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  1. Personally I prefer the rear. I think that white upper area needs 1-2 fewer units in height, and visual simplification. Meaning minimal stacked liftarms and connectors, and paneling that is as simple as possible. That whole zone has far too much “texture” in the stock model for my taste, and (to me) comes across as the opposite of sleek. Improvements are easier said than done, of course.
  2. It occurred to me that Part 28974 might fit in the small gap between the turntable and the two Part 6632s, to help keep the 6632s from migrating away from the ball. Otherwise, maybe the Ring (11010) could be used somehow to get the exact right spacing, but I think the 6632s would then have to be removed.
  3. Agreed, very nice geometry! It’s very cool to see a faithful representation in a more accessible format. Makes sense - thanks for the explanation! Nice, didn’t realize that a scissor link is also often used on the bottom half. The solution I used was restricting lateral movement of the links to the lower half. Cool to see two examples of the real-life solution!
  4. Wow, great work! Very cool to see it all exposed like that. Still takes a while for me to wrap my mind around it! Thanks for the demonstration - looking forward to seeing more independent collective motion too, assuming you plan to add a bit more friction to the cyclic’s joysticks. Genius part usage! I wonder, though - since the ball is not mounted in exactly the same plane as the turntable but one stud higher, will that cause jerky rotation once everything else attached? I’m having trouble figuring out whether that’s a problem just from a thought experiment - I do see that your towballs are in the same plane as the ball, which makes sense.
  5. Looking forward to seeing it! My curiosity is officially piqued.
  6. I always like seeing swashplate ideas - I appreciate all the documentation you’ve put together, too! Fun to see my helicopter referenced (which borrows heavily from steph77’s). This puzzled me too for a while, but I think a section of the rotor axle in these models has been shaved down slightly, to allow the ball gear to slide. Obviously not “kosher”, but the solution is certainly compact. I’ve seen many attempted designs that started at this point, but couldn’t find a compact solution to constrain the motion. I’m excited to see what you come up with! Of course for my Land Rover C-model helicopter no turntable was available, but my clunky solution does lock the upper swashplate to the main axle, at least, while allowing up-down movement. No such luck locking it to the lower swashplate, which may also be the case with your preliminary design in the video. Still, how often does a helicopter fly upside down?
  7. 5: 10 3: 6 4: 4 7: 3 1: 2 2: 1 Great job, everyone! So many clever linkages & functions on display.
  8. Really great work - one of my favorite technic combines ever! Love that you included the thresher and the corn head’s cutter. Looks like you found some very efficient solutions to be able to fit so much functionality in a relatively small model. Thanks for making the instructions so affordable 👍
  9. Wow, another great alt. I’m amazed you were able to make such complex suspension work so well, in a 4x4 RC alternate no less! The motors and gearbox arrangement is impressively compact - really well done. Also, I always enjoy learning about your design process and the foibles encountered on the way - thanks for another great write-up!
  10. Kind of a joke update, but I was a bit bothered by all the large wheels left over after completing this model. This is no longer an issue! This “Offroad Helicopter” has rear wheel steering, rear suspension, and rear wheel drive, which powers the rotors. Not sure what exactly the use-case is for having wheels and rotors spinning at the same time, but it’s pretty fun! Video is at The mod only uses the leftover 42110 parts. Less goofy news: ForelockMocs has graciously made professional PDF instructions for this model. They’re available for free at the rebrickable page:
  11. Can’t wait to see the video - difficult to figure out how it all works! It really looks awesome so far. I noticed what looks like two extendable driveshafts using 24t gears. If you’re still in a “modifications and tweaks” phase of the build, this design could come in handy:
  12. Wow, great work - this is exactly what the set should have been! Nicely done, and thanks for the great photos & video.
  13. Assuming this is new behavior that wasn’t a problem with the old steering solution - are there any 1x1 round tiles, or 1x1 round plates, or 3/4 pins that you could add/swap, and see if that sorts it? Or a non-round 1x1 plate could work too, with the stud pressed into the pinhole.
  14. Really enjoyed reading this - thank you for the detailed look at your design process! Sounds like there are an unusually large number of constraints, even for a B-model. The idea for a combo diff-lock/gearbox seems pretty doomed, haha. The performance that you’ve achieved working within all these constraints is really exceptional - great job!
  15. In a flagship supercar set, I’d definitely appreciate rear wheel steering that mechanically switches steering direction in high gears. Not sure if the difficulty-to-marketability ratio is favorable, though - so I won’t hold my breath!