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  1. If you don't like the idea of using 'dentist tools' because they remind you of the dentist, then you can use 'wax carving tools' instead: https://www.amazon.com/SE-DD312-12-Piece-Stainless-Carvers/dp/B000SVRSRY/ I have a set of these, and they can be useful for working with Lego, as well as other hobbies such as model making. I also use a crochet hook to help guide string and stretch rubber bands into place when there isn't much room to use my fingers. This stuff is called Plasti Dip, and you can either get it in a spray can, or in a can with a lid so that you can dip your tool into it. For thicker coats, you may have to dip several times to build up the coat and let it dry between coats.
  2. @Aventador2004 - Do you think that ignorance is a valid excuse? Think about it this way: If you want to use an image, did you take that photo and/or create that image yourself? If the answer is no, then you COPIED it from somewhere else. If you do not have permission from the copyright owner, or your use does not fit into the category of the 'fair use' doctrine, then you are not allowed to use that content. The same applies to literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. @Jim - Is your comment (quoted above) an admission of guilt? As the copyright owner, I also retain the exclusive right to produce derivative works based on my original, copyrighted image. Given your position on this forum, you should know better, and your blatant disregard for my legal rights as the copyright owner and your continued use of this image and derivatives thereof is very concerning.
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    [MOC] KELP

    Nice work. The base looks nice and compact, and the coloured plates are mesmerising to watch. It reminds me of @aeh5040's Slithy Troves Kinetic Sculpture Welcome back out of your dark ages!
  4. I don't think any of us are immune to having our images/videos stolen. As an example, I was taking a look at the Eurobricks Frontpage News, and suddenly realised that image of the pullback motor that @Milan used to promote the Voting for Technic Pullback Contest! topic was my original image that I took back in 2012, and the picture has been cropped to remove my original watermark from the bottom-right-hand corner. Digging a little deeper, it looks like @Jim also used the same cropped image in the [TC13] Technic Pullback Contest general discussion topic without permission. The original image is located on my Brickshelf gallery at one of these addresses: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=5672931 http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=5816741 http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=5816779 In the footer of the Brickshelf pages it states: That means that, while I have uploaded the content (images) to Brickshelf, I still retain the copyright to this content, and it cannot be copied without my permission. I'm not saying that @Milan and @Jim are the only ones to have copied my images of the pullback motor without my permission, and a quick Google image search shows that it has been copied by a number of other websites too, all without my permission. I just find it sad that our Eurobricks Technic Admin (@Jim) and Eurobricks Technic Moderator (@Milan) are also contributing to the issue of improper use of copyrighted material.
  5. Great work on this MOC so far! I'll be keeping an eye on your progress. With regards to the BuWizz's and cables - have you considered putting the BuWizz's in up-side-down, or sideways? This might make it easier to turn them on/off too. Just a thought.
  6. I sent a message to OldLego.com on Facebook. This is now the conversation went: Me: Hi. You have some really nice Technic models in your videos! Did you design all of these models yourself? OldLego.com: Hi Stephan, of course no...If you take a look at the descriptions in all the videos posted, every designer and builder is clearly mentioned. All the best Me: Oh, ok. I didn't read the descriptions. So all those designers gave you permission to upload their videos to Facebook? OldLego.com: Are you one of them? Me: No. My next question would have been to ask if they know what 'copyright' is... but he/she blocked me from messaging them on Facebook anymore! This suggests to me that they know that they are doing something wrong/illegal. It doesn't look like they have stolen any of my photos or videos yet, so there isn't much that I can do. Only the people's work that has been copied without permission can do anything about it.
  7. Historically, for the Lego sets that Lego gives the option of motorising, they make you build the entire model first, then give further instructions from there. Sometimes this involves back-tracking and removing a few pieces before adding the Lego motor/s. However, Lego has also planned for this, so the number of extra steps to motorise the model is usually kept to a minimum. If you are adding RC to an existing set that was never planned (by Lego) to be motorised, I can imagine that there might be times that the number of steps to remove pieces could be removing more half of the model, and in that case it might be easier/quicker to just give instructions to build the whole model from the beginning with RC. I guess what I am trying to say is that you might have to look at each model individually and decide which approach makes the most sense. Keep your target audience in mind too. If you are creating instructions for AFOLs, then they can be a little more terse. If you are creating instructions for the lowest common denominator (kids 7+), then you will have to 'spell' the instructions out a bit more so they are easy to understand. If you are doing a photo sequence, you may have to edit the photos to add arrows, axle/liftarm lengths, etc.
  8. I use 3 different cameras, all getting a bit old now, but still work fine. I typically upload videos at 720p, so I don't mind shooting at this lower resolution. As @dr_spock mentioned, I find these 720p videos easier/quicker to edit and upload. Canon 60D DSLR camera with various lenses. I actually don't like shooting Lego models with this camera too much. It has limited settings for the video resolution/frame rate, and unless you have good lighting you will have to use a larger ISO and large aperture (the shutter speed is limited by the frame rate). This means that you end up with a shallow depth-of-field, meaning that a large portion of the frame is out-of-focus, and if you aren't careful, the wrong part of the frame is out-of-focus. Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS. This is my smaller point-and-shoot camera. As the sensor is smaller than the DSLR, it has a larger depth-of-field, which can be an advantage when shooting something at close range, especially when you are trying to document your Lego model as opposed to creating an 'artsy' type of shot. This camera only captures at 720p, but it is about 8 years old now, and I should probably update it soon. GoPro Hero 4 Session. This camera is great for attaching to your Lego model to get that shot where it looks like you are riding inside/beside your model. I have used this on remote controlled cars/trucks/tanks, as well as attaching it to Lego trains, etc. There is a vast array of attachments for this camera, and these can be mounted to Lego, but I tend to just use a piece of strong double sided tape (the stuff that is used to stick down carpet - link). This is strong enough to stick to the Lego and keep the camera in place, yet easy enough to remove after use. I also recommend having a tripod, even if it is just something small like a GorillaPod or similar.
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    [MOC] 4x4 retro car help

