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  1. Wow, it flew by me how many LUTs have been build and they are all splendid. But I agree, Saturn V is one of more inspiring sets, at least for me. And having seen minifig Saturn V ... mind-blowing. @Ludo Visser There are three clamps. They got releaset just at liftoff, but the mechanics is unknown to me. However they could be observed on many launch films. Mine are designed after the design of Lego Ideas'. Sorry, but in reality they are quite weird shape and was one of those things I was planning to deal latter. Here is the picture: Quite hard to build in 2 x 2 x 5 stood space.
  2. Thanks everyone for kind words. Part count is unknown, perhaps between 5-10 000 parts. A lot of those are not visible (internal in the pad). Unfortunately there will be no instructions. I am to clumsy for that (and some connections are illegal for sure), however If more pictures are desired, I'll do my best.
  3. I'ts been a while since I finished this model, probably some months after getting my hands on original Saturn V. The latter seemed lonely on the shelf and it was my mission to build it a company. As an engineer I always admired these large structures but always been too lazy to do something in that direction. After seen the proposal at Lego Ideas for Umbilical Tower, I started to gather ideas, pictures and most important the - bricks. Since 20th of July marks 50 anniversary, it seemed like a good idea to present this project. Therefore I took model from the shelf, dusted of some dust and took some new pictures. The last time I didn't get the time since I was running late for our BrickFest. 1. Planing and Building As any good creations, this started as a plan, something like this: The next step was scaling. I am sorry Sariel, but I am more familiar with pen and paper than your great tool (the top should be at aprox. 140 studs). The internals of the Launch pad was made out studded technic bricks which are quite suitable for carrying a lot of load. These proved vital in the later stage when Pad is occupied with the tower and Saturn V. The outside was tiled with tiles and the building of the tower could go on. The most critical component was how to attach the tower to 4 points, while allowing beams to be at angle in both direction (from the plans and pictures it could be seen, that tower is getting narrower and thinner at the same time). A person is added at the corner to get a feeling of a scale of the tower. The solution is presented here, an angle connector at 157.5°: 2.The Big Thing The result is here: I've tried my best to show the whole thing but my dining area seems too small. It looks more beautiful with Saturn V: And picture from behind: On the top there are some knobs to conrol the support rods, the position of the white room and the top support above the capsule. Please note that crane is also fully operational. Another picture of the top with crane in lift-off position. The central column (gray) has room for an elevator, however it was not added since it would be very difficult to observe White room and the Apollo 11. I hope the astronaut on the plank is not late. And bottom up view. 3. Details Mobile transporter is simplified to the bone: just some necessary things. And of course it should be capable of having a tone of bricks on its shoulders: A functional crane is simple but I hope it adds to the character of the tower Pad is almost clear with exception of some service buildings Some more files can be found at my Bricksafe page. I hope you like it. It's always an conversation starter at home. Please feel free to comment or ask a question.
  4. Interesting find. I would just like to point out to a almost 10 years old review of what seems like a knowledgeable person: Amazon review
  5. teflon

    1970 Porsche 917K

    This is one very elegant car. I think even Steve McQueen would, after seeing this model, pick up bricks and started to have fun with them. The original car is an icon, it was used - besides the movie - in all sorts of commercials and merchandising. It seems quite simple with simple lines but that is quite hard to get it right in bricks. I think you quite nailed it. The front is specially tricky since it's voluptuous. And you get straight A for presentation. Bravo!
  6. I agree with you. 42076 looks quite ineteresting to me. But ... buying small (an marvellous) sets is not the way to solve a middle-age crisis. The prices of more expensive Lego sets are close enough to the prices of used sports cars and from my experience you get quite more attention with (even old) sports car. Not that I own one.
  7. My 2 cents: I've been slowly drifting away from Lego and Technic. I haven't bought a set for a year or so and I have unfinished creations on my desk with slim chance of actually finishing them. I am not totally out, since I am still very much active with FLL. Nevertheless I've witnessed Technic sets to become quite large and even more expensive. But I think this is our fault. I remember the polls that shows that we (technic nerds) were dying for large USC-kind of sets and willing to pay. And Lego delivered. I therefore think that Technic theme is stronger than ever. Of course some romanticism is gone - a lot of people is now selling their plans, but some people still offer their ideas for free. I just hope all of this will continue in the future.
  8. I do admire the simplicity and efectiveness - at least on video it seems quite stable and it does not fall apart easily. Excellent work!
  9. What an inovative (for Lego) contraption. It's excellent blend of form and function. And it works, too. Amazing!
  10. teflon

    Indominus Rex (Jurassic World)

    Those poor rabbits. But you have to feed him with something, therefore I understand. I also like the color of teeth. It seems our Rex has been smoking quite a bit. Even has some rotten ones at the back. I like the attention to funny details. Good work!
  11. Oh dear, this brings back memories. Thanks for this very detailed guide. I really appreciate this since rcx was my first robotic kit. I remember using original Lego software with Windows 2000 (not ME) and XP. I remember that installation was a drag. Have you perhaps tried to install it? I liked the IR port of RCX as it enables one to control Power Functions with it (a chap named Bob Kojima made some sort of demo program a while ago). However my knowledge of programing is so low, that I couldn't do anything serious with this.
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    Nico71's Creations

    This is very interesting. Do you think it would be possible to convert this bunch of photos into 3D model using Autodesk' 123D Catch. I have experiences only with non-see through objects. But X-ray pictures might confuse the program. Does anybody knows about freeware program that can made 3D models out of X-ray pics?
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    Happy 40th Technic !

    Well, I would like to hear a bit more from Mr. Jan, who designed 8860. And he was in Lego for 44 years. That is just great. I wouldn't mind listening to him about technic evolution over 40 years, more about the design process back there (I liked it when he told us that the idea for the 8860 set came from his bug) etc. The host was a bit overwhelming.
  14. teflon

    Mini Dumper with BuWizz

    @leinaud I wanted to add a cabin something in line with the original, however the bunch of wires made this impossible. Perhaps I could do a macrame from Lego cables. @GroundskeeperWillie Thanks. It was a lot of rebuilding. But I still am not quite satisfied. @TechnicRCRacer Thanks for remark, yes, stairs should be turned around. Sorry, I cannot produce instructions.
  15. Holly bricks. This looks quite a challenge! Thanks Nikolay for the instructions of really creative plane.