RMBP

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    CREATOR 2017

    Does anyone know if we'll see another Creator Expert car in 2017? Considering LEGO is not discontinuing any of the past models, I think we won't be seing one next year...
  2. Just finished their new model. Maybe I'll review this one as well. Here's a glimpse
  3. 3:04 - not an OCD builder, judging from the breaklight misalignment :D
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    Tiger tanks form Panda

    I also have this Koenigstiger from CB and it's a great model. Have your changes been made to the structure (the original sure needs some aid in keeping the pieces together)? From the outside I can't see much changes. http://www.custombricks.de/CUSTOM-Sets/WW2-Modelle/Tiger-II-Koenigstiger.html
  5. Glad to know it's not only me who appreciates this model. You are right about the hardships of importing the parts list, as it can only be done manually. Eventhough it might be tedious, it doesn't take long considering the size of the model (mid-sized). BTW, Ramón & Amador have been kind enough to note the solution to the handlebar issue (it's confirmed my building technic was at fault). I'll update the review pending the weekend.
  6. Vespa P200 Review Model and instructions by The Arvo Brothers Ramon and Amador (The Arvo Brothers) are at it again and the end result is amazing! After the releases of two instruction books, one on the supperb Kaneda's Bike (I'm still sourcing out the parts) and another on a massive Alien sculpure, they now turn to a non-sci-fi theme and reveal a new model with instructions on how to build it: Piaggio's Vespa P200. Though not the most beautiful of Piaggio's Vespas, their ubiquity in the 80s and 90s make these bikes to be a pop-culture icon (you can read more about the P200 here) for anyone who was a child on those decades. For those unfamiliar with the bike, this is what Ramon and Amador were aiming for: The instructions: If you have already purchased any of Arvo Brother's prior books, then you can know what to expect: a very professional and stylized edition What differs on this Vespa (digital) book is no reference on the history behind the build, which are so engrossing on their two other publications (Alien and Kaneda's bike). Nevertheless, we are awarded with a 152 page, image rich, pdf, covering the 158 steps to assemble the 688 pieces that make the model up. Instructions are crystal clear as we've come to be accustumed with these Builders. The Arvo Brothers pasted a sample on their Facebook profile, which I'll use to depict the instruction style. The isometric perspective is quite handy in depicting the build steps and no confusion ever arises (probably aided by reduced color pallete of this build, comprise of black, white, dark and light gray pieces). Alongside with the construction steps of the main build, Ramon and Amador also include alternative construction steps, as a way to avoid harder to get parts (namelly, a) 4866 windscreen in white; b) 32439b technic disk; and c) 18653 brick arch inverted in white). These alternatives are nice, however the model looks better in its original form (as is to be expected). The Vespa P200 model is one suited for color swaps, however the pieces in use do not allow for a direct translation of the model into other colors (how I want an orange one). My only complaint relates to the parts list, as the creators stick to a generic "Light Gray" "Dark Gray" differentiation, not taking into consideration the "Light Bluish Gray"/"Light Gray" distinction (as well as the "Dark Bluish Gray"/"Dark Gray" specificities. This is just a minor nuissance in correctly selecting the parts you "already have"/"need to order" so you can complete the build. The Build: As mentioned above, instruction steps are clear and follow a very modular logic, almost seeming we are building a kit bike (or a real bike for that matter): . Tyres; . Body frame; . Left and right side panels; . Handlebar; The tyres: If you are familiar with past works of the Arvo Brothers, than you know official tire availability is no hurdle to their creative skills, and it so happens in this Vespa model: You'll be amazed to know that what you see are two 56x28 ZR Street tires bent out shape by 10 wide disks. Although hard to pull through, this building technic provides the wheel size needed to compliment the accurateness of the whole build. The body frame: As expected, this part covers most of the build and is where all the other segments will be placed. You can already see some of the iconic elements of this bike One can already see the distinctive hallmarks of the P200 just on this segment of the build, namely the inner arches, the seat and, especially, the curved front guard. Lovely is the inclusion of the grip detail on the floor of the bike, so accurate depicting the original model. The side panels: The side panels of the Vespas, along side the front guard, are the trademarks of these bikes, giving them a rounded (to the extreme in the 60's models) shape, a shape hard to translate in lego bricks. These side panels hold, on the right, the