Phil B

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  1. That’s his face. His body is black, consisting of 2 1x1 plates with clip vertical with a regular 1x1 plate in between. And a 1x1 bracket to hold his face.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    That is quite the shocker .... I didn't know @GianCann personally but I saw his frequent replies here on this forum. My thoughts go out all who knew him and of course his family and friends.....
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    [MOC] Back-to-the-Future DMC DeLorean

    They rotate through a clever Technic hinge setup developed by Brxstr.
  4. In the fifth picture featuring a slightly out-of-focus digger, the bear is visible in the top left, climbing a tree. Do you spot him now?
  5. Hello everyone, A few months ago I stumbled upon some digital renderings made by Reddit user u/brxstr of a Back-to-the-Future DMC DeLorean, which looked fantastic. He/she had (has?) the Stud.io file available on Rebrickable.com, so I downloaded it and planned to build it. In doing my due diligence I found out that the model was originally designed by user Troelskf on Brickshelf, so I want to make sure (s)he gets credit as well. I ended up redoing large parts of the design for several reasons: Part availability and cost. Several parts were very expensive (the F40 windscreen for example) so I came up with alternative solutions for those. Stability and Buildability. As the design has never been built IRL, certain parts of the design looked great in Stud.io, but did not work in the brick. For example, the click hinges for the shaping on the back were originally positioned right in between two clicks, which meant there was an ugly gap. The doors were so flimsy in their original design, they would fall apart when touched lightly. Operability. The doors were not opening in the original design, as there was no tolerance for the swing movement (they looked great opened and closed, but would have to be removed and reassembled to change them from opened to closed. The lid for Mr Fusion could not be opened for similar reasons. Improved looks. I completely redesigned the dashboard, adding more and more detailed instrumentation. I changed the gear lever and created a different flux capacitor design. I modified the hose work around the engine, and redesigned the back section to make it look more like the BttF version, including custom license plate. Generating instructions. The original file was a purely digital design, with no consideration for building the set with real bricks. I spent many hours redesigning the build sequence and creating detailed, step by step instructions. They are almost complete (Isn't it wonderful that if you move a part from one step to another in Stud.io, it decides to undo all the call-outs in the instructions which in turn leads to page layouts resetting?). I still have one change to make but then the 300+ page instructions are ready. Here is the final product. Hope you like it. More pictures in my Flickr album (click on any one of the images to get there). Total cost was ~$200 (US), but I had most of the common parts on hand. Would likely be closer to $300 if all 1600+ parts had to be purchased.
  6. In for one! Hopefully the price can come down on this as your start picking up steam. I think $50/EUR 40 would be a good target price point. And as I proposed earlier, an add-on that gives a 10-15cm USB extension with the connector built into a 1x2 brick would be very helpful. That could retail for EUR10/$10.
  7. My submission for OcTRAINber 2020: This was originally intended to be a 3x3 baseplate sized full microscale diorama of the Hogwarts Express crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct, with the Weasley's flying car chasing it. Alas, time and other duties were not fair, and last weekend I had to reimagine the project into a much smaller size. But I am glad I did, as I think it came out really well - hopefully my woeful photography skills still allow some of its glory to shine. Couple of "Where is Waldo's?" - Did you spot the bear? - The construction crew at work? - The fallen tree?
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    Automatic Wye

    Awesome!
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    Lego LNER A4 "Silver Link"

    To all the points above, and to @The_Incredible_Zeke in particular, I think all this criticism could have easily been avoided had he, in his original posts, clarified that this was his modification of a design he got from somewhere else, while being as specific as possible about the origin of the design. As an example: I am about to post my BttF Delorean build in the LEGO Licensed forum, and am not only referencing the builder whose Stud.io file I am using, but also the builder he got his design from (discovered through some sleuthing). Even though I am the first to build the design in real bricks, and built instructions from scratch after making tens if not hundreds of design changes to make the model buildable and sturdy, I don’t feel like I can claim this as my design.
  10. As a fellow HE modifier and Mk.I coach builder, I think you did an excellent job. Love the coaches!
  11. Congrats on the front page and very interesting prototype and story!
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    Trained Bricks' custom rods

    Stud.io's Part Designer will happily accept .dat files. You might need to re-model the attachment points, but that takes all but a minute.
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    Looking for constructive criticisms please

    All I can say is: Don’t trust Stud.io’s cost estimates (at least not the ones in the Model Info screen). Load your .io file straight into Bricklink, then export as XML, open it up in Notepad, change all occurrences of MINQTY to QTY and load the resulting file into Brickstock. You will see a 50% decrease in cost. At least that is what I have observed.
  14. If it helps, here is a crude illustration of how my proposal would look like. Imagine a port in the 1x2 brick ...
  15. What about the idea of having a (relatively short) cable extension of the current port? Perhaps you can put it in a 1x2 brick? That way a builder can embed the box anywhere in the train and either charge directly on the box (if the port is accessible from outside or if the box can be lifted out of the model) or plug in the extension, put the 1x2 brick somewhere in the outside wall of the train and use that to plug in the charger. Of course, then there will be the request to get that brick into as many colors as possible, but perhaps just printing it as black or LBG would be sufficient.