Lasse D

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  1. Scale Modeling General Discussion

    I'm glad you are calling them guidelines rather than strict rules. Still. The "Prime execution" criteria seems like a rather vague. Can we get a clarification of what this entails? My own models seem to skirt these guidelines quite a lot. Here are some examples: This old Oshkosh is excluded due to the scale (1:30) just as mentioned above. When I designed it I chose this scale specifically because the wheels and windscreens offered back then were the best fit for the model. Had I built in Scale 1:20 or above, then there would have been no windscreen and the wheels would have been less authentic: All my "normal" trucks, like the recent DAF are similarly a bit too small (1:25): But let's for argument's sake say that 1:25 is close enough to 1:20 for it to be OK. How about this: The front and chassis is a scaled MAN TGS 8x4 in scale 1:25, but the barrel and the rear mechanism has been changed quite a bit to allow for play functions. Would this be allowed? And what about the exposed battery box? That's totally out of scale. Here we have a Bell Long Ranger. Scale 1:25 is OK since it is an (non-fixed wing) "airplane": But what if we put a 1:25 scale Ranger on top of a 1:25 scale helicopter trailer and a 1:25 scale truck? One model fulfills the Scale Subforum criteria (helicopter), one does not (truck) and the trailer I'm not sure about. I don't envy the moderators one bit! :D
  2. The printing functionality exports parts of the picture in order to give users a page with their own part of the mosaic. This has been used at LEGOWorld for some years. I am a member of Byggepladen, but I am not able to register for Skærbæk due to my reaction time being more than a second :D
  3. I have now finished building instructions for a third starter module (a simplified pump module similar to the two other pump modules this year): Building instructions here! This complements this starter module (instructions here) And this (Instructions here) They are all on rebrickable and, but apart from that, I don't know if people will be able to find them or be interested in using them in order to get started with GBC.
  4. I have finally finished the building instructions ( Here the car is with the updated stickers. They look much better with proper white backgrounds. The only change I have made to the rear in the instructions is to use a black technic pin instead of the blue one to hold the spoiler As a new thing I have started to recreate famous photos from Le Mans. This is the first one. Here you can see car #2 crossing the finish line and winning Le Mans 2017:
  5. BOOK REVIEW: How to Build Brick Cars by Peter Blackert - Title: "How to Build Brick Cars" / "Detailed LEGO designs for sports cars, race cars, and muscle cars" - Author: Peter Blackert (lego911) - ISBN: ISBN0760352658-1 - Year of publication: 2017 - Publisher: Motorbooks, an imprint of The Quatro Group ( - Number of pages: 192 - Review by: Lasse Deleuran, a computer scientist with experience building scale LEGO models Hot in the press right now is the first book by Peter Blackert, also known as "lego911" in the LEGO fan community. The book titled "How to Build Brick Cars" and subtitled "Detailed LEGO designs for sports cars, race cars, and muscle cars" is being published by Motorbooks and contains 192 color pages with building instructions for 12 LEGO vehicles (15 if you count variants. A variant can be to have a convertible instead of a hard top version of a car). Peter Blackert is an expert in building realistically scaled LEGO cars. In his blog he writes that he started building LEGO cars back in 1981 which is before many of us (including myself) were even born! With this book ýou can recreate some of his models and experience how it is to build in his style. The focus of the models is clearly on aesthetics, but there has also been space for including interior details and functions such as opening doors, hoods, and trunks. For the advanced models there are even mechanical details, such as suspension systems and moving piston engines. I would say that the style is very much similar to the LEGO Model Team line, and with realism as we know it from the very large Creator Expert car sets (10242 Mini, 10252 Beetle, etc.) The book contains an introduction followed by three sections with building instructions grouped by difficulty. Each section contains the building instructions for three to five cars. For this review I have built one car from each of the first two sections and two from the last. The instructions for each model are accompanied with a text providing some background