42050 Drag Racer was revealed in the news late last year and based on the images posted in that news article I commented that while I liked the colours, I was not so impressed with the models themselves.
Having spent last weekend building this set, read on to see how this set grows on you.
Box and contents
The front of the box has an image of the drag racer pulling a wheelie while burning rubber on the race track. It has an insert image showing that the finished model is 46cm (18in) long.
The rear of the box shows that the body shell can be lifted up and that the whole car can be raised into a wheelie position.
The parts come in five un-numbered bags. The two rear tyres are loose in the box.
This is the third set to include two tumbler tyres. They have previously been seen in 76023 The Tumbler (hence their name) and 5004590 Bat-Pod. This second set was only available as a VIP competition prize and so these tyres are rare and justify purchasing this set for these parts alone.
All three sets have included only two tumbler tyres: there has never been a set with four.
Tyres have some letters and numbers printed on their rim as a code for the size and performance. The numbers printed on LEGO tyres refer to the tyre's maximum diameter and nominal width in mm. These two tyres are 49.5 x 20 and 81.6 x 44.
Instructions for the main model are printed in one bound-book of 131-pages.
There is a sticker sheet loose in the box as well.
This set introduces some Technic parts in Medium Azure for the first time. There are three Technic Panel Curved 11 x 3 with 10 Pin Holes, a pair of panel fairings 20/21, six Technic Axle and Pin Connector Angled #3, three Technic 13M beams and four Technic 7M beams.
New in this set are two red-brown 3M axle with end stop. This part is so new that it is not found in Brickset, Rebrickable or the LEGO inventories.
The above image shows the rainbow of colours that are used to identify the variety of Technic axles found in this set.
Halfway through the build, step 91, the red chassis is complete and the V8 engine is in place.
The hand-of-God steering is in place.
There is no differential. Drag racers need to apply even thrust to both wheels so that they drive in a straight line and often have spool differentials to achieve this.
Squeezing the silver-metallic flexible tubes onto the pin connectors was quite tough.
By build step 110, the carburetor air scoop is in place as well as two oil filters.
By build step 173, the body shell of the car has taken shape.
The completed model
I have taken some before and after sticker-application photos to give you some idea how this set looks with and without stickers.
There are two types of stickers: the large stickers to give some definition to the black 3x11 and 5x11 flat panels, and the smaller sponsor stickers applied to the curved panels.
Up until quite recently I have preferred not to apply stickers to my LEGO; I have wanted to keep my parts unspecified and not be locked to one set, but since writing news reviews here at Brickset, I have started to apply the stickers to give a better view of the set as intended by LEGO.
Recently, I read a magazine which contained an article that described an AFOL who was unable to complete building his LEGO sets because the fear that the stickers may not be applied correctly.
There are some sponsor stickers which are quite cryptic: Viscous Oil, Fast Productions, F&T Tyres, Axle Beam, Cheq Ured, Accele Rate, Wheelie Bar, IN Takes, Firm br eakz and En Gyne are some of the organisations sponsoring the drag racer.
There are some sponsors that I have been unable to identify: I cannot make any link for CTM Graphics Solutions or AcW Management and RP Reworx. I suspect that CTM, ACW and RP may be initials for graphics designer, manager and engineer at LEGO.
One of the sponsor stickers, Roufi Ravage, identifies Aurelien Rouffiange as the LEGO Technic designer of this set.
There is a lever near the right rear-wheel which lifts the body shell. This allows you to gain access to the engine.
There is a small amount of clearance for the exhaust.
Next to the lever that raises the body shell is a control that raises the whole car into a wheelie position.
One M Motor, Battery Pack, 24-tooth, 8-tooth and 24-tooth torque gear, and a 5M axle are needed to add motor functions to the main model.
The M Motor does not give this drag racer any sort of justice as it does not have enough torque to enable the car to drag off and will not let it pull wheelies even though the weight of the battery box is at the very back mounted on the wheelie bar.
The B Model
The B model Supercharged Dragster instructions are available for download from LEGO.
The driver sits forward of the V8 engine. Two 18-tooth gears are surrounded with eight chain links to imitate air filters. The front air filter is the hand-of-God steering wheel.
The spare parts make a start light.
This set captures the essence of funny car drag racers.
This colour compliments the red colour so well which is principally why I prefer the B Model: the red beams are hidden in the chassis of the main model. I am looking forward to more Technic parts becoming available in the Medium Azure colour.
I was surprised at how narrow the wheel base is. Looking at images of real funny cars, it is obvious that this is how they are built.
The body shell is quite flimsy, but yet again, this is how they are in constructed in the real world. The underlying chassis is very sturdy and easily holds the car shell together.
The B model is just as good as the main model and benefits from a better colour selection. It has a stronger design but does not have any immediately apparent power function capability.
There are two compelling reasons to purchase this set: first, the rare parts are justification particularly because of the tumbler tyres, and secondly, this is quite a good mid-sized set with a V8 engine which will appeal to many LEGO Technic car enthusiasts.
This set is available from shop.LEGO.com: