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Bucket Wheel Excavator
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This kind of Bucket Wheel Excavators work in the open brown coal mines near Aachen, Düsseldorf and Cologne in the far west corner in Germany. They are more then 200 metres long and reach a height about 100 metres. They could mine about 300.000 m³ of brown coal every day.

The total weight is about 13.000 t. Such a machine can only be build up in the mine – this takes about 4 to 5 years. The construction of the LEGO® modell lasted "only" 4 long weekends. The real chains are 3 metres wide and 30 metres long. The whole excavator has got 12 of these chain drives. More then 1000 wide Technic chains were used in the LEGO® model. All of them are powerded, but the gears are to weak to move the more then 10 kg heavy machine :-(

See also some wallpaper images in 1365 x 1024 px of the excavator.



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   the complete machine



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   driver's cabin



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   tons of chain pieces



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   back view



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   drivers and lower structure



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   keep on working!



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   driver's cabins and the bucket wheel



Comments

 I like it 
  March 13, 2012
I like the Technic styling and its sheer size is incredible! Great Work!
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  February 7, 2011
Excellent detail! I hope to build either Bagger 288 or 293 in 1/198th Scale someday!
  January 22, 2011
I've seen multiple versions of this machine out of legos. I'm just wondering how one obtains such a large quantity of pieces.
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  October 23, 2010
This is a great Lego construction! I am also considering to build one. So I have made some calculations. If a Lego figure is 1:40 and the giant is 96 m height the Lego construction become 2,4m height. So you have to know that this construction is about 3-4 times smaller than a fig scale one. Amazing, but true. In fig scale, even one caterpillar width should be 18 pin (not long). And their are 10 of those monsters in Aussichtspunkt Tagebau (advice see google earth).
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  March 21, 2010
Really brilliant. Make a video of it and check out my excavators!
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  March 13, 2010
Jeeeee:)
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  January 18, 2010
Awesome. Easy, not to kill people.
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  September 13, 2009
nice job man
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  July 1, 2009
omg dude how did you get all of those peices and crawler tracks that thing is a behemoth!!!!!
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  June 21, 2009
IN-CRE-DI-BLE!
Holger Matthes
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Padfoot .
  June 15, 2009
WOW!
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  March 28, 2009
ssswwwwweeeeettttt man. So huge... that amazing. great job.
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  March 28, 2009
Quite the machinery! Good build :)
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  March 28, 2009
i like it. we have some of those at the aurora fossil place in the u.s.
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  March 28, 2009
nice i could use one of these for my lego mining company
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  March 28, 2009
Very,very cool!!!! :)
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  March 28, 2009
.....1 word. Speechless.
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  March 28, 2009
oh yeah, con you get some pics of the small shelter kind of bit in the middle? I would love to see that!
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  March 28, 2009
*blinks twice and dies*
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  March 28, 2009
Great Build I like how you made every single bucket instead of using the LEGO buckets with the new farm sets overall 5647582/5 =P ~Nicky B
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  March 28, 2009
Wow. Amazing build! How many pieces did you use? The detail is perfect. One of the best on here. Goes good with Construction David's equipment!
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  March 28, 2009
on a scale of 1 to 10 it's an 20!!!!!
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  March 28, 2009
I've seen this thing before, never imagined it in lego though! Great Job, 5 out of 5!
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  March 28, 2009
oh man i wish there was a 5 plus and congrats on MOTD
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  February 11, 2009
totally wicked!!!!!
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  January 11, 2009
Amazing! Doesn't get any bigger than that!
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  October 11, 2008
Why is this only averaging 3 smileys. It's great. And just the size of it is amaing.
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  April 5, 2008
This is a Fantastic model with lots of accurate detail and working parts I especially appreciate the work that went into the Cutting wheel. I cant tell from the photos but do you have a working conveyor from the wheel? Keep on building i look forward to seeing more mining machinery. check out the mining equipment on my site If you get a chance.
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  December 6, 2007
That thing looks lethal. Like it could rip your face off if it got loose.
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  October 7, 2007
fantastic creation!!! i love the wheel. if i had more legos i would build something like that. great job!!
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  July 27, 2007
this looks massive, and it is, can it move dirt? really awesome to look at though
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  April 13, 2007
why did you only give 2 out of 5. This model is fantastic. The shear size and accuracy of it is amazing. Its a shame you havent got a movie of it on you web site.
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  January 18, 2005
Absolutely excellent work! I have seen these machines in action and you have captured them perfectly! WOW! tilt
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  January 18, 2005
Wow. I have seen this on the Discovery channel, but somehow putting it in minifig scale makes it look bigger. As for locomotion: have you tried using worm gears to turn the toothed gears?
 
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