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  1. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [MOC] 8838 Tribute Dirt Bike

    Half Beam 3 is too long! The bike itself is rather small indeed.. I used half beams 2 long and the result is okay I guess. Downside is it had to be 1 half wider on each side. Also, I took the opportunity to tune the front fender.
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    [MOC] 8838 Tribute Dirt Bike

    Thanks! The inspiration is a Yamaha YZF 450, by the way. Good idea; I'll give it a go tonite!
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    [MOC] 8838 Tribute Dirt Bike

    Hey everyone! I recently bought a used 8838 set. I remember I wanted this set as a kid, but it never happened. I built it and enjoyed the journey in the past (man, the instructions were a whole other world by that time!), and then got the rims and some other parts a ticket back.. to the future! The focus was on making something stiff with correct proportions. It features working direction and suspensions , a chain drive, a single cylinder engine and a side stand. It's not a lot of parts and not a big project overall, but I'm happy with the final look. Thanks for watching!
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    [MOD] 42063 BMW R1200GS

    Thanks !
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    [MOD] 42063 BMW R1200GS

    As a BMW bike adept, owner and rider, the set 42063 was a must have. I was very disappointed with this set, tough, since the engine is not a boxer. NOT A BOXER. Man, this boxer engine is about the best reason for this bike or even this company's success! The exhaust is attached to the swingarm. This is just silly. The travel boxes are quite modular, but not as much so as they would be considered a play feature. And the bike looks awful without them. A shame. Finally, the top fairing holding the headlights and the handlebars were a bit too weak to my taste, and the disc brakes with pulley wheels did not do the trick for me. I decided to fix this. Let's MOD: I tried to keep the proportions and general looks of the original set. The boxes now come off easily and reliably; they're now an actual play feature. The bike looks also good without. The boxer engine mock-up (down) and the original (up). The boxer fits in the frame with just a slight modification (rotate 180° a 3 by 3 T-shaped beam in the front part of the frame, no mechanical incidence). I was disappointed not to be able to see the pistons actually BOXING. Then I remembered those see-through cylinders. They work well here, in my opinion. 3L connector pins, stopped axles and three point fixation scheme make for reliable fitting and unfitting of the boxes. I also rendered all three as the original top one: with a door and 3L connector pin as a knob. It seemed ugly when I first built the original set, but if the alternative is a losing a quarter of the inner space, as on the original side boxes, then I prefer the knob. The front of my boxer engine also looks a lot more like the one on actual bikes. Here we are. Some simple modifications to respect basic or essential mechanical principles and offer more play features. Why didn't Lego do that? The number 7 plate is from model 8838. Because not only BMW has a history of making motorcycles!
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    [MOC] 42036 Motorcycle variants

    Thanks a lot! The gearbox is 2-speed. With only classic gears at disposal, I'm just sliding an axle to align either one of 2 pairs of gears with different ratios. When this was built I figured I had a pair of those long black rods from the Mindstorms set left. I used 2 to connect the foot peg and mimic actual motorbike gearbox controls. It works, but would not be good enough for a Lego official, honestly. Single arm rear suspensions indeed are not ideal to render with Legos. It of course will tend to twist. But on the less complex second bike, it is stiff enough to work flawlessly. Yep, sorry about the dust, I thought the same when I looked at the images, but I figured it was okay for a motorcycle not to be perfectly clean. Mine never are; I rather spend my time riding them, not cleaning them Side panel off, details of the front suspension system and top gearbox rod sliding the stopped axle. First speed, lever down, light grey gears are aligned. Second speed, lever up, dark grey gears are aligned. The top rod is hold in place by the side panel. It's rather simple in the end, but I had never seen a Lego bike with gears. Sorry about the horrid green rubber, the white one got lost as my son was playing with the model and that is the only one I have left. Thanks!
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    [Moc] Dwarf lonely mountain

    Very nice ! Creative, beautiful color theme, I like it
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    [MOC] 42036 Motorcycle variants

    Thanks! I just bought a few older bike sets to build some more.. Looking forward!
  9. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    Set Review: 8855 Prop Plane (22 Pics)

    Thanks for the review! This was probably my favourite set as a kid. It's huge, the flight controls work well, it's minifig sized and the propeller is actually shaped like one. So much so that I had to pay this set a tribute, lately. And man, do I like old instructions.. 572 parts, 18 steps.
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    42063 BMW modified to a Dakar Race Bike

    Nice mod, really like it! I would have offset the cylinders to get them in boxer config rather than adding 2 more, but I think quite every other modification you made is better than the original. Kudos!
  11. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [REVIEW] 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

    Thanks for the review! I got this set too. But I must admit it rather disappointed me. - It's not a boxer, more a flat V2. The cylinders are exactly opposed, they should be offset to allow for.. well the whole BOXER thing. - The rear suspension is not a paralever. It's just a single arm with 2 cardans. - The mechanical setup of the pseudo telelever front suspension would actually negate the mechanical advantage of the design: the front will plunge on braking with such an angle. - The caster angle is way to big. - The side boxes open in such a way that a huge amount of inner space is lost. - The exhaust is non-existent under the bike and the silencer is attached to the rear arm. - With boxes removed, the rear is to thin, with a clumsy transversal structure protruding. - The handlebars and the whole windshield headlight structure is a bit flimsy. - The disc brakes are poorly modelled. For me, this set is more a nice looking toy than a engineer's design. I'm okay with this in general, but owning 2 BMW boxer bikes, I can tell that that it's definitely not the mindset of BMW. And thus, I'm not happy with this set. I've started modding mine and got rid of the flimsiness of the top structure, changed the disc brakes, fixed the exhaust and the side boxes, fixed the rear. But this is kinda pointless unless I also fix the engine, the telelever and paralever, which is another level of redesign, so I gave up for now.
  12. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [MOC] 3 Seater Helicopter

    Hi there! I bought my daughter set 60100, but the helicopter was obviously too small. Here's a revision for 3 valiant postmen:
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    [MOC] Walking Tank (Hexapod)

    Absolutely brillant. Thanks for sharing!
  14. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [MOC] Red Buggy

    Yep, and 7 was not long enough, I needed 11. Thus the intrication of 2 red 2L beams on each side. This means the steering axis is no more rigid, it needs the upper and lower structural beams as a casing to keep it straight. Also, I think it's the first time I put the gear rack vertically. Initially, that was to align the external holes of the rack with the steering hinges' pin, before I had to make the whole front train wider to better match the rear.
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    [MOC] Red Buggy

    Thanks! I guess that's the upside of a limited parts pool; I often lack "the piece", and I have to find another solution. At the end of that build, I was completely out of 3L pins and axle pins. Forces you to be creative...