LEGO 21307 Ideas Caterham Seven R Review

There’s nothing too complicated about this part of the build and you can already start seeing the car shape up. At step 25, you get some printed disc brakes for the rear wheels.

There’s also a black whip thrown in for even more pipe detailing. On the right side of the car, you have the side exit exhaust system which uses some new light-bluish gray curved pieces. The ones in the front are held on using some lipstick pieces which was a very interesting use of parts. Furtheralong, you have the two black carbon fiber seats that are able to fold down slightly.Here’s where you’ll definitely see the car’s form with the v-shape. At the end, you build up the front fenders and headlights. It is situated on a hinge in the front to give it the angled appearance. There are two sides to it which are similar for the most part. They’re connected together using a hinges plates and those are covered up with tiles. The entire hood just goes over the engine and it fits in snug on a couple of jumper plates.

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The dashboard area is built next and note that it is a right-hand drive. There are some gauges behind the steering wheel and you also some clips in the middle to represent various switches the car has. It may feel a little wobbly but it’s fairly secure. Lastly, you have have the rollbar and the rear bumper. The bumper has your usual tail lights and such but it also has another printed tile for the license plate. Going over the bumper is the removable boot cover at the back of the car. There’s a little compartment where you can put the four axle stands and they fit comfortably with the cover on.

I do like the whole studless form factor and the actual size of the finished build. If you’re looking at it from afar, you might even mistake it for a diecast or a model kit. This is quite a lovely set with some great parts — both brand new molds and recolored existing parts. Read our full review, but we think you’ll like this set as much as we do. The booklet is 190 pages long, and spans 237 steps. The build begins with four jack stands so you can play mechanic and swap out the car’s tires. The second bag begins on step 71 with the removable engine, which also has a printed tile. The sub-assemblies for the front bumpers use some interesting connections, with clips holding the curved sections out over the tires. The entire front two thirds of the car narrows from 10 studs wide to 6 studs wide, with the hood/bonnet in the third bag also angling (by way of hinges) to match. One especially innovative part usage is the way the exhaust connects to the muffler. The cover of the trunk/boot is removable, and you can store those jacks there and let them rattle around as you fly around the track. This is most evident in the front view, where the stripe tiles stand up from the hood, further broken up by the grills/vents toward the front. Nevertheless, that’s looking pretty hard for something to criticize, and the overall model is excellent from front to back. Technic axle connections are new in light bluish gray and in black. The set also includes pneumatic tube in light bluish gray — a fairly rare part. And don’t forget all those printed parts — we counted twenty, but there could be more we missed. Our resident parts monkeys love all the new pieces for a great overall value.

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The first 2 bags are the main part of the body and then the start of the rear suspension. The next 2 bags have both of the axles in the car and a good portion of the body.

You can see the pieces that can be used to put the vehicle up to display it or to show it off a bit.

I think the black and yellow are a good choice.

I have is of the driver and passenger side mirrors and the rear view mirror.

I attended the launch event and was therefore able to finally cast my eyes over the set for the first time.

I am therefore delighted to now bring you my review of the set which you will find after the break. The front (above) is dominated by an image of the completed build against a background printed to look like carbon fibre. The back of the box (below) offers a number of different views of the model together with its dimensions as well as highlighting some features of interest. Stage 1 begins with the assembly of a quartet of red axle stands, after which attention shifts to the car itself, specifically the chassis and rear axle assembly.

We were told at the media launch that no new elements had been made for this set, but it does nevertheless include a host of elements which have not appeared in any other sets to date and which are therefore presumably earmarked for as-yet unreleased new sets.

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A light bluish grey round 2 x 2 tile with open stud forms the top of the oil tank and is new in this colour, while a glow in the dark unprinted minifigure head is pressed into service as the coolant reservoir and is topped off with a black 1 x 1 round tile which has only previously appeared in five sets in this colour. There is ingenious use of dark bluish grey pistols to represent exhaust headpipes, and the engine is topped off with a printed black 1 x 4 tile as you can see in the photograph below. This hose runs from the front of the car to the air box at the back of the engine compartment. Two racing seats are then constructed and installed on either side of the transmission tunnel. The car’s characteristic tapered body shape is recreated via the use of pairs of hinge plates which provide the necessary angles. The front wheel arches are constructed next, utilising more of the 1 x 6 x 3 1/3 brick arches that were used for the rear wheel arches but this time in black. Once again the characteristic taper is achieved via the use of hinge plates. Similar to the nose the top of the bonnet is embellished with a number of unique printed elements, in this case yellow 1 x 8 and 2 x 4 tiles with a black print, which help to make it look faithful to the real car.

