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  1. nerdsforprez

    Liebherr LR 11000

    Simply astounding. Anyone who has tried to build large, lego cranes understands what an amazing build this is.....
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    Build The Impossible

    Woah, woah - easy there. Actually, the post about the 1:1 Chiron didn't make the claim that it was all bricks. From memory only, I think it mentioned something like 90% or something. Not going to look it up, but the official post was more than transparent that the whole thing was not bricks....
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    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    Yea we all know why it is done. That was not the point of the post. Again, the point is it counters all the rationale of why it is okay (according to apologists). Why it is okay, according to them, is because it has a benefit (building ease) and no downfall. However, I am curious to see if it is still okay with folks even if there truly is a downfall (it does show through in some circumstances). I especially thought this example was relevant because the showing of color vomit is actually very obvious in the Chiron (not alot, but it is obvious) - AND from what is described by others as the most beneficial aspect of the model; i.e. its looks, and in the back (most appealing according to reviews) no less.....
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    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    Wasn't sure to put this response here, or on the more general "color vomit" thread... but I guess here is as good as any place. There has been a lot of complaining about color vomit, on this set and others, and the main justification is always "well you can't see it when it is covered by the exterior" - Well, what if this was not the case? Would it crush all color vomit apologists? I say this because in building 42083 I came across something that I am surprised no one has made comment on. I definitely constructed it correctly as can be shown here: The left side is LBG while right side is black. This is something that is NOT covered when completed.... This actually really bothers me. This is not shown only when spoiler is deployed, or at certain angles. Any direct shot at the back will show the asymmetric colored beams. The back is supposed to be the most beautiful part of the car. I actually stumbled upon this because I wanted to add a light kit to my 42083, but now i actually have the wind kinda taken from that sail, because one of the main points for doing that was to show the back; which now I don't really care to do. Some might think this is trivial, but this is the exact reason why color vomit is a bad idea. Additionally, I am usually somewhat an apologist for TLG; but this was an easy "miss" in the final approval of the model. This liftarm should have remained black.....
  5. nerdsforprez

    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    I'm a little surprised about some of these comments. The overall size parameters doesn't mean much in terms of piece count (comparing 42056 with 42082) when the density is so different. As mentioned by others, 42082 is very dense. I have 42056 and relative to both 42083 and 42082, it is not nearly as dense. And I have no problem with giving 42082 the title as the largest set. Do I think that they inflated the piece count for that title - yes. But that does not mean they did not for 42055 as well. I mean, I would actually argue that 42055 has more "fluff" parts than 42082. Necessary fluff yes - to complete the model, but still fluff. I mean, consider the "rocks" - 40 1x1 round bricks both in LBG and DBG - thats 80 pieces right there. Then also the larger rocks, 16 of the 2x2 round bricks both also in LBG and DBG - so, another 32 pieces. thats well over a hundred pieces right there. Others have mentioned the dumptruck which is no small thing. That is actually a whole other set within a set. I estimate like another 200-300 pieces there as well. Again, I think the "fluff" elements are necessary to complete the overall set.... and I would agree that perhaps 42082 has more unnecessary or obvious "fluff" elements. But I think it is also a practice they did for all previous sets that tried to vie for the "largest set" distinction prior to 42082 so I really don't have a problem with it.
  6. 1: 10 5: 6 10: 4 12: 3 2: 2 8: 1 Wow, one of my favorite contests ever. Great mechanisms involved in all these entries. Loved the use of all the Technic and Lego minifigures. Those who added carnival or park music to your entry kudos to you. And as aside, if anyone is interested I will be opening up a medical insurance Co. for Lego Technic and minifigures. Please send any potential clients my way.......after watching these videos looks like there are many......
  7. nerdsforprez

    Full Size Bugatti Chiron out of LEGO

    I suspected there was another way to power the motors. Thank you for sharing. To me this is more an issue than the non-Lego chassis. I am sure I carry some responsibility for not finding the information for myself, but like I said, it was not obvious by the majority of the other videos out there. The narrative one walks away with from watching the official Lego videos on the build is that it is all powered by PF elements. Which it is not. Motors only. I wish they would have been more clear on this.......
  8. nerdsforprez

