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  1. Lego_GBC_NL

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    At the end of 2015, when building the Ball Factory, I used Blakbird's 3D/MPD file to see the model from some different angles, was quite useful sometimes. At that time I was still using MLCad, so that certainly works for this specific file. In the meantime I also switched to Stud.io, but have to agree it doesn't always load the slightly older LDraw files correctly.
  2. Lego_GBC_NL

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Also found this on my pc... https://bricksafe.com/files/Lego_GBC_NL/miscellaneous/Akiyuki Ball Factory.mpd
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    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    That's good to hear! Was getting a bit worried as it was so quiet lately around the Ball Cleaner builds. Hope you can finish it soon and all works well
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    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    Amazing, almost didn't recognize it being the Ball Factory, partially looks like a complete new module! But looks great and so far everything seems to be working in a smooth way! For sure very stable and solid and easy to move around. Glad to hear you'll continue working on it, looking forward to see the progress on the next steps! Thanks for sharing the update!
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    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    Great idea to create a separate topic for this one and to centralize all improvements, mods and variations! Worked well for the Akiyuki train system. Also for me this was the first GBC I built at the end of 2015 and it's still one of my favorites. Although quite fragile and indeed difficult to move around, I loved working on it and spent quite some time back then on setup, timing, alignment etc. Unfortunately never got it to run flawlessly and 100% reliably for a longer period of time... It's now collecting dust on a shelf and that's a real pity for such an iconic piece of Lego machinery, so I'll follow this thread with great interest, because I'm certainly planning to rebuild the Ball Factory at some point in time and I'm sure this thread will be of great help!
  6. Lego_GBC_NL

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    @HRU_Bricks, that looks awesome! Truly a streamlined and beautifully shaped GBC! Looks so neat, similar to Akiyuki and Quanix masterpieces! Have a million questions for you (), but will ask them at a later stage when I'm actually starting my pneumatic build (few other projects to finish first). Also, maybe better to further discuss it on ReBrickable as here in the Akiyuki thread it's a bit off topic I guess... Anyway, thanks for sharing the vid, free instructions, parts list and supporting document with explanations (pdf building notes), much appreciated!! Don't own a Lego Boost set yet, but this might be an excellent reason to purchase one Looking at your factory and the ones created by Quanix, I start to believe it's wiser (for someone without much experience with / knowledge of pneumatics) to first try a smaller project. Yours seems to be perfect for that! Think it's a good start to my pneumatic Lego GBC adventure!
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    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Would love to see that video! Believe I haven't seen any videos or pictures yet of someone who managed to successfully build one of the versions of the Pneumatic Ball Factory (or part of it), so would be nice to have some kind of "proof" to see that it's feasible... Version 1 was already fantastic, but with V2 & V3 it's getting better and better! Indeed I think it will be very difficult to get the whole thing running flawlessly, certainly seeing that so many pneumatic parts are involved. Level of difficulty with regards to timing, setup and alignment must be similar to Akiyuki's Ball Factory! So it will be a challenge Just read some of the communication you had with Quanix on YouTube (V3 video). His explanation on the timing surprised and amazed me: "I do not calculate the timing of the Control Unit. The timing of certain processes, I get down with throttling. All you have to do is narrow down the cross section of the hose. Thus, one obtains a time delay and slower speed of the cylinders". Nice that he shared some pictures of this throttling method, seems complicated...
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    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Ok great, that's good to hear! At the moment I have 2 blue ones, but will acquire more airtanks if needed for any huge pneumatic project Still consider giving Quanix' Pneumatic Ball Factory (v1) a go at some point in the future, seeing that reverse engineering has been done for a considerable part of it and decent instructions have been created (KrisBrix, Turbopolofr,...). I agree with both of you on the cheating thing. I'm really a Lego purist as well, so would be great if no external devices are used! Wow, looks superb and runs smoothly! Really like the colour combination of black and yellow! Also nice to see how all pneumatic tubes "fly around" in the video (it's like they're everywhere ), but how neat everything turns out in the end when looking to the pictures! Think I'll need to order some extra meters of Lego tubes soon... Well done! Never owned an NXT set, only EV3, so have always wondered how they differ from each other. What did you need to adjust in your version to get things working with NXT?
  9. Lego_GBC_NL

