2016 - Porsche, Porsche, Porsche!
|42044 Display Team Jet
||42045 Hydroplane Racer
|42046 Getaway Racer
||42047 Police Interceptor
|42048 Race Kart
||42049 Mine Loader
|42050 Drag Racer
||42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter
|42053 Volvo EW 160E
||42054 CLAAS Xerion 5000 Trac VC
|42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator
||42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Several new panels were introduced. A shorter 3x7 curved panel (shown in black) was introduced to complement the existing 3x11. An angled panel (shown in blue) makes a good fender or seat. Finally, a purpose made wheel arch (shown in orange) was created especially for the 42056 Porsche and also exists in a printed version with vents.
Wheels and Tires
The tires this year were some really big ones! Although the 81.6 x 44R (left) already existed in the Batman Tumbler a couple of years earlier, this year it made it's way to Technic. This tire has an unusual tread and profile very different from other Technic tires. Another brand new tread is the chevron pattern on the new 107 x 44 tractor tires. These tires are truly enormous and rival the legendary Power Puller tires. Both of these tires use existing wheels. Finally, a unique new set of spoked wheels and 81.6 x 44ZR racing tires were included with the 42056 Porsche. These have the same tread as the tires from 8880 and are the same diameter but wider. The wheels have a particularly deep dish allowing the steering axis to be within the wheel.
Axles and Connectors
Way back in 1977 axles were available in even lengths from 2 to 12. Over the years the odd lengths were added, but it took almost 40 years for the 11L to show up, color coded yellow. There was also a new 3L axle with stop (brown) to complement the existing 4L, 5L, and 8L.
The 3L axle joiner shown in red is a variation of the white version introduced in 2015 for the new transmission driving rings. This version is pinched in the middle so it allows the driving ring to slide smoothly instead of click into place.
Finally, a small perpendicular axle and pin connector was introduced to round out the selection and match the pin connector from 2015.
To complete the line of updated pneumatics, a new manual pump was introduced (shown in blue). The old studded base was retired and replaced with pin holes, and the spring was now protected by a collar.
A variant of the steerable wheel hub from 2013 was introduced in black. This version lacks the integrated balls joints and instead has axle slots. This allowed the use of brick built calipers in 42056.
The final pair of parts were included with the 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator. The new bucket does not vary much in size from what was already available, but the rear attach points were required to make the bucket wheel work. Finally, a huge new 90 degree sector and ring gear quadrant was introduced. Four of these make a complete circle with 140 internal teeth. Besides use a gear, this makes a great turntable or slew ring for very heavy loads.