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  1. heyitsdisty

    Matilda and Shunt (Robot Wars)

    Thankyou - hoping to make all of them (or at least the first 5 or 6), including Sir K and Dead Metal (the pincer one). Might take me a while though!
  2. To add to @Slegengr's excellent post above; you may not be aware that you can manually type in the angle when using the Hinge tool. (Took me about a year to figure out you could do it!) Rather than clicking and dragging the blue hinge arrow, click it once, then click inside the box where the angle is displayed in degrees. You can now type the desired angle into the box.
  3. If you grew up watching robot fighting in the late 90s/early 00s - or perhaps you caught the rebooted series a year or two ago - you might recognise these two... More photos of both models available on my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/distysdumbrobots/ (Hope I've posted in the right subforum!)
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    [TC16] Helix

    I like the MOC so far, but can I suggest changing the name? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colon_cleansing
  5. You didn't cover my question ;) Can we build alien spacecraft? What if we pair them with human craft (eg a rover designed for salvaging resources from downed alien craft)? I know you said EuroBrX is not expecting any hostile alien activity, but what if the aliens are friendly (or at least not actively hostile)?
  6. Apologies if this kind of topic isn't allowed here, but I figure you folks are the best people to ask! I'm planning to build a combat with a flipper weapon, using only purist parts. The flipper needs to be able to flip over opponents which weigh up to 1kg. I've ruled out pneumatics for several reasons; they're expensive, bulky and I have no experience using them. I've also ruled out using a motor to power the flipper, as I don't think it will be able to launch at a high enough speed while still being able to tip opponents over. (A slow motor-powered lifter might work, but I'm looking to build a fast flipper.) I'm hoping to use an elastic or spring-powered mechanism with a single motor to reset, similar to PKW's TC11 entry (which I believe uses a third-party rubber band): (I'm planning on using a worm gear within my bot's reset mechanism, to prevent the flipper pulling itself back open under tension.) Here's some other methods I'm considering. The trouble with almost all of them is that I don't have enough of the parts listed to test them, and I don't want to invest in a bunch of new parts until I'm sure that they'll work. Hockey spring blocks (aka return to center springs) These seem nice and compact, but I only have one, and one alone isn't strong enough to lift (let alone flip) 1kg. Pullback motors I'm thinking of attaching these directly to the flipper arm at the pivot point, and pre-winding them before installing them. Again, I'm not sure how many I'd need, and I'm concerned that these motors might need a bit of run-up time to reach max torque/speed (so they wouldn't be able to launch the flipper instantaneously). They're also fairly heavy, so they could push my bot over the weight limit for competitions. Shock absorber springs I'm leaning against using these as I need the flipper to open to a reasonable height, and even the longer shock absorbers are too short. They're also pretty expensive on BL. Rubber bands Reasonably affordable and super space-efficient - but again, I don't know how many I'd need, and I'm also concerned about them snapping (which would leave the bot defenceless in the middle of a battle). Elastic string Same as above - I don't know how thick this is and I don't want it snapping during a battle. Clikits hairbands I bought four of these of Bricklink, hoping they'd be a thicker, more durable and higher-tension alternative to Lego rubber bands. Unfortunately they're not that much thicker than rubber bands and they actually seem to offer less tension. Minifig dog lead (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=xLeash&name=Dog Leash Elastic with Gem&category=[Animal, Accessory]#T=C&C=3) This looks more promising than the Clikits bands, but it's pretty rare on Bricklink and fairly expensive. - Does anyone have any tips on which method to use? Do you have any experience using these parts in any lifting/throwing/launching mechanisms in your own MOCs? Thanks for reading!
  7. Question: can we build alien spacecraft? What if we pair them with human Mars vehicles (perhaps harvesting the spacecraft for parts)?
  8. heyitsdisty

    Jaw-Tong Slammer - Superheavyweight Edition

    Thanks for the kind words, folks! I really wanted to include an ejector function! Sadly I couldn't figure out a reliable way of doing it. ;_; I have vague plans to build a teal quadbike to go with this one. :)
  9. The latest (and probably last) iteration of the battlebot I built for the TC11 contest. Now features a 1,110 RPM spinning drum (not 2,220 as the video says - my bad).
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    [MOC] Hyundai Porter Camper

    This is really nice. It looks deceptively simple at first glance, but the amount of features you've managed to pack in is really impressive!
  11. - A revamp of set 8257 with a lot more punch. - -
  12. I'm assuming the answer is no, but can we make a water ride with real water?
  13. heyitsdisty

    The Bat-Crasher - CCBS Batmobile

    Fighting crime with dusty wheels. (Seriously, these things pick up so much dust, and it's so stubborn trying to remove it!) This was originally going to be either a Drome Racers car or an Ultra Agents car, but it ended up as a Batmobile. Shoutout to a friend for supplying the minifigs.
  14. https://soundcloud.com/hi-guys-its-disty/powerless-wip Back again with another bonkle-inspired music composition. This one is a bit more cinematic - it's intended to convey the Toa Nuva's sense of impotence, frustration and shame at losing their elemental powers during the Bohrok Kal saga. This was originally created for the Tales of the Amaja collab album, but I chose not to submit it for the final tracklist. https://bioniclefanmusicteam.bandcamp.com/album/tales-of-the-amaja
  15. Made for the collab album Tales of the Amaja: https://bioniclefanmusicteam.bandcamp.com/album/tales-of-the-amaja Fun fact: the syncopated sample near the end of the song (where Panrahk and Vorahk appear at the end of the video) is a chopped-up vocal sample from the Bionicle promo CDs.