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Can old guys build these things...?!!!

unclepineunclepine WinnipegMember Posts: 2
Hey chaps, calling from Winterpeg where it currently sits at -34C with the windchill, I came across a Harley wannabe brick kit from DeCool whom I never heard of, put it together and was hooked...! I have no idea how it compares to Lego stuff as I have never built any Lego. I am 67 years old and looking for a new hobby. I build plastic styrene kits of armour and aircraft, doing THAT since 1971, and I have a woodworking shop in my basement. I love "gadgets" of all kinds, especially ones you put together so when I finished that bike kit I had to do more research.
WOW...there seems to be(or were) quite the trade wars between Lego, DeCool, MouldKing, etc. over copyrights and stuff. I really have no interest in getting involved in those flaming wars, I just want to build some cranes and dozers.

My big question here is, what are the best kits that have all the motors, remotes, WiFi, yadda, yadda, yadda, that a person could really sink their teeth into...? Again, I'm speaking here of cranes, big dozers and front end loaders.

Thanks in advance for any help...MUCH appreciated. Ya, I know, I'm still a kid that hasn't grown up yet...hahaha...!!
M1J0ELittleLori

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  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,157
    edited January 9
    Basically there are two types of building block sets: Lego and their legitimate competitors like Mega Constux and Kreo. Then there are Chinese knock offs that blatantly infringe on copyrights, licenses, and design. You can browse the forum for discussions on Chinese knock offs, generally they are frowned upon here. 

    Many of the members here for your age range and you will fit in fine. Have a look at Creator Expert and Technic and you should find some fun stuff that suits your interest. Welcome!
    madforLEGOFizyxbrickventuresstluxLittleLorigmonkey76KungFuKennysnowhitie
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 437
    edited January 9
    Go for Technic, Mindstorms, Boost, Power Functions, trains, misc electronic sets like #4095, #8479, exc. New or antique, it's all fun to tinker with. Stay away from Powered Up though, it's rather janky (hopefully they fix it and make it more like power functions, but for now IMO it's not worth it).
    CharmiefcbLittleLori
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 897
    Welcome unclepine, and to look on the positive side, perhaps you could be the rare case of someone who gets into real Lego by first buying into a clone brand!

    As you want to build highly functional vehicles, Technic by Lego is going to be far more detailed and reliable for parts than any other similar brands I know of - with these builds it’s really important to know the quality of the pieces is the best it can be to make mechanisms move properly. 
    LittleLori
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 437
    Welcome unclepine, and to look on the positive side, perhaps you could be the rare case of someone who gets into real Lego by first buying into a clone brand!

    As you want to build highly functional vehicles, Technic by Lego is going to be far more detailed and reliable for parts than any other similar brands I know of - with these builds it’s really important to know the quality of the pieces is the best it can be to make mechanisms move properly. 
    Well, there is one clone brand that makes a tank (which Legp don't have).

    https://www.hammacher.com/products/build-your-own-rc-tank?refsku=89818&xsp=4&promo=xsells
  • unclepineunclepine WinnipegMember Posts: 2
    THANKS chaps, for all the kind words and info..! Lots to look at and check into for possibilities. At present I'm working on the Lego 42108 mobile crane that I picked up this past Friday. No motors, but a good way I figure to get my first taste of a "real" Lego kit. i have the frame done and now workin on the steering sets. So far everything fits snug with no play unlike some of the parts on the DeCool bike. Will check out some of the links provided for more ideas..I REALLY like that GINORMOUS excavator...but YIKES..$550 bucks up here in the Great White North...!!

    Later
    M1J0EdrdavewatfordThe_RancorFizyx
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 261
    unclepine said:
    $550 bucks up here in the Great White North...!!
    It's cheaper at costco.ca
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 635
    * sadly not much shows up on Costco.ca anymore.  I kept checking it when they had sets I wanted but the ones I wanted weren’t any cheaper.  

    Good point on costco.ca though, they can have 20% off on a large set you’d never think would be on sale!

    Welcome Uncle, I think the rest of the prairies is feeling Winterpeg’s weather right about now!
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