Jon22

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  1. Jon22

    Storage and Sorting LEGO

    How would one check that? I have some modern Akro-Mills cabinets, but I also have dozens of somewhat random food storage containers (Rubbermaid, ERAseal, Snaptite) all bought from the Dollar store (and certified BPA-free whatever that means), and another 15-20 or so of those hardware organisers from the Dollar store (these ones: https://www.dollarama.com/en-CA/p-material-divider/3026385), and another dozen large plastic bins from IKEA ("Samla", made from Polypropylene according to the website). What time scale are we talking for damage to LEGO bricks from outgassing?
  2. Jon22

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    This is very nice, and scratches the same itch as the recently successful Medieval Blacksmith.
  3. Thank you, your explanation was very good. I get it all now.
  4. Ah, I see! So although the wedge plate added in step 23 is attached both to the main body and the angled section, keeping them in system with each other, and although the hinge plates at the front of the angled section are also attached to the front 2x3 section, that very front section is still able to get out of system enough, along the axle, to accomodate the extra length. Now I'm also wondering about the 1x2 white tiles either side of the front blue jumper plate. With the 3-degree angle that they must be angled at (thanks for calculating that!), shouldn't the inside front corners of the white 1x2 tiles impinge very slightly on the blue jumper plate? I'm guessing this tiny impingement is simply within tolerance, because I can't see how to get around it. Thanks for looking at this.
  5. I don't doubt you are right that there is an explanation that makes it legal (because after all it feels fine in the hands, and TLG released it like this). But you are wrong that there is no rigid connection between the front part and the main fuselage. It is attached rigidly afterwards, you can see it in these two steps: https://imgur.com/hdvsfr8 So the front part must remain in system with the back, and it cannot slide freely away to make room for the angle. [EDIT: now I think you (Mylenium) meant something similar to what Lyichir meant below, that just the very front portion is able to slide along, and you are right about that. Sorry, I thought you meant the section that has the angled edges, the section with the blue jumper plates on top, was free to move.] So, seeing the fact that the two parts are still in system with each other as in the "gridded" diagram on my first post, isn't it true that the geometry doesn't quite line up perfectly with such an angled piece? I'm assuming it's just okay because the tolerance of the bricks allows these not-perfect-but-close-enough constructions? I'm not saying that it's not okay, or that it's "bad", or that you shouldn't use it, I just want to understand what makes it okay when it's not mathematically precise. Thank you.
  6. I'm trying to understand how the very shallow angle at the front of the 9493 X-wing is legal. It's step 14. I can't paste the images in, maybe I need more reputation points or something. I'm pasting what should be a permanent link to the images here. The right-hand side of the second image shows my recreated, simplified understanding of the situation: the geometry is equivalent to a 10-by-1 plate placed so it spans 10 studs in one direction, and half a stud in the other direction, and it's anchored to a pair of hinge plates. (I'm quite sure that despite the complicated connections along the axle in the front, the front of the X-wing is "in system" with the rest, it's just offset by one half-stud.) The middle part of the second image shows a different angled situation that I do understand as legal: here the 10-by-1 plate spans 10 studs with an offset of 2 studs, and you can confirm it is legal because the diagonal of the plate measures square-root-of-101 studs (=10.0499 studs), and that is also the distance between the two fulcrums of the hinge plates. But in the right-hand side, the situation with the much shallower angle looks illegal. When I calculate the distance between the fulcrum points of the hinge plates, it turns out to be square-root-of-100.25 studs, or 10.012 studs. Is there a guideline for how much tolerance the TLG will allow for these kinds of "barely legal" connections? The geometry is not mathematically justified but it appears to be close enough that they didn't consider the bricks to be under too much stress to allow this in an official set. Thank you for any help understanding this (and how to generalize it to other non-standard angles--this is neither a Pythagorean situation nor one involving the diagonal of a plate like the middle part of my recreated image, but something fuzzier, it seems)
  7. Jon22

    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    I was curious about the Weetabix Castle, glad to have discovered that such a thing existed, but the 33-degree 3x4 blue slopes pictured are not part of that set's inventory (it has 45-degree 2x2 and 2x3 blue slopes)
  8. I know this is true. But sometimes I wonder if there is also an element of the Lego gods throwing us a brick in an attractive colour we don't often otherwise see, as a little bonus for MOCs afterwards. If the hidden brick can be any colour, why not make it a desireable one, so the set as a whole is marginally more attractive for the parts?
  9. Hey, thanks both autolycus and Vindicare for your replies, that is encouraging news.
  10. Hello, Just wondering what the likelihood is of more of the large 2019 Gingerbread House from the Winter Village series being produced and sold? In previous years have sets in this line been all sold before Christmas and then never reappeared? I'd appreciate knowing whether we'll see this set in stores again or whether I need to find a reseller if I want to ever own it. Thank you
  11. Jon22

    New VIP system

    Apart from the hassle of getting the voucher beforehand, my complaint about the new system is somewhat self-centered: under the old system I made most of my purchases in Canada, where sets usually work out a little more expensive than in the US even after taking into account the exchange rate. But I didn't mind, because I had a plan to redeem the points in the US where they'd be worth more, which would balance things out a bit. This was really possible--it would have been even more advantageous to redeem points on sets purchased in Euros, but then I'd be faced with having to get them back home to Canada, whereas US purchases can be driven across the border when I'm down there for whatever reason. Now this little avenue of mitigating our higher prices in Canada has been closed down before I ever had the chance to cash in my Canadian-accrued points in a US Lego store. No doubt if you do the math, we end up getting screwed again in Canada under the new system's exchange rates.
  12. Not all posts have all images linked to them in the Wayback Archive. For example the October 19 2016 post on 'Technic beam roof techniques' is archived (in both of the two most recent scrapes of the blog), but the images were not saved (in either of those archives). The same goes for the May 20 2016 article on 'Single-panel rectangular windows'. Though I admit I haven't checked every single snapshot the Wayback Machine took of the blog. Maybe I'll try some different ones and get lucky, but I think the author probably included some images in a way that made them inaccessible to the Wayback Machine's archival process (for example hotlinking them from somewhere else).
  13. Yes, I checked the Wayback Machine and it has some but not all of the content, especially pictures. But I did manage to track down the author's Flickr account from the snapshot and sent him/her a message there to see if the outage is only temporary. It wasn't a constantly updated blog, it seemed like the author put out a few years of content then exhausted what they had to share. Thanks. Follow-up: the author of the blog ("lisqr" on Flickr) replied this, so I guess it's not coming back: "Sorry, I don't have time to maintain the blog anymore. Also after 2 years of not paying for the site plus the host going bankrupt or something, It got taken down."
  14. Hello - I bookmarked the blog mentioned because it had some excellent articles on advanced building techniques that I wanted to come back to when I had time. It was thoroughly and thoughtfully written, not just a collection of images. But it has apparently disappeared. Does anyone know of an archived version reachable somewhere on the net?
  15. Hello, I never posted a followup to thank you for your suggestions, which I followed. The tip about the sorting tray was excellent but I haven't found quite the right tray yet. I am so far 3/4s of the way through my initial sort into about 10 categories, a couple of which I have started subdividing.