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  1. Ohh sorry I forgot my sarcasm sign...
  2. Designing the B model is the easiest part, do you know how much effort is needed to add a control interface to the app with a different design?!
  3. kbalage

    Classic RC receiver + Technic motor

    @Gelay RC buggy motors are not sold for more than 10 years and we still use them so I'm sure Power Functions motors will be around for a loong time :) There's still room for such cool projects, please let us know when you are ready with the product, I'm very interested :)
  4. @ozacek I was asking for the rechargeable vs AA battery box because the rechargeable is 7.4V, the AA with fresh alkalines is 9V so I wanted to know which one has a similar speed. Looking forward to see further tests, it'd be great if you could get someone with a smartphone to test the control interface.
  5. Another great build from you and a nice challenge to build a B model :) I'll definitely build it if you decide to share the file or create instructions!
  6. @ozacek I had 1 unit that was completely dead and the other one had issues with one output, I guess it was servo control problem, similar but not as severe as the one in the video above. What you could test: - Speed compared to a PF rechargeable battery box (if you have one) - Speed compared to AA battery box - Can it really run 4 L motors and a Servo under load? - Quality of the app, configuration possibilities - Range of control with remote / app - Does it have proportional control with the app (I guess it does not have with the remote as it only has buttons)?
  7. kbalage

    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Lol... apart from not being red and no scissor doors (which can be a fake leak anyway) I don't think TLG has interest in making a supercar from a 18 year old movie that only had a minor role in it.
  8. kbalage

    [APP] BrickController2

    @AVCampos it's mentioned in the summary, and was also shown in my previous BC2 video ;)
  9. TLG has a slow and gradual approach with the shift to Powered Up. Boost came in 2017, Batmobile & trains in 2018, first Technic sets in 2019. Since Power Functions will be available until the end of 2020 they don't need to rush. All components of the 2017-2018 batch are available now separately, hubs, motors etc. I'm sure we'll be also able to buy the Technic hub and motors separately soon, it's just not happening immediately after the release of the sets. I guess production focuses first to provide enough supplies for the sets, the individual components only come afterwards. About the apps their development approach is also gradual and (unfortunate for us) pretty slow. The "City" theme only got the set-specific controls first in the Powered Up app, it took quite some time to get the free coding area and the customisable two slider-3 button interface. The Technic sets also got the app-specific controls first with Control+, the next step will be the upgrade of the Powered Up app to support the Technic hub and motors properly. This upgrade is expected to happen this year. I don't think anything is withheld by TLG on purpose, their schedule is simply slower than we'd expect it to be.
  10. kbalage

    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    You can't swap gears only on one axle, there'd be a speed difference between the front and rear wheels.
  11. kbalage

    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    @Eaglefan344 by default you have 2 set of 20T/12T gears on each axle (4 set of gears altogether), and all of them are gearing up. The 5 min upgrade swaps one set of gears on each axle so you have set gearing up and one seat gearing down, having a 1:1 ratio between the motor and the differential. Original – 1:1,667 * 1:1,667 = 2,778 “5 minute upgrade” (swapping one set) – 1:1,667 * 1,667:1 = 1 Stage 2 upgrade (replacing one set with two 16T gears) – 1,667:1 * 1:1 = 0.6 Super slow (swapping both set of gears) = 1,667:1 * 1,667:1 = 0.36 If I understand you correctly you swapped all 4 sets of gears, that will really make the car super slow. Swap back one set of gears on both axles and that'll be my 5 min upgrade.
  12. kbalage

    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    @Eaglefan344 check out this post, it might help
  13. kbalage

    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    @ozacek the quality is really questionable (1 of 2 units arrived dead, 1 output on the working one also has issues), and most importantly it does not offer proportional control that is apparently also missing on the one you've linked. This is pretty off-topic for 42099, I suggest to continue the discussion in this one.
  14. kbalage

    42099 - 4x4 X-treme Off-Roader

    @ozacek did you actually try it? Based on my experience with the Cada battery & remote (which was also very promising on paper) these devices can offer a very disappointing experience.