    Full Size Bugatti Chiron out of LEGO

    So I have watched several videos, and read pretty much (I may have missed a comment or two) all the posts here and still have a few questions. Overall, I love it and am in awe with the overall project. Not a critical piece here, but they mention it is powered by PF - got it. Some two thousand motors (large). However, no one ever mentioned if they used the Lego battery packs to power the motors. If they did, I would be truly surprised. I would think there would be some form of limit, just like we see trying to have Lego fly, that limitations Lego because the elements themselves. Lego will never fly because to come up with sufficient power to power a flying Lego model would only increase the weight to a degree that would prohibit its flying. More motors = more weight; too much that would preclude flying. Using PF battery packs to drive an actual vehicle, seems to me anyways, the same would apply. To power over two thousand PF motors (large) you would need like a thousand battery packs (AA battery box), which according to Philo's page would be at least 500 lbs itself. Over one million bricks (they can get quite heavy!), 500 lbs of Lego battery, a metal chassis, and over two thousand PF motors (again, another like 250-300 lbs) seems like a lot more in weight than they are actually quoting. I get L motors powered the car, but I want to know their power source. Also, would like to know if they built in steering. Highly doubt it, or why not show it in the video? (hopefully there is not some video out there showing it turning :) But as I said before; overall, fantastic job!
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    Full Size Bugatti Chiron out of LEGO

