Ludo Visser

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  1. 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V [VIDEO REVIEW]

    Great review Sariel! I love this set, got it on the first day it came out. Just to clarify: there's no "white command module"; the LES came with a white cover protecting the (grey) command module. So when the LES detaches, it reveals the CM. The instructions clearly show the grey command module in the turn-around procedure. But maybe I'm just too much into this Neil Armstrong passed away in 2012... maybe you want to remove the reference... PS: I think I saw another one somewhere on the forums, but I don't recall where.
  2. Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton (1:8,5)

    Wow, beautiful. I was away for a few days and this was a great way to catch up again. Absolutely stunning!
  3. [MOC] FTF FS-20 Roseboom heavy haulage (1:16)

    Wow, this is gorgeous! Do you have a video?
  4. Scale Modeling General Discussion

    I've been thinking about this question since the two cars (I'm assuming you're referring to the Corvette and Aston) were posted. I haven't posted anything in this forum yet, because I'm doubting since long time if my WIP MOC belongs here. So the issue is relevant for me, and I thus have an opinion on it (but feel free to ignore it ). @Lasse D, I understand from your post that topics should not be excluded or included based on the builders skill level. I would agree with that, because it would make this forum an elitist subforum. I doubt that is the goal. Also, from the two models you posted, I deduce that artistic freedom should also be allowed, e.g.: the fifth wheel on the first model is clearly out of scale, but the rest of the truck is accurately modeled. Also, for example @2LegoOrNot2Lego...'s trucks are not always accurately modelled after a real truck, but instead inspired. So I would argue that a topic in this forum should fulfil at least two criteria: It must be clear explicitly what the scale of the model is, e.g. 1:20, 1:30. It must be clear what the model represents Artistic freedom is allowed, but it must be clear what are the deviations. With this, we would have objective criteria that the topic can be evaluated against. Just my 2 cents
  5. That works really well! There's some less smooth motion when it's loading the green container; I guess it's due to the fact that the picker is at its extreme location and only one motor has to lift the whole thing. Your method for determining how to move the motors is ingenious, but were you aware that a closed-form solution is available (see e.g. The Delta Parallel Robot: Kinematics Solutions Robert L. Williams II ...)? Maybe to much for the EV3 to handle though, and you current implementation works fine obviously
  6. Grum, it is good to see you back, I was worried This is going to be a huge build, epic. I'm looking forward to see it, since I didn't get the set myself. Your build reviews always add something that other reviews never capture, namely the building experience from an unique viewpoint. And of course, your preparation also gives good insights in the difficulty of the build. Again, looking forward
  7. Looks like those 3x5 frames won't be used again anymore... How can you undo step 2 of your instructions?
  8. Interview with international tug magazine Lekko

    Oh, I forgot about this: I had planned to read it, but didn't have time when you posted, and then forgot. Thanks @Dafgek81 for bumping the topic. @Edwin Korstanje: very nice article. Very detailed also: it's more than just a "look what this guy does"-photoshoot-with-some-text. PS.: What's a G/A plan?
  9. "Why did you do it?" "Because it could be done" I think having the ability to have it showcased on a slope like that is already worth it. Great work! /lurking
  10. Purism

    Interesting observation, @Erik Leppen. I had observed an increase, but correlated it to my increased following of LEGO forums. I personally draw a line at 3rd party strings: I'd try to use genuine LEGO string if I were to make instructions for a model, but otherwise I'm fine (also in others' MOCs) with 3rd party strings. I do like the quality and properties of original LEGO string though, so after prototyping (e.g. finding the required lengths) I would make an effort to replace the 3rd party strings with genuine LEGO string if I intend to keep the MOC for a while. Other custom parts are, for me at least, not an option. Even stickers and chroming parts is a no go, although I can understand when people go for these options. Myself, I "simulate" chrome with LBG parts and I'm not building to the level of detail were stickers would add something. If I wanted to make really detailed models, I'd probably choose a different material altogether. The joy for me is in working within the LEGO system to build what I want. To be honest: if I see MOCs with 3rd party parts, I'm always a bit disappointed. It feels like cheating, like others have pointed out, and kills the joy for me. I remember being sad when I found out (years ago) that Jennifer Clarks Demag crane had modified parts inside. I've always been hugely inspired by Andrea Grazi's tow truck as an example of what is possible within the LEGO system (please don't tell me he used 3rd party parts...), and that is what defines my goals and aspirations. With such a reference, I don't see a point in needing 3rd party parts...
  11. Platonic Solids

    The structure @Didumos69 mentions is on the campus of a technical university famous for its geek students (I can know, I studied there ).
  12. This is so interesting to think about. My "dark ages" were not that long, but I missed the entire phase of the first (?) generation panels, like the 8455 @Erik Leppen mentions (never knew of that set actually). My "grey ages" (where I was trying to follow the LEGO world again, but not really buying or building) were during university, and after graduation I had a proper job with an income and didn't think so much in terms of "holy grails" anymore. My childhood holy grail was probably 8880 Super Car, which I managed to buy from my saved up pocket money just before it went out of the regular sales. I also recall wanting 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig desperately, but I don't recall how I finally got it. Maybe for Christmas or birthday... Both were equally awesome. The 5571 Black Cat (Model Team) came out when I was about to attend high school. It was expensive and I didn't get it. In later years, after the "dark ages" I looked for it many years and only recently I manage to acquire it for a price that I though reasonable. My dream set would be something like 5571 in terms of styling, yet with the technical functionality of e.g. 42043 MB Arocs. The Arocs looks good, but it just doesn't feel like "proper" LEGO to me... Andrea Grazi did it, and also @2LegoOrNot2Lego... builds in that mindset, so it's possible I'm still contemplating whether to build Grazi's towtruck or one of Ingmar's trucks or try something myself. Regrets? Not so much. I kind of regret buying 8479 Barcode Truck, since I've never been able to find a use for the scanner, and the new style 9v motor broke twice. Also buying 42029 Customised Pickup and 42023 Construction Crew was probably not the best decision ever, although it gave me a lot of useful "studless" parts that I was severely lacking after my "dark ages".
  13. Scale Modeling General Discussion

    May I suggest to include a non-vehicle related MOC in the header picture, e.g. the Palace of Westminster? To emphasise that it's not just about Technic-like models (in the sense of typical Technic themes, such as trucks, machinery, etc.), and maybe let other scale modellers feel more welcome also...
  14. 8880 alternate parts?

    Like @allanp, I also have both the steering arms with + and with o holes. Both arms are indeed with, I've never seen the grey ones. I think mine also had the black clutch gears, although I should double check that. I'll check if I have the amendment... I think it had instructions on it for the alignment (90 degrees of the lift arms before connecting the gears). I thought both my copies (+ version and o version) had the amendment sheet, but I'd need to check that to be sure. I have no recollection of which version came first: my own copy came with the o version, and the second copy I got many years later had the + arms. I'm tempted to say that the o arms belong to the second revision.
  15. Favorite Technic Part

    For me (and I only can speak for myself), it is because before this piece I could spend hours trying to find a way to get a pinhole somewhere where I needed one, without compromising the rest of the structure (too much). Now, If some structure doesn't have the holes where I need them, I can just use this piece and be done with it. It's like cheating a puzzle by looking up the answers. But, agreed, it is very useful indeed and can make things much more compact. I feel ambivalent about this piece As far as Technic pieces are concerned, I think the superpiece of Appie is the best. I keep finding it useful again and again.