engine bay and, on the left, the spare tire, duly encased. The right panel (engine bay) The left panel (tyre bay) Both panels, from the front and from behind. As you can see, Ramon and Amador pulled the shapes quite accurately. The handlebar: Another distinctive element of the Vespa's are their large front lights and curved encasing. Although simple in appearance, the steps into making the curves and angles of the handlebar are amazing, leading to a very accurate representation: Fully assembled model: As it frequently happens, the full model is much more than the mere addition of its parts: My photo skills fail me in correctly showcasing this model's beauty, but you can refer to Arvo's own (rendered) showcase here. The handlebar is an hassle to correctly place as it suffers from the "Wall-e" syndrome, always rotating to unwanted angles. Nevertheless, I would still note the most amazing details on this build: The curved inner arches (can't stop admiring them) The curved front guard. The right side panel (engine bay) Final assessment: Pro's: . clear and stylized instructions; . less costly than the other hard covered instructions books by the Arvo Brothers; . no impossible to obtain pieces; . overall moc cost to range from 150 € to 200 € (maybe less if only used parts are purchased); . beautyful model; Con's: . would love a hard cover book (both to get further insight on the model and to place it alongside Kaneda and Alien books); . color selection could be improved in the parts list; . handle bar is somewhat loose (might be my construction skills); . limited functions (if what you want is not a display piece); Overall: . A not to be missed edition. For further details, visit the Arvo Brothers webpage here.
  7. I might be wrong, but if you are refering to 87559 (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=87559) it doesn't seem to be the same as this one has no studs (see the instructions pic on the previous page). If it is a new piece, that will make color changes harder to do... Until Lego reuses it on another Set.
  8. Don't take me wrong, I believe you when you said you bought it. I'm just as amazed as Blondie-Wan someone put this out for sale so soon (even before any pics were out). Once again, thanks for the pics.
  9. If that's not real, it's a very good montage... The proportions seem a bit off compared to previous models (almost like regular creator cars). Need to see further pics to make up my mind. Thanks for the pics though.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    For me, it's a shame Nautilus did not pass. I would buy it in a heart beat and would love to see a Verne inspired collection...
  11. Hi, I don't know if it will be the VW to be released to VIPs by mid July, but I don't think it's the Big Ben. Lego shop mentions the release of Big Ben on July 1st. http://shop.lego.com/en-PT/Big-Ben-10253?fromListing=listing[\url]
  12. For a few months I've been hooked to the Architecture Series, being able to collect the several of the recent official sets, bricklinking others and, most of all, skimming the web for Architecture MOCs of places I've been. That's how I've came across Eiffleman's Lego Ideas entry (https://ideas.lego.com/projects/119116) with a suitably scaled Arc de Triomphe: Upon seeing it I was hellbent of recreating this landmark and luckily Eiffleman was kind enough to provide enough details to allow "easy" reverse engineering. The result, a very eye catching ~500 piece Architecture MOC with several interesting tricks up it's sleave, especially in the pedestals and the arched ceeling made of 1x1 tiles. I had a blast getting to the "how did he do it" and I'm still rounding up some edges (namely the bas-reliefs in the mid section), but I'm quite happy with the overall look I was able to recreate, even though, unfortunately, some of the pieces Eiffleman uses do not exist in the indicated pieces (namely the statues). Here are some pics of the main stages of the build: I hope some of you enjoy this Eiffleman's MOC as much as I did (and do check another Eiffleman's Arc du Triomphe, in a larger scale).
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    Star Wars Constraction 2016 Discussion

    Finn's feet are Dark Bluish Grey, alright.
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    Star Wars Constraction 2016 Discussion

    It's indeed shinnier than the previous lighsabers (Rey also has light saber connectors, but in darker tones) If I remember correctly, they are a bit chromier than Dark Bluish Gray, but I'll confirm it when I get home. The gimmick for arm movement is rather dull... especially with the swords... It seems as though the only natural movement is mast****tion... It might be a nice trick for fighting with the action figures but on display, they seem to hava a water tap on their backs.
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    Star Wars Constraction 2016 Discussion

    From these 3 (Poe, Finn & Rey) yes, Poe is the only with stickers. Here are some photos of Finn and Rey: Sorry for the bad quality pics, seems like I need to clean the lense of my Iphone...