September 28, 2011
Fernando: Unimog Implements
As Markus already explained, the Unimog is a versatile platform characterized by the huge diversity of implements (or attachments) that are possible to develop, for as many applications as you can imagine for this vehicle.
You have also seen how to power the implements from the available front and rear PTO and PPTOs, and how the operator controls these from inside the cabin.
Among the different applications we can find, there are some relatively common but also quite unusual. Let's see a few of these and some LEGO elements you can use to implement them.
Below, some examples you may try with the LEGO Technic Linear Actuator, or its smaller version released already this year.
Articulated elements as cargo beds or similar, objects that you need to raise from the ground or the positioning of special tools, as it is the case in the road safety work vehicle below (the latest one). Off course most of these use pneumatic cylinders in their real life versions, but there are situations where you need force, precision or simply it may be more interesting for you to drive the mechanism by some other means.
The LEGO Technic pneumatic accessories may also become very useful for many other types of implements.
In some cases the pneumatic cylinders do match closer the real mechanisms or simply it would be much difficult, if not impractical, to route a driving shaft or some other gearing solution to the point where it would be needed to drive a Linear Actuator.
Other type of implements can be for instance based on more fundamental elements only, to drive their core functionality, like gears or turntables.
In some cases your model functionality may consist of rotating movements only, where elements just producing linear motion do not fit, or there is no space for them in the building scale chosen and you must figure out some different solutions.
Some fans have already started to build their own implements and modifications to the LEGO Technic Unimog U400, or even they have developed completely new versions from scratch, as you may have already seen online.
Hopefully you have also built yours and submitted to the LEGO Technic Challenge contest in September. ;)
In the early Unimog days there were also already some archaic attachments... as you can see from the antique images below.
But things have evolved a lot since then and... Do you know that by the occasion of the Unimog 60th anniversary, Mercedes-Benz presented its latest concept proposal for the Unimogs of tomorrow?
Have you thought about what the future implements may also look like and how they would fit in this?
Don’t forget to share your vision and show it to the fans community, at the several online forums.
And do not forget!... The Unimog is not the only LEGO Technic set for which you can build your own attachments.
For instance, your 8043 Excavator is eagerly waiting for you to build some new electrical or pneumatic hammers, grabbers, or something else you may have in mind. ;)