Technic Builder

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  1. Technic Builder

    Making Money Selling Instructions

    I don't understand what you said. A mod added the [Help] tag. All I wanted to know was about how much money people were making from selling instructions. That's the only unanswered question in the thread. The original thread title was "how much money are you making selling instructions?"
  2. Technic Builder

    Making Money Selling Instructions

    That doesn't really bother me. I'm well aware I haven't had much to show here on Eurobricks. I'm also aware it seems silly to ask about selling instructions when honestly I don't even know how to create them yet (well, I know what software is used and one can learn anything on the internet, I just haven't done it yet). My building philosophy is I want to build things that are large, have good playability, do not consider the economy of parts (meaning putting expensive parts in it is fine), and the model is in the style of current generation technic models. Studded beams are fine and I like the simplicity of studs, but a well built studless model is much more appealing to me. Nothing I build will be a replica of a real-world vehicle / IP. In fact, the crane I plan to build doesn't even exist in real life (in the same way that the recent Bucket Wheel Excavator doesn't really look like the ones in real life. It has the features, but it looks very different - like a toy version). My crane will have an extending boom, but the boom will not tilt. It will be lifted, but then only extend vertically. I'm not sure of many real world cranes that do this. I'm doing this because the strength to weight ratio of lego does NOT do well in cantilever applications. It does just fine in pure compression and tension though. Anyway, I learned years ago that anybody can post a list of what features they want to include in a MOC. Actually building that MOC with those features is a completely different thing. I probably won't post anything about what I'm building until they're done. If I had to sum up my ultimate goal it would be "build a mobile crane larger than anybody else has that embodies the spirit of the Liebherr cranes, while simultaneously using the LEGO technic pieces in a way that most complements their properties. The model should be faster and capable of lifting more than any other crane created of comparable size". Aesthetics are not as important (and that's not my strength anyway. I'm better at physics than being an artist). Here's my Youtube channel that I haven't updated in 1.5 years because I've been busy working and sorting lego for some guy in exchange for more lego. My legos have been in the closet for the last 3 months (and untouched since March), but they're going to come back out in October and I plan to get back to building.
  3. Technic Builder

    Making Money Selling Instructions

    Thanks for all the replies so far. There are certainly a lot of cautionary tales of "if takes a lot of time and you won't make much money from it unless you're one of the best in the world". I know. I get it. This is just supposed to be a fun thing to do on the side. Since college I've turned three different hobbies into paid gigs - photography (started as a hobby, then it became my full-time job (I've since retired from photography, I got bored)), triathlon (raced at a high level, now I coach full time), and legos (I worked at an after school program that does Mindstorms programming and FLL competitions). All I'm really trying to find out is the size of the market. Some have said "It's smaller than you think", but I don't really have any tangible numbers. For instance, take Lucio's Airport Crash Tender: Few people will ever build this entire model due to the part requirements. I have almost all the parts and only lack the bottles and the S bricks (or one, I can't remember how many it takes). I bought the instructions just to see how it was made. I'm not sure if I'll ever build it. So, if Lucio has sold 10 copies of the instructions at 12 euros each, well, that's not so good. 100 copies is better, but still nowhere worth the time to make the instructions. 1000 copies on the other hand is not a bad time investment to make instructions - especially if you're good at doing it. So my question has more to do with market research than "should I do this or not?". Of course I know most people aren't going to want to just post "ohhh yeah, I've made $4500 from selling instructions from everything I've made before expenses", but I figure it doesn't hurt to ask.
  4. Technic Builder

