howitzer

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  1. howitzer

    [MOC] Motor grader CAT 120M2

    My first Arocs I got for 74€ Anyway, I'll be sure to buy the instructions once you get it complete!
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Hmm, I never had any problems with it. Of course it's not exactly swift in turning and you have to be very careful with all the hosing, but that's what you get when you route 8 hoses through it. I'm not sure how it could be done better... As I understand, the Unimog had similar problem except much worse, and Arocs was praised on improving the slewing so it's actually usable?
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    It's not so black and white though if you look at the three biggest sets ever: 42082 works very well and I understand that 42100 is also very much functional and playable. 42055 is also a marvel of Technic engineering, even if it requires careful construction to work (and even then has its problems, but at least nothing breaks even if it jams). Then you have also 42043 which is widely regarded as one of the all-time best Technic sets and is also quite large. The technical problems seem to be concentrated on the largest car sets, while some of the mid-size car sets (like the 42077 and 42096 you mentioned) are functionally quite boring. 42111 on the other hand seems pretty good set even if the subtle curves would be better rendered in System. 42109 is apparently quite functional, though it is absurdly expensive and not that great looking. Everything you said about the Ducati is true though. As for other machinery, it's not all roses in the mid-tier either, as operating the 42097 would also be endless knob-turning and the outriggers were a joke. 42108 is a bit underwhelming even if it's functionally adequate. Yeah, pneumatics is where Technic really shines and the dumb battery box is needed badly. A set combining these with a compressor would be really great, and even greater if it included the 1x11 cylinder.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    When I first read reviews and other experiences about Sian I got the impression that functionally it's essentially the same as Bugatti, except designed better, so I'm a bit surprised to see complaints about Sian's gearbox etc. now couple of months after release. I don't own either set nor I plan to as they are not interesting to me but both are meant to represent the pinnacle of Technic design so I do follow the commentary on their features and flaws. Land Rover on the other hand was from the start noted to have serious issues in its gearbox and the serious flaw in Osprey gearbox indicates there's something amiss in the Technic department of TLG. The concrete mixer appears to be pretty adequate average set with no obvious flaws, though it left something to desire in detailing. Volvo hauler seems to have some issues too, but it surprised with its innovative gearbox, though apparently the software could be better (calibration issues etc.) Ducati is almost universally praised even if it also has some minor flaws. Hopefully next year we see something that's both innovative and well designed, like the Liebherr last year (the price tag prevented me from getting that one though.) I just bought me a Saturn V in misb condition and a second Arocs, both at bargain price, so I don't think I'm going to get any of the new Technic releases this year. I was going to get the Osprey, but we all know how well that went.
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    Control+ General Discussion

    Lack of extension cables is indeed a severe limitation, but hopefully an TLG will be release them in the future. If not, I'm sure someone will start making unofficial cables at some point.
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    Control+ General Discussion

    Oh, I thought there was some problems in manufacturing new chips according to the original specifications, but it's nice to hear that identical-sounding new chips are being produced.
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    Control+ General Discussion

    Yes, that's probably what they referred to, but is this even a true problem? I mean, why would you buy PU components now and not use them until 30 years later? I find it highly unlikely that 9V system components were bought at the time with the idea that they'd be preserved for use today, and those that are today sold as new probably come mostly from unsold leftover sets that have been forgotten in stores of retailers. Yes, they still work, but is there any need for them to work? Maybe if you wanted to restore an old set for collection purposes but beyond that, I'm not sure why anyone would even want to use those parts, as both PF and PU are superior in every way to 9V system, not to mention 4,5V system before that. Of course, there's no one stopping you if insist on stocking up on PF and never moving on to PU. It's just that technology marches on and at some point you'll run out of replacement components for the obsolete systems. PF Servo is already quite expensive and it won't get any cheaper. PU is also only at it's infancy and while it really does have some serious drawbacks compared to PF, they will probably be addressed in the future. Also, while the protocols and operating systems on today's mobile devices will become obsolete some day, they will probably be hacked to work with newer devices too. If you consider for example the PC games of the 90's and even earlier, there are many ways to play them on today's hardware. Only if you insist on having something really specific like the sound chip of the original Commodore 64, you're either out of luck in for some very costly shopping.
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    [MOC] Motor grader CAT 120M2

    Yeah, I just bought myself a second Arocs for 115€, so now I have grand total of 2 of these precious cylinders. Maybe I should one way or another try to get me an airtank too as it seems really useful in some situations and to complement my collection of pneumatics parts.
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    Control+ General Discussion

    This. I don't buy any Lego electric components with the expectation that they last for even 10 years of use, let alone 30. Unused parts can be preserved to be working 30 years later but if you're going to be actually using your PU motors instead of just storing them, they will wear out long before there's any danger of software being discontinued and becoming unusable.
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    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    Thanks for the tip! I'll do some sorting and see which ones I can figure out by myself and then try to take a good photo of the rest. I don't have any other camera besides a phone, but sunlight should be doable.
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    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    Not sure if this is the correct topic, but I recently bought a bunch of used Lego, and I was wondering if there's any way to easily identify the colours of various pieces? I know there are colour charts and such, but comparing to them doesn't really work for some colours, as you can't be sure your monitor is displaying the colours correctly. I have no idea about the sets which these parts come from so no help there, though most I can identify by comparing them to other parts which I know the colour for certain.
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    [MOC] Motor grader CAT 120M2

    The two 1x11L cylinders to lift the blade are indispensable here, but I wonder if the third one could be replaced with a large 11L one? I know the small one is ideal here, but switching it to more affordable one would bring the parts cost down a bit... Also, is the airtank necessary or could this model work without it?
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    Gear Friction Comparison - what's the best?

