Crazy sunset caused by wild fires

Over the mountains to the West of the house, sort of toward the racetrack a couple nights ago was a pretty good size fire. It made the skies go crazy cool colors. So I had to take a picture of the blood red sunset. Of course click to make the picture bigger.

Such cool colors in the sky that night

Such cool colors in the sky that night

Lego F1 car complete

Lego Technic 42000

Lego Technic 42000

I decided the Man Cave needed some better car décor. So I got a Lego F1 set to put together to hang on the wall. The Lego set number is 42000. And the set is $20 cheaper buying it direct from Lego than it was at Toys R Us. And that was even while Toys R Us was having a Lego sale. And Lego’s price was the normal price.

Lego Technic 42000

Lego Technic 42000

The set has 1141 pieces and includes 3 instruction books. All 3 books are for the F1 car even though the kit can also be built as a race truck of some sort. It took me probably 6 hours to put it together. Maybe a bit less. The final car is huge. It’s 22” long and 10” wide. It has push-rod suspension, rack-and-pinion steering connected to both the steering wheel and a little gear on the top of the car. It has a little lever that moves a synchro to lock in either the linear actuator to adjust the rear wing or the two linear actuators that raise the engine cover. It also has a differential on the rear axle. And the crankshaft is tied to the axle. So when the car moves, the pistons move up and down in the engine.

Engine cover raised

Engine cover raised

I only had 2 issue putting it together. One was the exhaust. One of the pipes on both sides does not show to use the little double sided black connector on one end, just the other. So there is nothing to hold the pipe in place. However, at the end I had a few spares of those, so I used two of them to connect the exhaust. Problem solved. The other issue came near the end. One step calls for two short grey axles and two slightly longer black axles. What I had left was 4 short grey axles. Luckily, the length was not really important, therefore I was able to use the ones I had. Overall, I am very pleased with the kit and think it will make great decoration in my man cave.
From the rear

From the rear

And I personally think this is my favorite picture of it. In fact, it is my new laptop wallpaper.

Engine wallpaper

Engine wallpaper