information with history and significance of the car behind the model to be built. This text is accompanied by a placard with information such as country of origin, engine stats, and body type. There is also a bill of material (BOM) and most of the cars have a certain body color where the parts in the BOM are highlighted. A list of colored 1x1 bricks indicates which alternate body colors you can build the model in. Sample page taken from the preview provided by It is recommended that the reader starts out with one of the Foundation models and I can fully back up this recommendation: The instructions are very compact with some innovative solutions which I have not seen before. I have made some mistakes getting used to this layout and am glad that most of my errors happened with the relatively simple 2CV rather than some of the advanced models! I have some general tips that might help others read the instructions: - Gather all parts before starting to build. There are some colors, especially when it comes to transparent elements, which are hard to see. This might just be a problem with the PDF-version; I have not seen the printed version yet. With the parts layed out in front of you it will be easier to guess the right colors should you ever be in doubt. - If you find yourself having a hard time getting from one step to the next in a sub-assembly, it might be because a new sub-assembly has started. The book uses only a single level for sub-assemblies, which means that, for example, steps 1 and 2 might be for one sub-assembly while steps 3 and 4 show another: Subsequent sub-assemblies might then combine former sub-assemblies. If a certain step confuses you, then I recommend looking some steps ahead and see where the sub-assembly is to be used. This has helped me every time I have been in this situation. - It can be difficult to see individual parts in when black parts are connected to other black parts. It might again just be a problem in the PDF version. I will know for sure once I get my hands on the printed book. When you are in doubt of which black parts to use, I recommend to simply build with what you prefer as long as you make the sub-assemblies as sturdy as possible. This worked for me, so chances are that it also works for you. Now. Let's take a look at the models. Citroën 2CV Charleston - 232 parts - 54 steps on 3 pages - Building time: 30 minutes - Body color: Dark red - 12 possible color combinations suggested. - Special features: Working front suspension. Opening trunk. Fits 2 minifigs. The Citroën 2CV is from the first category, titled "Foundation". This section contains cars in the small scale of 1:28 and seat minifigs. It turns out that you can fit a minifig into both the front and rear seat! The trunk opens: And my favorite feature: The working front suspension based on torsion bars: I will let the details of how the suspension is constructed be a surprise for the builders. As you can see, even though this model is categorized under "Foundation", it contains 232 parts and several interesting features. While none of the parts are rare, I personally failed to find a non-scratched windscreen in my collection. The instructions, while compact and spanning only 3 pages, were fairly easy to follow. When building you have to remove a couple of 1x1 bricks with one stud on the side in order to attach the headlight bricks for the front grille, but this is hardly a grievance. The model itself is fairly sturdy. The side windows are easy to push in and the 1x1 plates on the front bumper are easy to push out of alignment. Everything else is sturdy and the front suspension works really well. The building experience was also fun and I like the looks of the model. It is small, but instantly recognizable. Datsun 240Z Coupe - 312 parts - 98 steps on 7 pages - Building time: 1 hour 15 minutes - Body color: Orange. - 11 possible color combinations suggested. - Special features: Uneven width. Opening doors, trunk and hood. Interior and engine details. The Datsun 240Z Coupe is in the "Intermediate" category. Models in this category are aimed for 10-12 years old boys and this model is significantly more detailed and larger than the 2CV. Please notice that I have run out of 3x3 plates with cutout in gray, so the front bumper has been colored dark gray in my model. Orange is not a color I use a lot of, so I did not have the eight 2x2 corner plates needed. I tried instead to use 1x2 and 1x1 plates and luckily it turned out that you can indeed substitude these parts. In this model everything opens! I recommend using 1x2 plates with clip rather than the 1x1 plates with clip for the rear hatch. The 1x1 plates have a tendency to fall