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  1. In stark contrast to the rainbow models I normally build, I present to you on this lazy Sunday afternoon, the greyscale 42037: Formula Off-Roader. The entire model is built using only black, shades of grey and white parts. I replaced the bright yellowish green and medium blue colours with white counterparts. The yellow shock absorbers are substituted with grey ones, they're not as stiff as the yellow ones, but these will be replaced with stiffer white ones when my Bricklink order arrives. The bright blue for the seat was replaced with dark blueish grey. My biggest challenges was the 2m blue connector pins with friction one side and crossaxle other side. I only had two black and a handful of white in stock, and I substituted them with grey frictionless pins.
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    LEGO Technic Rainbowgatti

    Never knew this existed, had to go look it up. I can see the similarities ;)
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    LEGO Technic Rainbowgatti

    Thank you for your compliment. I have a few separate Technic parts in a row with all the colours I have for beams. If red (as an example) is next, I will pick the beam from the drawer and put it to the back of the 'list'. Sorry for crummy photo, it will give you an idea. Often though, one of two things happen- 1. I do not have a particular element in the colour which is next, or Lego does not make it in that colour; or 2. When I join two sub-assemblies together, the colours clash or I have two similar colours next to each other. In that case I undo what I did, reverse a few steps sometimes to try to make similar colours not be directly next to each other. It's surprisingly difficult to make something seem random. Thank you for your kind words. I've recently changed the way I organise parts, and want to do a post about that too sometime. I got these pliers from my friend who works in the medical industry, it has pliers at the tip and blades towards the pivot point, doctors use them for suturing. As this model required minor-yet-constant disassembly during the build process, these pliers make it easy to pull out a pin where my fingers may not be able to reach, specifically in areas I do not want to pull apart too many parts. Also, removing those grey or blue half-pins is a pain in the megablocks without these pliers, unless you can push them out from the back, which isn't always possible when you don't want to disassemble an entire build.
  4. Whoohoo! Got featured by LEGO on their Instagram!
  5. Hello again! After The LEGO Group published my previous rainbow Technic models on their Instagram post, I decided to spend some time and build a rainbow Chiron, or as someone on Facebook called it, a Rainbowgatti. Thanks to @jb70 for the V1.2 instructions, which I got from Here's some photos of the build, as well as the final product. Lastly, here's a timelapse video of the build (10 minutes video, 25 sittings, about 9 hours of total build time)
  6. Five years later, still nothing? I’ve just searched and still nada :(
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    Misprints and Other LEGO Production Oddities

    I thought "at -least- two? surely just two?" But then, a creature with a dozen glowing eyes!
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    Hello from Johannesburg!

    My family name (Badenhorst) has German roots, so I guess that's where it came from. Also, the South African football team is literally one of the worst teams in the world. No sense of pride in them I'm afraid. I was hoping for a personal introduction to someone who can mentor me in where to go with GBC, but it's not a trainsmash. Like everyone else, I will learn via Youtube.
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    Hello from Johannesburg!

    Proud Germany supporter here! It was amazing to win the World Cup 4 years ago, and even better to get a set of minifigs! Where can I see some of your work? Your Lion House looks incredible! Can you introduce me to somebody in your LUG who builds GBC modules? I'd like to connect with someone experienced who can give me some pointers of where to go, considering getting parts here isn't cheap. A large Bricklink order is coming in tomorrow, allowing me to finally finish JK Brickworks' Useless Box, quite keen to make it look pretty (Technic/ Mindstorm part already done).
  10. Thank you for your compliment. My son built the 42037 first, he was 10 or so at the time, it's where I got the idea. I helped him at the time, but allowed him to make his own colour choices. I didn't want to change it too much :-)
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    Hello from Johannesburg!

    Evening Holodoc. Hope you're enjoying the football. How incredible was that equaliser?! Yes, we have LUGBULK, already had an order shipped last year. Our order for this year is in and we await the invoice and shipping for this year. I'd give it all up for a better / cheaper way of getting parts from Bricklink. Are you part of a LUG in Germany?
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    Hello from Johannesburg!

