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57 minutes ago, Void_S said:

They, as being made of polycarbonate, should be more rigid but fragile in comparison to regular non-transparent beams made of ABS.

Didn’t LEGO switch the plastic for their transparent pieces not too long ago? I think they now share the same properties (I believe it’s a new variety of ABS plastic).

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45 minutes ago, TechnicRCRacer said:

Didn’t LEGO switch the plastic for their transparent pieces not too long ago? I think they now share the same properties (I believe it’s a new variety of ABS plastic).

Well, if they did, it's fantastic. Nearly all 1x1 round plates from older sets are with a cracked bottom ring in my collection...

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About trans clear parts, I don't know why TLG don't make trans clear 5x11 and 3x11 and 3x7 panel.

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26 minutes ago, msk6003 said:

About trans clear parts, I don't know why TLG don't make trans clear 5x11 and 3x11 and 3x7 panel.

Because they haven’t had a purpose for them. 

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Interesting article on the topic of trans clear brick composition:

https://bricknerd.com/home/a-clear-path-forward-for-transparent-bricks-1-21-22

"Perhaps we’ll enter a golden age of transparency! The switch to MABS for clear elements can almost be treated like the introduction of a new color..."

 

9 hours ago, astyanax said:

inexplicable and useless love for transparent liftarms

When I was a kid, I'd collect all the transparent parts and build things with only them. Even now, I have a separate box that I put ALL transparent parts in.

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Some news from "42147 Dump Truck" thread:

15 minutes ago, Polarlicht said:

Here is the new connector

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It has a slight difference from the 4-pin connector - notice the raised ring around the pinhole in the middle.

The "original" 4-pin connector was a bit thicker, exactly 1L-high, while this one was made of a regular beam, that is recessed a little, 0.9L-high.

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New connectors are always nice, and I guess this new one had to be made as it was in order to function as a steering arm, but I wish it had axles instead of pins, as I feel it would be more useful that way.

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I don't recall any discussions about the PU light element which is included in the new Lighthouse set and Passenger train set: https://rebrickable.com/parts/22168/light-unit-led-with-cable-powered-up/

Anyone know how long the cables are for that element?

The lighthouse also has another element of interest: the fresnel lens, which would probably make for a great headlight part of car models, especially coupled with the aforementioned light element.

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1 hour ago, howitzer said:

I don't recall any discussions about the PU light element which is included in the new Lighthouse set and Passenger train set: https://rebrickable.com/parts/22168/light-unit-led-with-cable-powered-up/

Anyone know how long the cables are for that element?

The lighthouse also has another element of interest: the fresnel lens, which would probably make for a great headlight part of car models, especially coupled with the aforementioned light element.

I think that Fresnel lens might not work that well in a car, but a similar one would. Also, I can't understand why Technic doesn't include lights in official models aside from the 2 especially rare example (8297 and 41999)

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53 minutes ago, Jockos said:

I think that Fresnel lens might not work that well in a car, but a similar one would. Also, I can't understand why Technic doesn't include lights in official models aside from the 2 especially rare example (8297 and 41999)

I was thinking mostly the looks of the lens, not its usefulness as an actual lens with lights behind it. Anyway, I also hope that the lights get included in future Technic sets, as it's indeed baffling that lights have been so few and far between in Technic sets, even if they would enhance some sets enormously.

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2 hours ago, Jockos said:

... Also, I can't understand why Technic doesn't include lights in official models aside from the 2 especially rare example (8297 and 41999)

I happen to have both ... :) ... but I'm with you 100%, most likely it's a cost consideration. 

You could also ask how come we never see any 4-wheel steering (except for 8880), though I'm sure they have their reasons. AFOLs are NOT the main target audience for many of those sets.

 

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Man I wish there was a 1x1 version of the click hinge plates. Especially with rounded ends.

So a combination of this 

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=26047#T=C

And this

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=44301b#T=C

As a moc I'm making would really benefit from it.

 

I'd also take a variant of this where the bar connections are replaced with alternating click hinge sockets and pins

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=75937&idColor=11#T=C&C=11

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flipflop beam 7 long arrived: LEGO PART 2391: Technic Beam 1 x 7 Thick with Alternating Holes - Green in 42149 Monster Jam Dragon (which is a technic set not bionicle or so as you could imagine from the name)

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That fresnel lens piece would indeed look awesome if used as headlight

If it was redone in say, red, it would function as like a 2x3x2/3 double slope

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5 minutes ago, Maaboo35 said:

 Is this a real part?

Indeed! In Police Training Academy. Moreover it looks as though they fit together properly to extend the helix...

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1 hour ago, aeh5040 said:

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Yes, this looks like a very interesting part! Unlike the regular worm gear, this looks like it can be backdriven. Looking forward to see what mating possibilities there are, and also what creative builds people will come up with!

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