sm1995

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  • Birthday 01/30/1995

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  1. Thanks a lot everyone! Really appreciate the positive comments; helps me power through when the build process gets frustrating. I don't think there's anything wrong with that :) and honestly it comes down to whatever your preference is. I build in modules so I can switch to designing different components of the vehicle whenever I get bored with one. Also it's easier to tear down and re-design if I find something wrong when I integrate it. This is awesome! You got all of that from the video? People here are too talented man... There were a few minor things I changed from memory, because I had to change the paddle shifter in the MOC for reasons you will see later but this still remains as my favorite. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2g6jqaef68fpnlx/sm1995 paddle shifter.lxf?dl=0 I couldn't find this piece in LDD so I replaced it with a red 3L pin w/ pinhole in the center. Just swap that out and replicate on both sides. Sorry for the very long post, but I stopped posting regular updates here because of how much I change things; I'd have to flood this thread with so many redesigns of the same thing. Plus my work schedule is really insane these days, which certainly doesn't help. But I'll post whenever I have a big milestone or honestly just make a new thread with the finished MOC in a few months.
  2. sm1995

    [MOC] Ferrari Testarossa

    Every time you release a new model, I'm just in awe at how clean the body lines are. It's really hard to find that nice balance between gapless building while still keeping an uncluttered look. But you absolutely nailed it. Great Job! Looking forward to your next model
  3. Thanks! and we'll see if you're right in a few months Thank you! It's not a structural element so it's definitely possible, but the Senna has a nearly horizontal steering wheel that I decided it wasn't worth the effort... but lets see, I might change my mind as the build goes on!
  4. Thanks Didumos! It initially started with emphasis on just bodywork but then my perfectionism kicked in and I wanted to include everything but the kitchen sink It's been a difficult build however, designing the chassis around the bodywork. I'm much much more constrained spatially than usual. Anyway, the latest update is that it's been completely torn down.... again. I have reworked everything to include functioning aero in the front and the rear, and am rebuilding the chassis because the first iteration was not capable of bearing it's own weight without flexing like spaghetti :/ Also, with the introduction of new gearbox pieces (which made every gearbox obsolete), I have come up with something pretty nifty that I've not seen in any other MOC so far. Not gonna give it away, you guys will eventually see what it is. I'm not sure if I'm going to make a 7 speed gearbox to fit the new chassis and the "nifty thing" since designing a 7 speed is so much harder than designing an 8 speed. What do you guys think, will it be worth the difference? Also, also, I've redesigned the paddle box from what it was before. This one is more intricate than any other I've built, and is pretty much 100% reliable.And as demonstrated in the video, capable of shifting very quickly with no problems whatsoever.
  5. The new gearbox is seriously awesome. Great work guys, keep it going. Love to see where the spoiler idea goes!
  6. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    Well, having built my copy I can't help but feel a little disappointed. I was most looking forward to how the body lines will flow when it was completed, and honestly it was a let down. I might be in the minority but despite it's flaws, I think that the Porsche had much more cohesive design language flowing throughout. Anyway, my mini review: The good- The chassis is almost unbelievably sturdy for something this large and heavy. The designer did a really good job here, no qualms whatsoever The interior is way way nicer than the one we got in the GT3 RS. I like it. A like the area around the A-pillars; it's really well sculpted. The rear end is quite beautiful. Not perfect, but it still looks great. The bad- I absolutely loathe the shifter. The switching mechanism is quite good and reliable, however, it's far less intricate than the one in the Porsche. Not to mention the linked shifters that can't operate individually, thats just lazy. The spoiler relies on friction to stay up; if you leave it in the up position and move the model around a bit it'll just slide down. It's pretty shoddy IMO. The front suspension doesn't work perfectly, but it's not like the front end completely collapses when you press on it. It'll still bounce back up a little, although not to the complete range of operation. Not a big deal to me, since I like the low stance. The doors are SO BAD, I don't even know where to start with them. They need to be completely redesigned. But the biggest letdown to ME is the design. The lines just don't flow well. The front is full of empty spaces while the back is covered rather nicely. The two areas I actually really dislike are the rear section of the windows/roof and the hood. I don't know if I missed a step or built something wrong, but that just looks unfinished to me. Especially the roofline area. In the end, I enjoyed the Porsche much more as a model when it was completed. I like all the new parts that were introduced in this model, but as a whole I think Lego took a step back with the Chiron. :(
