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  1. No - This would be a traveling crane bogey with winches for lifting and ability to go side to side and forward/back on rails that are mounted on the structure itself above the floor level. Real example below. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwji5OfL39nVAhXkz4MKHayoABcQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.emhcranes.com%2Ffree-standing-bridge-crane-system%2F&psig=AFQjCNE3EZ5F_D6B9vCOfHHI_7aoQ6aUzA&ust=1502903867583623
  2. I thought I'd book marked a moc but cannot find it. There was a moc of a industrial type building with an overhead crane that had it's tracks close to the top of the building. NOT like the travelling gantry type where the tracks are at the ground level. If you know where it's at or have a link to a similar crane please let me know. Thanks, Ed
  3. 3RD party bendable track

    Is there any source of plastic individual lengths of track, not including ties, that can be bent to custom curves and fastened, with clips or holes, to bricks? I want to use rail in an industrial setting with special tugs and cars. Lego rail system is too large as far as radius is concerned. I am thinking of a extruded product if possible. The three rail switches are available. Thanks, Ed
  4. ? Power for trains

    Good points A siding with the charging coil should work and cheaper than wiring all the track.
  5. ? Power for trains

    This is just a strange idea I had from reading the posts on power pickup in the forum. There are some lights that are wireless, picking up their power from the base of the structure. ( i-Brix ) This, I imagine, is like the wireless charging available for cell phones, inthat an induced current is picked up from the antenna and applied to the battery. For you technical people - what would be the possibilities on using that concept for trains? I realize that the power drain is too large for direct drive of a motor. But what about a battery with a charging coil permanently attached and an antenna wire in the track base? Just food for thought from an easily distracted mind
  6. WUNNERFULLLLLLLL Just got mine. Quality looks good. Much better than some printed products I've tried. Good packing. Well Done and looking forward to ordering some more. Ed
  7. Storage and Sorting LEGO

    This may not suit your needs but over the years I have arranged my parts based on the old warehouse rule that 20% of the items get used 80% of the time. I basically only use one color for external (showing) parts and 1-2 other as internal parts. Therefor I keep the three colors, most used 20%, at my desk and the remainder in wall bins. There is an additional type,slopes, that I very seldom use and they are stored, bagged by color in a closet.
  8. Owen- Thanks for the info. The sideways insertion of a thread into a technic hole opened up an 'outback' full of options. Ed
  9. I am trying to "downscale" some machinery to more like Minifig scale. The small Technic Link Tread (3873) would be nice for conveyor belts. HOWEVER there are times I need to attach things to said conveyor, like scoops, containers, etc., so they can go around the gears driving the conveyor belt. Does anyone have any idea of ways to fasten objects to this tread. The only thing I've found is that a 1 x 4 plate or tile will snap on to the tread, but not really with much strength. Also doing that requires a extra link between each plate which would leave gaps in the conveyor belt. Any help??????
  10. mocbuild101 Thanks for the info. That would handle the instructions, but still leaves the parts list question. The only way I can think of is to distribute the drawing file as well as the instructions, so they can select the method they want and then delete the other from the drawing and re do the parts list. knotian
  11. Test Poll

    I wonder if it's because 1.1 + 1 does not equal any of the choices.
  12. I am planning on developing instructions for some MOC's I'm working on. As I was building I found, in several instances,that different parts could be used with the same visual result. I picked the method that best utilized my inventory. This was an instance of a great many identical sub-assemblies. Since each method would result in very different parts list, I was wondering how others handled this type of situation.
  13. deraven has a good method. I have the same problem as to stability of large projects. What I have found is that 'trial and error' works well. Be prepared to fail and start over. Be prepared to change your drawings time and time again. I do one starting drawing that I KNOW WILL BE DELETED. Then I start building and revising it. I use stud.io and make EXTENSIVE use of SubModels. When some of your model works, draw it and save as a submodel. Then continue building and drawing. I just finished a circular tower made up of 5 sections each 15 bricks high. Drawing was no trouble (HA!) but when I went to build I had to revise my plans several times to get the internal bracing correct. Treating each section as a submodel sped things up and my final drawing just had the 5 submodels. I'd respectfully disagree with building from the outside in. Drawing yes, since that establishes the look of what you want to accomplish and drawings do not require that a physical structure be able to support itself. Having the outside drawing available when building from the inside out works (IMHO) much better. In the example above, adding the bracing required many dis-assemblies of the outside to accommodate the bracing. Ed
  14. I have been using stud.io for several months and cannot say enough good about it. Yes it's 'beta' but it, IMHO, blows away the others. It uses the ldraw library so parts are not a problem. It's backed by the BrickLink group. Whether it will cost something when complete has not been announced. Parts positioning and manipulation are excellent. Variable snapping is available as are different degrees of positioning. Try it!