    Hey Holodoc, thanks for the warm welcome, and the interest in Lego in South Africa. It's a challenge sometimes, specifically getting parts for MOC builds. We have about a dozen or so serious Bricklink store, but no real Technic specialists. Also, our postal system is reaaaalllly bad, so I have to ship stuff twice, one from within Europe to a postbox / consolidation service in England, and then from England to Johannesburg. This makes the hobby even more pricy (I just paid $80 to ship $250 in Lego, from six Bricklink stores, which still excludes duties and customs stuff). Our first Lego certified store is opening later this month about 20km from where I live, so yay, we have that to look forward to. We struggle to get exclusives and VIP points, and also we don't have access to (they refuse to even ship to my postbox in England). Set prices are pretty much in line with overseas, I guess. A series 18 Minifigure cost R60, or €3,70 (not sure what they cost there), the 42083 Bugatti Chiron cost R6000 (€375) vs €370 on A brickhead costs R370 (€23) vs €23 online. However, the cheapest 75192 Millenium Falcon will cost you €1000 minimum - a lot more than in Europe. We have four LUGs in South Africa, I'm part of the South African LEGO User Group. We have around 80 AFOL members, most of which are contributing, exhibiting members. In a year, we will exhibit 4 to 5 times across South Africa, but mainly Johannesburg and Pretoria where most of our members are. We got RLUG status last year, making us the first recognised LUG in Africa as far as we can tell. Although we are based in Johannesburg, we have members from across the country. Our sister LUG, CapeLUG, is based in Cape Town. The other two are jhbLUG (also Johannesburg based) and BuffLUG (after Buffalo City, is based in East London). I so want to build the ball factory, but I'd have to spend a fortune on parts and I'm not sure how well it would perform under pressure. Also, I built a few Akiyuki models and while they're great to look at, they're not always reliable to run for an entire weekend at an exhibition. I've built a few of my own models, but most of my 'display' models are reliable models designed by Maico Arts. I did build Akiyuki's Six Head (surprisingly reliable for exhibitions, still have it) and the Strain Wave Generator (not as reliable, stripped for parts), you can them and some of I've built at, as well as a bridge which I designed at (you may need to apply to join the group, the video quality isn't that great, so I did not put it on YouTube). We are exhibiting the GBC as a LUG in August, I will share photos and videos after the event.
  13. Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement. I have so much to learn from this community. Great idea on the Porsche! I broke them apart for parts for GBC modules, but it could be an interesting project to build a rainbow Porsche. I’ve seen a couple of community-made mods with instructions for it, even built one which fixed the gearbox issue but saw there are updated instructions. Is this one the most stable/ latest/ newest features? I’d prefer a static model rather than a motorised one- the way the boxer engine translates to technic is beautiful, I’d like to keep that details. Thanks in advance. Thanks! I love this hashtag. It’s fun to collect. Initially I wanted them just because I want them (is that just me?) It was actually my wife who reminded me that they’re no good sitting in a drawer, which prompted me to use rarer colours in mocs and gbc modules. I bought all the different colour gears to build a moving ‘thing’ to display... doesn’t have to server a purpose, just a clockwork of cogs. Still want to do that sometime. Just quoting to ask how I sign up to Sticker Haters’ Association? Last stickers applied on 42009 in 2013, so close on five years clean.
  14. Hello again, my first real post. I shared these photos on Imgur on Sunday, but got no love there. One of the top comments suggested I share it here, hope you guys like what I did. This is rainbow model number 1, my son built it a little more than a year ago, which served as the inspiration for the others which followed. Many colours appeared only in a single set, like the blue and turquoise shock absorbers on the front, which came from a 2001 Bionicle set. The back of the 42037. I did not want to change the original design and colour choices my son made, and left this one as is. This, and the models below are identical in parts and design to the official Lego models, the only difference is the colours of parts used. This is the first one I built, the 42077 Rally Car. I tried to keep as many different colours parts next to each other, but at some point it's unavoidable - sometimes I didn't have more colours while in others, Lego just does not make two adjacent parts in different colours. Sometimes, I just had to dismantle it so far back for it not to be worth the effort. The Rally Car from the back. Looking at it now, it has a lot of green on the right hand side. I collect rare colours, like the green 20 tooth gear on the roof, which is the control for hand of god steering. This is a model of a BMW 1200GS Adventure, Lego model 42063. It was released last year as part of Lego's 40th Anniversary Technic models. I don't really like Technic motorcycles, partly because my obsessive compulsive nature will make me spend too much money to get all the historic Technic bikes. I bought this model for parts to build an anniversary edition of the 8860. The back of the GS. Building it destroyed what was left of my 'colourful' parts inventory, and I'd rather focus on building Lego Great Ball Contraption modules now, so I had these photographed before recycling the parts. A rainbow version of the iconic Lego Technic model 8860, released in 1980. I wanted this model so badly as a young boy but for whatever reason, it wasn't meant to be. I bought a mint in box 8860 last year, and was like a 10-year old, 42-year old man all over again. Here is a 4k version of the photo above - The back of the 8860. I asked my friend, a professional photographer, to take some photos of the rainbow models as they're going to be dismantled for parts. As I ordered most of the parts used in this model specifically for it, I will keep this one as is for the foreseeable future. I have some photos taken of my 8860 collection, I want to spend some time with the images in Photoshop and will do a similar post then.
  15. Hello, and thank you for having me. My name is Willi, I live in Johannesburg and a member of The South African LEGO User Group. AFOL for five years, strong focus on Technic and GBC modules, husband, father of twins, audiophile, Wordpress developer, stoner, Apple fanboy and Kawasaki ER6 rider. Looking forward to spending some time with you.