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This features three printed flat silver dials and a steering wheel only previously included in 10 sets. Ingeniously, the rear view mirror is mounted on the dash using a minifigure machine gun . The back of the car is next to be built; like the nose and bonnet this section features a number of unique printed elements including a black 1 x 1 round tile printed with a fuel filler cap pattern. Last to be assembled is a cover for the boot/trunk which incorporates a number of black 2 x 2 corner tiles only previously seen in four sets, after which we’re done.

I am really impressed with this set though. The attention to detail is such that the printed brake discs are not even visible unless you remove the wheels – that’s fan service for you. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Lego was waning a bit, they bring out something like this.

I removed one of the plates and it sits perfectly now. It’s slick and oozes class , and actually made me want to open it up right away to start building. Firstly, the yellow really screams at you in the nicest of ways , with the black details providing some much needed breaks to all that brightness.The diagonal lines meld so well with the black racing stripes that streak down the middle. It’s packed with printed elements, from the curved slope with the badge to the grills with the seven logo emblazoned on it. The nose is also angled downwards and there’s quite a large gap where it breaks away from the body. Another curious change from the original is the front wheel arches which are black instead of yellow.

I really like the slight downward slope of the car’s bonnet that you can see here. Also on the dashboard is a rear view mirror, and a few clips which are supposed to be those little switches that are in the real car.

‘Lego Ideas Caterham Seven R’ Unboxing, Parts List, Speed Build & Review

Chapters for your convenience: 00:36 – box and unboxing 01:56 – new pieces 03:25 – pieces in new colors 04:20 – parts list 04:36 …

Here’s a look at the seats which can tilt backwards and forwards slightly. Also spot the printed round tile that acts as a cap for the petrol tank. Speaking of hidden surprises, let’s pop open the bonnet and see what lies underneath. There’s so much going on in there , firstly with the engine which is easily identifiable thanks to the printed tile. There’s a ton of unconventional pieces on the inside , such as the revolvers in the engine and a whip for wiring.

I like how it looks really busy on the inside. At the back there’s a small storage compartment that you can easily open by lifting up the back panel. Those “handles” are really useful for lifting it up!

Inside the compartment are four red jacks .

I got to the end of the manual and the instructions pointed out their function. Is this a style that you’d like to see for my other reviews?

Too many bits are not attached very well at all (as you mentioned) – the exhaust and nose cone fall off practically very time it gets picked up. Not getting chromed parts for the exhausts is unforgivable – the dull grey is the single biggest disappointment for me.If you only have few minutes to spare, you can either watch the review video below, or skip right to view and play around with the 360 view of the final build. The instructions booklet is 173 pages (just the build instruction ) thick and is bind nicely as like the previous series. There is a total of 6 packs for this set, numbering 1 to 3. There is also smaller packs in each of the bigger pack for each numbers. If you are wondering if there are any stickers that you have to apply for this set, then i’m sure you be happy to know that there are no stickers at all. Please refer to the video at the top of this post to know the build stage after bag 1 and 2. The whole building process takes about 1hr and 20mins, at a normal pace. The weight of the final build is about 580g. Notice the use of the pistol elements in the engine build. The engine cover can be removed to expose the engine mechanics inside as you can see from the photo above. Below is the photo of the bottom view of the engine cover.

I did a mistake while building this earlier (see if you can identify from the time-lapse video portion ). Check out the close up shot of the car dashboard with the steering wheel. Do note that the front panel is quite shaky since it is supported by only one technic joint. The 2 carbon-fibre seats has about 30 degrees movable axis. The boot cover is removable and you can store the red stands inside. Do note you have to separate the 2×2 tiles in order to fit everything inside the boot. Check out the 360 view of the final build.

You can take control of the viewing angle by dragging left and right, and you can even view it full screen. Below are the remaining pieces after the build is done. Check out the side by side combination below. The handling of the car will need some getting use to, as there is not much space allowance at the bottom for the fingers to get a full grip.

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