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  1. I'm not a fan of American trucks but this is a very impressive model. Great work on getting both the truck/trailer and the helicopter to look so real, the curves on the heli look awesome, far better than anything I could do. Sorry for going a little off topic here: Just for those who didn't know, the Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was also built in the UK under licence by Westland and was called the Whirlwind which was also bought by a number of other countries. Personally I prefer Westland versions of the H-19. Westland also build licenced versions of the H-34 (Westland Wessex) and S-61 (Westland Sea King). The Westland Sea King is by far my favorite. British International used to run a passenger services between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly (small group of islands about 28 miles off the Cornish coast) using 2 Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. RNAS Culdrose in Helston used to fly the Westland Sea Kings. I think the Westland Sea King was/is better looking and quieter than the S-61. The tory government scapped the Royal Navy and RAF search and rescue services a few years ago and the Coast Guard now use the deafening and ugly S-92 things. The noise those thing make is horrible, you can hear it from miles away. Guess that's what happens when you don't bother to design a rotor disk properly....*Hint hint Sikorsky* Anywho... I found your Brickshelf album on this truck ealier in the year and is what inspired me to build my own version. Although my version is based on a European style lorry, with a different trailer configuration and fully remote controlled (except fifth wheel couplings). The cab unit is almost done but I've not started the trailers yet, they are still in the design stage. What is/was this road train like to reverse? I'm starting to get the hang of reversing 2 trailer on Euro Truck Sim but 3 trailers must be really tricky. Still...awesome work on the Mack/lowboy with H-19 and on your road train.
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    Project .Ux - Computerised Hamster Cage

    Sorry for bumping this topic but I thought some of you might like to know that I have created a second YouTube channel where I will be posting updates on the .Ux and other content such as cage camera videos, DIY hamster toys ect. I have uploaded an introduction video for the .Ux showing its construction in a little more detail than I did here and I will be posting a video about the electrical system in the next video next week. As Eurobricks is a LEGO forum and not a hamster forum, I will no longer post any more updates to this topic. If you wish to follow the progress of this project or to get your fix of fluff-ball cuteness then feel free to subscribe to my channel. I aim to upload a new video at least once a week. Link to video: Link to channel: Again sorry for bumping this topic, feel free to throw LEGO bricks at me .
  3. Haha, I'm glad someone uses halogen lamps, much safer than those toxic fluorescent lamps. Providing that one doesn't keep them burning for hours on end, they are kinder the environment than LED's too with their transformers/drivers and complex circuitry that some of them have. At least with halogens you are guaranteed a CRI of 100% unlike fluorescents and LED's. They also save you from keeping the heating on for so long as well .
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    [MOC] AMAZONE Pantera 4502

    Fair enough. I have never played with that type of friction drive, but if you've got it working and it does what you need it to do then good job, its a design that I've not seen anyone using before, at least with LEGO anyway, so its definitely unique. Fair enough. I have never played with that type of friction drive, but if you've got it working and it does what you need it to do then good job, its a design that I've not seen anyone using before, at least with LEGO anyway, so its definitely unique. There isn't much that is "impossible" with LEGO, I believe it is why LEGO is still such an popular toy, even after 70+ years.
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    [MOC] AMAZONE Pantera 4502

