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  1. Very interesting topic with many interesting opinions. Like @Attika, I consider myself a pragmatist where LEGO is concerned. For me LEGO is primarily a tool to express my creativity. As such it is an awesome tool, but it also leaves somethings to be desired sometimes. I am in two minds about this fact. On the one hand I detest 'harming' LEGO pieces. On the other hand, if you have a need for a part that TLG does not provide, and it is essential to have that part, then it is acceptable to fabricate that part. For example: two years back I build a LEGO sailboat. Now TLG doesn't make sails that are actually usable. Nor a remote control system that has the range to work outdoors on a lake. And then there is the rigging rope, which you want strong nylon for... So in this case you can either: A, be a purist and not build a sailboat (or a piss poor one). Or B, make use of some third party items and build a mostly LEGO sailboat. Personally I think not making the 'sailboat' is the wrong choice, at least for me. The bottom line is that LEGO should enable you to express your creativity, not limit it. However if the non-LEGO parts are not essential and the person is just taking the easy way out then I would agree that that makes the creation less interesting and beautiful. But that is my personal opinion. I will never ever try to decide for someone else where that line between acceptable and unacceptable should be. Because it is a personal choice and it should be a personal choice. I have noticed that that line has shifted for me in recent years to being more tolerant of 3rd party parts. Especially parts for which there is a big demand which TLG seemingly ignores. An example would be the Sbrick, Buwizz and other such electrical systems. I also follow what more enterprising spirits do with interest, like: @efferman. @Attika, @MajorAlvega and others. I like to know what is going on and decide for myself what I find acceptable. In general I am happy that we don't see a lot of discussion about what is and isn't acceptable on this forum. I mean, a topic like this is great because it isn't directed at anyone in particular (for the most part), but I would not like to see people getting lots of negative feedback on their MOCs for the choices they made in this regard.
  2. Perhaps I shouldn't have used the word "most" and have used "can" instead, because I have no facts to back that up. But other than that the wiki quote supports what I said. Also, the forms of plagiarism that donĀ“t constitute copyright infringement are generally not applicable to the context we are discussing here.
  3. As far as I am aware copyright doesn't need to be registered at all, or even explicitly stated; instead it immediately applies to all works of literature, science and art, including visual arts. Which in turn would include both a video but also the original LEGO creation. Copyright also seems to me to be a whole lot more comprehensive than most realize. It basically means (in my layman's words) that the creator has control over his creation. Meaning you need permission from the creator to do anything substantial with his creation, including but not limited to: making changes to the creation; broadcasting the creation; reproducing the creation; using the creation as a basis for an audiovisual work. Of course there are also some exceptions like Fair Use, but those would never apply to the situation you seem to be referring to. Ow and plagiarism is illegal in most cases. However, fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, very few people are actually convicted or taken to court over it because the infringements are many and the financial interests are often too small to warrant hiring a lawyer. That makes many small creator feel pretty powerless. We have rights but we can't enforce those rights. This topic is one of the very few small things that creators can do to get the feeling that they are doing something to protect their rights. So when you pretty much state we don't have the rights we do have, you put into words exactly what the problem is and what the source of our frustration is. It's a bold move but not particularly sensitive.
  4. As far as I am aware TLG's ban on making military sets has nothing to do with marketing or political correctness but everything to do with the conviction that children playing and war should not be mixed. Personally I sympathize with that notion and I too see the combination as problematic. To market sets to adults instead may be something some companies would do, but it is a cop-out, because if they would do that those sets would still be bought for children. I think TLG deserve a lot of kudos for sticking to their convictions instead of going for the easy money that is to be had with making military sets. It's a rare thing these days to see a big corporation choosing ideals over money. As for stereotypical Technic sets that TLG produces. I am afraid that does have a lot to do with marketing. I think they are just aware that there is a limited group of sets that sell well. Most of which are either tracked or wheeled vehicles. But the individual builder isn't limited by that at all. Every year I see LEGO Technic creations that blow my mind and inspire me. As long as that happens, LEGO Technic won't be boring for me.
