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  1. This was suggested in the other thread, and I pointed out that the lower 16t gear will hit the shifting limiter mechanism when shifting gears, so some further modification would be needed to make that work.
  2. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    42107 - Ducati Panigale V4R

    I don't have a 20t clutch gear to test, but I can see that the lower 16t gear would hit the shifting liftarm when changing gears. So some further modification would be needed, unless you only change gears when stationary.
  3. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    42107 - Ducati Panigale V4R

    Let us know how it goes. My guess is that the shifting foot-peg on the outside won't lock as cleanly into 90deg positions when relying on the friction driving ring connector in place of the rubber band and 90deg mechanism on the other side. Personally, I don't mind the rubber band on the selector, but I am interested in finding out if it can be eliminated too.
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    42107 - Ducati Panigale V4R

    There may be better ways involving significantly redesigning the model, but here's a quick and easy fix that uses only 4 added parts (the two gears, a ball joint pin, and a 4L axle). The 4L axle is attached to the added tan gear, while the black ball joint pin is the new lower attachment point for the remaining rubber band. Because the two added gears are not equal in size the engine will run at a lower RPM than before, but it's a very simple and effective way of getting rid of the rubber band in the drive mechanism.
  5. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    42107 - Ducati Panigale V4R

    Sticker sheets were loose. Luckily they included a second one in case the first got crumpled. That really helps, lol. The set is good though. A nice step up from previous Technic bikes. The gearbox works fine, though the rubber band connecting the drive to the engine is an odd choice. The flex-plastic windshield is alright (nicely attached with a pair of red katana), and I like the shaping around the headlights.
  6. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    42107 - Ducati Panigale V4R

    What happened to the release for this set? Delayed?
  7. 29: 10 33: 6 53: 4 41: 3 9: 2 59: 1
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    LEGO Star Wars 2020 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    The set looks out of proportion, and has a very rough outer finish in terms of exposed studs and colour changes. I mean just look at the puny landing gear and the front of the engine nacelles. What I'd hoped for was something that looked like the actual ship in the show, which has already been achieved by several MOC builders to better effect. Of course it's possible that the ship will look better from other angles, but some of the points I've just criticized are things that camera angle won't change. If you like it that's fine, but no I don't think I'm over-reacting at all. It looks bad.
  9. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    LEGO Star Wars 2020 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    I have to agree with those disappointed with the Razorcrest. That looks absolutely terrible. I fully appreciate the difference between MOCing and set design, but even so every MOC I've seen puts the set design to shame. I figured the Razorcrest would be an instant purchase for me when released, but I don't think I'd even want to use that as a base design to customize from. Yikes. At least Baby Yoda looks good.
  10. Since a recent update I've been unable to use the Buffer Exchange feature effectively. The problem I'm having is that the part selection functionality (activated by hovering over the assembly image) is allowing me to select parts that will only be added later in the build, and these presently invisible parts are getting in the way, completely preventing me from selecting the newly added parts that I am trying to move via buffer exchange. Does anyone know of a solution here, or am I going to have to wait for future updates to fix this problem?
  11. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    MOC instructions being sold without permission

    Unfortunately this happens quite often, and beyond reporting the seller there's not much that can be done about it. My Technical Pick-Up on Ebay by unknown seller Free instructions for the same model on my website
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    What happened to Bricks & Pieces?

    Having the same problem from NZ. Set order plus B&P wouldn't go through, and had to complete the order by phone. Interestingly, the customer service rep said they had been internally notified that the problem with B&P had been fixed.
  13. I received and built the Apollo Lander today. A very nice set, and the geometry in the base is quite satisfying to build. There are two minor modifications I would consider to be essential, and I made two further modifications so as to avoid having to apply stickers. The essential mods are: (i) removing the click hinge extension arms for the reaction control thrusters and just connecting these directly to the click hinge bricks in the hull; and (ii) swapping the 1x2 plates with bars in the base (where the ascent module clips attach) from 48336 to 2540 (this keeps the ascent module centered when attached). To avoid stickers, I used a 2x2 printed tile for the main interior console above the exit hatch, and made a brick-built US flag.
  14. BrickMonkeyMOCs Noob Questions

    The exported PDF page size issue seems to have been fixed in the latest update.
  15. BrickMonkeyMOCs Noob Questions

    Thank you. I realize it is possible to use third-party software to adjust things afterwards. But final layout and cover etc is done for me by someone else, so I was just looking to confirm that the fixed (and incorrect) resolution in is a limitation of the software rather than a setting I am somewhere missing. The biggest problem I'm having is that keeps crashing after each 50 pages or so of a project, but I think that just means I need a new and more powerful laptop.