The Abyss

I first posted this on Eurobricks 3 years ago as an excuse for me to change my head!

Sinner Tug
Sinner was working hard one day and it suddenly occurred to him that his life was missing something.

Sinner post
After some reflection, meditation and some tantric sex he realised what it was and wrote a letter to…

Paddle steamer
…the guy that he lost his beloved paddle steamer to. It was many years ago, but it was something to do with two bottles of bourbon, a goat, and some cards. As it turned out, he no longer wanted it so Sinner was able to buy it for a fraction of its true worth. While he was disappointed that it wasn’t 100% the way he remembered, he knew he could restore it to near mint condition given time.

Essential supplies
First of all though he had a journey in mind and he knew that only his old paddle steamer had the deep water handling that he needed. His friends tried to persuade him not to go, but he knew this was something he had to do. Refusing even to tell them his destination, he quickly packed some essential supplies…

Sailing off into the sunset
…and he steamed off that very day. Many thought he would never return.

The return
88 days later he returned, but people could tell at a glance that he was not the same walrus. For he had journeyed to end of the world and looked into the abyss. The abyss looked back at him, and he was forever changed, as its darkness had seeped into his eyes…

Dark eyes
Sinner never spoke of that journey.

The Bogfloater

For years many people laughed at the idea of a floating dump truck. “Why would someone want that? The power needed to lift any heavy machinery like that would make it impractical. Wheels are a far better solution.”


But everything changed when Talrtre 4 was discovered. It was a vast planet that was a virtual gold mine of everything; uranium, rare isotopes, jewels the size of heads, methane, gold… everything was there for the taking. But the problem was that less than 1% of the planet had a surface; the rest was a vast bogland of riches, a bogland that was highly destructive to metals and ceramics.


At first people were happy with just sucking up from the side of the small islands on Talrtre 4, but it was soon found that the islands for some reason repelled most of the better resources; a better solution needed. One day a thrill seeker was testing out a new floater-bike and he strayed over the boglands by mistake. Instantly his floater shot up in the air, and he was never seen again. This tragic incident led to some research and it was found that the vapours from the boglands increased the efficiency of most floaters by 500%! Thus the concept of floating refineries was born.


It was soon realised that a way for transporting the processed goods to the spaceports was needed, so reluctantly tenders were put out for a floating dump truck. In under a day most truck companies revealed that they had a design ready, but none wanted to discuss why they had one made already.


Today Talrtre 4 is covered with thousands of floating dump trucks, colloquially known as Bogfloaters. (Not to be confused with floating bogs…)

Boring notes from reality land

I bought 7344 soon after my return to the light… but it didn’t take long for me to start regretting it. It doesn’t fit into towns at all, so it was shelved fast. Re-building it into a space-dump-truck occurred to me a year later! Aside from the black beams at the bottom it only uses parts from the set. It’s currently in semi-broken state but the concept is so silly yet semi believable that I plan to re-work it.

Review: 6753 Highway Transport

Welcome to my mega 6753 review! Please note that these are shown in the order I built them so I can’t provide additional photos of the first two models. (Unless I have already taken it, which is possible.) First off…

Car Carrier

This is the primary model of the set and it uses the greatest percentage of parts. (No model uses all the parts.) It’s sparse on details aside from the front and interior, but I think it’s still a quite good looking truck.


The top opens up to provide internal access.


Inside there’s the expected seats and steering wheel, as well as a coffee machine in a potentially dangerous place. I expected a sleeper cab, but the steering took up the room for that.


Steering? Yes! It works OK and it’s fun to use while “parking” the trailer. The steering circle isn’t best, but it’s still a nice feature for a Creator model.


The “Fifth wheel” looks the part and works OK as well, but you can see here the lack of much other detail in this area.


The trailer has supports so it will stay level when disconnected. The set comes with two cars which fit on the bottom…


…or the top. As you can see the ramp isn’t needed to hold up the second level; the beams in the middle do that. If you pull the pin forward…


…the top angles down allowing cars to “drive” off. TLG advertises 6743 Street Speeder as being compatible with this set.


I like the look of the cars; especially the white one. The headlights are one of my favourite parts.


I’m assuming the panel on the red car is supposed to look like an air scoop, but it doesn’t really work for me.


Construction-wise the cars are pretty much squares with some front SNOT as distraction. For the most part I think it’s effective.


The scale in this set is weird; I looks to be about the right size for a Technic man…


…but it’s not. (I think it’s mostly due to a lack of leg room.)


Walrus scale seems wrong too.


The cars are even worse! Clearly the cars are too small for the truck, mostly due I think to the trailer being too small. It’s understandable why (price), but for this reason it’s not an accurate model.


On the other hand, scale is a common problem with LEGO, as Speed Racer proved.

