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  1. howitzer

    42100 Liebherr R9800 Excavator

    I can second this. A while ago I gave my partner a set to assemble, it was one of the sets from my childhood (8865 Test Car) and the time it took to complete it was similar to what I spent on 42055 BWE (a much bigger and more complex set), which was the first set I assembled in almost 25 years. I still had the basic familiarity of components and mechanisms with me so for me it was mostly just following instructions (which I must say, are much simpler today than they were in 1988) but my partner had to first familiarize themselves with the pieces and how they come together, and even towards the end I had to give a hand from time to time. The next project was 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig, which went much smoother, but it still took time and there were still few steps where I had to help.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    I much prefer almost anything over cars, especially sports cars (new Land Rover is a refreshing change in that). I mean, supercars provide you a nice and interesting building experience, but my interest stops there, they are far from interesting pieces to display and even less interesting to play with. That being said, I don't mind supercars, as there's clearly a customer segment that finds them appealing. As long as it's not mostly cars I'm fine. What I'd really like to see are sets that are not cars or other vehicles or construction equipment. Technic line needs more of stuff like the T-Rex from 8485 Control Center II. Also the 8480 Space Shuttle is one of the most celebrated sets of all time, and while it's technically a vehicle, it's so far thematically unique.
  3. All of this begs the question: why are Lego boxes so easy to open without damaging them permanently? I mean, most retail products are packed in such a way that it's almost impossible to open them without at least some visible damage to the exterior so why are Lego boxes sealed only with a couple of small stickers that can be removed and replaced quite easily?
  4. Has anyone else had a nice MOC which, for whatever reason was never finished, for whatever reason - like not having enough parts, unworkable design or something else? I have couple of things here which I want to show, even if I couldn't finish them properly before I wanted to take them apart for future MOCs. First, I made earlier a trebuchet design, which was in itself somewhat successful but I wanted to improve it with motorized priming so I redesigned most of it. Here's what I ended up with: Here's some more photos of it: https://i.imgur.com/fmxLhyh.jpg, https://i.imgur.com/ZltXf9j.jpg The XL motor with three clutch gears was almost able to lift 5 of the 7 weight blocks in the tail of the swing arm. The real problem though, was the 12t gears slipping on the yellow gear rack, which prevented it working properly. My intended release mechanism was to slide the 12t gears out from the racks. I tried to figure a better way of releasing it but in the end I ran out of interest and parts (would probably need 2 motors) so it just sat on my shelf for months, until I recently took it apart. --- Another, more recent project of mine was a modification of 42043 Arocs, to put in a general box container with a motorized tail lift. Note the colorful container, I had a serious lack of panels and had to improvise on the design with beams to make it large enough. Couple of photos of the unfinished tail lift: https://i.imgur.com/4fgKwYZ.jpg, https://i.imgur.com/YUtzRZ0.jpg I couldn't make the lift work properly, the movement range wouldn't be sufficient so I couldn't get it move to both closed and open (so it would touch the ground) position at the same time. Apparently the real equivalent is pretty tight on angles and relative lengths of its parts, and I couldn't adjust those precisely enough to make it work. The small linear actuator also could use a bit longer movement for this to work and then there's the play and slack in the parts. 4 actuators instead of 2 would be helpful, but there's no way those could be fitted in the space behind the truck.
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    Price per Piece - An outdated idea?

    Did you consider weight of the set as it sits in a shelf of store, or did you only take into consideration weight of the completed model? In other words, how do the packaging, manual, etc. affect the numbers? If you separate the weight of the model itself and the weight of everything else, is there a proportional difference between different sized sets?
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    12V motor

    7200 rpm is really fast, you won't find many household appliances running anywhere near that speed. Most power drills for example are much slower, though for example Dremel multipurpose tool can get higher. Considering Lego gearing, you'll probably lose a lot of torque to friction if you're going to gear it down to any reasonable speeds, but still I guess it's worth a try.
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    Technic 2020 Set Discussion

    This. TLG always has to consider how appealing the proposed features are for target audience (=kids), especially for non-flagship sets (which seem to be more AFOL-oriented nowdays). Given that even very few adults have any idea what VSP is, there's really no chance something like that could be realized in an official set. I also believe it would have to be an actually floating boat, one that you can take out in a bathtub or a pool to see it working, and there's no way TLG would engineer the necessary new parts for it, especially watertight motors and battery boxes. That being said, I would love to see some kind of functionally interesting boat (way too long since 8839) and generally I like anything that's not another car, truck or construction machinery.
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    Can you suggest a few retired brick?

