rskamen

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  1. rskamen

    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    Just tried to download Part 1 - Ver 1.4. When I click the link, I get Part 1 - Ver 1.3. Great work on getting the corrections taken care of.
  2. rskamen

    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    I should have realized that since I did originally notice that you were missing a ribbed hose. Keep those revisions coming. I keep updating as you post them. Thanks
  3. rskamen

    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    @Berthil The original parts lists had 4,268 parts. Looking at Rebrickable, it is now showing 4,269 parts. Was there a new part added, or was the count on one of the existing parts increased? I am just trying to avoid reprinting 34 pages of parts that I use as a check-off list when salvaging or ordering parts. Amazing work on Part 1, Ver 1.3, and on part 2. As soon as I get back from New York at the end of May, I will begin gathering and ordering parts. You have totally reinvigorated my interest in the Ball Factory. I will also be building your Rotary Dumper for the Train Layout. I just ordered the last of the pieces that I needed. They should be at my house long before I return from my trip.
  4. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Yes, that is the corner. There is a lot of "play" with the robots and some times they would hit a corner and snag. I know that in the world of Lego, cutting, filing, and painting bricks is not really acceptable. But for a few seconds of filing, all my robot problems went away.
  5. My sincere apologies gentlemen. Credit is due to @Doug72 and @dunes. The reverser module works perfectly. Thank you for the modifications and the instructions. I will be following the work of @MajklSpajkl for the Elevator :)
  6. I just completed the @MajklSpajkl Reverser Module with rubber bands. I followed instructions on the Stud.io program. While it shows every part, the building sequence is a bit out of synch. Sometimes it shows putting in a pin, and 5 steps later you have to disassemble a part so you can add a second pin. I found it best to look ahead about 10 steps to see what might cause you to take apart a component just to add another part. But, it was complete and every part was clearly outlined and available in numerous different views. I had previously built the @Berthil Passing Module. Both of these modules perform faultlessly. Now to order the final missing pieces for the Loader Conveyor, the Elevator with counter-weights, and the Rotary Dumper. I will be following @MajklSpajkl and @Berthil instructions. The Conveyor should be straight forward Akiyuki design. I will be traveling to New Jersey and New York for the next 10 days, so hopefully all my needed parts will be waiting for me when I get back home to Florida.
  7. rskamen

    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    @Berthil and @Jonas , you guys are incredible. I too noticed the 3 ribbed hoses, vs the 4 that is needed. In Ver2, a few of the longer push-pull axles with connectors tend to pull apart if there is the slightest friction anywhere in the factory. But I do like the idea of using beams or liftarms as they do not flex as some axles might do. Keep up the good work and dialogue, this is getting rather intense and very interesting. I am going to start acquiring needed parts. Although I must admit, I am a bit reluctant to dismantle my Ver2 Factory just yet.
  8. rskamen

    [GBC] Akiyuki Ball Factory

    @Berthil Unbelievable work so far. When showing axles at 1 : 1 for size, that would be with the pdf file at 100%? With my old tired eyes, I use an very large monitor and usually view pdf's at 150% or 200%. So far, it looks like you have no need to change or update the parts lists. I am going through my existing Ver2 Ball Factory parts list, and have almost 2,000 reusable parts (many in RED). Once all the instructions are completed, will there be an addendum, or video for setting up the proper timing between modules, although I am pretty good at that by now. I guess we can cross that bridge when we get to it. I would not put too much time in bending hoses in Studio. If we can build the Ball Factory, we can figure out the hose placement and curvature. Keep up this great work.
  9. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Here are two photos. One showing the bricks in place, and one showing the brick taken off the model so you can better see the corner that I filed down. This did the trick and no more hang ups . /
  10. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    By Jove, I've done it! Got the Catch & Spin Robots working rather well. I ended up filing the edges of the plates that the 1L Round sat on. Sometimes the spinning bot would hang up on a corner. I reread everything Akiyuki put in the addendum, retimed some of the gears by as little as 1 tooth, and it is running almost faultlessly. May play with the adjustment that gives the hands a tad more grip, but for now I am happy. It is a beautiful 87F degree (30.58C) Sunday afternoon here in Florida. Time to sit on my patio overlooking a lake and enjoy a well deserved glass of iced Vodka! Tomorrow I start in earnest on the modules for the Train. I have already built @Berthil passing module while I was waiting for parts to complete the robots.
  11. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Thanks for the photos and information. Yes, I have a 1L round on each corner. It is getting better. I just keep tweaking it and taking parts off and putting them back on. The YELLOW bot is doing much better. The RED bot is dropping balls. Will have to adjust his grip as per the instructions. Almost perfect. Good news is that a lot of these parts can be used for @Berthil redesigned and rebuilt Ball Factory. My 4 year old grandson was at the house yesterday and so enthralled with my Ver2 of the ball factory, they he practically destroyed 4 modules in attempts to "help it along".
  12. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    One last problem...the robots hands are too high. They graze the top third of the balls.. They are not low enough to get a grip on the center of the ball. I have to try to raise the RED and YELLOW delivery ramp, or somehow get the robot arms just a little lower. I put a piece of heavy art paper in the delivery ramp and that worked. Did that to just prove that the robots will function if they grab a ball. The robots are leaning forward as much possible. Also, when the robots spin, they hang up on the edge of the 2 x 2 corner bricks surrounding each robot. That I can trim the corners a bit with my Dremel tool.
  13. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    I think I got it! I took the entire center mechanism and the robots completely apart and rebuilt it. I just left the delivery and the exit trays intact. Still a lot of tweaking, but I am very close. I think the arms on the robots are a bit short, so I am not inserting the "hand" piece all the way on to the 1.5 geared axle. It's been running without balls for about 15 minutes. Every so often I see a spot that is too tight or binding. Next test is to load it up and chase balls all over the floor :)
  14. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    Thanks @Doug72. If you had to rebuild the robots, then I certainly need to do the same. I don't feel as bad now :) I might also dissect the internal gearing and rebuild that. I don't have any friction and when the robots are not connected, everything else in the drive train runs smoothly. Once I get this sorted out, I can move on to my GBC Train modules. I have managed to accumulate almost all of the parts.
  15. rskamen

    [GBC] The Akiyuki Project

    I finished the Catch & Spin robots. Have been trying to adjust it for quite awhile now. The robots want to keep spinning, even with no balls, and they are constantly jamming. They do not lift high enough for the wheel to raise above the internal "well" or track. Any ideas or suggestions? There does not seem to be any friction or drag. I might do back and rebuild the robots if I have to.