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  1. kbalage

    [RUMORS] 4x4 Mercedes Zetros

    Because there should be dozens of people working on every set from several departments, e.g. set designers, people creating instructions, testers, package designers, quality control etc. Adding a single "department" (which should be like 2-3 people max) for Control+ development responsible only for a few specific sets per year should not increase the overall HR cost significantly. If there's anything that justifies the increased price then it's the electronics which is traditionally not manufactured by TLG. Just take a look at another line that has a companion app, like Hidden side. Every set needs a "profile" so there's added development cost, but these sets are not more expensive than the simple City ones with a similar piece count.
  2. kbalage

    [RUMORS] 4x4 Mercedes Zetros

    @Gimmick well I don't think either that the quality of the work has anything to do with the costs :) But I highly doubt that in general the sw development costs would affect the price of the set.
  3. kbalage

    [RUMORS] 4x4 Mercedes Zetros

    Well I'm pretty sure there's a team responsible for the Control+ app and they create the code, the GUI and implement the functions for each profile. I don't know who actually decides what controls & functions will be used for a specific set but that's kind of irrelevant here, for the buggy there were several bad decisions made.
  4. kbalage

    42124 Off-Road Buggy

    What would be the point? I need to run a few more tests and I need extra hardware for them but I highly doubt that there are any "hidden" features.
  5. kbalage

    42124 Off-Road Buggy

    Another test with the buggy, this time a motor swap. I was really curious to see what would be the difference in performance with an XL motor. Well the results were quite surprising, and not necessarily in a positive way:
  6. kbalage

    [RUMORS] 4x4 Mercedes Zetros

    Hopefully not, considering how "sophisticated" the controls are in the Control+ profile of the Off-road buggy.. TLG should actually sell it with a discount.
  7. kbalage

    42126 [IP Vehicle]

    I really hope a similar (lack of) functionality as 42125 will be limited to the January car releases. Let's stick to 42110 Defender as a reference :) January 18+ vehicle -> shelf queen October 18+ vehicle -> playable with tons of gears doing stuff inside
  8. kbalage

    Technic 2021 Set Discussion

    I wouldn't expect a source being indicated for an obvious leak... I did not watch the video above but if there's anything extra compared to the FB post that should be only speculation.
  9. kbalage

    Technic 2021 Set Discussion

    The actual source of all that was this post I guess.
  10. kbalage

    [RUMORS] Flagship - CAT D11T

    @KevinMD I guess it was controlled externally because the valves were operated manually. If you check 42080 for example the pneumatic system itself does not need too much space. @2GodBDGlory the rotation sensor itself does not take too much space, but it is necessary to control the valve efficiently. I guess it does not need absolute positioning like the L/XL motors, but at least relative positioning (like the Boost Medium motor) is needed.
  11. kbalage

    [RUMORS] Flagship - CAT D11T

    @TeamThrifty if pneumatics are used for the appropriate functions then it can work ok. In a tracked vehicle you can use 2 motors to drive the tracks directly. 4 pneumatics functions with 4 motors for the valves, 1 motor to drive the pump, and if there're 2 hubs then there's even 1 port left for a pressure sensor just for fun (NXT had that, can be done). I found a video in this EB topic, a 10 year old construction but works pretty well I think:
  12. kbalage

    [RUMORS] Flagship - CAT D11T

    It could have significantly less parts than the Liebherr. That thing can only move properly on hard floor, I hope this mistake will not be made again. With a 30% piece (and weight) reduction and the same budget RC pneumatics should fit.
  13. kbalage

    [RUMORS] Flagship - CAT D11T

    A pneumatic system does not really need to detect endpoints. 42100 needs to be calibrated for 2 reasons - one is to be able to use the visual controller matching the actual position of the arm and the bucket, the other is to avoid engaging the actuator clutches. With the motors controlling the pneumatic valves there's no option for a visual controller but they don't need any protection either. But such system with the 4 pneumatic functions would require 4 tacho motors, I think it's quite an overkill to add 4 Large PU motors just to control the valves. It'd be a great opportunity to introduce a micro motor for the PU system :) Anyway, it'd be quite refreshing to see a set with RC pneumatics instead of putting the Liebherr setup in a different form factor.
  14. kbalage

    42123 McLaren Senna GTR

    Yes they do :) Just a few minutes of work: