If you’re one of the blessed few who have already purchased LEGO’s latest flagship model under the Technic line since its official release yesterday, you know for a fact that what you have on your hands is a superb example of a marriage between ingenious engineering and highly detailed craftsmanship. The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) is LEGO’s recent masterpiece that befits the timeless appeal of the Porsche brand. Coming at 2,704 pieces, building the LEGO Technic Porsche is not a walk in a park. But for true-to-the-core LEGO builders such as the LEGO Technic experts over at Crowkillers, going through all 856 steps in order to build the 42056 is a pleasure that they will not definitely pass.
However, as impressive as this latest Technic set is, Crowkillers and other reviewers were quick to point out that the LEGO Technic Porsche is not without faults. In a Facebook post that the Crowkillers released yesterday, they were quick on their toes to notify those who recently bought the 42056 to be aware of the error that they found in its building instructions, particularly with regards to the gearbox.
Nothing can be more frustrating for a LEGO builder than to disassemble your finished work because something was amiss along the way. More so in a set as big as the LEGO Technic Porsche. The LEGO Group was also quick to address the issue and to offer a statement to clarify the matter via the LEGO Ambassadors Network.
Thank you to all our dedicated fans for the comments regarding the GT3 RS by LEGO Technic.
It is correct that the gears in this model are not sequential as in the real Porsche PDK. This is however, a deliberate decision taken to ensure that we make the best possible LEGO version of this amazing car that both meets our design requirements and gives everyone a great building and product experience.
It was a considered decision taken during development that the gears running in the correct order meant that it did not result in a great experience when driving the car. Too many gears are engaged at the same time and smooth running with all those tolerances is just not possible.
If you switch the build in steps 267 and 269 the gears will run sequentially, and everyone who feels that this is the better solution should feel encouraged to do so.
LEGO Technic really is the ultimate open source design product and now that it is finally available, we look forward to seeing all the ‘improved’ models our fans create. After all, that is what LEGO building is all about.
We hope everyone will have a great building experience and feel a strong sense of pride from creating both our version and their very own LEGO Technic representation of a Porsche GT3 RS. We are very fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated fans that can spot this small deviation from reality and would like to thank everyone for sharing their ideas and expert knowledge.”
Hearing LEGO’s official response to the issue was met with a spectrum of reactions and criticisms from the LEGO community, claiming that LEGO should have known about this error earlier, and solutions should have been considered already before the set was officially released. Others simply don’t buy LEGO’s explanation.
So what do you think of LEGO’s statement over the matter? Are you satisfied with their explanation? Drop us a note using the comments section below.
Source: Brick Fanatics