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  1. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [MOC] Greenhouse

    Took a couple of new pics for the show !
  2. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    Eurobricks Flower Show: The Showground

    Greenhouse Garden
  3. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [TC18] Vintage Rally Coupe

    Thank you! Took me some time and a lot of tinkering to find a way to bring that steering around the engine. But I'm happy with that solution: simple, compact, easy Pythagorean triangle; it also gears the steering a bit down. Does the job nicely! Still, the angle of the steering column is a bit too vertical. And also a bit too much off center, but so are the seats because of the gearbox, so it's fine, I guess.
  4. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [TC18] Vintage Rally Coupe

    Thank you very much! I like it a lot; it's simple yet not simplistic. It's realistic, yet still a toy that I feel safe letting my 3yo play with: nothing should be too easy to break or take apart. It may be my favourite MOC so far. It rocks!
  5. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    Servo Motor not fully centering anymore

    Had strictly identical symptoms. Yes, it sometimes stops a bit off center, but resets (power OFF/ON) correctly when in this position. Same when powered off on the normally functioning side: it gets back to center when the power is restored. However, on the side from which it does not recenter (release RC control) automatically, tho, it doesn't reset either. I also noticed it seems to go further on the "dead" side. This would point to something like it doesn't get the signal to stop, runs all the way to the physical limit and stops on torque/tension limitation. It then fails to run the recenter logic. Since they didn't ask me to ship back the defective one, I might try to open it, figure out how the stop signal at 90 degrees is supposed to happen and investigate. But I fear that if a team of professionals couldn't solve it in 10 years, it might prove too hard to fix. When TLG stops selling them at all, we might get third party alternatives, certainly less cheap...
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    Servo Motor not fully centering anymore

    Mine had a similar issues too. One mail to Lego and they sent a replacement by express mail. They didn't even ask me to ship them the defective one. I've read a lot of these servos had issues. I think TLG knows it and try to make for a bad part with good service. But it won't work for second hand, so if you need one, I suggest you buy new, directly from TLG, while they still have it available. This part dates from 2010, if I'm not mistaken. A shame they didn't issue a revised version in 10 years after so many failures...
  7. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [TC18] Vintage Rally Coupe

    @agrof I updated the rear end. I figured those existed in trans red, but they don't. So I went for an event more retro look with round lights and moved them down. I also added a license plate in the process; I figured I had this unused sticker... Good news is I didn't have to order parts! Was: Now: I think it better matches the rest of the car now. I also added an exhaust pipe. Not only does it look good, but it strengthens the structure too! Was: Now:
  8. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [TC18] Vintage Rally Coupe

    Thanks! Thank you! Yes, totally agree. I guess now that I'm happy enough to post about it, I can bricklink a few parts to improve on the details.. I've been doing with what I have, which is limited. The essential comes from 42098's blue car itself.. Thanks! Well, the geometry of the front axle is not perfect, but it works and is robust. I may take the time to model it since you're interested! My favourite twist also! It's bad; the part is under constraint. Yet it flows so much better like that! And honestly, it's quite a light flex: the original shape should not be altered unless they remain like this for years. The triangles supporting them are strong: the panels do not pop out easily: the car can be manipulated without having to take care bout that detail, so I deemed it acceptable. Plus it shows I'm a rebel. Which is kinda part of the fun too.
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    [TC18] Vintage Rally Coupe

    I know TC18 is behind. But it left me with kind of a bitter taste, so I wanted to build some more. I had very few car-specific parts at the time, namely no wheel arches and only one 4-studs wide differential. I got 42098 very late in the contest, a bit too late to start over, so I submitted my little Hot Rod as is. And it ended up not getting the love it deserved. So I took apart 42098's blue car and started a new TC18 build, just for fun. I wanted at least the same features; steering, full suspension, fake engine, gearbox, doors, etc. this time with more realistic looks. This is what I ended up with: I'm really happy with how all features work; the wheels never get to touch the arches, there's still a bit of ground clearance when the suspensions are all the way down, everything moves easily yet the structure is quite sturdy. It's not designed after an actual model, but the inspiration is 70's Japanese rally cars, hence the consequent suspension travel. Bonus; it even fits the lower deck of 42098! Thanks for watching!
  10. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [MOC] Canton Du Valais

    Very nice one! A cow would be a nice touch indeed: in Valais, we say "T'as où les vaches?" (Where do you have the cows?) to mean "Where are you from?" But for me, a Swiss guy that lives next to Valais, the most disturbing thing is that it's not built on a slope. Chalets are very seldomly built on a flat ground
  11. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    Giant tractor

    I for one would second @Sariel on this; I much prefer a good slap in the face pointing the flaws in my build than a deadly silence that leaves me with the illusion of having devised something decent. And the latter tends to be common here, which I deplore. We're all adults; we can take a bit of criticism. What would be unacceptable is to comment negatively with absolutely no clue or details and never visit the thread again. It's not what happened. And I couldn't agree more with @Maaboo35: tractors don't have much suspension, if at all. @howitzer : maybe you could keep it simple for now, and continue building the rest of that giant tractor?
  12. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    Grum's Shed

    What a nice place! Thanks for sharing Clive!
  13. I find it a bit strange and sad indeed.
  14. With 62 entries, it's too easy to end up out of everybody's top 6. So I'm only voting for entries with no points so far. 11: 10 56: 6 3: 4 60: 3 34: 2 44: 1
  15. 1980SomethingSpaceGuy

    [TC18] Azure Rod Pick-up. Photos. Finished.

    She's got the looks, good job! It took a rather System turn, but I guess it's fair. For the a-pillars, you could have used a good ol' black 3L axle and 2 of those : But of course keeping them dark azure is nice.