  7. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    Yup! I don't know, either way it seems like it'll involve switching the suspension arms out for different pieces. I used the 6L ones on my MOC, ill post a picture of how that's set up over the weekend. I'll have to take a look and see whats possible when I get my Chiron (hopefully tomorrow!) hahahah thanks, old school is sometimes exactly what we need :) But you are right, there's a lot of things to consider. That's why I need to get my hands on the set before I start theorizing...
  8. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    Hi, I’m sorry but I’m still not on the same page. I think we may have different definitions of what hinge means. By moving your spring closer to the wheels, the spring force will invoke a higher clockwise moment about your wishbone pivot point. Also a higher overall spring force as well now due to your point of application taking a longer arc length. (Fs=kx) Heres a little back of the napkin scenario I did to illustrate what I mean. Not really sure what I’m missing here.... also CCW on the picture should be CW (clockwise) https://imgur.com/a/2m88re0
  9. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    I don’t think I was expressing myself right. If you move the bottom hinge of the strut (where it connects to the wishbone) closer to the wheels, the wheels will have less leverage (shorter moment arm) on the strut, would definitely make things better. Unless there’s something here I’m not seeing
  10. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    I personally don't like using torsion bars since by design it exerts unwanted shear stress on axles that could cause plastic deformation. I'll have to take a look when I get the model, but yeah thats one way to fix it :) how viable would it be to move the bottom pivot of the strut closer to the wheels?
  11. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    I did mention the price/parts was a trivial comparison. Well as you said parts per comparison doesn't work too well either, given how much the larger Chiron is compared to any of the models you mentioned. Also, both the 42000 and 42039 are sparce as far as functions go. They don't even have trivial transmission systems.... but, the only "major" design flaw is the suspension, which I admit is very weird for a TLC release on this scale. But come on, this going to be a 2 minute fix for most of us here. The real problem would be for your average consumers, but I doubt they'll really notice it anyway. Bottom line is, this set is worth it to ME, because it's an excellent parts pack. I think design wise the best Lego set I've ever bought was the Arocs, that had some truly incredible features. But I buy most of my sets as parts packs. I put it together in about a day, admire it/loathe it for about a week, and off it goes into my collection waiting to be used in a MOC. EDIT: Just read through a little bit of the mod thread, well it seems like the suspension isn't a trivial fix after all..well if thats the case, it reflects pretty poorly on TLG. Doesn't make a difference to me, but I understand why it would be off-putting to collectors
  12. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    I don't really get the backlash for this model. What more functions do you want from a supercar? Adjustable suspension is pretty much all I can think of but trust me, it's difficult to cram in adjustable suspension into a supercar due to dimensional constraints. It took me weeks to incorporate a reliable enough system into my McLaren MOC. The real irony is, 8880 is hailed as one of the greatest sets ever, when in reality it had the same functions as the Chiron, except for the RWS. 1343 pieces for $130 in 1994, which translates to $220 in 2018 after inflation adjustment; approx 6 bricks/$ vs 10 bricks/$ for the Chiron. Now I know this is a trivial comparison, but I just wanted to put it into perspective to those who see the past with rose tinted glasses. Bottom line is, it's not perfect. I don't think any lego set will ever be, but I think it's pretty damn awesome for what it is. TLG Supercars have always demanded a premium over the years, I'm not really surprised that this one does too. just my 2 cents.
  13. Thanks for this great video! Now that I've seen all of it, my enthusiasm has gone down quite a bit. The good: Overall shape and proportions are excellent IMO The new pieces are amazing, will truly revolutionize gearboxes The bad: 16 forward speeds? what?! Is this a fast and furious stunt car by any chance? What on earth is that paddle shifter?! that's awful, it's like a see-saw that's been flipped sideways That spoiler adjustment system is also terrible, I would've much rather preferred a gearwheel to control the spoiler
  14. sm1995

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    This is honestly gorgeous. They NAILED the lines. Hats off to the designer 👏
  15. What a build, I got through most of the WIP thread but at 16 pages and counting its a pretty long read... There's not much I can say other than it goes and handles just like an RC car, and the way it takes abuse is simply amazing for a Lego build. Awesome work, I'm excited to see what your next creation will be!