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  1. Timewhatistime

    42093 D-model

    As I already stated in my topic about the 42093 C-model, this set is great for alternate builds. (Though it is annoying that there are so few gears for making technic functions.) My latest 42093 alternative is a vintage race car. While building it, I had in mind the famous "Silberpfeile" from the 1930s. I started with the front with its bent flex axle, and the other parts followed. I really like the new Panels (small wheel arches), especially when used for alternative purposes. The number of technic functions is limited due to the number of gears, but there is a working steering wheel and the V6 fake engine, a usual. The bonnet at the rear can be opened, and I created some accessories from the leftover parts: a movable car lifter, a flag (not checkered in white and black, but at least in black), a stop sign (with trans-red pieces), and a podium for the drivers who achieved the first three positions in the car race. Besides the working steering wheel, there are pedals (fake) and a racing seat with lateral pieces to hold the driver even in narrow curves. The car lifter has a simple locking mechanism to hold it in the upper position. The stop sign and the flag can be stored in a simple mount. It took me about nine hours to build this. There where some attempts to combine the car lifter with the stop sign, but they weren't successful. More pictures: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=576963 Now heading for the E-model, the F-model, the G-model etc.... ;-) I appreciate your comments!
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    42093 c-model

    The other day there was a good offer in a shop nearby, so I bought the set 42093. I knew about the fact that it has barely any technic functions, but I really like the orange parts, espacially the new 3x11 panel. Besides that, I had the premonition that this set might be very suitable for some nice and compact c-models. The first attempt did not succeed, but after looking at the parts for another time, I created this Trike. More photos: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=576819 Functions: - steering - fake V6-engine with that funny sound - detachable box, which can be placed above the engine. It can hold a picknick for example: Two balls for playing in the sun, some Bottles, two black chocolate-muffins and a weird blue donut ;-) (so the amount of technic functions is comparable to the original 42093 Corvette... ;-) ) It does not use all the parts of 42093, and even in that characteristic it reminds me of the 8842 c-model (Go-Kart -> Trike) which I once found in the great idea book 8890 many, many years ago... Please feel free to leave your comments!
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    [REVIEW] 42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    Sorry, folks. I was wrong with my comment about the outriggers' movement in 42082. The way shown in the picture is correct, of course. Both outriggers will move simultanously. My fault - blame it on the early morning and my night shift. ;-) But I stick to my opinion about the idle gears feeding the large LAs... I'm curious about your comments and ideas.
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    [REVIEW] 42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    Thanks for the great review just in time. We all have waited for the new 42082. I believe you made a small mistake in the outriggers shown on the Picture. the 12 T bevel gears should not be positioned symmetrically. In the way they are shown in the picture, one outrigger will be raised while the other one will be lowered. Just one addition to the interesting discussion about the big LAs which already was an issue in 8043. The axles feeding the LA don't have to be reversed. The 20T grey bevel gears are idlers. Their positions do not have any effect on the turning direction of the LA feed.
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    Z-bar linkage help

    When building my bucket-loaders/swingloaders (e.g. http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=566905), I had to deal with these issues, too. For me, it's the most annoying part of the whole model, and I solved it by a lot of trial and even more errors. The big disadvantage of the Z-linkage is the fact that the bucket is not balanced while moved vertically. So you always have to activate both (pairs of) cylinders (LAs, respectively) at the same time - otherwise the load will be dropped while being lowered. Does anyone here have a clue for this issue? The alternative for the Z-linkage ist the P-linkage (like in 8455 or 8862; the P-linkage provides the bucket's balance by itself (if constructed correctly).
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    [TC12] Fire Ant - One-minute pitch

    The first attempts included your steering mechanism, upgraded with suspended and driven axle - based on the big turntable (60 T). But I have to reduce it - this is too much. Maybe it's possible to include suspension - but a driven axle will cause too much Problems due to the angle an the momentum which occurs when steering is done.
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    [TC12] Fire Ant - One-minute pitch

    Congratulations to Didumos for the "fire ant" and the instructive phase of invention and improvement I built it yesterday (with the great instructions) and am impressed by the very clever use of the angles. There are a lot of obvious and hidden triangles - I am not sure, if I already realized all of them. The rear part and the rear axis are the parts I like most. It is very stable, and the "dog bone"-parts (I did't like them until yet) are fixed and secured very well. Long live the pythagorean triangle! The use of the small panels is another higlight, especially the ones at the driver's cabin. The "fire ant" inspired me to work with this steering mechanism as well. Another very creative part is the use of the 13 L steering rack - not for steering purposes! ;-)
  8. While working on another fire department truck, which I will present you soon, the idea for a neat small vehicle came to my mind. So I interrupted the other building process for ten minutes and created this fire department turntable ladder. http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=572608 I consists of 24 parts (26 parts with nozzle and "water" as shown on Picture above). Maybe we can renounce the mandatory video this time... The picture with the bottom view will reveal all the intricate mechanisms ;-)
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    Outlaw...a Crowkillers production

