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  1. Siegfried

    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC winners thread

    I'll get around to it eventually. I've got all the backups here. It's a bit of bother doing it though.... I didn't always archive these, and when this whole thing started I didn't expect for it to keep going! Looking at the code you were in section "C" so I think it was; On other issues, the Calendar should now be correct and complete...
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    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC winners thread

    ...but I'm in the process of adding those...
  3. Siegfried

    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC winners thread

    The calendar images will be delayed a few days... Bit preoccupied.
  4. Siegfried

    EB Xmas Raffle 2018 - Your Santa MOC entry thread

    Voltron Santa by Siegfried, on Flickr
  5. Ha! This is an old topic. Thanks for the info! I still want to buy one...
  6. Siegfried

    EB Xmas Raffle 2017 - Winners per day calendar

    I'll add that to the calendar page.
  7. Well it's a bit late now...
  8. DSC05417 by Siegfried Glina, on Flickr
  9. Siegfried

    [REVIEW] 42066 Air Race Jet

    Well... personally I think it's a unique enough system and it really only resembles one aircraft. To my knowledge all other similar aircraft used engines, not fans.
  10. Siegfried

    Hardest Technic set to build?

    100% agree. I've read so many complaints about 8455, but the issue is that people cut the tubes wrong and blamed TLG. I had spare.
  11. Siegfried

    [REVIEW] 42066 Air Race Jet

    Yeah, I saw that, but it'd be more fun to go for my own take. After all; I don't even like the F-35....!
  12. Siegfried

    [REVIEW] 42066 Air Race Jet

    I must admit I didn't think you could do that without having droop on the wings and thus making the axle too stiff to turn. Looks nice. I'm tempted to give it a go myself....
  13. Siegfried

    [REVIEW] 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

    That's odd. Really odd. I haven't had a missing part for years; my last was EV3. I'm assuming you've asked for the parts from TLG....?
  14. Siegfried

    [REVIEW] 42066 Air Race Jet

    Well I do agree that flight controls do make things better, but I think the wings would have become too thick.... I'll have to dig around and see if there's a MOC to prove me wrong on that though! My rating of "Functionality" is more based though on what has been done taking into account difficulty and interestingness, and the accuracy is more about how close to reality the existing features are. For example the VTOL mechanism is a good emulation of a F-35. But I think I'll save this rant for another day... Indeed it is! My preference is consistently achieving one or the other! For example the 9396 helicopter is too in the middle for my liking. Yeah, I was too. Obviously the designers really wanted to do a VTOL aircraft and fit in a fair few functions all based off one drive line... and it works really well. I do agree the price is a bit high. Ooops! Fixed. Thanks. Thanks!
  15. Review: 42066 Air Race Jet Name: Air Race Jet Number: 42066 Theme: Technic Year: 2017 Pieces: 1327 Price: USD $159.99€, Euro 119.99€, AUD $219.99 Brickset: Extra Info Technic Early 2017 Review Series Welcome to the tenth and final (yes, final!) in my batch of 2017 Technic reviews! I was offered all the small early 2017 sets for review late last year... but I ended up getting the bigger ones too! Thus I have a lot to review. I've been doing them in parallel and changing my process as I go so hopefully the latter ones will end up being the best. On that angle I'll probably retcon some of the earlier reviews if I improve my process. Due to this remember that I'm happy to take extra photos or provide extra info on request, and anything especially good will be added to the main body of the review. Do note though that sometimes the model may no longer exist if I have have made an alternate. On the subject of alternates, I will be making the alt model, if I have the instructions, think the model is worth making, and I have the time. Also I'll show mid stage construction only if I think it's relevant. Thus don't ask for construction photos or alt models if they aren't part of the review.... I am prepared to extract parts for detail photos though. Photos will all be hosted on Flickr so larger versions are available, and relevant videos will be on YouTube and linked to from here. I don't edit photos much; very rarely I'll crop one and almost never will "correct" them so the photos should be as natural as possible. I will try to not be repetitive; thus it's worth reading my other reviews. For example I'm not going to complain too much about the digital instructions; I'll try to complain about new things, or maybe not complain at all! Other reviews of 2017 Technic so far... 42057 Ultralight Helicopter 42058 Stunt Bike 42059 Stunt Truck (and 45058/42059 Combiner) 42060 Roadwork Crew 42061 Telehandler 42062 Container Yard 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure 42064 Ocean Explorer 42065 Tracked Racer Mucho multi thanks to the EB LUG Ambassador CopMike and the LEGO CEE Team and Designers for allowing me to review these sets for Eurobricks. So onto the review! Packaging Post-damaged front (pylon racing?).... ...back. I don't plan to do the alternate. I was very tempted, but looking at the instructions it seems to be a poor-mans Air Race Jet, offering nothing really special. And I don't have the time. I will say though that the alt mode at least has a semi-believe-able wing size! Here's the top. Unboxing Hurrah! Not a punch box! Instructions were bagged, and the set is not segmented. No unique new parts; the double cross connector and the anniversary part is here, but the rest is "just" recolours. There's only the main instruction included, with the cover being better stock than the main. By the end of the assembly mine was a bit ratty really... We're into the big boys now! Parts list page 1.... ...and page 2. (No instruction pages this time.) Build And what a haul of parts! Since this is the first set from this year with substantial hidden mechanics I'll be covering the assembly this time. Starting with... ...this! This is an excellent start; deeply embedded motor, use of thin beams to save room, use of the many different axles that LEGO have to increase density. Excellent. Here the parts left so far. (I'm moving some of the big bits to the box to the left and the small bits to the box to the right.) The density continues! I didn't experiment much, but I suspect this set would be very easy to build wrong. There's lots of times that alignment is needed and parts must be in the right spot or things just won't work. Not sure if I'm right though; it could just be impossible to go wrong. Same, from the top. Undercarriage! Yeah, it's supposed to be folded in, but I like it better this way. It's stable like this for the most part. Excellent use of parts to find space for the folded wheel. Finished! OK, obviously not. Many of the panels are structural and make full use of the newer corner piece. A lot of the functions are coming together now. Opening the top directly opens the bottom. This currently free space will end up being used by the gearbox at the top and the battery box at the bottom. The pile is somewhat diminished. Gearbox time. This is another of the reversing style ones that have become common. Installed. This is the major components. Ultimately in the back with the yellow beams two worm gears are installed. But you can't see that now. Spares. Rather low IMHO. Thankfully the sticker is not as essential as some, and some stickers, such as the ones on the nose, I don't think they are needed at all. They do help break up the colour slabs though. The cockpit is nice as well. Here's a video showing the functions. I've started mumbling in the videos which is useful if you can decipher it. Sorry if you can't. I've changed the camera as well. From the front you can see where the anniversary part is used. The other F-35 Ratings: Function: A VTOL change like this hasn't been done before to my knowledge (swiveling engines have been) and it all fits in a relatively narrow fuselage. I would have preferred more however, such as ailerons. 7/10 Parts: Excellent if you want the blue. It's mostly structural and panel, but there's still enough mechanical parts too. 10/10 Price: LEGO seem to use motor sets as an excuse to up prices IMHO. 8/10 Accuracy: The lift fan in particular is very close to reality. The wing size is stupidly small, but it could be argued that this is an air race jet and the body provides most of the lift... Yeah, it's a stretch. 7/10 Fudge: I'm not really sure why a VTOL plane is racing, but I'll try to accept it. This is a very nice looking plane model, even for those who don't appreciate the mechanicals. 8/10 Overall: Take a VTOL race to the shops now! 8/10