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#1 Sinner

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:16 AM

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Tifa was sick of relying on Cloud to get around Edge. It just wasn't helping their relationship either he was starting to enjoy the whole biker chick thing a bit too much.  :-|

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So she asked Rufus for a favour and he delivered!

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Just look how jealous Cloud is!  :-D

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Errr... OK, back to reality.  :-$ I've been wanting to make a IR car ever since Lego announced the new PF motors, and when I got this Ferrari for almost half price I had the perfect chance!

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I could swear that Lego had this in mind when they designed the set; the motor is a perfect fit!  8-° I needed to remove the hand-of-god steering gears to make it fit so well, but once done it enabled me to connect to the differential with only 2 gears. It's secured top and bottom so there isn't much play. The only major cosmetic change that I had to do was the boot. It was the best place for the battery box so I felt it was worth ruining the look a bit.

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Below you can see that I haven't changed too much. The motors are from the Creator Dino set. The small one was very easy to fit in. I didn't secure it in overly well as I wanted to be able to disengage the motor easily to change the wheel angle. It holds in well enough to steer the car, and it has a bit of play which is a good thing as I haven't added any motor protection... :-/

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From the top the small motor looks a bit like a gear box!  :-D The engine is still connected the same way it was originally.

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It was my goal to change as little as possible so it still looks like the same set at a casual glance. Thus I didn't put the battery box in the front, even though it would have been good from a balance point of view.

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It was hard to find a good place for the sensor, so in the end I didn't... :-$ It is clipped in place, but not as neat as I would have liked. I hoped to fit it between the battery box and the motor but it was just slightly too big.

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I went though several configurations before I was happy with the motor placement. At first I used the steering control stub, but I soon realised that I should be able to fit the motor the other way, which would have the added benefit of using less gears. How fast does it go? A bit faster than the bulldozer is the answer. The steering is a bit too quick to make it a good RC car anyway so I wouldn't want it too fast!

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 09:51 PM

Nice! I ike originality, yet the changes you have made. Good work!

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 10:35 PM

Nice work!

You said that it goes faster than the bulldozer, that's rather quick for a car of this proportions.

Does the doll actually fit inside the car? There are no photo's of that so I suspect the answer to be negative....  :-D

I am urging to use those powerfunctions myself, I know that they have arrived at my parents house some time ago, so when I get there I'll start experimenting too.... Beware...  ;-)

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 10:41 PM

Wow, pretty hot and engaging.... the car, that is.  :-P
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A very smart idea and cleverly done as well.  *y*

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 03:13 PM

Thanks for your comments.  *sweet*

View Postsimonwillems, on Feb 1 2008, 08:35 AM, said:

You said that it goes faster than the bulldozer, that's rather quick for a car of this proportions.
I thought so too. The car really is too heavy and has the added burden of the engine block.  :-D I have no plans to try to make it faster, but I might try and make the steering slower.

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Does the doll actually fit inside the car? There are no photo's of that so I suspect the answer to be negative....  :-D
Sadly you are right; Tifa doesn't actually fit in her car.  :'-( I suspect that she is slightly larger than scale, and that the seats are too high. I did consider modifying the car so she would fit better but my brain turned back on at the last minute.  :-P

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I am urging to use those powerfunctions myself, I know that they have arrived at my parents house some time ago, so when I get there I'll start experimenting too.... Beware...  ;-)
I look forward to the results. The motor are powerful and flexible, and the IR sensor is surprisingly good.  *wub* (By the way, I fixed your profile. I noticed that you had your homepage set as Brickshelfs login screen...)





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Posted 01 February 2008 - 05:43 PM

Very clever, my dear Walrus!

I do not know why someone did not think of this before, you have pulled it off very well, the car still looks great! *y*

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:58 PM

View PostLord Of Pies, on Feb 1 2008, 06:43 PM, said:

Very clever, my dear Walrus!

I do not know why someone did not think of this before, you have pulled it off very well, the car still looks great! *y*
Ahem! But there has!

I haven't seen Sinner's in action, but I'm guessing his is a better execution of the concept than mine. Mine is (like Sinner's) mostly unmodified, with a few bricks removed just to get enough space for both motors. The problem with mine is that the XL motor powers the wheels through the gearbox, which is neither effecient enough to get the car moving very fast and not strong enough to hold up against the motor's torque. The rest is original, though.

And the project is mostly stillborn, as I haven't progressed with it at all. There's a lot (and I mean A LOT) of problems with it, and I haven't had the time to correct them. Besides, it was just an experiment to begin with, because I noticed the PF-motors fit very nicely in the original motor-compartment.

Edit: Gah! Forgot to comment on Sinner's car! Well, like I said above, I think it's a good execution (a functionally probably a better one than mine) of remoting a car that's by all means not meant for it. I especially like how the small motor visually resembles a gearbox. Very neat! And also - a video, please (check if the camera has a video function)? I'd like to see it actually moving. :D

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:23 AM

Good execution Sinner!

If you step real far back and squint real hard, you can barely notice the motor. :-D

Could you explain to me what IR is?

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:34 AM

View PostExobuilder, on Feb 2 2008, 05:23 PM, said:

Could you explain to me what IR is?

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Infra Red. That is the car is now a remote control car.





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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:36 AM

View PostSinner, on Feb 2 2008, 02:34 AM, said:

Infra Red. That is the car is now a remote control car.
Ohh, ok.
Nice *y*
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:46 AM

View PostExobuilder, on Feb 2 2008, 05:36 PM, said:

Ohh, ok.
Nice *y*
*sweet*
:-D It's amazing how Technic just doesn't do it for the average EBite. Now if this was a remote control Black Sea Barracuda or Imperial Star Destroyer then it would be cool...  :-|





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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:54 AM

View PostSinner, on Feb 2 2008, 02:46 AM, said:

:-D It's amazing how Technic just doesn't do it for the average EBite. Now if this was a remote control Black Sea Barracuda or Imperial Star Destroyer then it would be cool...  :-|
That's the way it is X-D
Though, what does EB stand for? Eurobricks, or ExoBuilder? 8-|

Well, if it was a remote controlled 7699 I'd be truly scrumptisuly impressed *y*

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:01 AM

View PostExobuilder, on Feb 2 2008, 05:54 PM, said:

Though, what does EB stand for? Eurobricks, or ExoBuilder? 8-|
Errr... Eurobricks. You have some ego... :-D

View PostExobuilder, on Feb 2 2008, 05:54 PM, said:

Well, if it was a remote controlled 7699 I'd be truly scrumptisuly impressed *y*

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I have considered it but the wheels are not very suitable. (They have a smooth shaft and no extra pins.)





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Posted 04 February 2008 - 03:41 PM

View PostSinner, on Feb 1 2008, 04:13 PM, said:

(By the way, I fixed your profile. I noticed that you had your homepage set as Brickshelfs login screen...)

Wow, thanks! I did not notice it but I see it's back to normal now.


Sadly I can not yet start experimenting with the new system as I'm experiencing some difficulties as to the power source... My time will come.

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:54 PM

I'm shocked and amazed by your mods, Sinner!  Now the Fiorano is better than the Super Car Mk. II.  *wub*   I always liked the looks of this set, but was disappointed that Lego didn't include more technical advances, as befitting a $110 USD model.  I hope Lego looks at what you've done and gains inspiration for the next flagship Technic Ferrari, as I'm sure an RC FXX or F430 would be a sales success.



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