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  1. Thanks! I’m glad I went with studfull for this model - it’s so much more detailed compared to a studless finish. Thanks to designing the model in Stud.io first, I was able to know what studfull pieces I’ll need before I build it IRL.
  2. Thanks! I definitely feel that this is my most detailed model yet, and the studfull body has really helped with that IMO. Still working on gathering pieces for the bellows (as it’s A LOT of short LBG beams), but I already have it modeled in Stud.io which you can see in my previous update.
  3. UPDATE 10/24/21 I've gotten to finishing the rear section's bodywork, with the right body panel and roof HVAC unit in place. I was missing a few pieces for the right body panel, but was able to find them in my inventory this weekend when I had some time. So at this point, the entire bodywork is finished, and the model just needs the bellows now. Another minor change I did is that the vent on the left side is now white instead of gray. It looks like gray from a distance, but a few days ago I saw it up close while passing by one of these buses, and noticed that it's actually white paint over this area. I'm currently searching through my inventory to see what pieces I have for the bellows, and I'll order what I don't have in a final BrickLink order for the model. I still anticipate finishing the model before the end of the year. Let me know what you think! Photos:
  4. Thanks! I'm sure it's possible, but they're pretty expensive right now as they're still in short supply. Once they become more widely available and their prices go down, I'll probably get some.
  5. UPDATE 10/17/21 Made some more progress. The central part of the chassis where the drive motors sit is a little different now, with the motors facing backwards instead of forwards. I replaced most of the pieces here with black ones, so there's less color vomit in the chassis. I've installed the hub above this part, which acts as a support element for the entire chassis. The teal color looks out of place, but I can easily cover it with black panels. As for the C+ L motor in front of the hub, I plan to include a piston engine which will be driven by it. I still have to attach the shock absorbers to the chassis, which I will do once the chassis is more reinforced. Note the 3x5 liftarms - they will be attaching another layer of liftarms to give the chassis over the axles more stiffness. The rear axle still needs to be built, but it'll be identical to the front one. Right now I'm leaning more towards making this an off-road truck as opposed to a rock crawler, with a cab-over design and a covered rear so the hub isn't exposed. Let me know what you think! Photos:
  6. UPDATE 10/9/21 Finally, I've modeled the bellows for the bus. I haven't built it IRL yet, but have it modeled in Stud.io. Honestly, it's crazy how the bellows prototype was the first thing I built for the model, before I even started modeling it in Stud.io, but the last thing to be incorporated into the model due to its complexity. I still have to test it IRL, so I may have to make some tweaks to the design if needed, but if all goes well, the renderings below will be essentially what the finished model looks like! It has around 5200 pieces now, which will likely be the final piece count for the model.
  7. Wow, wasn’t expecting this one at all. Got rid of all my expectations for 42127 and 42130 a while ago - assumed them to just be holes in the numbering. If I’m not mistaken, I believe this is the first time the light brick makes an appearance in a Technic set. Wonder if this will set the stage for more light bricks in Technic sets in the future. And as for the real-life inspiration, I’m assuming it’s this: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/3/4/21164886/batmobile-batman-matt-reeves-robert-pattinson-motorcycle-suit
  8. UPDATE 10/3/21 I've built a good amount of the rear section's bodywork now. I have the pieces and my digital Stud.io model, so things are moving pretty fast now. I also put the wheels back on to test out the functions, and despite the model's weight, the single XL motor doesn't seem to be struggling to move it. At this point the rear section just needs the right body panel and the roof HVAC unit. While building, I actually found that I was short on some pieces. But then again this is a huge model which means a lot of pieces to keep track of, so it does not surprise me that I find myself missing a few pieces. I'll probably test out the bellows on the left side next, as the attachment points are already there, and any pieces I may need for the bellows plus the missing pieces for the bodywork I will get in a final BrickLink order to finish the MOC. Let me know what you think! Photos:
  9. Thanks! Thank you, I’m glad you like it! I feel that deciding to go with a studfull finish for this model was my best decision; it really provides a level of detail not attainable with Technic pieces. And as for the wedge plates, I won’t hide their studs :)
  10. Interesting. I guess there might have been a design or material change in recent years that's made them less stiff. It's certainly not a major issue, but if it does become a problem, I guess I could always use my older ones.
  11. UPDATE 9/28/21 Major update! After more than 4 months since I started designing the bodywork in Stud.io, I've finally started working on the bodywork on the actual model. The bodywork took me a little over a month to fully design, but waiting for all the pieces to arrive took a long time as well. However, now that I've started building it in real life, I'm really satisfied with the result so far. The bodywork is built with several individual submodels (e.g. body panels, roof HVAC, etc.) that are later put together. The chassis in the front section originally had a tendency to bend and twist, especially over the middle axle where it is less reinforced. I was initially worried that bricks and plates won't do much to reinforce it, but now the body feels solid as a rock. Personally, my favorite part here is the roofline, especially how the use of curved pieces helped make everything match pretty closely to the real bus. The roof HVAC also turned out well and complements the roofline curves nicely, although you really have to build it on a flat surface as it's rather hollow inside to reduce weight, and because the top of it has a half stud offset. However, there were some parts that I feel could've turned out better, and there were parts I simply had to compromise. One such example is the front door - because the front door front panel on the real bus is curved, it sort of deflects out of the way when opening to avoid colliding with the windshield pillars. A mechanism allowing this kind of motion would be really difficult to make at this scale, so in the end there is a gap between the front door and the windshield pillar. I know some of you had wanted to see the bellows mechanism, so I added some photos of them below. Let me know what you think! Photos: Bellows mechanism:
  12. Hey guys, not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I have a question about the 1x4 hinge plate. So most of the ones I have in my collection have a good amount of friction that holds its position well. However, a new one I got from Bricks & Pieces has considerably less friction. It still has some friction, but the difference is noticeable when compared to the ones I have. So I'm wondering, is the friction with this piece just hit or miss, or are newer ones having less friction?
  13. Thanks! It might not be big, but I still managed to fit plenty of mechanisms in there.
  14. Thanks! The model isn't finished yet in that rendering - the articulated joint still needs the bellows. I will model it at the very end as they are gonna be attached to the body panels.