    There's a number of Technic bricks which haven't been used in a good while, for example this one was last used in a set in 2003: And this pair was last seen in 1997 (connector) and 2002 (bushing): Though there's a similar replacements for both, only without the toothing (so they lost some functionality compared to the old ones).
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    Alternatives to technic chain links?

    http://sariel.pl/down/heavy-duty-track.pdf Here's instructions for a heavy duty tread chain.
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    Technic 2H2019 Video Reviews

    I visited Legoland in Billund today, and saw the Spider crane and Car transporter at the shelf of the main shop there. I think I would've bought the crane if not for Sariel's review. I had much higher expectations for it, but the non-functional outriggers were a dealbreaker for me. The car transporter I don't find very interesting so I never really considered it, and other new sets weren't available yet. Got a couple of non-Technic sets in the end.
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    Visiting Billund

    Hi, I couldn't find any relevant recent topic on the subject so starting my own. I'm going to visit Legoland in Billund with my family later this week, so I was wondering if the community had any tips on visiting? Anything special to look for, or if there's anything not worth wasting time on? Anything else to be mindful before going there? Maybe recommendations on restaurants? We're going by car and staying in AirBnB so travel and accommodation is taken care of.
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    Visiting Billund

    Thanks a lot, exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! Especially the info concerning lunchtime is useful, as we're probably going to eat in the cafeteria to save effort (travelling with kid an all that...) I don't think I'm going to buy much of Lego as it's probably less expensive elsewhere. Some souvenir is must have of course but beyond that only if I find something of special interest.
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    Technic Rock, Paper, Scissors Game

    My immediate thought was an upgrade: Separate selector mechanisms for both players where either can't see what the other is choosing, then a third mechanism which reveals choices of each player at the same time. It would need to be build in such a way that selection is either silent or the sound is identical for each selection so the other player couldn't make deductions based on sound.
  14. I wouldn't count 16t gear among those that mesh with 28t (at least not in the configuration shown), as it'll probably skip very easily under load. The meshing doesn't seem to be very good, there's a significant gap between the teeth.
  15. I also recently got the same set, and I have to say the pneumatic hosing is huge pain to get right, because the space is very tight and getting the crane to turn smoothly seems almost impossible with all the hosework stuffed in there. But it's a beauty to behold once you get it to work well enough.
  16. Saturn V is probably one of the best official sets ever, and now I want both, the rocket and this tower to complement it... Really nice work!
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    25 years of darkness

    Hello everyone! I'm one of those people who loved LEGO as a kid, but like so many others, at some point entered the darkness and mostly forgot about the beloved bricks. Now, around last Christmas while sitting on the dinner table I got a message from a friend, telling that there's a Millennium Falcon set for sale in local retail store at absurdly low price, and I immediately ran upstairs to place an order on it. Sadly though, it happened to be a fluke in their pricing system, and they canceled my order (and my friend's order too). This left me extremely frustrated and disappointed though, as I realized I've missed the bricks a lot, so I decided to do something about it. So couple of weeks later I went up the store, and bought myself the 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator, the first new set for myself in 25 years. Took me several evenings to build it, and I knew this was it, I was exiting the darkness. Afterwards I went online to search for mods, improvements and other info on the set, and found my way here. Now I'm considering MOCs, and contemplating on my next set investment and spending a lot of time generally reading about all things related to legos. At the moment I'm mostly interested in Technic, as it seems to offer the most interesting options for MOCs, though I might go for the Mindstorms in the future. Other than that, I'm 35 years old and live in Finland. I love handcrafting of all kinds (wood, metal, yarn, whatever) and spent years as a goldsmith, but right now I'm studying pharmacy. Some of my jewelry work can be seen at my website in http://www.jousimo.fi/ (only in finnish, sorry). Anyway, I'm glad to be here, see you in the forums!
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    Wind shield in Lego 8868

    I have the model built, right here in front of me. The trumpets are fixed on level with the roof, and the roof has no angles, it's assembled on top of two 8 stud bricks. The trumpets are attached to the same 4 long liftarm (BL item no. 2825) as the exhaust stacks. The liftarms connect to the roof between 4 studs (same as the axle and pin connectors at the front end of the horn), and there's no other connection, so if the roof was sloped more than insignificant amount, the liftarms couldn't be attached on it as the placement between studs wouldn't stick. Behind the exhaust stacks is the battery box, which isn't connected to the roof at all.
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    [MOC] Red Keep Castle + Instructions

