only been into Technic for about 18 months - I'm still getting used to the idea that it used to have studs!!
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  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    edited July 2014
    I am pretty certain it was the 7471 Mars Exploration Rover...
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,947
    Huw said:

    A question for Technic experts, to assist with my next review of an olden set: What was the last set to use the flex-system for control, rather than just the pipes for aesthetics?

    What does this mean? (Curious!)
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    edited July 2014

    Huw said:

    A question for Technic experts, to assist with my next review of an olden set: What was the last set to use the flex-system for control, rather than just the pipes for aesthetics?

    What does this mean? (Curious!)
    He means a model that used the flex tube system(cable that slides back and forth inside of the hollow outer hard flex tube) for actual functioning movement rather than just the outer hard flex tubing being used for decoration or structure for example the sides of the front windshield on this model...

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  • SchwallexSchwallex Member Posts: 121
    edited August 2014
    Whoa, there are sets that do that?

    Much to learn this young padawan still has. Looking forward to the review.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,384
    edited August 2014
    @crowkillers, thanks.

    The flex tubing was commonly used for aesthetics for example in #8437 Future Car, but was superseded in 1999 I think it was by the flexible parts used in that recovery truck.

    To answer my own question about Technic models, it seems its last use for control was in 2000, in #8457 Power Puller, if we discount the Star Wars Technic models.

    @paul_merton, I'll post an article about an early example later today.
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    edited August 2014
    Huw said:

    @crowkillers, thanks.

    The flex tubing was commonly used for aesthetics for example in #8437 Future Car, but was superseded in 1999 I think it was by the flexible parts used in that recovery truck.

    To answer my own question about Technic models, it seems its last use for control was in 2000, in #8457 Power Puller, if we discount the Star Wars Technic models.

    @paul_merton, I'll post an article about an early example later today.

    Were you looking for the last "set" or "Technic Set" that the flex system was used in(for movement)...?

    The 7471 Mars Exploration Rover came out in 2003 and is build almost entirely from technic parts...

    Or when you say "Movement" are you talking about something completely different than I am thinking..?

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  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    The 7471 used the flex system to control the steering of the rear wheels...
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,384
    "Technic" set, although that one is technic in all but name, isn't it.
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    edited August 2014
    Huw said:

    "Technic" set, although that one is technic in all but name, isn't it.

    Got ya... You just said "set" in your initial post, that was why I mentioned the 7471...

    This subject had come up at Eurobricks before, what would you consider the #8653 Enzo, #8145 599 GTB, and some of the other "Racers" sets like the #8682 Nitro Intimidator, #8146 Muscle, and #8649 Menace..? I know they say "Racers" on the box, but so do some minifigure sets....

    Even the #8461 Williams set says it... And that is pretty much a clone of the #8458 Technic Silver Champion...
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,384
    For the database, they are Racers, but to me, and you I suspect, they are Technic :)
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