off when you open it. The doors can be difficult to close due to the simple hingle mechanism and completely flush body panels. I recommend detaching them rather than forcing them closed when closing the doors. My favorite detail is how the rear is sculpted with the curved bumper and body panels. Peter says that the black stripe on the side is there to allow fancy body colors like orange. If you choose to build the car in a color in which you can get the hinge plate, then you don't have to include the stripe. The interior is detailed and there are even windscreen wipers! I recommend using 2x2 carpet runners (or plates) behind the seats in order to support them and allow them to be adjusted without breaking. The inline 6 cylinder engine is nicely detailed and the hood is front hinged like on the real car. A cool detail is the placement of the side mirrors on the front - a characteristic of Japanese cars of this vintage. This is the only model in this review that does not come with any kind of working suspension. This is quickly forgiven when you see the many details that have been included instead. This is also the only model to be of odd width; The car is 9 studs wide (not counting fender flares) and is quite sturdy when considering the construction techniques that have to be used when making cars of this size. The fragile elements are mostly concerned moving functions (seats, rear hatch, engine cover). While I am in love with the styling, my better half has pointed out that she doesn't like how the front of the car is mostly studless, while the rear end is anything but studless. It shouldn't be hard to cover most of the studs in the rear with orange 1x1 tiles and transparent tiles if that is what you prefer. 2016 Ford GT Le Mans Racer - 587 parts - 111 steps on 8 pages - Building time: 1 hour 30 minutes - Body colors: American! - 1 possible color combination available. - Special features: 4 wheel independent suspension. Moving piston engine powered by the rear wheels. Interior and engine details. Opening doors. As a huge fan of Le Mans, the Ford GT Le Mans Racer was my first choice when selecting models for this review. It belongs to the "Advanced" category and this designation is no joke. The model is packed with details and even has a moving piston "fake" engine as seen in many Technic models. This is only a 2 cylinder engine (the real car has a V6) but it nicely shows how the MR-layout of the race car works. The coloring is taken straight out of Le Mans where Ford reentered in 2016 in order to celebrate its 50 years anniversary... with a win in its class. My favorite detail on the real car is between the main body and the rear wheel covers. Luckily Peter has recreated this detail on the model. You can see how the main body slopes together toward the rear section when seen from the top: The rear wheel wells are connected to the main body through these so-called "flying buttresses" This is a detail so important that even LEGO had to include it in their Speed Champions model Other details include opening doors. The doors on the real car open up instead of sideways. I do not know why Peter chose to hinge them this way on the model and why there are no side mirrors (both the Datsun and Veyron have side mirrors), but my guess would be for sturdiness - the models are supposed to be accessible for kids to play with. Inside there are interior details. This model comes with both a seat for driver and passenger. I believe the real race car only has a single seat and a lot of electronics occupying the other side. Another nifty detail: Deep front air ducts and the engine is also included. I prefer the level of detail paid to the engine in the Datsun, but that engine was also easier to decorate since it did not have any moving parts, and to be fair, the real race car has a very messy engine bay. You can't see the moving pistons from the outside. You have to look underneath for the action With 587 parts this is one of the largest models in this review. The parts are, however, mostly very common I only had issues finding the 2x4 brick with cutout for the right door and the 1x1 flat tile for the "blue oval" on the nose In my version it is a "blue square". Other details include the characteristic oversized rear diffuser and wing. Commentators at Le Mans didn't find these rear diffusers pretty, but I disagree. The rear lights on the real car have hollow centers - a clever aerodynamic detail. Here is an idea for you who like to MOD "official" models: Try to recreate this detail by replacing the rear lights with some that have a hollow center. Trans red 1x1 round bricks would be ideal. They should be turned so the underside faces outwards, but then you would also have to rebuild a significant portion of the rear light assembly. Unfortunately the round 1 x 1 plate with hollow stud doesn't exist in trans dark red yet. Overall I like this model. The building experience is fun with many sub-assemblies each having a part of the flat underside. This results in an assembly that progresses nicely as you slowly expand the base of the car. Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 - 593 parts - 104 steps on 7 pages - Building time: 1 hour 55 minutes - Body color: Red - 12 possible color combinations suggested. - Special features: 4 wheel independent suspension. Moving piston engine. 4WD. Colored interior. Engine details. Opening doors. Movable rear spoiler. This is by far the most challenging build. With 593 parts it is the largest models here, so its designation at the Advanced section is fully deserved There is also a trick to it. In STEP 8 you must flip the assembly from STEP 6 so that the gear is placed on the other side otherwise the car will be unable to drive. I have notified Peter of this, but it was unfortunately too late for the English language printing of the first edition. There are a couple of places where you have to remove parts in order to place sub-assemblies. I supposer this is part of the package when you have 104 building instructions steps compressed into 7 pages. Overall this is a very satisfying building experience: In some steps you have to open the doors in order to place sub-assemblies and in others you get a nice crunchy sound when pushing the sub-assemblies into place. The final model feels very compact and packed with details. The doors open: And the interior is decorated in dark red The suspension works with 4 wheel independent suspension and there is 4 wheel drive like in the real Veyron. The engine is a V4 (a similar W16 with moving pistons would be twice as long and at least twice as tall) The spoiler is even able to be moved into position so it functions as an air brake: Compared to the Ford GT the Veyron is similar, but with the double of everything: - In the Ford you can open the doors - in the Veyron you can also move the rear spoiler. - There is a V4 "fake" engine instead of a V2 (although you can't see the moving pistons on the Veyron either). - 4 wheel drive rather than only rear wheel drive And on top of that you have a prettier interior due to the dark red accent coloring and the possibility of choosing your own body color. In other words. This is a worthy flagship model of the book. Summary and conclusion While I have only built 4 of the 12 (or 15) models of the book, I can already now conclude that it offers a nice variety of builds with not only visually interesting, but also technically impressive LEGO models. I have learned new techniques (such as the drive trains in the advanced models) and I will look forward to give the remaining models a go once I get my hands on the full printed book. It seems like Peter has put a lot of work into each and every model. I am especially impressed with the Datsun; The proportions of every single detail seems to be spot on and it has actually overtaken the Ford GT as my personal favorite. Who would I recommend this book for? Anyone who wants to learn how to build scale models in the scales represented here. You will learn how to make compact drivetrains, compact suspension geometries, brick built windscreens, and try out different building techniques in order to recreate details in bodyworks of vehicles. I understand that there are mixed opinions when it comes to brick built windscreens. Not only are these real parts hogs, but many don't like the looks of them either. This is apparent whenever a MOC with this detail is presented here and in other fan forums. If you don't have enough transparent 1x2 plates or cheese slopes, then consider skipping a windscreen altogether. The models have interiors and A-pillars and will look good even without this detail. Finally I have a tip for before you go out and order parts on Brickowl or Bricklink. Take a look through the instructions and see where the parts are used. Black parts are often used in places where they can't be seen, or where they might as well be gray or dark gray. See if you can spot the places where I have used dark gray parts instead of black in the models here - it will not be easy ;) Thanks to Jim and the EB team for setting this up and allowing me to get early access to the instructions. And thank you Peter Blackert for giving the LEGO fan community this fine book. Disclosure: I was given advance preview of the parts lists and building instructions and have been promised a copy of the printed book.
