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8043 excavator

crdoddcrdodd KentuckyMember Posts: 2
I am thinking about getting the 8043 excavator.  What are the forums  thoughts on this set?

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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 7,819
    My first motorised Technic set out of my Dark Age.  Loved it.
  • crdoddcrdodd KentuckyMember Posts: 2
    I am an 81 yr old heavy equipment operator.   I am off work for three months, so thought I would build some construction sets.  I have built the 42009,42030,42053,
    42043 technic sets.   First builds for me in 81 yrs.  Took over a month.  Just concerned
    over the problems with the early sets.  Hopefully the one I am looking at on Amazon 
    will have the correct pieces.   Thanks!
    Bumblepants
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO USMember Posts: 7,566
    crdodd said:
    I am an 81 yr old heavy equipment operator.   I am off work for three months, so thought I would build some construction sets.  I have built the 42009,42030,42053,
    42043 technic sets.   First builds for me in 81 yrs.  Took over a month.  Just concerned
    over the problems with the early sets.  Hopefully the one I am looking at on Amazon 
    will have the correct pieces.   Thanks!
    If Not LEGO customer service may still help those who got the earlier 8043 and send out a parts bag with the updated instructions (LEGO CS is pretty good like that)
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 1,983
    I have mine still sealed up. Haven't gotten around to building any of the big technic sets yet   how can you tell if it's the old set without building it,  or can you?
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,655
    edited February 18
    While we tend to not discuss personnel preferences on the forum, I will say that 8043 is my all time favorite Technics set due to it's unmatched operate-ability.  It's got 4(!) motors to run all of its functions. (That giant wheel excavator only has one.) The model can pretty much mimic all of the functions of the real deal - tracks can turn independently of each other, the body swivels 360 degrees, and the arm has three powered joints. As a life-long equipment operator, you will certainly enjoy this set ALOT!  
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 7,819
    pharmjod said:
    I have mine still sealed up. Haven't gotten around to building any of the big technic sets yet   how can you tell if it's the old set without building it,  or can you?
    I got three from Argos back in the day.  Each of them had an green rectangular sticker on It, presumably to indicate it was a corrected version and so a green light.
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 1,983
    ecmo47 said:
    While we tend to not discuss personnel preferences on the forum..
    I don't think we are reading the same forum =)

    Unless my sarcasm detector needs to be recalibrated.
    madforLEGOBumblepantscatwrangler
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 1,983
    @Legoboy I guess I'll just have to open it up and check. I don't recall seeing any green stickers. It's buried in my basement somewhere.
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