    Very interesting! I was surprised to see 40T gears losing to 16T gears, as the latter has many more moving and sliding parts so intuitively it ought to have higher friction, I wonder what's the explanation here? I wonder what the effect of significant load would be on the results? Distance also matters, as with chain and bevel gears you don't really need to add any moving parts with increasing distance (unless you count the supporting bearings of the driveshaft) but with the spur gears even a small increase in distance immediately adds moving parts.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Funny thing, consumer protection of defective goods is still in effect, BUT I think it's the retailers who are going to be responsible for refunds. As the set was never officially released, it means the retailers sold whatever they sold without authorization from TLG and they could claim no responsibility for the flawed design. But yeah, whatever the reason, TLG messed up big time here. Of course probably no one will ask for a refund, considering most sets were apparently sold to AFOLs knowing what they were getting or people intending to make big money on secondary market.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    This is what I thought too when I heard about the design flaw. My guess is that the design flaw is what forced the withdrawal of the set but meanwhile they used their ethical guidelines as a public excuse to justify the withdrawal while hoping it would cast them in better light in the eyes of the public, as compared to situation where a recall would've had to been made due to the huge QA failure.
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    [REVIEW] 42114 - Volvo Articulated Hauler

    Wow, this sounds really amazing, I have to wonder why there aren't such classes available more widely? Couple of years ago I put my kid (then 4 years old) into a hobby with robotics, and there they were taught with Lego, but the small kids class (for 4-6 years old) never touched anything programmable, it was strictly about mechanical aspects (gearing etc.) of robotics with PF motors. The more advanced class for 7+ years gets into Mindstorms, but suspect they might benefit a lot from the flow chart-code generator thing, and for that matter, so would adults. I, for one, don't know much about programming and I'd be really interested on using such low-bar approach in learning the basics.
  17. ... Is probably a question that has crossed the minds of many people, me included, while planning the exterior design of their MOCs. So I created a spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MdCtQMN_kaaMzyWy_blFLJNzT05f4dCxXS1Nx3DhfDU/edit?usp=sharing I listed every part in the BL "Technic, Panel" category and their known colours (according to BL names and colour codes) and marked it on the list. Some parts are probably pretty uninteresting to most builders, while others may be quite rare so this is not a guide on how to use the panels, but with this list you can easily check if the panel types you need exist in the colour scheme of your choice.
  18. I decided to limit this list to BL's "Technic, Panel"-category, because I really have to draw the line somewhere and that's the most obvious place where to draw it. That's why I didn't include flexible axles or ribbed hoses either, even if they are used a lot for similar purposes.
  19. I attempted to list every panel as they appear in BL's Known Colors-category. That one is not listed there so as far as my list is concerned, it doesn't exist.
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    42108 availability

    It's also well available here in Finland. Usually Lego sets are available for 2 years before retiring and even after that until the retailer stock runs out. Maybe the COVID-19 situation has affected availability in some countries but not others?
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    Power Functions newbie help

    Dumb battery box for PU is coming though, even if it's proper release is now delayed with the cancellation of 42113 so using it you can get things moving as simply as with PF. Old motors of course work if they're not broken (I, too, have 8868 fully functional except for one missing pneumatics tube) but they are still obsolete. No replacements or spare parts are made and when the world supply of the existing parts run out, it's the end of these systems. Same is now happening to PF and it probably will also happen to PU at some point. Technology marches on and new systems are always going to replace old ones so nothing is really, truly, future-proof anyway. That's no reason to not enjoy them now though, and I'm sure there will be many useful years ahead for C+ sets with the app entirely usable for a long time. Of course support will end at some point and maybe the smartphones of the future refuse to install it, but that is the natural order of things with software. I bought computer games in the 90's which I can't easily play anymore but I got a lot of enjoyment out of them in those times and with Lego, you will at least have your non-electric parts which will always be useful for MOCs or whatever.
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    Power Functions newbie help

    Powered Up is the future, but in its current state it's much more difficult to use than Power Functions. PF on the other hand won't receive any more upgrades and while all the other motors will be widely and cheaply available for many years to come, PF Servo is already somewhat expensive, so if you want a future-proof steerable vehicle, PU is the way to go. Simple vehicles (drive+steering) can be used with the current Control+ profiles of 42109 and 42099, and I'm sure that the new profile for 42114 can be adapted to many MOCs, but if you want something that can't be adapted from these, you'll have to dive into the coding of Powered Up and that can be pretty difficult. I know it would take me a good while to learn PU programming before being able to do something useful with the motors.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    Yeah, but @tohan's comment was about making a set with Osprey as a B-model so it would then have to include the 6 rotor blades, otherwise it's not really a B-model.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    That would be great indeed, but what sort of machine beside a tiltrotor would make a good use of the 6 rotor blade parts so that it would allow the B-model-Osprey to use those parts for the rotors? I guess one could find some use similar to that of the Sian where the purpose is mostly decorative but there's six of them and they have to be black...
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    Automated Lego Sorter

    That's true, but whatever the way you do it, it's going to take a long time if you want to sort by part type, there's just no quick way to do it with the thousands of different kinds of parts. Of course you could add more bins to the machine, but then your machine gets larger (and more complex with more parts that can jam/fail) so it's always a compromise between machine size/complexity and the time required. I guess that sometimes it might be useful to separate only a few types of parts from a big pile, so you could do it relatively quickly by discarding every other type of part to a single bin. Or maybe sometimes you might want to for example make a separation of Technic parts from System parts, which would also be possible with only two output bins and single pass. Or maybe stickered/printed parts from those without decorations? There are possibilities here for limited use cases.