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  1. Ankoku

    GBC General Discussion

    Do we know if The Bananaman 2018 posts on here? I spotted this a while ago, but didn't want to post it in case he was going to do it himself. I quite like some of the motions.
  2. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    From a LEGO purist point of view, that is complete heresy to do such a thing :) Back to my Invisible Lift issue: This from the Catch & Spin instructions seems to be the answer:
  3. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Looks like Akiyuki made some changes to the hopper stepper mechanism: I was trying to workout on the original if it was 2 thin bushes with a Technic, Pin Connector Round 2/3 L between the two, or just an Technic, Pin Connector Round 2L with Slot (Pin Joiner Round) like it is in the instructions. My thinking being that a Technic, Pin Connector Round 2/3 L would provide less friction via rotation on the axle. Here though, in the 2015 event video, you can see what seems to be a Technic, Axle Pin without Friction Ridges Lengthwise. Which I suspect is connected to a Technic, Pin Connector Round 2/3 L. This would allow for less friction, but causes other issues with connection being made between 3 connected pieces, rather than a single rigid axle. It could potentially be a Technic, Axle 4 with Center Stop, but I don't think so.
  4. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    @Berthil With the Invisible Lift steppers for the hopper, how smooth (effortless) did you manage to get that? e.g. I am wondering where my expectations should be capped at. I used the axle tester, but I suspect one of the axles doesn't have a smooth surface. So the stepper runs up and down the axle perfectly if I move it by hand. When the mechanism lifts it though and you get that horizontal movement, that is when it seems to struggle. It is not a design I am particularly keen on, but it is what it is.
  5. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    @Innocity I am not going to do instructions, but I will create an IO file with all the stuff I changed in it. e.g. just the elements I changed. It will easily be enough to make whatever changes you want to encompass.
  6. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    My issue isn't with the building, the timings are simple and although certain aspects are a bit of pain to put together, it is fine. Even in the ReBricker video, he admits that the order he puts things together is not ideal. What I am doing is correcting all the bits which are wrong, reverse engineering wise, just like I did with the Ball Factory. Some things I have corrected make no odds, I certainly wouldn't recommend people to do them if their machine is already built. The addition of the tyres on the front right of the machine is just a straight up mistake which occurred between The Rebricker doing the video and BlakBird doing the instructions. The way the stepper off-ramp is supported is just straight up wrong from the start and you can't build it the way the instructions suggest without something being bent. You can clearly see it is different in the photos and videos of the original. Both of those two I would suggest to anyone to fix. I changed how the ball box lifter is designed. I have no idea if what is reversed engineered is correct to the original or not, as you just can't see. That said, the fact that the box isn't in a fixed position and can rotate seems really bad to me and not what I would expect from Akiyuki, which is why I was willing to change it. So that leaves me with just the ramp to the ball box left to do. You can't see what is going on, which is why I am going to message him. As for antenna alignment, it seems that Akiyuki used bushes to brace some of his: Light Bluish Grey bushes are a bit ugly, buy you could probably get away with the rarer black ones if needed. So again, my issue isn't with following the instructions, my issues are with the fact that the instructions don't represent the original. Sometimes this is down to mistakes, misinterpretations or just plain guess work due to not being able to see the original. That is what I have been correcting and representing here.
  7. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    It seems that the ramp that leads to the box is also different to the original. Kinda ugly, but functional. More attractive and removes the use of plates and replaces them with a few bricks. So.... The box housing is completely different between the instructions and the original. So much for finishing it off this weekend. Loads more still to fix. Might have to contact Akiyuki to see if he has any additional photos.
  8. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Okay, so this section is very wrong. Kinda amazed that people got this bit built via the instructions. Surely there is some bending involved? The instructions aren't very clear as to exactly where this piece is meant to go. What is clear though, is that it is a 7L piece. Here, in a number of videos, you can see it is a 5L piece: A 5 L piece and note how it is not attached to the main frame of the module. The 7L in the instruction is connected to the main liftarm above the motor. When you remove that 7L, suddenly, everything fits into place okay. Here is another view: I am not entirely sure what this piece is used for. It looks as though it is used for bracing. I feel as though he needed the Technic, Brick 1 x 2 with Holes and ended up with a spare hole that he felt he ought to use somehow.
  9. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    So, it seems the ramp is supported incorrectly, which is why it is too far right. Here you can see that it is connected via: And not a Technic, Brick 1 x 6 with Holes. Replacing that should solve a few things.
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    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Just when I thought I was done, there are more issues. First off, there seems to be a blocking plate there which isn't in the instructions. Not sure why this was missed out, but I feel as though having it could be a bonus. It is still present at the 2015 event, which indicates it wasn't removed as there were issues with it. Also, if you build the feeder ramp as shown in the instructions, it doesn't seem to fit. The grey channel pushes too far left if you have the 2x4 tile there. Anyone else encountered this?
  11. Nice smooth motion and I like the idea of having a gear box. As for the hopper, feel free to improve on it, I just went with what I had pieces for at the time. I think it could be more aesthetically pleasing. Glad it is working for you. No one wants trapped balls!
  12. Ankoku

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Almost. The original version has quite a few different parts to the instructions, so had to do an order and need to do another (They don't really impact performance). Got 3 spring returners, the off-ramp and the ramp round the front to do. So almost done. Hopefully will have it done by the end of the weekend.
  13. I think people can figure out how to mirror a robot themselves, so I won't bother modelling that bit.
  14. Hey, I can't even speak a second language! You did a great job. It is really nice to see it in action, especially with it running slowly via hand-crank. You should create a Stud.IO file of just the bit you changed and a few pieces in white to show where it connects to.
  15. Ankoku

    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    @9v system Yeah. It basically uses the same loading approach as the Ball Factory v1. After that it just follows the original instructions. I have never had issues with the spiral lift or picker. That said, the instructions are wrong on both.