LEGO 42041 Technic Race Truck Review
The Lego 42041, also known as the Lego Race Truck Set, is a rather exciting build. There are plenty of wonderful things regarding this set, as well as the terms of making it. A thing that people like about the 42041 are the looks of the racks and the pinions of the vehicle. But even if this set doesn’t include any sort of suspension setup when it comes to the wheels, the vehicle, on the other hand, is still nicely constructed. Although it would have been great to see plenty of improvements made with the new parts, which were developed after this set was first released in 2010.
The race car looks wonderful, construction-wise. It’s got a very sharp look to it. However, its supercharger makes the V8 look highly ridiculous. It would be great if the supercharger was slightly toned down a tad bit, then it would look so much better here.
After replacing plenty of the black parts with red parts, you are free to take apart the model right down to its minimum – This could come in handy if you want to motorize it. One of the great things about this is that the vehicle will come apart in segments, making it easy for you to rebuild it just in case you want to see a vehicle again. This was also highly quick to disassemble, probably by ten connections more or less. The only problem here is that the 42041 isn’t a typical B-model Lego race car. But don’t let that stop you from making this the bar in regards to speed of an average Lego vehicle.
You can also modify the front side of the race car, if you want to incorporate a PF Servo motor in the build. The main purpose of lining up with how the servo works with the 42041 lines up with the model you want to create a hinge connection to, much like how the remainder of the model is constructed here. This allows you to hold the wheels in a straight position, and lay down the servo without having to take apart the car. All you need to do is to push down the servo, as if you would do the same with an average Lego brick. This is how you connect the car’s parts together and make up one gorgeous vehicle.
When it comes to the servo, the black connectors must be pushed down right away once you have connected them to the vehicle. After that, the servo is ready to be mounted and dropped into place.
This is a highly interactive set in general – And is slightly different from your typical Lego Technic or general Lego vehicle build. There are loads of hinge connections when it comes to the Lego 42041, in which the loosened parts have the tendency to swing back and forth right into position. When it comes to the vehicle’s parts, this set does include a good amount of Lego Technic beams measuring 1 x 15, alongside panel parts together with a V8 engine. This set in general does provide a good example of what a real Lego race car should be all about, especially in terms of the car’s weight and size. One look at the blue seats and you will know that this is a good position for throwing in Lego’s own Power Functions in it.
It’s just unfortunate that the Lego 42041 also comes with its own set of cons. First, there’s the obvious lack of suspension setup. The aforementioned blue seat is a is a singular left fender panel portion, without its right-side counterpart. A lack of right seat means the lack of a passenger seat. This has probably been addressed before in previous Lego builds, but there are plenty of stickers that accompany the 42041 which are completely specific for certain parts of the car. People have complained about the set of stickers that came all bunched up and squashed right at the bottom side of the box, alongside the instructions. These all came in a wonderful shape. One more concern that people have was in regards to the box – It was very small to fit the tires in, and some of these tires were also squashed a bit by the box, like what happened to the stickers.
When testing it out, the 42041’s XL motor does work out wonderfully. Nobody really expected that it would move that fast. However, the crazy thing about this is the fact that an upgraded XL motor tends to pull in a giant amount of current from inside the vehicle’s Lego battery box. There have been instances in which the thermal fuse trips – But this is probably taken as a good sign, according to those who have owned models similar to this one.
The Lego 42041 Race Truck is the final one in the first batch of Lego Technic sets from 2015. This particular build is pretty much a rehash of the Lego 8041 set released in 2010. The box includes eight types of unnumbered bags, which house the bricks and accessories you need for building. There’s also four kinds of tires measuring 56 x 28. Two instruction booklets are included, but they only discuss the A-model and not the alternative. And finally, one sticker sheet. The build has over a thousand parts in total.
Its older counterpart, the Lego 8041, was initially released back in 2010, as mentioned earlier. Pretty certain that it gained enough popularity for Lego to warrant releasing the model again, albeit under a different name. As mentioned by plenty of Lego review blogs, the 8041 only ranks at least 630 in regards to the number of people who have purchased or owned this set – So it doesn’t indicate that this model itself was extremely popular.
There are actually loads of differences in regards to the two models. The Lego 8041 originally came in a dark blue hue up until 2012, to which it shifted to a lighter tan color. It also had a wheel with three pinholes (known as a 41896 in Lego terminology). However, the Lego 42041 has a wheel with six pinholes (also known as a 56908). The inventories for both vehicles have proven that the Lego 8041 has its own 30367b dome with a blocked open stud that measures 2 x 2. The 42041 comes with the 30367c hollow recessed stud. The part with the 32269 20-Tooth Bevel Gear has also been replaced with a newer mold and variant, the 18575.
The base framework created for the trick is actually quite thin, and involves a singular layer of technic beams. The rear axle, with the frontal and differential steering that comes with its usual HOG connection has been thrown in as well, along with the mandatory Lego V8 engine.
The remainder of the truck is comprised of panels. The driver seat actually comes in the form of a blue mudguard panel, which looks a tad bit uncomfortable – Should pose a concern for minifigures who want to take this vehicle out for a spin. The front side of the cabin has been created to swing forward, with the aid of several Lego Technic beams, all joined together as a hinge using friction pins so that the entire thing is firmly held into place.
The silver flexible hose can also be used to attach the engine, which has to be cut down to size. This is a technique that has been faded out in preference for giving the right length of precutting. The frontal and rear guards, as well as the accompanying side panels, are thrown in as well, providing the truck with some sort of depth to it.
The stickers can wait until the end so you will be able to see the difference between a completely spruced up vehicle, and one that relies on its build to look elegant. Because a set of Lego stickers has the ability to be able to shift the color’s panels so dramatically, it’s slightly hard to make comparisons before and after they have been put on. They do improve the overall look of the vehicle itself – It all depends on the person who built it.
The vehicle’s front cabin also swings in a forward direction after you take out two of its locking pins. There’s not really much to find beneath the vehicle though, and it totally shows the minimum amount of framework involved here that is meant to keep the truck from falling apart. The cabin doors can also be closed and opened.
The finished model in general is a tad bit flimsy in certain spots, since there’s not enough leftover bricks here to make the framework seem twice as strong. This could potentially affect the rear end of the car, which normally hangs over the back side of the wheels without the need of having to connect to anything.
It is still unknown why Lego has decided to re-release the 42041 Race Truck build in the first place – Perhaps there was enough demand for Lego to justify this reason. They tend to do that pretty often.