    As @Boulderer mentioned, you can stack any of the Power Functions connectors. So (for example) you can have: two IR Receivers coming off a single Battery Box allowing 4 individually controlled remote channels, or you can have one IR Receiver coming off a Battery Box, but then have multiple motors coming off each of the IR channels, so you can use two motors on one channel to drive, and another motor on the other channel to steer, or many other combinations. If you are new to Power Functions, it is worth it to read Lego's Power Functions FAQ page: https://www.lego.com/powerfunctions/faqs If you want even more information about the different motors, I recommend reading Philo's Motors page: http://www.philohome.com/motors/motorcomp.htm
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    [MOC] 4x4 retro car help

    That clutch gear is typically used in situations where the output can get stalled. The clutch gear allows the input to keep turning (such as a motor), while the output is stalled, so that the motor doesn't get stalled and overheat. Some examples could be for steering where you can only steer so far, or for cranes where they can only rotate a certain amount. You need to put them in the correct location in the drivetrain for them to be most effective. One good way to see how these are used is to look them up on BrickLink/BrickOwl/Rebrickable, and then see which sets they come in, and then go to the Lego website and download the instructions for those sets so that you can study where and how they are used.
  11. I'd like a tree that grows money... to buy more Lego of course! Kind of supposed to look like a larger version of a Lego Pine Tree.
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    [MOD] 42005 Monster Truck

    @Void_S - Thanks for sharing. I have left a comment in your topic. @Aleh - Thanks I have one more MOD that I want to make to 42005, but it might not be ready for a little while.
  13. @Void_S - Nice work, and thanks for the detailed write-up I like that you defined your goals up-front. That is how I try to work too - set the parameters that I want to work within, and then keep building until I satisfy my initial goals. You have a few interesting techniques, and although you have added some elements to the body, 42005 can still be recognized in there. Have you built this with real bricks yet? I'm interested to see how the sliding axle of the steering will work, and also what happens when the left wheel raises higher than the right (or vice versa). Thanks for sharing.
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    [MOD] 42005 Monster Truck

    @Void_S - Thanks I know that my MOD of 42005 with 4WD/4WS/RC isn't very realistic, so I'd like to see your version of 42005 with 4WD and 4WS if you get around to making it. @BrickbyBrickTechnic - Thanks Sorry, I don't have any instructions for this MOD. I actually made this MOD a while ago and only just got around to posting it now, but I have disassembled the MOD already so I only have the images/video shown above.
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    [MOD] 42005 Monster Truck

    I have created a Tracked version of this Monster Truck: Since this truck uses tank treads with rubber attachments it can traverse a wide range of terrains, and it has neutral steering (it can turn on the spot). The two bogies are linked via gears to provide suspension. When the left bogie goes up, the right bogie goes down, and vice-versa. The truck itself maintains the average pitch of both of the bogies. No springs are used in the suspension. Suspension in BLUE Right Track in GREEN Left Track in RED This truck uses the Lego Power Functions Rechargeable Battery (8878) to power an SBrick, which controls two Power Functions L-Motors (88003). One motor drives the left bogie, the other drives the right bogie. The truck is controlled remotely using Bluetooth via the SBrick and SBrick Android App on my mobile phone. Larger images are available in my Brickshelf Gallery (once moderated): http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/slfroden/42005-MOD/