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  1. Thanks so much Attika/1963maniac. A lovely model and will (hopefully) form the basis of some great building time over the next few weeks with the kids. She'll do the new one, i'll do the original :)
  2. I'm looking forward to this christmas present :) Great work fellas!
  3. bonox

    Technic history and gears

    I'd suggest you find some posts by a user here called @LEGO Historian Perhaps start here:
  4. I would postulate that the mathematics behind it was to align gear teeth which always do not align two orthogonal holes - otherwise you'd need a small gear of pitch circle diameter identical to the axle on which it rides and that's not in system.
  5. bonox

    [MOC] - 42055 MK 288 BWE

    This model truely is a mechanical marvel on a large scale. Conceptually simple, but the devil is the structural detail of holding it all together and getting it to work. This model truely is a mechanical marvel on a large scale. Conceptually simple, but the devil is the structural detail of holding it all together and getting it to work. Equally as good as Dawid_Szmandra's crane in my opinion.
  6. they do both actually, but the tech in the chinese ones isn't the same. A legacy of conditions of sale of the original company where the tech and manufacturing were to remain in japan i think.
  7. The chinese have become known for cheap poor quality crap because that's mostly what the rest of the world asks them to produce by being customers for it. It doesn't mean that they can't produce good quality gear when required. Where do Panasonic have their eneloops made? okay, maybe a bad example... ;) Personally i'd just try to pack a pair of 18650 cells into it but 18500's is probably a better fit if you don't want to machine the box.
  8. substitute for light green instead. It's not like exhausts don't have different colours in general. Or buy one of the extreme buggies 8465. It's not a unique rare piece. It's a rare colour only.
  9. Yes - buy internationally. There 21 sellers as of today - the part is relatively cheap and the Germans in particular tend to have pretty low post rates. There is also one usa seller who must be pretty easy for a canadian. In light of the up coming plagiarism and commercial exploitation, I feel I should help you out bruno - I just made a purchase of this model to help support the publication of great MOCs. Thanks.
  10. bonox

    [MOC] - 42055 MK 288 BWE

    you're making great progress!
  11. wow, it's beautiful. Reminds me a lot of Dennis Bosman's work but at Ingmar's scale.
  12. And if you look at those relationships, while there is an unfathomable (at least to me) bigatude to the number of relationships between lego parts, looking around at people's MOCs, there seems to be a lot of similarity going on. The same collection of parts and relationships bas resulted in 20,000 cars, 200 cranes, two birds and one ship in a bottle
  13. I think context can help or hinder a lot here. The concept of a hundred billion for example. I've shovelled a lot of sand in my life, by hand and with machinery. I also live near a beach and enjoy walking up and down the beach a lot. A back of the envelope calculation suggests a number of grains of sand of that rough order of magnitude on the kilometer or so long beach that I frequent. A feel for how much volume is involved and the size of the component parts means I can comprehend a number of that size, at least in terms of a visible collection of items. If you turn around though and say that the same number of molecules exist in just a tiny drop of water lapping at the edge of that same beach, then i've completely lost any meaning of the size of that number. I can get the same kind of thing with lego relationships: I've got a feel, having built a thousand different technic contructions, of the number of possible pinned connections between liftarms and assorted connectors. At the same time though, i've got no idea of the concept of how many ways you could assemble an assorted pile of liftarms and pins in exactly the same way that I can't wrap my head around the mathematical analyses that determine the number of ways you can put six 2x4 bricks together. I know what the number means - I don't know what the range of constructions would look like. In a similar fashion i'm fascinated by the idea of a simple computer screen. Rewinding a few years ago and 320x200 monochrome pixel screens were common and you can print all sorts of readable stuff on it. In theory, you could use those 64,000 dots to manufacture any book, music script etc that ever has been written or ever will be written. The number of relationships isn't all that many, since the usable results will probably have similar kinds of relationships (ie you won't have many pieces of text where pixels are unconnected to a least a few other pixels of the same colour), but the scope of what you can potentially generate just makes my mind explode. You could write a simple piece of code to build all the possible combinations of dots, but if you didn't throw any away by focussing on meaningful relationships between adjacent pixels (a bit like the relationship between liftarms), you've got a 64000 factorial problem which makes the total number of possibilities greater than a number with approximately 280,000 digits!!! Expand the same pixels to 256 colours, and the scope has broadened by many orders of magnitude, but the principle is still the same - and if I can't deal with the scope of every book that will ever be written, I really can't cope with the scope of every photo that will ever be taken or every image that will ever be painted by somebody and if you stack multiple images together, every piece of news video that people will ever experience too! edit: thread necromancer not withstanding of course....
  14. bonox

    Technic legacy/oop parts

    How many are you after? There are many available on bricklink for a price quite a bit less than the equivalent current part. Certainly less than the current hub plus pin which is a few euro for the pair, compared to <1EUR for the old part plus an axle. Undoubtedly if TLG brought this back, the opening price would probably be in line with the other very short production run parts like the new Chiron technic gearbox bits and the brake rotors which are selling for 5EUR each.;idColor=3#T=S&amp;C=3&amp;O={"color":3,"iconly":0}
  15. bonox

    [MOC] - 42055 MK 288 BWE

    wow - this will be exciting; even the BOM will be epic