    Next up: Winterfell, Meereen, Castle Black, Dreadfort, etc. ;) But seriously, awesome work, I always love to see Technic MOCs which are not another vehicle.
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    Your Best Technic Bargains

    I follow a local online auction site for nice bargains, and found 42043 Arocs there with 50€ starting bid. So I thought I'll follow this one until there's only few hours or so left, but as it happened, I was doing other stuff outside the house for the whole day and forgot about the auction. When I got back inside it was several hours over the time limit and no bids. So I messaged the seller to put it up again so I could buy it, explaining about my forgetfulness. The next day it was up again, so I immediately put a bid on it to avoid repeating my mistake. Apparently this time though, someone else noticed it also and a short bidding war ensued. In the end I won it, but had to pay 74€ for it, which I still consider a bargain, it even had usable batteries! There was also some 20€ extra expense in retrieving it but now it sits safely in my home. It's assembled as the B-model and while checking it's workings I found that one of the pneumatic cylinders doesn't move at all, so I guess I'll have to do some debugging on it.
  21. As a child my favorite themes were City and Technic, and now that I've exited my years of darkness, I've been contemplating of making a scale model MOC of my own house. I'm new to architecture and house building (childhood builds don't count) so I'd like to ask if you had any guidelines or tips on where to start and what things to consider before starting the design process properly. I'm going to make a CAD model first, but even there I'd appreciate some helpful advice before spending countless of hours on reinventing the wheel. My house is a pretty typical single family house, and I thought about making it in minifig scale, is that feasible with reasonable amount of parts? What about landscaping around the house, it's built on a small hillside so that also needs to be built to some extent. Any tips on this? Then there's roofing (although I have an idea on that), windows, wall textures, furniture, etc. to think about, though not everything needs to be solved right away but can be iterated on later. Some things like doors or wallpaper is probably impossible to replicate in any accuracy, but I'm ok with that. For details I'm mostly looking for ideas for the basic parts, like making an internal wall with different colours each side (is it possible to make it thinner than two modules?), or nice-looking external wooden paneling. So, where to start?
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    Design considerations on a house MOC: where to start?

    Yeah, my collection is also small, especially in the right colours, so I think I'm going to do a lot of CAD-modeling before trying with bricks. And yeah, probably I'll just have to start with the general outline of the building, to make outer walls, then inner ones for one floor and then adding the second floor etc. Feels like there's going to be a lot of trial and error though. I don't think I'll use custom stickers, rather just go for a colour that seems closest to the wallpaper. Windows and doors are harder though, but with those I'll probably just have to settle for closest official part I can find, even if it's nowhere near similar. As for the slope, BURPs and LURPs seem too steep so it would probably have to be just normal bricks and plates. Anyway, thanks for your comments, I'll probably start up the CAD soon!
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    Design considerations on a house MOC: where to start?

    Thanks for the insightful reply! The house is indeed situated on a slope, where the frontside is just shy of one story higher than the backside. The yard is terraced but it wouldn't have to be, it's not that steep slope. The house itself has basement and two stories above it, with 4 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, large living room, two bathrooms, and a number of rooms in basement like carage, laundry room, sauna, utility room, etc. There's also attic and a number of closets and such. In my dreams I'd indeed include full interior walls and most furniture so I'm guessing it will easily make into thousands of pieces, but I'm wondering if it will make into five-figure number?
  24. I find it quite a strange thought that someone would willingly share detailed information about their designs and models, and then complain when people replicate the design on their MOCs, especially when it comes to things that merely perform a technical function (like a gearbox). Personally, it would feel more flattering than hurtful if someone replicated my design, as that would indicate that that they think I have done something actually useful and/or cool.
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    How to deal with the thieves

    Just saying that going to the way of copy protections is pissing your paying customers in eye, while doing not very much to actually prevent copying. Similar case has been going on decades with other creative media, such as computer games and music. As I see it, the best solution is to provide better service: high quality product, easy buying, responsive customer service and so on. People do want to pay for a good product but not at any cost, whether in straight money or otherwise. As others have said, LEGO constructions are inherently easy to copy, sometimes you need just a few photos, so there's not very much you can do anyway, except keeping your designs to yourself. I've had this debate many times over in other professional communities (I'm a goldsmith myself), and in the end there's always the same conclusion: if you want to make your design public in any way, you accept the fact that it will be copied, ripped off, altered, drawn inspiration from, and so on. Some of it is morally reprehensible, some is questionable and some you should consider flattering, but it will happen no matter what.