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8213 Spy Runner

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Model by Owen Dive

The 8213 Spy Runner is an an example of the rare transforming Technic models.  A simple flip of the spoiler converts this model from a car to something that might be a hovercraft or maybe even a flying car.  This single function is simple but special.  Other than that, the green color is the only thing making this model unusual.  Although the model and seat are scaled for a Technic figure, the model does not come with one.

Of all the models in my vast collection, this is the one that my 8 year old son identified as his favorite and the one he wanted to own himself.  Apparently that transforming function has great appeal, and yet there were really never any further models using this theme.


The car can be transformed by moving the rear spoiler.  As seen in the computer image, the spoiler is held over center in the up position by a pair of rubber bands.  The spoiler is part of a 4-bar linkage which rotates a white knob wheel at the lower end.  This knob wheel connects to a pair of parallel knob wheels on either side that attatch to axles running the length of the vehicle.  When flipped, the mechanism goes over center again and the rubber bands hold it in the down position.  What the alternate configuration is supposed to say can't be concluded with certainty.

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Click for an animation of the transformation in motion.
Wheels and Tires
This set uses 4 of the white 30.4x14 VR wheels and tires.

Other Views

Side View
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Top View
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Back View
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Front View
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Computer Render

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