Technic 40th Anniversary model building instructions now available

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As you probably know this year is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Technic in 1977. As well as adding a special printed 1x3 beam in every set released this year, LEGO has produced instructions for creating an up-to-date version of the classic 8860 Car Chassis from 1980 using parts from this year's sets 42057 Ultralight Helicopter, 42061 Telehandler, and 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.

A poster showing the model was on display at the German toy fair but then it went quiet and as far as I know LEGO has not announced availability of the instructions, or linked to them from the Technic microsite. However, they have been published and can now be downloaded from the customer services portal.

I believe our resident Technic expert FlagsNZ is planning to build and review the model in the next few weeks.

Thanks to Ronny for the news. You can view a couple of large images after the break.

36 comments on this article

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By in Israel,

Oscar, go to either of the 3 sets' instructions: 42057, 42061, or 42063 and it's there!

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By in Venezuela,

thanks @defiant.nx74205

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By in Israel,

I love the yellow/black around the instructions' cover. Looks exactly like the original instructions. I was looking for these instructions for so long. I plan to get 2 copies of each of the 3 models, so that I could build all 3 A models, and this extra model.

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By in United States,

I don't plan on buying all 3 sets, but it might be fun to build from parts on hand and maybe one of the sets. Since there isn't any parts list in the instructions, it's hard to know what is needed. Any chance FlagsNZ can let us know which parts come from which sets as part of the review?

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By in Israel,

@tomahawker, I think that listing which parts came from which set will be a monumental, unfeasible task, as far as a review is concerned.

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By in Israel,

@tomahawker, I'll build it this weekend and post the parts that are left over, if that helps.

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By in France,

Anyone know where to get a parts list (for those not going to buy the 3 sets)?
cheers

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By in United States,

Cool that they did the gear box, but shame how they did the chairs. What really cracks me up is that there are 10x as many steps in the modern model's instructions!

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry -- the link on the image was correct but not in the text. I've now changed it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wait... What's the total cost of the three sets?

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By in Canada,

does it have a set number? Part count/description?
unlikely I will buy these 3 sets if can find the pieces elsewhere.

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By in Israel,

@TMT, no. This is a set you can build by having the pieces of the 3 individual sets, or by having spares.

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By in United Kingdom,

That looks awesome. I was disappointed with the 40th anniversary offerings from Technic, but I could be tempted to pick up all three sets to build it now. @speed-champions-fan Amazon currently has the three sets for just under £80.

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By in Norway,

I have bought those three set and was planning to build this one. But did not know where to get it.

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By in United States,

This sounds like a great excuse, er, reason to start getting into some Technic sets!

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By in Israel,

Front page for Ronny! YEAH!!

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By in Australia,

I'm really looking forward to tackling this project over the weekend.

I will try and provide as much information about what parts are required or which set they come from, as well as the left over parts not used from the three sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

8860 is probably my all time favourite technic set. I remember going to Woolworths every Saturday morning as a kid and looking at the awesome picture of it on the box which just made you want this set then lifting the lid on the box and see all the pieces and thinking one day I would love to get this set until eventually I managed to get one and I loved it, it took a while to build, it was big and had lots of moving parts and those awesome wheels and tyres.
I am so pleased lego chose this set to make a modern interpretation of and can't wait to build it to put alongside my original 8860.
One thing that made me smile though is the modern version has 173 instructions steps and the original only had 24!!!

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By in Sweden,

Why not just a new set... i dont want to buy 3 sets to build this!

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By in United Kingdom,

If it's a 40th anniversary set, why choose one from 1980? To my reckoning 1977 is 40 years ago, which means it should have been 853!

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By in China,

8860 was my only set in ten years,full of childhood

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By in United Kingdom,

That looks awesome. Although I wasn't planning to buy any of those individual sets, now I might buy all three and treat them as if they are one big set

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By in France,

Hello ! I finished this "Car Chassis" model special Technic 40th Anniversary during the night. ;-)
Pleasant assembly, nice final design, simple but effective functions : steering, rear suspension, adjustable seats (by friction only), fake motor driven by a gearbox with 2 gears and a neutral.
At the end, there are still many parts remaining from the 3 sets needed for its assembly (# 42057 Ultralight Helicopter, # 42061 Telescopic Manipulator and # 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure).
And the model is much more smaller than the one it is supposed to honor , the #8860 Car Chassis !
However, since it's the 40th anniversary of the Technic Range, it should be the #853 Car Chassis that should be honored, because it's one of the first 6 Technic sets ever released in 1977, so 40 years ago, while the #8860 was marketed from 1980 only...

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By in Israel,

I'm very happy with the selection of 8860 as the representative model. I think it sold more and overall looks better than 853. It's a matter of taste, though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just finished mine... and even though it uses modern parts and up-to-date techniques, it does remind you of some of the ways Technic has developed over the years. There's no rear diff, the suspension is rear axle only and uses a very primitive single wishbone. I do like it, though.

Just be careful when you're building the seats, they're not symmetric.

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By in United Kingdom,

Maybe it should be called the 37th anniversary set, as 8860, which the instructions are based on, came out in 1980!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it would be quite hard to actually build a car based on this. There appear to be very few places to attach a body, unlike the original

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By in Australia,

@ aap: Thanks for that list of parts. I will reference it in my review.

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By in United States,

@aap Thanks, that is very useful. I can use the Rebrickable feature to see which sets have the best match to parts I don't already own.

@FlagsNZ looking forward to your review.

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By in United Kingdom,

@RonnyN I know there are many sub steps etc, it was just a funny observation!!!

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By in United States,

I was lucky enough to have both 853 and 8860 as a child. 8860 was a great leap forward from 853 and for that reason I would have preferred to see what a modernised 853 would look like as I thought the 8860 was pretty much perfect.

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