I will show you the last set from the Technic 2021 first wave. This is the 42116 Skid Steer Loader The set comes in the usual small box. You can see the loader working at a construction site on the front.. The back shows the B model, which is quite surprising, as I was expecting a similar construction machine, but you can build a cool looking hot rod Now let’s open the box. The set has 140 pieces, the price is 999 USD.. We get only 2, unnumbered bags, 2 beams, the bucket the small manual and surprisingly, no sticker sheet at all.. This is how the build looks like after the first 6 steps.. We already have the basis of the cabin at the front with the gauges and the seat in place. Time to add some working elements. A small worm gear comes in this slot, then secured in place with the axle and a 20 tooth gear connects it with the previously added 12 tooth gear. After the rear lights. Here comes the side of the loader made of some simple parts., With this axle and another 20 tooth gear, the mechanism that lifts the arm is basically complete. You can see how it will work. Here comes the arm and with this small beam it is already connected to the gears.. The side panel is added on the other side as well, and then comes the gear that will control the tipping mechanism by moving the upper arm back and forth.
. We start the assembly of the cabin’s frame and the upper control gear is added for the lifting mechanism. Time to fold the seat in place as well. Now comes the rest of the cabin and here’s one interesting piece. I’m sure this Technic bush is familiar for everyone, But when was the last time you saw it in black. Let me help you with that. It was frequently used between 2002 and 2005 in Technic sets, but since then only two Star Wars, buildable figures used it both belonging to the dark side of course.. So why was it so important to introduce it again in this little set? Well, it goes to the end of this axle and if we complete the other side, you’ll see that they kind of close the cage and allow the cabin to be openable.. But was it absolutely necessary to use a black bush It’s much better to have it black, of course, but the tip of the yellow axle is still visible, so it’s, not the perfect solution to have a unified black look.. Actually, this connector piece could be replaced with the 90 degrees version and then the front section could be simply connected to it, but then we’d loose the ability to open the cabin. But there’s. Another simple solution: by replacing the 3 stud long, yellow axle with this axle and pin, which even has a matching color, we have a simple solution that uses even less pieces and it’s completely black.
, But it’s also possible to add this round connector and we have a Very similar result using only pieces that are already available., So, as you see, it was absolutely not obligatory to bring back this color variation for this part in a Technic set so here’s. My theory LEGO will release a more important set where the black bush plays a vital role and it could not be replaced easily. So designers start to use it in other sets to optimize the part usage. According to another but less promising version. It was brought back for the Star Wars figures I mentioned earlier, but there’s still stock from that manufacturing batch and they decided to use it in this set.. Let me know in the comments, if you agree with any of this or if you have another idea Now, let’s get back to the build time to add all four wheels. The only remaining item is the bucket here’s, the support added first and then the bucket itself. Our little skid steer loader is finished. I think it looks great considering the size and the piece count. We have everything here. What we need. Here is a size comparison with the 42117 B model. Regarding the functions. The main trick is the operation of the bucket., The gear on the top controls, the lift, thanks to the gearing it takes some time to raise and lower the bucket. But it also helps to avoid sudden movements, as the loader is very small and lightweight.
The gear on the side controls the tipping function. This one also works well, but since it is not geared, you need to be careful. With a sudden movement it’s, not that difficult to do a wheelie which might look cool, but your boss at the construction site, won’t like it.. I like how most of the gears are still visible. It is good to study how things work. There’s another small function and that’s the openable cabin.. I found one unconventional design choice and it is the single arm on one side.. These loaders usually have arms on both sides for balance and stability, but in this case the single arm is understandable.. The gear on the top requires access from the side. If there were two arms, then it’d be very uncomfortable to operate.. Unfortunately, we don’t get any cargo with the set, but it was not really expected at this size and price point.. It requires some practice to master the operation of the loader, but it’s, not impossible. So it’s time to take a look at the B model. The Hot Rod I wanted to show you how this cool linkage works, but I found an anomaly which I’ve never seen before with other Technic sets.. As you see there’re two light bluish gray frictionless pins in the front to hold the wheels.. Why is it interesting? Well, because the A model only used one of these pins and there were two of them in the spares.
. This means one pin comes from the model and the other one should come from the spare parts, which is really unconventional.. The B model definitely requires 2 of them, but it could have been an easy task to quothidequot the second pin in the A model.. If you remember the Mack Truck the Garbage Truck B model required 2 steering wheels, so the second one was hidden under the roof panels of the A model.. I don’t think many people keep the spare parts separately for the model, so it can be an unpleasant surprise. If someone tries to build the B model later on., So let’s get back to the steering As the A model does not have steering at all. The B model has an interesting linkage built for this purpose, using the available parts.. A few steps later the chassis starts to form.. Here comes the bucket, which will be used apparently as the rear section of the hot rod.. The rest of the build is pretty quick. So here is our completed Hot Rod. It looks good for such a small B model. The only function is the steering, but it works quite well.. It has a single light at the front, but it turns with the wheels so it might help the driver at the corners.. So let’s sum it up As the smallest set of this wave. I think the Skid Steer Loader is a fun little build with a playable function and an interesting B model.
. It is small and lightweight, so it definitely requires careful operation to remain stable.. Seeing the return of the rare black bush was quite refreshing, but the anomaly with the spare piece used in the B model is a little bit disturbing. You should definitely put those pieces in a safe place., So this is another small and cheap set that I recommend to get.. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. If you liked this video, then please give it a thumbs up. You can also subscribe and tap the notification bell if you don’t want to miss my Technic reviews and other LEGO. Rc videos. See you next time.