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  1. Seems my memory was playing tricks on me.... I just double-checked my MicroScout (which I popped the white top off of months ago to see if I could do anything about the buttons - I am aware that the silicone ones are a singular piece, by the way, and if you'll look closely have referred to them as such) and found the same thing. I could have sworn it had had microbuttons, but I guess my brain was mixing it up with Armada Optimus Prime's PCB. Oops. Looking at my buttons piece it's worse than I was remembering - two are torn completely off. I had been hoping I could glue bits of other silicone (and, now that I know I need them, carbon pads) to what's left to act as replacements for what tore off. Or that enough other people would have run into this that somebody made reproduction ones. Btw, the desire to fix over replacing isn't only motivated by cost - it's also motivated by a desire to avoid waste. Yeah, the shipping to California would probably be a killer. If I do get another I might have to settle for that "dead" one (that probably just needs the contacts cleaned).
  2. Excuse me, but you seem to have skimmed my post without properly reading. I specifically stated that the silicone piece had suffered tearing. Cleaning won't help with that. To be more specific, two of the upper buttons are partly torn off and no longer protrude past the top shell. You're also wrong about the MicroScout's buttons. The visible buttons aren't actually part of the circuit at all - they're just a silicone piece used to actuate the real switches, which stand on the PCB as complete assemblies with hard plastic buttons. I appreciate your trying to help, but strictly speaking, that link does not lead to the part in question. It leads to the MicroScout as a whole. I would rather not buy an entire new MicroScout if I don't have to. I would rather just repair or replace the silicone piece if at all possible.
  3. The silicone buttons piece on my MicroScout from 9478 Droid Developer Kit has suffered tearing on two of the buttons, making it so pushing them takes poking a toothpick or similar inside. Does anyone have advice on repairing the piece, or where I might get a replacement? I tried calling Lego, no luck there.
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    [MOC] The Ultimate AT-AT Walker

    Well, what do you define as appropriately scaled? Appropriately scaled as in it's the same size relative to them as the real deal would be to a real person, or appropriately scaled as in it's the right size to hold as many minifigs (plus equipment) as the real deal would hold people and equipment? That's the trouble with standard minifigures - their proportions and lack of articulation kinda break scale. A car big enough to seat four minifigs tends to be gargantuan next to them, while a car more in scale can typically only seat one. I have mixed feelings about the model. On the one hand, there's obviously a lot of skill and effort put into the design and build. On the other hand... It has something that tends to bother me about a lot of the "pro" builds I've seen: It's a LEGO build that seems to be breaking its back trying to hide that it's LEGO. To me, that almost always looks very unsatisfying - why this extreme aversion to showing studs?
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    Lego Re-releases - What would you like to see?

    They might be willing to revive most of those older parts, they probably still have the toolings (unlike the pigtails hairpiece, whose mold no doubt broke or deteriorated in the 90s), and we could frankly use revivals of those friction hinges since the locking ones have clearance issues in some situations. The big issue with the Mega Core Magnetizer or any other medium to large M: Tron set is the parts they can't revive and would have to create new versions of: The magnet parts. A reissue of anything that's in someone's "investment portfolio" would be quite welcome in my book because I have a deep-seated loathing for that kind of "fan". That aside, I would love reissues of 7140, 7130, 7150 (with Vader's TIE trading its blue and dark gray for sand blue), 7134, 7180, 7190 as far as licensed stuff goes. Well, that and a gray version reissue of any post-7140/7142 X-wing. I would also love a reissue of the Emerald Night because it is a gorgeous train and I missed the original go-around. Maybe an accompanying separate-sale coach. A re-reissue of the Railroad Club Car. That's all I've got off the top of my head rn
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    Need help: Rubber tire issue

    The rubber Lego uses for their rubber tires (as well as things like Bohrok krana) is pretty good. But it does tend to swell up and make the tires too enlarged and loose to fit when it gets too much moisture in it. As tends to happen when, say, we're dumb kids putting the tires in our mouths. I was wondering if there was a way to shrink them back down.
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    KielDaMan's JSF Collection

    Different starfighter - the one in AOTC is a Delta-7A - but they are indeed both dark red. The TCW one looks more reddish but it's still dark. Lego used the long flags originally in part because of how long the tailfin is at the top, in part because the smaller straight flags look a bit too short and aren't as good a canvas for detail (plus they lacked shorter curved slopes anyway), and in part because they were going off the Delta-7A where the fin looks a tad bit longer. Of course, they did eventually come up with a completely new way of doing the Delta-7 rear that captures the length and shape way better than flags could ever hope to. But that wasn't yet present when you started this. Overall a very nice collection. I love the job you did with Kit Fisto's fighter, easily the best of the group. Not sure I agree with covering the Astromech sockets since that makes the partsforming worse and you can see their "hips" in the show model, but still a good job.
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    Bionicle vignettes

    They might work okay... but I think "diorama"-type scenery (like what you'd build for model trains and other such displays) would work better with Bionicle sets and look more like the in-fiction environments.
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    Bionicle vignettes

    I figured it would be a neat idea to start a thread for posting vignettes done with Bionicle sets and MOCs. I have two to start: First is Takua chronicling a giant lamp-post, and wondering what sort of being would need one that size. Second is Iruini battling Visorak with the help of the Kikanalo he's riding.
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    Best and worst Masks and helmets?

    I would actually like the Hau Mistika if it was presented as a new mask instead of an "adaptive armor" version of the Hau Nuva (that same kind of feeling applies to the Tahu Mistika set itself - indeed, it applies to all six main Mistika and Phantoka Toa sets).
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    Request: 2003 Shop @ Home catalog scans (Bionicle section)

    Thank you very much. Okay, so, this wasn't the official source I was thinking of then (an official source from 2003 that identified the Makuta Nui combiner build as Graalok the Ash Bear -I know Maze of Shadows used it for her but that's definitely not what I'm thinking of- or else had Graalok instructions. I'm dead sure I remember such a thing existing and thus being the reason for Graalok's presence in MoL), so I'll have to keep looking. Still, good to know. Also, gotta love how a Makuta Nui photo was erroneously used for Takutanuva!
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    Opportunistic Hamlet reference

    These aren't MOCs, though, they're official sets. And I only did it because Norik was minus his neck connector and thus his head was off his bod, and his name rhymes with Yorick.
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    Opportunistic Hamlet reference

    In case anyone would like to know, they're in better shape following a recent Bricklink order (that and digging two Nuva paldrons out of my Technic Parts bin):
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    [MOC] Goat herding Turaga

    Click the edit button, then click "save changes". That should restore the image embeds. Although really, the forum should be closed again until the blasted update is actually done.
  15. Why is the site back up when the work isn't done? Image embeds are broken, the frontpage is messed up for mobile browsers, and there's no option to change the forum skin back to how it used to look for those who think the new one is ugly or bland.