    Two pages in less than 24 hours and not a "hot" topic? What exactly is the criteria for "hot" topic? Seems to me it might be a little too conservative.
  10. I very much agree. I mean, one does not have to be rude, but simply posting what could be improved is not a bad thing. And if one posts that something could be improved, this should also not be interpreted as an automatic "i hate your MOC." That is not what a recommendation means. Not at all. It simply means that some one sees something that can be improved.
  11. This has nothing to do with my opinion. Respectfully, I am not sure I see the logic at all here. My comment had nothing to do with the quality of builder's either of these folks are and I have no idea about what "hearts about technics" even means......
  12. Couple of comments about etiquette, since this is what this post appears to be about, rather than the crane MOC in question per se, though it does involve many quotes and responses from others. I will not pull in the quotes from every since response (though I will bring in some), that would be a dissertation, but rest assured, the below references are accurate. Also, I have no affiliation nor ties with @Sariel, so please consider this before any criticism of "defending" him. I try to be as objective as I can, and here is simply my perception of what I read in the post in question. In summary, I think it is very important to be aware of the trajectory of responses that led to the outcome. No one has made comment to this, and I think it helps add clarification to the very nature of the argument. For what it is worth, this is a community, and in any community you have to be aware of the members at play. Whether you like this or not this is the reality; and often age and maturity helps bring forth this awareness. That being said, there is the trajectory of responses that led to the fracas. This all began because of @M_longer's response here: It really would look better built in smaller scale, because now it looks like few pieces mixed together. You have big off road chassis, tiny outriggers suitable for cherry picker and thin boom, that does not match the scale of the model. Actually, it looks like some russian crane trucks or specialized oilfield machinery: Now, @M_longer has been criticized in the past for being too harsh, but from my point of view, he has made great strides forward in this. Several past posts have even been quite complimentary and when advice is offered it seems to be with less acrimony. The above is no different. Very harmless, appropriate, and accurate IMO. Next, @Aventador2004 came back with: It doesn't have to look good to work. I see nothing wrong with something like this. A freestyle build based on something else. Nothing wrong with this either, however, it does appear blatantly like a "cover-up" (i.e. trying to back-track by calling it a freestyle build when the initial builder obviously was not free-styling) and as though he is defending the original OP. In fact, @M_longer then returns exactly that. He states that as a free-style the model is great (literally says "great" and "powerful"). The rest of his response is only defending the idea of calling something what it actually is. As a freestyle model it looks great, powerfull. But as you can see it was named Liebherr LTM 1060? Does it look like this? The post then compares the two images we are all now aware of. I will not repost. And @Aventador2004 then comes back with Quite similar actually, it has the body lines, capability, and all the functions. Now, this is where it all falls apart for me. Up to this point, things were pretty copacetic. The MOC in question, compared to its real-life thing are not even close. Objectively depicted by image overlays later in the post. What accounts for the disparity? I don't think we have an organic problem of vision, therefore the only reason I can see for the response by @Aventador2004 is that there is a lot of top-down processing going on here (if not familiar - look it up). @Sariel notices this, and posts: Respectfully, you're starting to bend the fabric of reality here. This is a LEGO model that looks quite similar to a Liebherr crane: I am not sure how this could have been more delicately put. To claim that the two pics are "bending reality" seems to me, entirely accurate. In fact, the picture overlays demonstrate this to a degree where I think Sariel's comments can be taken literally. To bend reality in such a matter one has to look elsewhere why this might be the case. Like I said, aside from an organic visual problem, the only thing I can see that might account for this bending reality is some bias lens that the poster (@aventador2004) is seeing through. Begs the question of what this might be. After this, things disintegrate. It involves what appears to be a young (if not underage) but otherwise fantastic and contributing member of the community trying to take on, verbally in argument, one of the most seasoned and talented builders out there. Sparks are likely to fly here. This is not news nor should we be shocked by this. As mentioned, nothing is inherently wrong with this, and to this point things were more or less copacetic. So we then are left to see how things play out. And, at least to me, the first logic and posting etiquette that begins to fade is not by @Sariel , but @Aventador2004 . A couple posts later he comments that he did not want to argue about the topic (when by all accounts he appears the instigator), calls Sariel's past comments "harsh" (I see no harshness in his comments to this point) and then he begins to throw barbs at others that haven't even joined in the conversation yet. Stating "At least this OP did not claim to Have a Game Changing Moc" really shows the true motivation behind @Aventador2004. This is a cloaked insult, and readers need to be aware of this. Comes not from wanting to contribute something meaningful, but because of hurt feelings. It is drudging up a past that has long been at rest. This horse was dead a long time ago, and he chooses to dig it up and kick it again. This is where @Aventador2004's comments lose me. Fingers are being pointed at sariel but it is the former who first turns to name-calling. Which, by the way, then the original OP, who has been quiet through this whole ordeal then chimes in, and also joins in the insults (i.e. " May be no one should be making any MOCs, except you as well?") I will stop here. My point is the trajectory of the posts in question tell a lot of the story that people are missing. I am not sure the comments by @Aventador2004 are as benign and innocent as people are perceiving. Etiquette begins to fade here and true colors are beginning to merge. This has been a theme in the past, and I know this will be unpopular to state, but I am going to anyways. There appears to a lack of logic here to critiquing Sariel's initial comments, and it eerily smells like jealousy. As we look forward to the future of postings, and their etiquette - @Aventador2004 was certainly correct about one thing. In a future post he states if we are to keep the hobby alive and not make it into "Only the fittest survive". We need to encourage some builders onward. This does mean holding our tongue once in a while, or just not posting. If you dont like it, don't comment. Simple. Eloquently put. Solid, and mature. Bravo. Words and maturity are spot on, as well as the rationale. Despite this, it is also incomplete. If I were to be so bold, I would take these exact words and extend them to offering something like: We also need to be aware of over-sensitivity from young builders and new or inexperienced builders need to be open and receptive to feedback from others. EVEN IF IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE. Lastly, young builders need to be aware that their MOCs are not likely to be as popular as those more experienced, and this needs to be accepted. The power of online posting lies with the OP; and awareness of the above is paramount to have a positive experience. We cannot go too far to bend reality to make life and her experience more comfortable for others. Because, in the end, I am not sure this really helps them. Perhaps in the short run, but not the long run. "Encouraging some builders onward" is not just defined as being nice or massaging feelings; but being accurate as well. From the perspective of this lone member, that is exactly how I perceived @M_longer's and @Sariel's comments to be. Why? Discussion is good here. Perhaps there is a learning point - perhaps not in the direction you want but a learning point nonetheless. Listen, this sounds harsh, but I truly mean it from a supportive role. You mention, again, that you wanted a "calm" conversation or something like it. However, it was you that first turned to insults. To play the good guy here is not your best card. Perhaps there is learning here - like I said, just not in the direction you want it. I for one would really like it if this thread stays alive. I would like this conversation to continue. Erik - I am not sure I see Sariel not being nice at all. Perhaps defensive, but not unkind. But I think defensiveness is perhaps appropriate. I can own up to it, I feel a little as well. I think we have a right to stick up for the very nature of this forum, and as I see it, Sariel's concern of being too accepting, or unwilling to call a spade a spade is a real concern here. IMO, it really applied to the post in question.
  13. Again, helpful to read entire post. OP already mentioned he will not be using tracks shown
  14. No gripe here about no transmission. Its something different. 8070 got alot of flak, but i liked the diversity. Love this car for the diversity as well. Adjusting shocks is just awesome.
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    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    I also think that it is imporant to remeber that the relationship between piece count and scale are not linear. Difference between, say, 1/10 scale vs versus 1/8 scale is approximately double the piece count. Take for example paul b's vampire gt versus sheepos mustang (which really other than the transmission, was not a dense build). Approx 1700 pieces versus 4000 respectively.