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8880 Studless
The second of my tributes to classic Lego sets, rebuilt in studless form...
About this creation
As far as I am concerned, 8880 marked the high-water mark for studded Lego Technic. It pushed the upper limits of what was technically possible with the 'old' sylte Lego, and as such was my favourite set from that time.



I have attempted to re-create the original as closely as possible entirely in studless building. It is of course still 4x4x4: 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering:





I have replicated the original 4-speed gearbox, keeping the gear ratios the same. This was always one of the most awesome features of 8880. That modern sets are still using the same components for gearboxes and PTO is testiment to how forward-thinking the desing was.



The boot opens...





... and the lights pop up using a lever on the dashboard.





I have had to re-design the suspension slightly, using the new CV-joint hubs, but apart from that the proportions and technical features are unchanged.



The underside view, this is as near as I could get it to the original. In the studless world constructions can suffer from a lack of structural rigidity. The chasis took most of the work to get right:






Comments

 I like it 
  December 21, 2013
Just found this today. This is excellent!! I've been thinking about trying a studless version too. You did it first. You should submit this to LEGO CUUSOO!! Do you have any more pictures of it? K. Kampf
  July 26, 2013
Your car is wonderful in that it is very clearly a studless 8880 yet still completely an original creation at the same time. Love it! Your pictures are excellent, but I can't quite see how you're driving each wheel. That's a pretty key component. How'd you do it? _ note - I finally got around to building my own 8880 and that of course led me to Google mods for the car. That's what got me here and explains why I am clearly late to the party.
 I made it 
  February 7, 2013
Afraid not - I've still not got around to sorting out LDraw or anything to make instructions. Oddly I find studless building much tougher on the brain - as CrowKillers says "its like chess, you have to plan 5 moves ahead" I think it is much more rewarding though!
Quoting mike kamermans Did you by any chance bother to create building instructions for your studless version of the 8880? I have the studded 8880 sitting here, and to be honest, after having lots of fun building studless, the old studded-and-plates-for-glue is a mind killer =) So I'd love to rebuild this thing as a studless instead, see how much easier/more fun it is to make.
 I made it 
  February 7, 2013
I know, but that was how it was on the original :-) (of which I owned two) :-D
Quoting mike kamermans very nice, although you can add more structural rigidity by using the studless angled beams in places where your model uses single connectors to link two beams right now. especially the wheel arches would be much stronger, while making the model look better, too. the 4x4 crawler and unimog u400 models for instance demonstrate their use nicely.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2013
Did you by any chance bother to create building instructions for your studless version of the 8880? I have the studded 8880 sitting here, and to be honest, after having lots of fun building studless, the old studded-and-plates-for-glue is a mind killer =) So I'd love to rebuild this thing as a studless instead, see how much easier/more fun it is to make.
 I like it 
  January 13, 2013
very nice, although you can add more structural rigidity by using the studless angled beams in places where your model uses single connectors to link two beams right now. especially the wheel arches would be much stronger, while making the model look better, too. the 4x4 crawler and unimog u400 models for instance demonstrate their use nicely.
 I like it 
  May 30, 2012
A nice modern twist on a classic set. Personally, I would like to see the beams a bit thicker (to result in a less skeletal look) but looking at the original, it was the same.
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  October 2, 2011
This is a GREAT model! I own the original 8880 and enjoy just looking at it. Your studless version makes it look modern too.
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  June 6, 2011
this a great creation it looks just like the 8880 apart from the wheels i was wondering if there is a way to make a 4 wheel drive system with only new style differetials?
 I made it 
  May 25, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett As a fan of older studded Technic, I have to admit this is very good - It must have been hard to fit 8880's features in a rigid chassis using new stuff. Great build.
Fitting the gearbox in was no trouble, but the 8880 chasis is only 3L high, which can be too weak in studless Lego. I cheated a little, using the bodywork to add structural rigidity.
  May 23, 2011
8880 Studless ???? B R I L L I A N T !!!!! Excellently executed. Flawless.
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  May 23, 2011
As a fan of older studded Technic, I have to admit this is very good - It must have been hard to fit 8880's features in a rigid chassis using new stuff. Great build.
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  May 23, 2011
Great modern redesign of a timeless classic, this looks much better
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  May 23, 2011
Great work. This must have been very difficult with the new technic pieces. I actually prefer the new technic system but this set is one of my favourite of all time. In fact I compare all official Lego supercars to this set. Still the best in my opinion.
 
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