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  1. I always loved the Lego Technic 42025 Cargo Plane, It has a motor, loads of nice functions, lots of useful parts + it's big and that makes it more awesome to to time for an experienced builder is about 3.5 hours, the second model you can build with it is a hovercraft. There's a so a new air race jet (42066) also motorized and nice functions and parts, build time for an experienced builder is 2.40 hours. The second model you can build is also an aircraft maybe a budget range would be helpful to help you decide, and weather or not you're hellbent on a NEW set or not. As a kid I always used to ask for a larger second hand set in the "birthday" price range. There's LOADS of adults who buy a set, build "the puzzle" once and then sell it again, often with a box in mint condition and un-damaged (since they mostly don't really play with it).
  2. LIKE I'm following this one
  3. I AM A SINNER! I cut up 2 motors to make an ELECTROMAGNET and a LASER, and that is sinful in the eyes of a lot of people here. TLG wil most likely never release a PF laser due to the obvious safety hazards and since the same can not be achieved with original parts I decided to allow myself to build one. The electromagnet might be something TLG could release(not dangerous, cheap to produce and opens up a world of possibility's) , but as of yet the have not and since once again the same can not be achieved with original parts I decided to build one. I must confess that I build them mostly to see if I could (personal elektro-technical challenge)and I don't really like using them because of purist reasons. I agree the challenge is to build with LEGO only, and if at all in any reasonable way possible one should use original parts. That said I use Sbrick's extensively since the IR system allows for a maximum of 8 channels to be controlled and I have a tendency to go FAR over those limits with my MOC's You could get multiple mindstorms sets, but the cost of that would be insane in comparison to a few Sbricks not to mention bulky in your MOC's ,you would get benefit's like step motors and more programming options, but at a very high price. Sbrick's offer up to 64 simultaneous control channels, speed control, longer range, sequences, sensors, are more compact (than 2 IR receivers) and you can hide them inside your MOC. so it outperforms LEGO IR in al ways... , why limit yourself to LEGO only? So for me... If the same is in no (financially reasonable) way achievable with original parts, I allow myself to sin. I think it would be a shame to let cult-like-purism prevent me from using Sbricks and building insane things like this: The terraformer Naturally anyone can do what they please, but If a purist solution is absolutely impossible I do encourage builders to break the LEGO-cult law If that is wat truly holds them back.
  4. I work highly sorted, I love working that way! True, it takes time to sort the parts out, but I get help from my girlfriend The sorting is a mindless task, so we talk and joke around while doing it so it's actually it great quality time for us! I might post some pix of my setup later
  5. very nice! I'm currently building a rollercoaster-ish ride myself (completely different style and at technic figure scale though) so I know the level of difficultie this MOC is at I'm not that fond of the fact that the whole rail system is based on bending LEGO parts and connections in ways they are not ment too, but I see how it's hard to make rails without doing so. I do like the video, very nice editing!
  6. I am truly grade full, in november I bought 3 used LEGO sets to get started again (after 4 years of not building) and joined this forum. Since then I've read a mountain of interesting topics, learned a lot, got inspired, got re-addicted, made friends and now this! The vibe on this forum and the people here are amazing, and I'd like to thank you all who voted for me, and also the people who (mostly) constructively criticized my work and made me push my own limits. I've been a LEGO technic builder for 16 years, but I was never member of a LEGO forum until last november, and In retrospect I wish I would have been. All this inspiration and motivation would probably have prevented my recent 4 year "dark age". This contest has seen a lot of great builds and has been a great experience and challenge so thank you to all who participated, and thank you Jim and Milan for organizing and managing it and Vengit (creators of SBrick) for making available these awesome prices! And last but not least, a HUGE thanks to my girlfriend for her support I look forward to the next competition EDIT: That last graph is almost rude, it makes me look like the middle finger LOL
  7. And that, my good Sir makes you the kind of builder I like! It looks intriguing, complex and minimalistic at the same time, the only suggestion I have for you is... VIDEO!!!! I'd love to se your creation in motion. Keep up the good work!
  8. 22: 10 30: 6 20: 4 16: 3 21: 2 17: 1
  9. If you just take a differential, connect the 2 input motors to that on both sides, opposite to each other so the output axle is one in contact wit the differential housing ring... Where would you lose the torque? obviously the gear ratio difference between the diff housing ring and the gear you put against that, but that's easily solved by gering it back the other way. Where would the "real" loss occur? Gr Onno
  10. That's not countering, that's avoiding the battle entirely.
  11. I agree that unused space in a bot is a bad thing, but a big bot can be just as hard (at some points even harder) to build, It depends on what you put in the bot. I build a large bot, but it has absolutely no unused space, in fact I spent more than 4 hours rearranging parts just so I could fit in everything and close it up. I would argue the amount of unused space in a bot should count negatively, not the size in general. In my case that was a strategical choice to counter the big spinners, and I don't think that should be counted negatively, do you?
  12. Opening up an XL motor is a bit difficult, If you do want to try it, have a look at this topic I made a while back: LEGO Power Functions Electromagnet In this topic I gave a detailed description with photo's on how to open a PF XL motor housing. And if it turns out something is wrong and it's broken you can always make it into an electromagnet
  13. Hello, Thank you, and yes I have: To have a more insightful look on it's functioning and the mechanism I used you should see the first post of this topic, it contains a video and pictures. The MOC has changed very little technically since then. added were 2 servo's to release the ram and the armor, but the mechanism remained mostly the same. If you (or anyone els) have more questions, just let me know.
  14. wahahah simple but fun! love it, keep up the good work!
  15. If you're running circles around me, wouldn't it be more likely that you would accidentally run into a pit? But seriously: Thank you for that compliment, and everyone els for all the kind words. I've been on this forum for a very short time, but I really like it here! All that creativity and inspiration bouncing of the pages and of course people who understand the struggles of building something like this. A while back a relative asked how long it took me to build the terraformer (THIS MOC) and when I told him "4 weeks" he said, "no way, it took THAT long?! it's a child's toy!"... I guess most of you know that feeling. There's truly a LOT of building hours in this MOC and I had to overcome many technical difficulties so I really appreciate it when people realizing that speek kindly of my creation, so THANK YOU!