2012 Roundup & 2013 Plans
Summary of another year of building and plans for the year ahead.
I have spent majority of 2012 working on my book, which is why I only got a total of 13 MOCs done. It’s less than half of my 2011’s outcome, but while the quantity of my creations was low, I feel rather satisfied with their quality. I have managed to finally build my first proper supercar model, the legendary Ford GT40, I have pulled off a Kenworth truck model that was a blend of good aesthetics and NXT functionality, and I have finished a properly working and looking Batman’s Tumbler model, after years of trying. Some of my leisure builds turned out better than anticipated – namely the JCB 456 front-end loader, and the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – while some other, experimental builds, such as my Bugatti Type 35 or LIME Mk2, produced rather questionable results. All in all, I think the good MOCs prevailed, and I also got to play with the NXT system and with the combined power of four RC motors, which I have first put to use in my Pagani Zonda model, and which I still plan to use many times. My only regret is that I have built so little, and only rather typical vehicular models. I had no time to try my hand at aircraft models yet, nor to return to boats of any sort (not counting the Ghost Ship, which was rather less-than-usual boat).
I’m rather sure that 2013 will see more MOCs from me. I intend to start it with a special secret project that will be very different from my typical models. I’m also determined to finally build the K2 Black Panther tank I was putting on hold for so long, with an active suspension system and plenty of details. Once finished, it will be completed by a model of the KZKT 7428 Rusich heavy tank transporter, which will be powered by RC unit or by NXT unit, to allow the two MOCs work at the same time. Still from the military theme, I plan on second take on the model of a transporter from James Cameron’s Aliens movie, this time much improved over my first take, with proper wheels, dark grey hull and more functions.
I will be trying to further employ the power of 4 RC motors, in several aspects. For speed, in a model of the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP racing car, which I have actually started to build already, and which will be smaller than my Zonda, with all motors driving the rear axle directly, with body being a mix of studless and studfull pieces, and possibly with brakes. This model, which I plan to build basically black, will also be a great opportunity to take my work with stickers to another level. And for off-road performance, I will use the RC motors in a Dakar truck model, which will come with a floating suspension, 4×4 drive, and perhaps a gearbox to traverse rough terrain with a speed beyond that of any Trial Truck.
As for other models, I plan to experiment a lot. Part of it will include and Airport Crash Tender model, which is pretty much a fire engine on steroids, and which I plan to equip with a real water pump. Part of it will be my long-delayed Lamborghini Reventon model, which I intend to build with focus on functions rather than on performance, and to base around the NXT functionality. And part of it – I hope – will be a Bucket Wheel Excavator model, which I’ve been thinking on for a long time since 2009,when my first attempt at it failed. I think I know now where I went wrong and how to go right. The model will surely be massive, and controlled by no less than two NXT units, allowing wireless remote control using a pad. There will be over 400 of the tread links alone in this model, and I think it’s going to be a huge and challenging build.
I hope my book is a good reason to forgive me so few MOCs this year. I have a couple of things in store for 2013 that may surprise you, and they are not only MOCs. Stay tuned!
Happy New Year 2013!