    Very cool machine and nice colour scheme. I only question the reliability of the friction drive on rough terrain...but I guess with 4 wheel drive, there should be at least one wheel that will still be driven if others slip. Regrardless, a sweet model, very nice work indeed .
  6. Lego is a great resource for us autistic people, its not just a toy but a great tool for learning mechanics and physics, with for those of us with learning difficulties, it's much better, safer and cheaper to break Lego then to damage real world equipment. Technic is my theme of choice due to these reasons. Other themes like space, town and pirates ect are frankly boring to me, especially as I don't build my Lego models just sit on a shelf collecting dust, I build them to work hard (my last off roader 4x4 truck did like 50 miles (real miles, not scale miles)). As for recommending a set, I'm not the best person to ask as I almost never buy sets, I just buy the parts I need to make the models I want to build. However I would suggest starting with a small, cheap set to start with and see how he reacts to Technic, how much enjoyment he gets from it and to find out how easily he can understand the instructions. If he enjoys it and is able to build it according to the instructions, buy him a biggest set, once done, buy a bigger set and so on. Personally I wouldn't see the point in buying him the a big expensive set like the Bugatti Chiron (42083) right away if he stuggles with something like the Stunt Truck (42059), which might be a good place to start and it comes with a little ramp that he can do jumps with, it is also blue and kinda pickup truck like. If you print off a little Mitsubishi logo and stick it to the front. He can do some huge crazy stunts that his Dad wouldn't dream of doing in his full size pickup . Lego's website currently has them for £17.99, it comes with a pull back motor which could be a neat way to teach him how coiled springs work as well as a couple of other useful parts. Somewhat a little off topic but I believe my first ever Lego set was the 8815 Lego Speedway Bandit about 1991, That was about the only set my parents could afford at the time and the most complex set I was able to build, but you gotta start somewhere and that was a good little set for me to learn how to build with Technic so it was a wise choice by my parents....I've been hooked ever since.
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    What did you buy today?

    First of all, I have to admit that I received and built this just over a week ago, but I've been setting it up, downloading all my games/apps and benchmarking ect, so its not something I got today but I thought you'd like to see it anyway. Since my old computer was starting to have major issues just doing the basics, I finally upgraded my 10 year old computer with some shiny new parts. This is my old computer just before I ripped out all the old hardware. The old computer used the following: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor (4 core, 4 thread, 2.4GHz clock) EVGA 750i FTW motherboard Gainward Geforce 8800GT graphics card (originally had twin GPU's in SLI, one started having issues so it was removed) Hiper 580w power supply (originally had a Coolermaster M620 which was blown by a external HDD failing (which also damaged one memory stick, the memory controller on the CPU and the northbridge on the motherboard))(never trust USB external HDD's) OCZ DDR2 2GB SLI edition memory (originally 4GB). Can't remember who made the CPU cooler, nor does it have any markings on it. This is with all the new hardware installed, wired up and ready for first use. AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor (8 core, 16 thread, 3.2GHz base clock, 4.1GHz turbo) MSI X470 Gaming Plus motherboard Gigabyte GTX1070TI graphics card EVGA Supernova 750W G2 80 gold power supply Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000MHz 16GB memory Coolermaster Hyper 212 LED Turbo CPU cooler Four 120mm high airflow dual ball bearing case fans (one at the front and one in the side door panel as inlets - one at the back and one at the top as outlets) Having the ball bearing cooling fans in the computer does make it quite loud (around 54dBa at 1 meter) but the system does stay nice and cool, as I'm typing this, the temperatures are the following (all at stock speed and no overclock): CPU: 25°C GPU: 27°C MOS: 29°C System: 22°C PCH: 27°C HDD 1 (OS drive): 27°C HDD 2 (Data drive): 23°C In a living room that is around 18-19°C, with these kind of temperatures, I don't really care about the noise level. Both HDD's, the DVD/blu-ray drive and the system case were reused from the old system as there is nothing wrong with them and they still work fine. I should point out that the HDD's are not the original HDD's I installed when I first built this system. The 500GB OS drive is around 3 years old (soon to be replaced with a M2 NVMe SSD drive) and the 1TB data drive is around 18 months old. This new computer is able to run all my games at max detail at way over 60FPS and is SOOO much faster then my old computer (ignoring the fact that I'm using the worst OS M$ has ever released (win 10 which is a total nightmare and just outright evil) and I'm still running SATA HDD's). I am able to do so much more with this system than I ever could on my old system. Everything from browsing the internet to hardcore gaming is now so much better and smoother. Once my ISP gets my copper phoneline swapped over to half-a**ed fiber, Ill finally be able to start streaming my gaming session on youtube. Anyways, sorry for the long post but I hope you like it.
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    [GBC] Turntable Cup to Cup 2.0

