Lego City – Camper Van (60057) Review

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Lego City – Camper Van (60057): Another Lego City build – this time it’s something to actually escape the city for some camping. I do really like a lot of the small touches here like the stovepipe, that subtle green stripe down the sides, and how they did the table inside the van. Overall I’m actually quite pleased with set.

 

Time to Knoll: 13 Minutes

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Time to Build: 18.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 195 and 78 Steps – Manual Part 1 and Part 2 (89 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $32.66 on Amazon
  • Weight 224 grams
  • Combo Points: (4X10X2X1) = 80 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 48mm x 70.4mm or 324.4 cm³ and 350.7 cm³ for the rest.

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? Long time readers of this site will recall the Beach Hut review where we delved into surf-board buoyancy. Given the gift of a shiny red canoe though we thought we’d revisit the TopBrick Water Habitat and then discuss some math.

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As you see above the canoe itself can float fine, as for our tame Minifig while the boat floated it weirdly listed heavily to one side so we added some offset weights. With that it was time to begin adding weights until it capsized.

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Adding 1 at time carefully so as to not weigh one side down more than the other I added 1×1 circles. In total there was around 40 or so with a weight of 10 grams. Now some say our tame Minifig weighs 3 grams giving us a total of 13 before the canoe edge is flush with the water and then capsizes.

Now buoyancy is Fb = ρgV = ρghA where

  • Fb = buoyant force of a liquid acting on an object (N)
  • ρ = density of the liquid(kg/m3)
  • g = gravitational acceleration(9.80 m/s2)
  • V = volume of liquid displaced (m3 or liters, where 1 m3 = 1000 L)
  • h = height of water displaced by a floating object(m)
  • A = surface area of a floating object(m2)

Now since we didn’t actually record the difference in water height displaced between the canoe and surfboard (and density is likely different due to blue color added to water.) we can’t calculate this out, but we can see why the surfboard sank, and the canoe was able to take more than 3 times that weight. This is because the surface area is much larger for the canoe that despite additional weight from the canoe itself (prior to us adding more) it’s perfectly capable of floating.

 

Remix: So this time I tried to make myself an adjustable lamp. As far as parts go I did add a single 3/4 technic pin to hold the light panel upside down inside the lamp itself. Also I normally exclude minifigs and accessories, but to hold the lamp at the base I used some minifig legs. Add the boat removal though and that’s still 3 out of 5 parts changed which I’m glad for because I really like how this came out. The wheels as knobs, that little pot switch at the base, and like the camper top the bottom base of the lamp swings out as if it was meant for batteries (actually holding spare parts)

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Final Thoughts: It’s certainly an interesting set to provide a nice red canoe, and despite not being branded (like the VW van) it really is a nice piece for display. Apologies it wasn’t the new Lego Ideas Maze review this week, but some convention prep and personal stuff meant I wasn’t able to finish off the review.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

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