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  1. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    [Model Team] Mazda MX5 1:17

    Hi. Thanks for your interest in the model. Yes, the instructions are available on my website for a small fee (lot's of free stuff there too). They also now include a BrickLink XML parts list for ease of ordering parts. Changing the steering should be a simple matter of L-R mirroring the dashboard and pedals while building.
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    REVIEW: 80106 Story of Nian

    Nitpick: There are two stickers - one on each door.
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    Chinese New Year Sets - Rumors and Discussion

    The set is modular, with a 16x32 section that can be attached to either of two sides of the 32x32 section. The two pics show the two different layout options.
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    Chinese New Year Sets - Rumors and Discussion

    My review of both sets for HispaBrick Magazine is now live:
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    42123 McLaren Senna GTR

    That's one drawback of current licenses - we all want the classic cars that made the brands famous, but the brands themselves want to promote their latest models instead. I haven't designed for Cobi, but can send you a PM if you want more info.
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    42123 McLaren Senna GTR

    I'd recommend the Sian for the build experience despite the colour variance, but maybe not if you aren't a fan of the appearance. Easy fixes like the Ducati rubber band don't concern me, but as you've said, sets with issues like the ride height and structural integrity of the new Ferrari are much more frustrating, as it would be a major project to get that one up to scratch. Overall though, it's a good time to be a Lego fan with the company's new focus on the adult market. We're probably due a more sporty creator expert car soon as well. But if you're interest is waning then maybe take a break and wait for a future quality model to bring you back in. (BTW, if you're collecting clone brand historic tanks you might have some of my work, depending on the brand.)
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    42123 McLaren Senna GTR

    Well, if one limits one's scope to Technic cars/bikes, then I can see how things wouldn't look too great, and this last batch miss the mark for me too. But the Sian was a fantastic and satisfying build for me with only very minor colour variation, and the Ducati also was a really great set, with the rubber band easy to swap out for gears. Fortunately I have wider Lego interests, so there is plenty still outside of Technic and cars to hold my attention and engage my wallet. And while it's unfortunate that these latest Technic cars are not the best, MOCing remains an option for those unsatisfied with the official sets being offered. And if you're still not keen on the Sian, then there are a lot of great custom alternate builds out there that make getting extra copies of the Creator Mustang very tempting.
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    42123 McLaren Senna GTR

    Oh no. That's a deal-breaker for me. I could have put up with no diff, but 1WD is just lazy and poor design for what is supposed to be a Technic model.
  9. I really wanted to like this one, but I just don't. I get that the proportions are technically quite close to accurate, but they are off in subtle ways that kill the look for me. The wheels are a bit too big, the roofline is off (making it look like the car is leaning back rather than forwards - and I get that this is exaggerated by following the A-pillars in the absence of a windscreen), and the ride height is far too high which immediately ruins the racing look of the car. When the functions are minimal you really have to nail the appearance, and I just dont think this one got it right.
  10. Wow, those wheels look a thousand times better. Really like the pattern you get by not highlighting all of the spokes. Is it just a trick of the lighting, or have you managed to recolour the 1x1 round badges in the center as well?
  11. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.