Tow Truck


It’s a nice big heavy duty tow truck… so why is it paired with a sports car? :wacko:


Let’s get this out of the way; I messed up with the back of the car. I only realised it today. :blush: Just imagine the back SNOT plates being a stud higher.


The tow truck is probably the best detailed model of the three. The side fuel tanks in particular look great! They are actually built at a half stud offset so they align correctly.


I don’t think the car (even from the front) is as successful as the smaller ones. The squareness is too pronounced due to the extra width.


Imagine a crash. Screeech! Smash! Crash! Oh look; the rear of my car is mangled. Wake up!


First we deploy the winch….


…extend the boom…


…and connect the car.


With the winch pulling…


…the car is brought up to the wheel lift…


…but we’re not quite making it. I wonder why.


Oh look; the rear end is drooping. That was some crash!


We’ll need to lift it higher…


…and then retract the boom.


Hurrah! You’ll stop cheering when you see the bill; why you called a truck this big is quite beyond me.


Once again this has a confusing scale; the car is clearly not Technic man scale, but the truck seems to be. The roof in this model is not removable… and what’s that two-gears-on-an-axel supposed to be anyway?


The boom in this model is especially nice. It extends smoothly even though it seems rather short. The boom can be set low…


…or high by moving the strut.


The boom has a locking function, like the winch, but annoyingly it slips when the rope is under tension.


When retracted the boom drops though this hole; for this reason the boom can’t be much longer.

Mobile Crane


I love cranes. I love this photo too; from the thumbnail it looks like a real crane… or maybe it’s just me. Anyway let’s extend the boom…


…whoa; look at that bend! OK, I’m getting ahead of myself.


All things considered, I think it’s a good looking crane. (Please ignore the lifted plate….) As usual TLG make the boom too short, but as an alternate model I think it’s quite good.


Probably not the windshield though. Nice solution, but it just looks too weird to me. No easy access to the cabin in this model either, so I’ll be skipping the scale rant. (It looks close to Fabuland scale, and I tried to fit myself in the crane cab but my bottom was too big.)


The rear looks good though.


The crane has a decent height capability. The boom doesn’t lock in any way, but there is a grey pin provided which I saw as the given solution. It’s clunky but it does work. (It’s probably better than the 7249 lets-make-the-outer-too-small method.) The boom elevation is “locked” by two 2×4 plates which give you two settings. (Ignore the third one for now.)


The usual brush-leaning-on-a-gear method is used to brake the hook. It has stablisers too. In…


…and out. Hardly impressive or effective I know, but still! (Circular engine? Gas turbine?)


I’m not normally one to show construction photos, but this I thought was notable. There is no turntable provided with this set; so they make one from what’s in the set!


The carrier has an axle which connects to the cylinder in the center…


…which is then re-enforced. Does it work well?


First of all, it’s time to get back to that 2×4 plate. I wanted to be able to hold the boom lower, so I used a spare plate from the set to create an extra option! (Isn’t LEGO great!)


As you can see, the turntable lifts. This is because of the lack of counterweight (in a real crane, or a good model, the black part will be heavier), and to a lesser degree due to the weakness of the turntable. So it works OK, but not as good.


Pushing on the boom just a bit makes it worse. Maybe that’s why there isn’t normally a plate there?


So is it a good crane? Let’s compare! Enter 8288 Crawler Crane. :wub: It seems to have about the same height.


Well at first anyway!


Next; radius! Looks close!


Close enough I think.


Weight? I’d rather not; chance of part damage is too great, especially outside. But I will do the Domo test! Setting the weight over the center of the chassis as much as possible 6753 takes the load!


It is clear though that the turntable will fail soon.


Up goes Domo again!


No problem this time.


Time to let Domo rest I think.

Ratings

Functions:
Car Carrier: Steering, opening door, removable roof, removable trailer, ramps move on trailer
Tow Truck: Boom elevation, braked boom extension (geared), opening doors, braked winch
Mobile Crane: Boom elevation, boom extension, braked winch, crane slew without turntable piece

This set is a perfect example of the flexibility of LEGO. 10/10

Parts:
Nothing hugely exciting, but it’s a great mix. 9/10

Price:
At $149.99 AUD for 1294 parts it’s a good deal. Not as good as some prices of yesteryear, but that’s life! (I got mine for $100.) 9/10

Looks:
All of the models look quite good, but they all have their flaws. 7/10

Fudge:
Creator sets are a masterpiece. This set in particular contained special parts (such as the rope) especially for the alternate models. I like that. These sets are always a great buy as you know that they are good for more than just one model. However this set has one major defect; the yellow. I’m not one to go on about this too much, but the consistency of the colour wasn’t good. The mudguard pieces seemed semi transparent. 8/10

Overall: Buy! 8/10

Notes: I’ve been working on this since last year; I was delayed due to a house move. I ended up restarting so photos would be consistent thus this review is a lot later than I wanted. The set is still available, but I wanted this done last year. Sorry…