    Paul, could you allow us a glimpse into the interior of your shifting module?
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    42055 Bucket wheel excavator - c-model

    @LvdH: Unfortunately, there is no frictionless axle pin among the spare parts.
  11. Hi there, after thinking a while about a possible c-model I found one that needed just about two hours... the main idea was to build a smaller sized version of the dump truck which is included in the 42055 set (very similar to the 42035). The dump truck runs in a double wheel made of eight annular gear quarters. It is driven by the XL motor. The big wheel can rotate in both directions, so the little truck will drive either uphill or downhill - just like a hamster in his wheel. That's all. No gearbox, no gimmicks, no intricate mechanisms. Just for fun... might be a rate of about 3 % of the 3,900 parts... so there are enough spare parts for some more modifications and additions ;-) (maybe a gear box after all, or a more sophisticated array for the counterweight). http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=569964 (One of the biggest challenges in this c-model was the fact that there are only three tan-coloured axle pins - but the truck needs four wheels. So I used a dark red 3L axle with stop for the rear wheel on the right side (not visible on the pictures). ;-)
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    Lego Technic Arocs with crane

    In the first two weeks of the new year I built an improved version of my Arocs with crane. The interior has been simplified, and I guess that the parts number has decreased. The functions are the same as in the predecessor. The Extension range of the stabilizers has increased due to the 14L gear racks from 42043 (the predecessor used the 13 L gear racks). The crane's base is the new turntable a much more rigid. The cabin has nearly been left untouched; the crane was improved a little bit. The colour scheme has stayed the same, obviously; I achieved to Mount more mud guards in my favourite colour ;-) The new brickshelf link will work in a few days (I hope): http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=569145 Sorry, there will be no video. Motorized functions in "driving mode": - Steering (M motor #1); the steering whel in the cabin moves when the truck is steered - Driving (XL motor); the two beacons on the cabin and the beacon on the rear bumper are turning when driving; there is a front PTO for further attachments) - Lifting of rear axle (M Motor #2) (it steers while being dropped; it's locked while being lifted) Motorized functions in "crane mode": - turning of crane (M motor #1) - Elevation of crane boom (XL motor) - Bending of crane boom (M Motor #2) Motorized functions in both modes: - front lights - Stabilizers (at first, they are pushed out; after that, they are lowered (controlled by rubber bands) (M motor #3); the stabilizers' drive is connected to control three driving rings (red) in the center of the truck that change between "driving mode" and "crane mode" (I adopted Pipasseyoyo's principle from his "Recovery truck with crane") - extending crane is possible in both modes, but makes sense in "crane mode", exclusively (M motor #4) Manually controlled functions: - tilting of cabin (easy accessible battery box) - tilting of cargo bay (left or right); locked by a simple mount - cargo bay's sides can be opened (both left and right) - cabin doors can be opened - seat at the crane boom can be detached All motorized functions are secured by a white 24t gear, except for the drinving. The crane's extension ist secured by a linear clutch which works very well. After having taken the Pictures I instantly followed the proposals: I used 4 L axles with stop for the steered wheels (both front axle and rear axle). On the Picture you see an 0.5L overlap. It is now hidden by grey 3x3 disks, which looks eben more realistic.
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    Lego Technic Arocs with crane

    Once again @Erik Leppen: You asked for some description of the mechanism for steering and liftig of the rear axle. I just disassembled the Arocs and took some pictures for brickshelf that will illustrate the mechanisms. http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=566910 Before I took it apart I built a new and improved Arcos. The cabin is the old one - the rest is freshly constructed. I will take some pictures in the near future.
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    Lego Technic Arocs with crane

    Once again @ Erik Leppen: You are right, there is no mechanism for raising the bed (see description above). You have to loosen the correct locks on the right side or on the left side, respectively. Than you can tilt the bed to the other side. There is a post that keeps the bed in tiltes Position (manually, as well). The middle axle is a Little bit wider, due to the double rims and due to the space I needed in implement all the mechanisms (espacially the liftin mechanism for the rear axle). I noticed the fact that is a little bit wider than the front axle and the rear axle - but I didn't mind as I realized that it corresponds to real trucks. They also often have an axle that is a little wider because of the double rims.
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    42043 C-Model - Mobile Crane

    I like it a lot - and even more when I saw that it's a C-model of 42043. The buckets combined with the battery box and the creative usage of the two DBG gear racks in the boom are done very well. The fact that 42043 contains only two worm gears was quite a big challenge, we all can believe that. One question: There is a linear clutch beneath the boom to limit the torque a the final positions. But does it provide enough torque for complete boom extension?