  6. Thanks @SylvainLS I have looked through the threads and found some good suggestions which I can use in LDDMC. Here are my comments on each of the suggestions. I have a lot of work ahead of me if this software should become popular: - "Please add metric units": The poster would like to be able to use metric rather than imperial units. - This is a good suggestion. LDDMC currenly just counts bricks. I am looking into ways of supporting other units without complicating the UI. Suggestions are welcome :) - "Poor part selection for baseplates" - LDDMC does currently not user the concept of baseplates. Is this a desired feature? - "Quantity on Hand feature": The poster would like the software to use from the parts that they have available. - This is a great suggestion. I believe some other mosaic software does this, and I will consider to include it in LDDMC (you should be able to import a spreadsheet or Bricklinks items list). - "Make it possible to replace colors": The poster is not satisfied with how colors are chosen in the final mosaics and would like to fine-tune/post process the result. - This is done using the color filters (brighness, contrast, gamma, etc.) and dithering-percentage in LDDMC. I should make a guide of how to use there. - "PNG with transparent background" - It is suggested to remove the transparency component. This is a good suggestion. I will look into this. - "Please add a option for only 1 x1 plates" - LDDMC currently only works using 1x1 parts, but I'm introducing "optimizations" where other parts can be used to lower the parts counts of the mosaics. This feature is currently underway. - "mosaic 3d"/"it would be nice to have 3d mode :D - I don't know what they mean with 3D. 3D-illusion? Decorating large 3D figures? - "Can't exclude colours" - LDDMC does this. Using the color chooser you can include/exclude individual colors or whole groups of colors as you prefer. You can also filter the colors by year, rarity (sets and parts), transparency, and more. - "Why is the final image divided in ten by ten studs grids ?" - LDDMC has this as well. You can choose the size of the magnifier (not just 10x10) when printing and magnifying. - "New idea: free drawing": The poster wants to be able to freely draw the mosaic. - I believe LDD or any drawing software supports this. The image file can then be imported into the mosaic maker. - "How i think it should work": The poster suggests an order for the steps to create a mosaic. - It is one of the strengths in LDDMC that you can do these steps in any order and immediately see the result. - "giving numbers to the colours on the grid": The poster would like numbers in the grid to make it easier to distinguish colors. - LDDMC allows you to see numbers (Bricklink, LEGO, LDD, Rebrickable or simply incrementing numbers) in the magnifier and on the printed pages. However. It does not give you a hybrid view where you can see both the color and number. I should look into this.
  7. It is not long ago I presented a GBC (Great Ball Contraption) starter module. I have now done it again. This time with the wheel design that I have used on both the Easter Bunny Module and the 1984 Module. In the video you can see how I'm testing this module by making a layout using 10 of them. Building instructions can be found here: The parts that shield the exit can be replaced with ramps as seen in the full layout. And as usual the anti-jamming mechanism saves the day: My "GBC pipeline" currently consists of the following: - Update the Bunny module to use this design as it is more compact and can use the NXT-multiplexer (saves me a motor) - Make a gadget for my pump module. - Make a new version of this:
  8. Wow! Those are some super high quality stickers you have there! You are correct regarding the canopy. Although it is the best one suited for 12 wide, I have had to add some black surrounds to it in order to make it appear wider visually. I hope that I will have time to take a good picture of the Porsche tomorrow.
  9. There are special retailers for LEGO education sets. Here in Denmark we have "Mikroværkstedet". I'm sure you have something similar in Australia.
  10. Hi @SylvainLS Is it this you are referring to? I wonder if there is some way of seeing that in a way where you can read the messages without clicking on them all and get lost in the maze.
  11. I'm the author of LDDMC which uses Java, but doesn't require additional downloads. I'm looking into features that people want in mosaic software. Are there any must-have features in PicToBrick behind your reason for choosing it over other LEGO mosaic makers?
  12. Lego GBC Looper thing

    It's a sweet little module and a great intro to GBC. You don't even have to do much to comply with the official 10x10x10 inbox design of GBC should you want to go in that direction.
  13. Pull back motors have been explicitly banned from FLL now due to this kind of usage. This is why you saw the tall weighted towers last year - they were substituting the pull back motors. Retail vs. Education? Easy choice: Education comes with better parts and a good box for storage. Just remember to get a rechargeable battery.
  14. [WIP] Big Truck

    I see a Renault Magnum in a similar scale and style on the shelf in the background of one of the Bircklink images. If that is the style he is going for, then we can look forward to a really big scale model. I, for one, am looking forward to see what becomes of this.
  15. Thanks Jim. Yeah. A less biased review would be preferred, so let's see if anyone chimes in.