Great Ball Pit

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  1. [GBC] D.R.O.P

    Hey Guys, Here's my latest GBC module D.R.O.P (dark red olive pusher). It's not the most exciting module, nor did I do the original engineering of the mechanics. I did however choose the colours and changed up the original design so that this is a bit more sleek looking. It's kind of slow, and somewhat unexciting, but I did manage to hook it up to a shared power system (later in the video) which runs 3 modules off 1 M motor with a simple axle chain using universal joints. Its reliable up to around 22 balls, any more and the arm may not be able to get underneath the balls to sweep them out. Having said that it *should* be able to clear the 1BPS rate of the GBC standard. I'm planning on running this at BrickCan next week and if the module does seem a bit slow I will regear it from 8-40 to 24-40 at the lift-arm.
  2. [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    The appearance of the battery pack would have me believe that it is already running at full speed.
  3. [GBC] Tilt-Shift

    The ball agitator was the last thing I added to the module, and it was more of a "hack a fix" type solution then a well engineered solution. I would agree that uneven load on the motor is a result, in fact the entire shifting stairs portion puts way more uneven load on the motor then anything. I ended up using a Power Functions XL motor in hopes that the internal planetary gearing might help it last longer. I will be running this module at BrickCan this year, and be sure to update you all if it fails.
  4. GBC General Discussion

    Lasse Deleuran has instructions and videos showing his anti-jamming mechanism. He uses this mechanism on a few different lifts including a circular wheel. Check out the wheel with these instructions he provided:
  5. GBC General Discussion

    Those tubes are pretty wacky, someone should use them to make a rollercoaster for duplo balls. :P
  6. Here is the video for my latest module Tilt-Shift. It is a fully technic built module, that lifts the balls using a tilting-stairs type mechanism. The ball agitator is super-janky because I added it as the last powered mechanism of the build. The module works great, and I will be running it at an upcoming public display. I have no doubts that it will shake itself apart at some point. Images and video below.
  7. [GBC] Solaire

    I like your changes, I think these modules are going to look great in a big layout!
  8. [GBC] Solaire

    It hasn't yet, and I have thrown all my GBC balls at it batch several times, 45+ balls, it didn't jam up. However with that big of a batch it has a chance to leak some balls over the sides as the balls fall back into the module when being swept up. 30 batch seems totally fine.
  9. [GBC] Solaire

    Hey everyone, Here is a very simple, yet elegant GBC module using the old Skateboard Ramps, and the newer large ring gears. It clears balls very quickly, and is rock solid reliable.
  10. [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Perfect, I know what I'm building today!
  11. Hey guys, I'm back with another module. This time it's 3 small modules that can be run separately, or you can combine them into one module that uses 1 motor. The modules feature a tipping ramp and double ball pump mechanisms. When combined they use a long sketchy gear chain to pass power to the next module. This will be the first thing I need to fix in the next version. A small tweak to the input bins of the tipping ramp modules is also in order as they are a bit shallow. Here are a few images of the modules. Here is the video.
  12. [GBC] 42062 G-Model, Container Yard Remix

    Thanks, I based it off one of Tom Atkinsons black tipping ramp module I've seen in a few videos.
  13. Hey everyone, Today I present the video for the G-Model of the 42062 Container Yard set. It is a simple tipping ramp mechanism that can be hand cranked (why???) or upgraded with a motor for GBC layout use. Tires are used as counter-weights and as a bumper for the tipping input bin.
  14. [GBC] Carousel

    Very cool! I've seen a few ring modules like this and they are always fun to watch. Your implementation seems really good, and not too large, a great module to use an XL motor on for sure. I realize the anti-studs on the ring help move the balls around, but I don't like seeing the wear and tear of the balls being scrubbed over them when they reach the end of the ring. I would try and find a different solution to hold them there until they drop. Thanks for the video Rohan!
  15. Here are my two Star Wars GBC Modules BB-8, and more recently Trench Run. Trench run was built from scratch and my first attempt at "greebling" something. Creating the small ships was also an interesting challenge, as I've never seen an X-Wing done this way before (especially because it uses one of the new parts for 2018). Here is an image of the micro scale ships I built. And the video is below BB-8 was built from the 75187 set, which I gutted and installed a ball pump and a light up welding torch. I kept the dimensions of the original stand but rebuilt it out of Technic for strength.