Two motors, tracks and a remote control. Seems simple enough. Does this equal FUN? Or do you need more?
This is the 2nd remote controlled tracked vehicle with PowerFunction, after the 42065-1 RC Tracked Racer. The idea looks good. Remote controlled vehicles always means play fun. Let's see if it works.
Pull high-speed wheelies, spins and turns, and traverse rough terrain with this fully motorized LEGO® Technic™ 42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer. This tough model features large ground-gripping tracks with large rear sprockets for optimal acceleration, plus a modern design with a fresh yellow and blue color scheme and decorative stickers. Drive forward, backward, left or right and make 360° turns. Rebuild this 2-in-1 remote-controlled tracked vehicle to create a Remote-Controlled Racer for a double build-and-play experience.
The box measures 382 x 262 x 71 mm, and weighs 790gr. Inside we find 3 unnumbered bags, the instruction, a sticker sheet and the loose powerfunctions.
The instructions measure 279 x 211mm. It has 71 pages with 86 steps.
The pdf can be downloaded here.
The set contains 323 parts and 7 spare parts, in 12 different colors, and 18 different categories, with a total of 78 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
- Black: 26 parts, 183 quantity,
- Light Bluish Gray: 22 parts, 53 quantity,
- Dark Azure: 8 parts, 14 quantity,
Main categories are:
- Technic Connector: 14 parts, 41 quantity,
- Technic Beams: 11 part, 36 quantity,
- Technic Panels: 11 parts, 13 quantity,
There is 1 new part in this set: 42529 Technic Tread Sprocket Wheel Large Diameter 7 Holes
There are 2 parts rare in Dark Azure: 11946 Technic Panel Fairing #21 Very Small Smooth, Side B and 11946 Technic Panel Fairing #22 Very Small Smooth, Side A. The only other set thses parts come in this color is the 42083-1 Bugatti Chiron , and recently the 42098-1 Car Transporter.
The build is very straight forward. Dare I say even boring? The focus clearly leighs on the playability. The build is little more than creating a chassis for the motors and tracks, and slap on some panels for looks. The only nice detail is the headlights. They used a paint roller as a bracket.
The endresult is not ugly, but it won't win any design awards either.
Because the build is so simple and quick, I've also build the B-model, which is similar to the A-model, but wider.
There is also a MOC for this set, that claims that by moving the motors from the small to the large sprockets, this version is faster than the B-model. I've build this MOC as well, to test the theory.
The first thing I noticed after building this set: It does not have any grip! I tested it on a stone tile floor. The tracks skid a lot, and taking a corner puts it into an uncontrolable spin. I can't understand why LEGO didn't include some 24375 Rubber Technic Thread Attachment. I've added 1 on every second track, and this improved the driveability a lot! These are cheap, small parts, that won't add much to the cost of the set.
A quick test on a short straight track shows the following results (with rubber inserts):
Model A: 5.2 sec
Model B: 6.1 sec
Model C (MOC): 4.8 sec
The build itself is uninspiring. There are no clever techniques used, and the endresults is a bit dull. The aim is clearly to play with this set. But that is also not great. Driving a straight line is tricky, because the motors aren't going the exact same speed, so there is a always a bit of wobble. Steering is also tricky and requires some practice.
And then there is the price. €119,- for 323 parts, that comes down to a whopping 37 cents per part. This is clearly because of the PowerFuntions, but still, it's a high price for what you get. Nope, this is not a set I have enjoyed.
Keep on BUILDING!
Parts- and build photographs by Tobymac (© 2019 Rebrickable)