    Very nicely done, very cool idea, love it.
  9. Welcome to Eurobricks Iamaii and welcome to the LEGO community. As far as I know, the version 1 IR receiver isn't able to provide the huge amount of current that the L and XL motors can draw causing the receiver to cut the power to prevent it from burning itself out. I do believe that this was fixed with version 2. That said, when powering anything with the LEGO Power Functions system, make sure you reduce friction as much as possible (friction is evil with LEGO and should be avoided like the plague), make your vehicle as light as possible and avoid going forward-back-forward-back in quick succession. Personally I have never had any issues with the IR receivers, I have 2 version 1 receivers on the cab unit of my artic lorry powering 2 XL motors for drive (both XL's hooked to a single channel) and it still runs great. A lot of people don't like to IR system, partly due to the issue you talked about plus most claim that IR doesn't work in strong sunshine, a myth I have well and truely busted. The Sbrick and BuWizz units are ok up to a point but be prepared for a ridiculously short battery life and having to constantly charge both them and your phone, Bluetooth is massivly power hungry compared to IR. Avoid modifying your LEGO, us purests hate it, modified LEGO simply INS'T LEGO. Be creative and engineer a solution around the problem, if you can't find a solution, you ain't tried hard enough (I mean that in the nicest and politest way possible).
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    [MOC] Pendulum Waves

    Very satisfying to watch, love it. As Prof. Jim Al-Khalili says, "Boom Science"
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    [MOC] Backhoe Loader V3

    Very cool model with nice smooth movement, good work .
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    MOC Lancia Stratos - an alternate build of 42056

    Wow sweet model, great work getting the angles correct . Only one problem....there's no rust....must be fresh out of the factory
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    What Video Game(s) are you playing?

    Over the last couple of days I've been playing Transport Fever, its not normally my type of game but Steam had it on sale half price so I thought I'd get it and give it a go...definitely worth the £11 I paid for it (I had a couple of quid in my Steam wallet from items I'd sold on the market place) although I wouldn't have paid the the full price of £26.99. It is a good game and far more challenging than I thought it would be. I am shocked that this 10 year old PO* computer is able to run it considering the system specs the devs say is the minimum requirements.
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    Project .Ux - Computerised Hamster Cage

    Lol, indeed you can. Of course I don't mind. I didn't really train him, he more less litter-trained himself. A couple of weeks after I got him, I saw him pee-ing in the front right corner of his cage, I just grabbed an old ice cream tub, filled it with childrens play sand which I had for playing and bathing in, I removed the wet substrate then sprinkled a little bit of it in the ice cream tub with the sand as a scent marker and put it in that same corner. From then on, he only goes for a pee in that tub. I always put his litter tray back in that same corner after cleaning it out to avoid confusion and to stop him pee-ing anywhere else. It makes life so much easier and prevents the need for full cage clean-outs every week or so. Hamster heavily reply on scent trails and removing them really stresses them out. Hamster are also naturally very clean animals and with regular spot cleaning, a cage of this size can easily go 2 or 3 months without a full clean out. It also reduces the cost which means I can buy him more toys, treats and goodies as well as reducing the environmental damage for both you and I. Take a look at this as a general guide: Hope that answers you question.
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    Your favorite TV show(s)

    My all time favorite TV show has to be Trailer Park Boys, I'm a member of Swearnet and the podcashs gives me my weekly dose of TPB. Apart from the above, in no order: Top Gear (proper TG with Clarkson, Hammond and May, it's just lame and boring now) Horizon Sky At Night Outback Truckers Highway Thru Hell Family Guy Now to show my age: Gladiators (Original ITV version) Treasure Hunt (Original Channel 4 version) The Crystal Maze (Original Channel 4 version)