andythenorth

Eurobricks Knights
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  1. I know! And the red European-style cargo train was just a repeat of the one from 2003! https://brickset.com/sets/4512-1/Cargo-Train And that was a repeat of the one from 1994!! https://brickset.com/sets/4564-1/Freight-Rail-Runner Imagine! And even worse, the heavy haul overhead crane is just a repeat of this crane from 1978! https://brickset.com/sets/165-1/Cargo-Station
  2. Where would the 4 large gear racks be used on a grader? Two of them could raise and lower the circle maybe?
  3. Keep it simple eh? 1 L-Motor per wheel, one gear pair. Very strong, very robust, very easy to repair. Performance (click picture for video) Untitled Gallery of axle construction: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andythenorth/albums/72157649987860696 Easy to regear also. Version with Power Puller wheels (click picture for video)
  4. Convinced me to back it, cheers. Hope this one gets funded.
  5. Are you sure? Sound = energy. More sound = more power diverted to losses, not output at axle. Genuine question, as I don't know the answer.
  6. I'd want to see it in a 2x2 (width, height) form factor, but that makes it very hard to provide BI points for pins, eh? Length, no specific preference.
  7. This looks great. I hold out hope that TLG produces a PF 's' motor with roughly these dimensions
  8. Big is mostly a matter of money and patience. There's less creativity or skill in a big model, except to make it structurally strong enough. I've built big, but now I want to build small. I'm hoping that small RC models are more fun, more performant, and don't take 6-12 months to complete (and £££s of bricklink orders also). Too big, too much time, too little result
  9. About 30k or 40k, and the rest built up (out of sight in the attic).
  10. I liked the nod from the tiny 9390 tow truck (2012) to the 8110 unimog (2011) as well http://brickset.com/sets/9390-1/Mini-Tow-Truck
  11. Eh? It's just a neat nod from one set to the other. A hat tip. My kids love this stuff. But yeah, Lego is probably f*cked, let's all give up shall we?
  12. Are you building for realism or playability? And if playability, what kind? It's not an absolute choice of one vs. the other. But more realism in suspension often means less playability. Examples... Building an RC vehicle to drive on an entirely flat floor? Suspension is probably best left out. It's likely more fragile, won't survive crashes so well, makes the drive train more complex, and might be less performant (some types of suspension make power hop and similar issues more likely) Building a fully RC crawler? Yeah, it needs suspension. But the most realistic suspension is maybe not the most performant, or robust. Building a near-scale model of some real vehicle? Then you need the suspension the real vehicle has, or close to it. And it might be fragile, depending on how strong you can make it with Technic parts, or it makes the drive train fragile. But that's just my £0.02. The more you build, the more you form your own views on stuff. My kids re-enact the 'Highway Thru Hell' TV show all the time with the Arocs and the 8285 Wrecker. They rip the suspension off the Arocs regularly, the 8285 doesn't have any suspension, so the wheels stay on that. But the Arocs suspension is neat, the set would be much poorer without it. So eh
  13. Less weight. It's a toy, it needs to be performant. Because 42070 uses Claas tyres it's fricking huge, and it's only driven by one XL motor, so it's under-powered. More weight is not desirable. Another M motor and PF receiver = heavier. 'Less weight' could also explain the skeletal rear and anemic crane. But I suspect they're more to do with part count and price. 'Less weight' should also have caused that bonnet to be empty (no fake engine = less weight), but eh.
  14. Imagine taking a regular 24t or 40t gear. Then slice (in imagination) a thin strip with the teeth from the outside of the gear. Then take the strip, and make it into a circle with the teeth on the inside, so you have an inverted gear. Meshing either the regular gear or the inverted gear with a smaller gear will change the ratio.
  15. I guess you get what you get. The range is announced. AFOLs might not figure that the 2016 line is also the 2017 line, if you're a parent in a toy store or buying on a website. The combined Technic range, right now, is probably the most impressive it's ever been. And there are certainly more big-money sets than I'm going to buy (as both an AFOL and a parent).