Paul Boratko

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  • Birthday 05/19/1974

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  1. This is exactly what I am referring too.. I have also noticed while monitoring my wife building the new Defender set that the 90 degree limiting arm is ever so slightly rubbing the tan gear because the white rubber band is pulling it towards that direction.. This is something that I would have avoided by having the band on the opposite side pulling it slightly away from that gear.. Those tan gears can be quite fickle..
  2. I don't really build sets, but I've noticed working with this gear over the years that sometimes it seems to work smooth and sometimes it doesn't. I could build 2 of the exact same gearbox and one would work nice and smooth while the other didn't, and that gear was usually the culprit..
  3. This is 100% correct. I have been telling people for years(I am certain I mentioned it here several times) that it is better to try and build their Gearboxes using liftarms rather than connectors or ever a mixture of both because the connectors on the axles simply are not true and will cause some friction. If you place 7 perpendicular connectors on a 7L axle and line it up with a 7L liftarm, you will see that the holes do not line up and it doesn't take much difference to cause serious binding. Not only that but placing gears or bushing too tightly against what is supporting them can also cause grief. This is most likely the cause why some builders are experiencing friction issues and some are not.. And of course the fake engine(depending on how large that it is) that you use will also cause friction... This is why you can have 2 people build the same exact model using the same instructions and get different results... If built correctly, you should be able to roll a model containing a simple 4 speed Gearbox across a table in 1st gear(which should have the most resistance) without any cracking or grinding. If you hear cracking or grinding, then there is an issue somewhere that should be resolved, and most likely it is something basic that was overlooked.. The main key to having a smooth running Gearbox is keeping everything uniform and true.
  4. I like to think that gearboxes in the 853 and 8860 helped mold a 5 year old child into the man that I am today...
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    How to deal with the thieves

    On a somewhat related note.. I had released a set of free photo-sequence instructions for a C-Model of the 42077 Rally Car set, and someone used those instructions and made digital instructions on how to build the model.. The best part is that they asked me if I wanted to buy them.. You get that? They wanted me to buy instructions for my own model..
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    How to deal with the thieves

    It's quite unfortunate that these things are still happening, but it's never going to stop... It took TLG years to take down Lepin, and most likely, they'll just pop up under another name at some point.. I remember years ago when someone sent me a link to a Chinese online marketplace and they were literally selling my instructions piggybacking right off of my own website.. I was angry at first, but finally accepted that this is just how things are going to be as there is just no way to win.. If I were you, I would just stay motivated and keep doing what you're doing.. Don't lose any sleep over it.. There will always be leeches looking to profit off of someone Else's talents.. This is a very sticky situation where I feel many AFOL have been quite fortunate by the original IP owners either being very lenient, ignorant, or in most cases, uninformed.. Selling anything based off of an existing IP and using their name without their consent for profit could land you in some hot water.. Personally, I would never again design a model based off of a real car and use that company's name and then sell instructions.. There is a reason why I just do generic models now if I plan on releasing instructions..
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    LEGO Technic Supercar Auction

    Shoot me an email or message and let me know when you start the auction and I'll share it on my Facebook page.. I only have like 4,000 people that follow it, but it's better than nothing.. I can also share it on the Fan Technic page that has 30,000 members.. I have a new project cooking for my annual charity auction this summer.. Are you doing this auction through Ebay..?
  8. There is a bricklink seller that has 9 of them in stock right now.. I checked with him and he sent me a picture of all of the sets together, so it is legit... A bit pricey, but if you must have on now, HERE you go..
  9. Paul Boratko

    42083 B Model Bugatti Formula 1 Race Car

    Here is a side by side pic with the Bugatti... Probably about half.. A LOT of pins left over..
  10. Out of the dozens of cars that I have built over the years, this is my first F1 style car.. Pics HERE Functions include: 4 speed gearbox with paddle shifters on each side of the steering wheel Reverse-Neutral-Drive switch with Reverse being it's own separate gear and isn't influenced by shifting In car and Hand of God steering 4 Wheel independent suspension Fake V10 engine Opening engine cover
  11. This works wonderfully and is very simplistic and straight forward... https://bricksafe.com/pages/Crowkillers/42096-hand-of-god-steering
  12. Here is a straight forward design with true connections and some slight structural modifications.. This works perfectly and looks pretty tidy...
  13. Ok, you can probably feed and axle on the non gear side of the differential and use some cv joints to make the angle to the steering axle... It might not require as much as much reworking as I thought..