    [HELP] Buying Third Party Parts Discussion Topic

    I've never found pneumatic parts cheaper anywhere other than bricklink and lego either doesn't sell them directly, or they're always OOS (out of stock) as soon as they're in stock on Bricks and Pieces. I always suspected there are hardcore bricklink sellers who check Lego Bricks and Pieces multiple times a day every day who buy as many of high $$$ parts as soon as they're available on bricks and pieces.
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    [HELP] Buying Third Party Parts Discussion Topic Chinese knotting cord is like mini-paracord and makes excellent lego string. It's not mono-filament like the old lego string. It's like the string that comes in the newer sets like 42009. It's braided, but it's a very tight braid. It doesn't twist and it's very strong.
  6. In American culture it's a faux pas to ask somebody how much they make, but this is EURObricks, so I figure it's fair game. For those of you selling PDF instructions of Technic models (and only Technic models because I don't build with any other systems) about how much money are you making from it? Is preventing piracy difficult? Have you all considered selling the instructions as a "book" through an online retailer (to help prevent piracy) or is it cheaper to just sell them yourself, keep all the profits and take the hit on piracy when it happens? For the record I've only spent about $35 on online instructions and I haven't even built the models of the instructions I purchased (despite having the parts). I will eventually. I was more interested in the content of the instructions than actually building the model though. I'm also wondering how big the market is. Have any of you sold the instructions AND all the parts to build the model as a "kit"? The reason I ask this is because I might pursue this as a side gig in the winters. I coach triathletes for a living and summers are extremely busy, but winters are extremely slow. I'm also about to have a kid (in November) and I'm looking for more work that I can do from home to fill in the slow season. Even if I did nothing, I still have enough money, so don't worry. I've been building with lego my whole life and I know I have enough talent to make things that most people can't, and I have the ability to master lego CAD software (I used to be amazing at building stuff in AutoCAD). A few years ago I made a thread about a big crane I was planning to build. I STILL PLAN TO BUILD IT, but the past 2.5 years have been spent acquiring even more legos (I sorted legos in exchange for legos) and working on my coaching business. So what I'm most curious to know is what was your most profitable instructions ever sold, and which instructions have sold the MOST (even if they were cheaper and didn't result in the most profit). Lastly, let's say you build something really awesome and you throw it up on your popular youtube channel. Let's say you have ~ 30 people asking you "wow, that's cool, can you build me one? How much?" Have you ever followed up with those people? Once you tell them the actual price it would cost to procure all the parts, assemble it, ship it, and make a margin on it, are they never heard from again, or have you followed through with a sale?
  7. GBC modules are supposed to be inefficient on purpose - that's the ethos behind the models. It would be far more efficient to just build a large circular track around a table with a simple lift to move balls around the table. GBC modules are supposed to move them in an interesting / needlessly complex fashion.
  8. Thanks for the link. I just haven't been as active with my lego stuff recently. I did make some videos about modifying battery packs and XL motors, and then I spent some time selling off legos I knew I would never use and streamlining my collection. The giant mobile crane WILL still get built. . . eventually heh. It's just finding the 4 hour stretches of uninterrupted time to sit and work on it that's hard. I coach triathletes and it's busy season right now.
  9. I promise I've already spent about 2 hours googling this on these forums, youtube, the BrickTechnic French forums, and Brickshelf - still can't find it which is surprising because I usually save links for creations that I think are really cool. I think it was made by some French people (I think). It's maybe 4 or so meters tall. It has a fixed horizontal jib. Pretty sure it uses Hailfire rings for the tuntable. It's yellow and I THINK it was mostly studeless but I can't remember. There was a long-ish video on youtube of 3-4 people mounting the jib at a convention. I wanted to see it again because I wanted to see how they did their Trusses. I've already looked at the truss designs at TexBrick, and I'm looking for even larger designs. Thanks.
  10. I have a big box of random bionicles parts. I've already sorted out all of the "standard" bionicle pieces like balls and cups. Basically anything I think could be useful in its current configuration. What's left over is of course a bunch of proprietary pieces. About 25% of those pieces seem like they could be useful if some of the decorative parts of plastic were cut off. I looked at small band saws and scroll saws last night on Amazon, but I'm not sure if these tools would be the best. I'd of course want a guide / rail and set up a jig so I can make exact cuts along the edges of the pieces. My main concern is finding a blade designed to cut plastic where the teeth are all in a row and not "jagged" from left to right. My other concern is melting plastic. I'll also note I have a dremel tool, but those would be freehand cuts and I think it's best to avoid doing those when possible. So I'm looking for recommendations for guided cutting tools for legos, preferably from those who have experience making clean cuts.
  11. Technic Builder

    [MOC] Lego Liebherr LTM11200

    I know I'm bumping an old thread, but I've been analyzing the steering system in this model for a long time. The main thing that has me perplexed is if it's true Ackerman steering geometry or not. Upon first inspection one might say "look at the pivot point at the wheel and the pivot point where the gear rack is connected", but upon further analysis those do not appear to be the correct pivot points. Since the 13L gear rack makes a rectangle (a rhombus when steered), I feel that the two beams leading to the 7L gear rack also make a rectangle / rhombus, not a trapezoid as is required for Ackerman steering geometry. Am I wrong?
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    Transfer Case: 2 Hi to 4 low.

    The above example is very compact, but when in 2WD high mode wouldn't the front axle be locked? In other words, the front wheels still roll on the ground, they still turn the front diff which in turn turns that axle which would be not able to move due to the driving ring bing slid to the left.
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    Super-Strut Suspension

    In the above example don't the two toelinks on top give a floating pivot point that is further out than the lower pivot point thereby giving a steering axis inclination that is not favorable?
  14. I should have made my question clearer. Does anybody know what settings most mobile cranes use for kingpin axis inclination, castor angles, and camber? Some of these possible alignments seem less necessary in such a large vehicle that is designed for slower speeds (sub 50 MPH). The only one that seems particularly useful in a Lego model is a little kingpin axis inclination. It will reduce the scrub radius and help the wheels return to center. A reasonable castor angle MIGHT help wheels clear objects but in a vehicle with 18 to 20 wheels if one wheel is going over an object there's 17 or 19 other wheels still tracking straight and thus making the vehicle drive straight.
  15. Hey everybody, I'm back from the dead (not like anybody really knows me). I made this thread months ago: Then I had to put my legos in storage for a few months while my wife and I sorted out a move (and I sorted out a new job) Legos are back out now and I'm working on my crane again. I'm completely overhauling the steering setup I had before - it was just a bad design. I realized just how much space is necessary in the main body of a crane and the suspension arms were taking up way too much room. The new wheel hub I'm working on (ditching portal axles) should free up 2-3 studs on either side of the center line giving me far more room to put features in. I was about to give up on the idea of multiple speeds, but that would just be lame heh. My question to the lego community is if anybody has any resources on the steering / suspension geometry of real multi-wheel cranes (let's say 10 wheels and up). I know that I CAN include features such as kingpin axis inclination, appropriate castor, akerman geometry etc, but I'm not really sure how necessary those features are on a lifesize crane, much less a lego version. So even though I've looked at tons of .pdfs from Liebherr and Manitowoc mobile cranes, I have not yet found a resource that really breaks down the exact wheel alignments. Does anybody happen to know how these companies set up the wheels on their cranes? I know most of them use pendicular axles, but I don't want to do this on my lego version (for a number of reasons).