Eurobricks Citizen
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About SylvainLS

Profile Information

  • Gender


  • Country
  • Special Tags 1
  • Special Tags 2

Recent Profile Visitors

933 profile views
  1. Welcome! You can check the index on the first page of this very thread.
  2. Update 2017-07-10 Added: 20693 / 20695.dat Minifig Pumpkin Carved 30380 / 30380.dat Minifig Helmet SW Mandalorian with Rocket Pack md5sum: 1881492c3f302a520193d0ebe916b11a
  3. Update 2017-07-03 Added: 98969 / 98969.dat Minifig Cleaver 98383 / 98383.dat Minifig Oil Lamp md5sum: 0913e89bead2f73f0b42c7fa7375afc7
  4. I just built one of my models. Oh boy! Those pesky hinges! Some are too strong and prefer snapping out to hinging, and some are too weak and the #@! thing won’t stand up! That kind of thing in a free CAD? Not for tomorrow.
  5. Actually, there’re at least about 1000 parts that exist and are not present in LDraw Official and Unofficial Libraries. They are present in LDD and on (but they need work!). And I won’t even talk about decors/patterns. There’s a lot of work to do yet! What are you all waiting to join?
  6. To complete: Instructions: Blueprint makes instructions from LDD files (LXF). Snapping: also has snapping and a “connected parts“ selection tool (and is LDraw-based). And you can easily export from LDD to LDraw (the other way around isn’t always easy though), within LDD or with lxf2ldr.
  7. It’s a secret. We don’t tell secrets. More seriously, I think (hope? I don’t want to be alone!) everyone has that problem. Even tools that check connections (LDD, are sometimes wrong: connections that’re not solid enough or that don’t even hold. (Not even talking about wrong models….) For instance, your axles in a brick round 2x2: LDD told me it was okay to have two pin-axles meet half-way, IRL, it didn’t hold. That’s because the axle isn’t held all the way inside the brick. Only the top of the brick holds the axle. Fortunately, I had a plate round 2x2 on top of the brick (round brick + round plate + round tile with hole = 5 plates high = 2 studs = the axles of 2 axle-pins), so I just needed to put it under the brick to hold the first pin-axle and the top of the brick to hold the second. It works for me because it’s not heavy/high and the stud connections between plate and brick is enough to hold the whole thing. I don’t think that can help you with your rocket though Anyway, after some time, you learn (by testing or looking at official models) where your models will be weak and need to be made stronger and how to do it (SNOT is great for that). You also need to not build too sturdily, too packed: that makes some parts of the build too heavy for no reason and weaken the connexions. Yeah, some Physics student will come and say it’s all computable… till they realize testing with real bricks is way easier and more accurate, besides being where the fun is
  8. Because of the way they work and communicate. When I came out of my dark ages, the MOC shop was a few months old: Apparently something no one asked for, no one needs, and no one uses. Seller tools and instant checkout are most awaited (I’m a buyer only but it’s what I get from the forum). They updated the website last year: full of bugs, missing features, still no seller tools, no instant checkout, documentation missing, no answer to questions. They just released Mosaick: another tool no one asked for, no added value relatively to existing mosaic programs, some problems (rare & expensive colors used, dimensions in inches or studs only…). They just released an instant checkout preview: missing features, a lot of unanswered questions, deployment postponed sine die. Any professional team needs a simple, efficient way for users to report and follow bugs. All we, users, have is a forum for both and Mosaick: very few answers from admins, very few informations. (Some simple things get answers, or vague “thank you, we’ll look into it,” but the bulk of the answers is made by users. And don’t go technical on them, they don’t answer. Myself, I tried to talk to them about helping them with their (buggy) LXF import: never heard back from them.)
  9. Update 2017-06-30 Added: 18165 / 18165.dat Minifig Crown with 4 Spikes 18041 / 18041.dat Minifig Harpoon with Smooth Bar 15341 / 15341.dat Minifig Robot Arm md5sum: 6bad9c4866e24417820e43bd2567b9d9
  10. Pins just need to match. It’s the fact there’re several that confuses LDD (too many/strong constraints). You’ll notice rotation is smoother when there’s only one rotation point. And the difference between friction pins and non-friction pins is… friction! IRL, with non-friction pins, your door will fall, with friction pins, it’ll stand still, even half-open. LDD doesn’t have gravity but friction pins add more constraints to rotations.
  11. (Trying to answer to paragraph by paragraph, quoting is a pain.) When the green circle appears, it’s centered on one of the possible rotation points of the part you clicked. If you click again, the circle will cycle through the other rotation points. When your mouse pointer is on the circle, the green is stronger, dragging will rotate. A good viewing angle is necessary otherwise you won’t have precision. To rotate more finely, use the text box under the hinge tool icon. You can also enter decimal points. To pane the view, use Shift+right mouse button. There’s no mirror/inverse tool. Tiles have no stud, so no connection on top, so no way to put anything on top except by “scaffolding” (temporarily replacing the tile with a plate). You’ll notice that official models with tiled floors often have some studs mixed in, so it’s the same in real life Your bricks are all red because you’re in LDD Extended mode. Use “View / New themes / LDD” to use the simple mode. Though be aware that some bricks are only available in Extended. And the coloring and decoring of the bricks are different: You click the part to paint/decor it and a few possibilities are presented (not necessarily real-life-possible). The number of decors (and parts) in LDD is limited, and it doesn’t seem there’ll be more in the future (the last parts updates didn’t add many decors and a new is much awaited). You can group (and subgroup) bricks. Use the third tab (Bricks | Templates | Groups, on top of the bricks palette). To select a group, you have to click the group in that tab. If you click on only an element of the group in the building screen, only that element is selected. If you want to keep a group (or a bunch of parts) to reuse in several models, use the Templates tab (different templates in Extended and normal modes). Yes, unfortunately, you need to buy a new laptop or use an external display or a virtual screen (does that still exist for the newer Windows?). Hinges made with multiple Pins with friction (or multiple clips, or even mutliple hinges sometimes) are problematic: Even if LDD manages to rotate around one of the pins, the other pins don’t have the exact same rotation. Sometimes, it’s just a few decmals, sometimes, it blocks the whole hinge or makes strange things happen. My solution: (save the model) remove all pins but one, rotate, put the pins back.
  12. That’s what Umbra-Manis talked about in the 2nd post. If it’s a bug in LDD, LEGO won’t do anything as LDD isn’t maintained anymore. If it’s a bug in how that particular part is described, maybe in the next (most awaited) part update, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
  13. In Extended mode, there’re two MF legs assembly: the simple one, 73200, and the one with colorable feet, 21019.
  14. Update 2017-06-19 Added: 87561 / 87561p01.dat Block 6 x 4 x 1 with Handles and Minifig Outline with Han Solo in Carbonite Pattern 90395 / 90395.dat Minifig Lifeguard Float md5sum: e9adf2b09c69489821aa278d8233290b
  15. Yeah! Just about a full week, no? Now, how about an update?