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  1. We can dream, Zero
  2. Instructions will be released for a homage to the 8466 using pieces from 42069 and 42070 ;)
  3. I see your point, but the rubberband & hockeyplayer methods only work on lightweight vehicles, not 6 wheel leviathans like 42070
  4. I wondered this too. The only thing I can think of is that the designers have a set budget for each set,with the servo this budget is exceeded but the M is cheap enough to be included.
  5. If there's a bandwagon forming, I think I'm about to jump on it. Here goes! 42070 I was extremely excited about this when I first saw it. It's huge, there's no denying it. And I don't have the CLAAS so there's six of those beautiful tyres. But then you realise there's no servo. And that it's Mediumlightsomethingsomethingdarkside Azure not Medium Blue, so the panels are as good as useless until more sets are released in this colour (and I REALLY need a 3x11 medium blue panel). And that it's incomplete at the back. And that it's insanely priced. 42069 always looked like a good model, reminded me of the 42038 b-model. Ok it's purple. Or perhaps Mediumlightsomethingsomethingdarkside purple IDKR... But then: Ooh is that working suspension? And rubber tread grip thingies? And the Lambo doors are pretty neat. And jesus take the wheel the roof opens too. I'm a lot more excited by it now, Not sure whether it's worth the money yet, I'll wait until I see a parts list. Better still, I might just race everyone to be the first to build an orange/black one from my collection (PS Do technic boxes have parts inventories on the side of the boxes? I can't remember, I'm usually too busy tearing them open... I know Creator sets etc do)
  6. The 8258-B now has a video and a topic! Entry will be submitted in a couple of minutes.
  7. Presenting the 8258-B Crawler, Designed and built as an entry for the 'Crawlify your set' contest [AMS1] I'm a huge fan of b-models in general, but the 8258-B has always been one of my favourites due to great looks and an easy to modify. Or so I thought... In the end, I reckon about 85% of the chassis has been custom built. There are two L motors situated just below the cabin. One powers the front axle, one powers the rear. Both axles have differentials because, being independently powered, loss of traction is a lot less likely and it saves my poor pieces from becoming mangled. Because the 8258-B is rather small (read: narrow) I had a lot of trouble designing a front axle that could house a servo motor without limiting the range of suspension travel. Eventually I gave up and ended up modifying this axle to accommodate a differential (well deserved credit to the amazing @Madoca 1977). However with that said, I have made sure the bodywork stays almost 100% true to the original. The only alteration I had to made was to the rear wheelarches to make room for the balloon tyres: Original wheelarch Modified wheelarch: Also, the front winch kept scraping on obstacles I was trying to climb over so I switched this out for a bullbar, however the two are easily interchangeable. Anyways, here's a video of this thing in action. As always, please let me know what you think. Whether it's praise, criticism or telling me off for building ANOTHER red and black model (I have other colours, I swear!!), I'd love to hear it. More images can be found in this bricksafe folder. Enjoy =)
  8. Regarding size, I have used Sariel's various tools to generate a scale of EXACTLY 1:9 No seriously, precisely 1:9 to the millimetre. Using either of the 81.6ΓΈ tyres, the chassis must be 25 studs wide. 25 studs = 200mm Width of a Formula E car = 1800mm 1800mm / 200mm = 9.00 Which is a good job really, because that means where the nose meets the front axle it is only 5 studs wide, I'm not sure I could squeeze a steering rack and PR suspension into less than 5 studs!
  9. In the actual Formula E competitions, Renault provide the chassis to be used (Spark SRT) and this cannot be altered. However the teams have free reign over the batteries, drivetrain and gearboxes. I'd be up for this; we all build the pre-agreed chassis, but have to design the internals ourselves, be it 8 m-motors or an XL motor, IR or S-brick, if you can't fit an RC motor inside the template then tough luck!. Who's brave enough to design the chassis then??
  10. I find you only need to get rid of the centre diff and keep the ones powering each axle. Unless you're driving on sand, too much tension build up when turning without diffs because the outer wheels are rotating quicker than the inside ones, which results in many twisted technic axles :( Certainly, the likelihood of one wheel loosing traction is quite high when crawling over obstacles (meaning a diff will send all the power to the airborne wheel), but if your suspension is soft enough then there should always be both of the wheels on the second axle touching the ground to push your crawler onwards!
  11. Is it bad that a part of me just died watching this. I don't even allow my bricks to come into contact with direct sunlight for fear of permanent damage! Now if I were on another forum I would make a Paul Walker joke, but I digress. Even just based off that image, that's not the only damage. Look at the shape of the pinholes on the I beam, and also the stress marks in the beams on the other side of the car. The poor thing It has just occurred to me I have never seen seat-belts incorporated into a set before, either official or MOC!
  12. I agree with @Aventador2004, the play element once built is much more important to kids than it is to us. I recommend getting one of the sets that contain two or more small vehicles - like 42023 or 42062 (no planes, sorry...) - rather than a big, expensive display model. The larger sets have build times that run into 10+ hours and I have a feeling at age 9 he may get bored very quickly.
  13. Here's a quick teaser of my creation: 8258-B Crawler Comparison next to the original 8258-B It's only a teaser so far, because in the first video I made it was waaay too quick which made precision crawling near impossible. I have since geared it down to three times slower (thus three times torquier) as in the photos but not made a video yet. Hope you like
  14. This is amazing. I spent ages on RCT3 as a kid and would love to build my own. I'd have to clear out a few BL stores of the 2L pin connectors first though
  15. They do make fantasy tanks though, which is perhaps what @Aventador2004 desires, such as the 7706 Mobile Defence Tank.