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  1. Sorry for continuing the off topic. I had built one of PV Productions' GBC based of 42042. It was very flaky and hardly worked, though the overall design was quite ingenious. My son and I did have fun building it and appreciating the clever parts reuse, but the final GBC was a disappointment in the sense it would not work reliably. So my sense of these GBCs is that they ilustrate the possibilities and potential, but they are not something you would want to put in a GBC display. They are fun for "amateurs" nevertheless, since the parts come from a single set.
  2. We have been discussing some of Cada sets here, and some people feel that they are "ok" since they are not copies of Lego sets. But the parts they use are almost same as Technic, i.e. the parts are direct copies. Does that make them illegal ? Or perhaps unethical ? I am not sure ... things are complicated because these topics tend to be subjective.
  3. @Kiwi Claire Wonderful mods of the set. It's always fun to do a bit more than the original set. And you have done such a neat job ... even the cable tie matches the Lego yellow perfectly ! @TeamThrifty Thanks for the link to the LA description. Its very informative and interesting.
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    GBC General Discussion

    I have a rather general question on GBCs. They often have multiple mechanisms which work relative to each other and the synchronization between them is via gears. Now, if there is even the slightest jam, the gears can jump teeth and then the whole synchronization is lost. What is the right way to deal with this ? Should there never ever be any jams ? Should the design be such that the gears are easily accessible so that it's easy to recalibrate the mechanisms without ripping things apart ? Something else ? Perhaps another option is to not rely too much on calibration. Instead have each mechanism trigger the next one, so their relative timing is not so important. I am finding that making any GBC work reliably is a huge challenge. Even in the smallest GBCs, the balls seem to have a mind of their own and they do their own thing if the GBC runs for a long time. Often, the cool YouTube videos are somewhat misleading, since they simply show a time period when balls were cooperative
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    [TC15] Project Cockpit

    This is so cool ! When all movements are done simultaneously, it will look really natural. Looking forward to the video.
  6. Nice mod. The red version looks great. I think the red soft axle is probably the only rare part. May look ok with black axle also.
  7. What !! You risked the life of a Technic mini figure
  8. Perhaps you could make the first "not smooth" track work if the train wheels were "grabbing" the rails using a rubber band or Technic suspension spring ?
  9. What if the wheel (or rather rim) size is kept same but we use the bigger tyre from 42000 ?
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    GBC with Golf Balls !!!

    I love all the crazy stuff people do with Lego. The versatility of Lego is amazing.
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    [MOC] Compact 6x6 Pickup

    Now that this topic has anyway been bumped, I can ask a couple of questions with less guilt. It looks like power to the rear differential is going directly instead of going through the middle differential. Why is it done this way ? Is it to support independent suspension between the two sets of wheels ? Also, what exactly is the purpose of these parts: I have not seen the parts in real life, so was unable to get a feel for them.
  12. Glad to see Technic invading into other themes as TLG tries to make things more functional. This modular set has the Technic suspension arm being used as a tow arm for a city scale truck. Also uses this Technic piece which has ironically not appeared in Technic sets so far.
  13. What a nice truck !! I will surely be building it and playing with it ! Looking forward to the instructions.
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    Technic Walker

    Very cool !! Both the walking mechanism and differential control are interesting and educational. Do put on rebrickable if you get time.
  15. This is indeed amazing. Your problem solving skills are inspirational
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    Lego GBC Scissor Lift Module

    This is so cool ! It looks simple enough at first glance, but when I look carefully, I can see so many small details which add up to make the whole thing work. I really admire the skills needed to make these working Technic contraptions.
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    Where to buy?

    The description mentions "Lego compatible", so it's clearly not the original. Ironically, the site is honest enough to say it's duplicate Lego, but at the same time it's selling stolen IP
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    I like the helicopter. It looks great and the functions are also good. There is creative part usage to get the shape. I may just attempt to reverse engineer based on the box picture. Should be fun.
  19. This almost sounds like a bug. Isn't there something like "Lego EV3 customer service" to help out in such cases ?
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    [MOC] Spooky Train

    That's scary dr_spook
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    New Mindstorms Forum

    With tags, would it be possible for the same thread to be visible in multiple forums ? For instance, a PF2 discussion is relevant to both train and technic, and perhaps also to robotics forum. An interesting mechanical linkage may be of interest to both technic and robotics forums. It would be nice if tags could make it possible.
  22. General comment. Be careful if the urge to buy is stronger than the urge to build.
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    [MOC] Demolition Excavator

    Can you please provide some details on the custom cyinders. Where to get them ? How much do they cost ? Their power compared to regular Lego cyinders ? How to mate them to Lego parts ? Thank you !
  24. Thank you JJ2 for the information and advice.
  25. Wonderful use of custom electronics to improve performance. Can you please provide some tips on how to mechanically mate 3rd party motors with lego, especially the driving motor with lego gears. I live in a region where lego PF components are not available. And buying from bricklink is too expensive due to international shipping and import duties. So I want to try out non-lego motors and see how far I can go.