  5. Still working on the MOCtalk video. However if you are specifically interested in the shooting mechanism, it's a close adaptation from Zack Macasaet shooting mechanism, which you can find here: My sentiments exactly . Thanks!
  6. My tips for videography: Get your best friend to help you. It is possible to shoot alone, I did on my last video, but it is difficult and some things are impossible. You can't properly control a MOC and a camera at the same time. So you have to improvise a lot and make concessions. Filming with two people is much easier and more fun! Get some basic cheap camera gear. Most importantly a tripod, and specifically a tripod that goes really low because you'll want to be close to your subject. Also, as others have mentioned, a lot of camera gear can be constructed out of LEGO. The great thing about that is that you can customize it to the exact thing you need. The drawback is of course that it can lack some of the stability of non-LEGO gear. Be creative in where and how you shoot. Shooting from a standing position, pointing the camera down at your MOC in a messy living room will never render interesting footage. Find interesting locations and perspectives. Experiment. Try to tell a story. Try to make your footage be more than a randomly sequenced selection of shots. If you want to spend time on the video, consider making a script and/or storyboard before you start shooting. Learn how to get the most out of the gear you've got. It isn't necessary to have an expensive camera to make a good looking video. It is necessary to take the time to really get to know the camera(s) you've got, so you'll know how to use them properly and get the most out of them. In this way you will also learn what to look for when you are upgrading your gear. Try not to rush the editing process. Take your time: review and refine, review and refine, etc.
  7. Good idea, i'll try to incorporate that into my MOCtalk video ;)
  8. Only top of the line is good enough for Blacktron. Nobody is looking at a few dimes when you aim for Galactic domination. ^^
  9. Thanks! I went a little overkill on this MOC power-wise. It has four RC Buggy motors to power it. RC Buggy motors are the most powerful motors LEGO has ever produced. Together they produce around 18 watts of mechanical power, that is the equivalent of 10 PF L motors . Thing is, if you are keeping your builds indoors you can get away with a lot less power. But outdoors, with dirt getting in the way, you need more power to push through that. With the power this MOC has, dirt is no problem. Lot of fun driving outdoor, except for the cleaning afterwards...
  10. When you replace the PF battery box with with Lipos then the weakest link is the receiver, not the motors. While the motors will happily take 12volt the receiver will not, especially not at high amperage loads. For that reason I would strongly recommend not going over S2 for lipos, 8,4 volts is plenty. Recently I made a LEGO tank with four RC Buggy motors, and 2xS2 Lipos, and it flies on the available power.
  11. I think I remember seeing something like that on your Youtube channel. Perhaps time for a Blacktron MOC? Or is that something from before your time?
  12. I may be missing something but I'll give it a shot. I played around with Mindstorms a couple months back, so I am no expert by any measure. Also I didn't follow the tutorial course. First off i'd like to know, is your goal to understand why the robot is not making a full 360 degrees turn, or is it just to make your robot do a 360 turn? The answer to the second question seems to me to simply increase the number degrees the servos turns untill the robot does a full 360. That is generally how I program: program, observe the results and adjust untill it's perfect. I am afraid I can't answer the first, more difficult question. To answer that I would probably have to build and program the robot myself, study/compare the results. Which unfortunately I do not have time for at the moment.
  13. Thanks! I thought about the contest for a second, but apart from it not conforming with the spirit of the contest it also does not conform to the rules on at least two point. Unfortunately it's not a speed contest They are indeed 3rd party Lipos. Attika made an excellent video about how to connect them to an Sbrick. I just followed that for the most part:
  14. Thanks! Yes indeed, there is room for a BT minifig in the turret! Just one though. I think I could create space for a second one elsewhere in the turret. But otherwise the MOC is pretty full with gears, motors, batteries etc.
  15. Very cool inspirational mechanism. Good luck in the competition!