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Diggin’ up the Weekend, or, I build the Lego Technic Volvo Loader

Love tech and gadgets? Then you’ll love Stuff India Magazine. Packed with the coolest tech this side of an alien space station, it’s a must-read for anyone who can’t wait for the future to just get here already.  Yup, it’s the coolest job in the world and I get to play with all sorts of amazing kit. And back in November I spent a weekend building an awesome Lego Technic kit – the L350 Volvo loader. Take a look, hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I did building it. And when yer done, head over to Stuff.tv/in for more of the best gear around!



“… Firing on all cylinders
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The going seems to have gotten easier. How much easier? A lot – it was at least an hour ago that I last contemplated running away to join a Himalayan monastery. In Technic terms, that’s pretty good. But all that’s behind me as with the engine block installed, the set seems over halfway built. The pistons look rather neat all lined up in the engine, but I’ve found something else that’s just as amazing:  Running your hand through a stonking big pile of Lego has to be one of the most soothing experiences this side of a spa vacation…

… Dig, baby, dig!
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Can’t find a very critical brick that’s the last one left of its type. My heart sinks as I ponder the futility of life. Wait, found it! If there ever was a time to dance a merry jig, this is it. The relief I feel is akin to that of a diver’s upon encountering a shark that somehow turns out to be a vegetarian. The final section is probably the hardest – assembling the boom arms, fitting the actuators, and affixing the bucket can be quite tricky and requires a decent bit of dexterity and patience. But we’re finally done! Time to snap on the giant wheels, pop some batteries into the remote, and then it’s off to the front lawn for a spot of earthmover mayhem….