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    @JuroenLOL, funny to hear it was that simple Better/easier/cheaper if it's just common Technic parts like an axle pin and axle connector... looking at the picture it really looked like Akiyuki used some kind of special part as the axle connector seemed to narrow down at one end, but maybe it was just an optical illusion due to the angle of the picture When I started ordering/collecting parts for Quanix' air compressor I also had doubts about the type of cylinders/pumps to use, in the building instructions he included the "normal"/old ones. In the end I used the unreinforced type (Lego ID 19482c01), but mainly because I had them laying around and both types are quite expensive if you wish to buy them new and need quantities of 8 or even 16 . Had no issues/fails so far with the unreinforced ones, but I do have to admit I didn't have the compressor run for hours and I didn't use it for any huge pneumatic module, such as the Ball Cleaner or Pneumatic Ball Factory. I read in the comments of one of the Pneumatic Ball Factory vids on YouTube that Quanix first tried to use his own air compressors (first the XL version, then XXL), but as he kept enlarging the project by adding more and more pneumatic cylinders/pumps, he eventually decided to switch to an external air compressor. Guess the Ball Cleaner uses a bit less pumps/cylinders and also in terms of total length of pneumatic tubes it's a different story I think, so the XXL version might do the trick (at least I hope so ). @HRU_BricksGreat, that sounds very promising! Guess we need to have a little patience then... Your modified version of Quanix' air compressor looks very solid and sturdy, like it! Did you use any of those blue/white pneumatic airtanks for storing more air? Will we need those to operate the Ball Cleaner I wonder...?
  10. Lego_GBC_NL

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Looking better and better! Glad to see you could continue working on it, hope you'll finish the build soon and everything will run smoothly, can't wait to see a video In the meantime I built Quanix' air compressor for another pneumatic module (XL version with 2 XL motors and 8 cylinders). Must say that runs splendidly, very solid construction, easy to build, not too noisy and a reliable/constant air flow and pressure. Still wondering how many of those would be needed to operate the Ball Cleaner if no external air compressor is used, but I guess we'll know the answer to that question soon Thanks Juroen for keeping us in the loop of your project, always nice to see the progress made! @Juroen, did you ever find out what that gray part was that you were unable to identify some time ago? Or did you use some kind of workaround? Just curious... @drullph20, was also curious to know how your build of the Ball Cleaner was progressing... Maybe you could team up I recall Juroen saying he wasn't planning on making instructions himself, but he would take pictures of the building process, so if someone else is willing and able to make a 3D model / pdf instructions of it, that would be superb! Collaborations of that kind are not unusual here on Eurobricks. Guess it's better though to wait till the build is 100% finalized and working flawlessly.
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    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Never came across official 100cm EV3 cables... perhaps custom made ones do exist... Also, these NXT/EV3 extenders seem to work http://www.mindsensors.com/ev3-and-nxt/91-extender-for-nxtev3-cables
  12. Great, thanks everyone for your valuable feedback! Now I feel 100% comfortable to continue the build Really nice to see that after a while this thread is still alive, others are also in the process of building this and we can still ask questions here (and receive answers!). Besides that, I actually learned something today about cars/suspensions/torsion bars... I Googled it a bit and now it all makes sense! Awesome build so far (only at page 34...), can't wait to finish it!
  13. Hello, I just starting building this awesome model (finally! ), but I’m having some doubts about part of the rear suspensions. My issue is with part ID 6536 (Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Perpendicular) and the angle this part (and the 7L axle that goes through it) should have on page 29 - steps 19/20 of the PDF instructions made by @Thorsten50 and on picture IMG_9615.jpg of the Photo Sequence Building Instructions made by @DugaldIC. See pictures below. Part ID 32009 (Technic, Liftarm 1 x 11.5 Double Bent Thick ) later on forces part 6536 to be in this non-straight angle. Initially this is fine, but once the red shock absorber is attached to the black L-shaped 2x4 liftarms, the 7L axle and part 6365 are under an enormous amount of pressure and the left and right sides of the structure are unequal/uneven. Looking at pictures made by others it seems that this +/- 30 degrees angle is intentionally and is supposed to be there, but in all pics I’ve seen the structure as such remains straight/even. Problem seems to be that the other side of the 7L axle doesn’t make the same angle as this side is fixed by the 2x 6632 (Technic, Liftarm 1 x 3 Thin). See my own picture below. For the designers/people who already built it: anyone remembers having an issue with this or anyone can advise me or knows what’s going wrong in my build? Must be a building mistake somewhere, but after some hours I still can’t figure it out. Built the rear suspensions using the PDF instructions as well as the Photo Sequence Building Instructions, but both have the same outcome. I’m afraid to continue the build as I’d like to avoid having to take apart a lot later on. Thanks in advance for your help on this!
  14. Lego_GBC_NL

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Yes, but you're reverse engineering a module (and one of the more difficult ones). Some of us (like myself) are "just" (re)building based on completed instructions and fully tested modules, so there's a huge difference
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    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Due to lack of space and spare parts I decided to take apart the complete train module last year, so I'm unable to do any tests/checks at this point in time. Some Akiyuki GBC modules I might rebuild some day as the building processes are simply awesome and I certainly learned from some mistakes made during the 1st builds. On the agenda to rebuild are the Ball Factory, Invisible Lift and Train Module. However, the new 2018 Train Module also looks amazing, so that's most certainly also an option (especially when seeing all the great mods/additions made by others!).