In 1989, the LEGO pneumatic line was revamped, and a new cylinder and pump piece were introduced. The old cylinders and pumps were discontinued. The chief difference is that the new cylinder had two input valves now, which allowed both pushing and pulling without needing complex circuits involving the distribution block piece. The Generation 2 cylinders also had metal rods so that they more closely resembled real hydraulic cylinders.
With these sets it is possible to build or convert manually-operated mechanical movement to motorized using electric motors which are controlled via switches or IR remote control. Future plans for this set include more parts which will add even more function/control possibilities.[citation needed]. Lego has already started to design and sell Lego Technic models (sets) which can be easily retrofitted with the Power Functions system. For example, models like the 8294 Excavator and 8295 Telescopic Handler are sold like classic Lego Technic models with manual motorization but are designed with free space for the Power Functions components with factory instructions on how to perform the conversion to an electrically operated model.
The first generation of LEGO Pneumatics ran from 1984 through 1988. This generation is characterised by single port pneumatic cylinders and the more complex plumbing including a three port distribution block with a pressure and vacuum outlet port. These pressure and vacuum lines ran to a switch to provide pressure for extension or vacuum for retraction of the pneumatic cylinders. These are often falsely compared to single acting hydraulic cylinders that require gravity to retract. The difference is that these units retract on the application of vacuum.[citation needed]
A decent amount of gears, connectors and axles makes the new crane almost a perfect choice both for beginners, who may still be short on key building elements, and experienced builders who can enjoy building the model and use these piece for another massive creation. However, we can’t recommend getting the new crane for the sake of panels: Because of the tower’s asymmetrical structure, you’ll notice that most of the panels come in uneven amounts.
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With these sets it is possible to build or convert manually-operated mechanical movement to motorized using electric motors which are controlled via switches or IR remote control. Future plans for this set include more parts which will add even more function/control possibilities.. Lego has already started to design and sell Lego Technic models (sets) which can be easily retrofitted with the Power Functions system. For example, models like the 8294 Excavator, 8295 Telescopic Handler or 7645 MT-61 Crystal Reaper are sold like classic Lego Technic models with manual motorization but are designed with free space for the Power Functions components with factory instructions on how to perform the conversion to an electrically operated model.
This is also a great lower priced set for introducing younger children to the LEGO Technic range. It comes with 631 pieces and LEGO recommend it for 8-14 year olds, though we reckon it is best for preteens. It is a 2-in-1 kit that can also build a Container Straddle-Carrier. When built the model is 9 inches high, 11 inches long and 3 inches wide. It can be played with by hand and has full steering capabilities.
Hi, just wanted to say thank you for your site....I was feeling a little nostalgic, browsing the internet checking Lego Technic sites and came upon yours.  The best Lego site I've ever encountered.  It brought back many many memories of sets I both owned and had wanted in the past.  Thanks for all your hard work, wonderful pictures, videos, and your great comments.  Keep it up!
The primary advantage of studless construction is the addition of new construction methods that were previously unavailable. Liftarms are exactly 1 unit width high, in contrast to studded beams, which are a non-integer multiple of one unit. It can be awkward to use studded beams in vertical structures because it is necessary to insert plates between the studded beams in order to get the holes to line up. Studless beams allow greater flexibility when building in multiple dimensions, while remaining compatible with "classic" studded beams. Some builders also believe that models constructed with studless beams look nicer than their studded counterparts.[3]
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