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  1. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    Pushing 4 buttons for the positions does not work (yet), what is possible is selecting an initial position (e.g. the 1st gear), and then use 2 buttons to switch one gear up or one gear down, meaning when you press the button the shaft will rotate by 90 degrees clockwise/counterclockwise. It is not a foolproof solution at this point since the stepper rotation command uses relative positioning, which means if you press the button before the previous rotation is finished then it'll add 90 degrees to that intermediate position where it was at that moment. There's also no limiter for the lowest and highest gears so you need to pay attention to that as well. I published a blog post with a video and some screenshots about the configuration here.
  2. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    You can use BC2 to control it, with the stepper function the gearbox works as well.
  3. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    I'm not 100% sure but after I had a ride with gravel and sand as cargo my gearbox really started to sound weird :)
  4. kbalage

    [REVIEW] 42114 - Volvo Articulated Hauler

    Something is very wrong there, take it apart and start again. I guess then Mindstorms, Boost, or any other advanced set is also out of the picture as "gift". Nowadays IT and coding becomes more and more part of early education, it's not uncommon to have such classes in school under the age of 10. It's quite interesting to see parents freaking out when they see a LEGO set with smartphone control but the formal IT education in school is completely fine.
  5. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    You got me here for a second, if it really works well I think I would pay for it But I would definitely pay for a LEGO-made controller with proportional joysticks and lots of buttons that can be programmed via the app and after that can be used without smartphone assistance. If LEGO could provide a remote like that with pre-set profiles for the official sets, that would really solve most of the issues and concerns of a lot of people.
  6. Considering the the pace of development and the public releases of the different code blocks that are already used in the app-specific profiles I would say that the team probably lacks the resources to take care about the github documentation as well. I hope TLG will realize the importance of the subject and will resolve the resource issue.
  7. I asked this during my interview with the Powered Up app owner, this was all I got: I know this is being looked into, but I don’t have exact details to share at the moment.
  8. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    Nope, only the Spike Prime variant. I started to create the code for a proper automatic gearbox, still working on it:
  9. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    Here's my video with the final Control+ profile: Pros: improved calibration time and accuracy default gear is 1st and not park, this means less gearbox switching and less stress on the gearbox manual transmission stays in the selected gear when throttle is released Cons: uncontrolled wiggling still happens occasionally during calibration steering still feels laggy no real automatic gearbox, does not shift down
  10. Nope, no any "massive" friction even if I turn it by hand. Btw if there's a higher than usual friction then you will also see it on the motors' performance.
  11. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    During calibration the uncontrolled wiggling still happens occasionally. The calibration process seems to work better but it still has some issues. Rest of the functions have some improvement, I'll publish my video about it soon.
  12. kbalage

    42114 - 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler

    What quirks do you mean? Most of the issues were with the beta app for the review sets, otherwise they are exactly the same like the ones you can buy in the stores today.
  13. My sample had no issues with this gear combination, tried with several different motors and power sources
  14. Considering the suspected production timeline of a set, if TLG starts to develop a replacement today then we can have it on shelves in August 2021. Instead of this I hope they'll find a fairly quick and effective way to process the recalled sets and release the parts through B&P. Another alternative would be to sell the separate bags from 42113 in bulk to Bricklink sellers who are interested (not the whole set, e.g. 100 No 1. bags), they can part it out and make the pieces available on the market.