amorti

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  1. Nice one. Not sure if you have a physical build yet? But try both pins and axles to hold the hubs, makes a big difference IRL. This solves the only downside of using the pins.
  2. @astyanax for now I have CaDA's normal 3L pins in there and the rear calipers are deleted. They don't have as much fiction as Lego normal 3L pins. There's not nearly enough friction for anything to bind, but it sure did take away a lot of free play, idk if it would bind with Lego pins as I didn't try. IMHO it's worth losing the calipers for the improvement in functionality but I know everyone doesn't think that way. Maybe there's some other solution using minifig wrenches like the Bugatti calipers?
  3. @astyanax could you check something? The slack in the rear hubs isn't ideal, it's all because they're a pinhole mounted on an axle. It's ok as it is, but that wobble is going to stress the CV joints if you start adding more power. If you used 3L pins without friction in the rear hubs to take out the slack, could you then push in half pins with bars to mount the brake calipers back on? For now I just used CaDA 3L pins with friction to take out the slack, but they don't accept a bar and nor do Lego 3L Pins with friction. I don't have any Lego 3L's without friction handy to try it.
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    [Moc] - Lego rc car steering problems

    That's an extraordinarily overcomplicated steering mechanism. Since you're using the new motors, just take the axle straight from the motor to the steering rack. You can program it to stop when it feels resistance, and to run slower if it steers too aggressively for your preference.
  5. If you build the front edge with 5.5L axles per instructions: If you use an 11L axle: I have in mind that older 5.5L axles were slightly shorter? Maybe Bruno had those ones when he designed it.
  6. When you get to adding the steering wheel, use a 5,5L axle. If you press it all the way into the universal joint a 5L axle doesn't get deep enough into the steering wheel to hold it, or if all the way into the steering wheel then not deep enough into the universal joint to hold in. If it does fall out the u-joint (this WILL happen if you use the metal joint from the set) then you'll have a devil of a time putting it back in. A 5.5L has a stop so that can't happen. The steering wheel then has just a little too much slack. CaDA's half bushes are different to Lego's, which means they fill the gap just nice where a Lego one wouldn't fit. A 15535 in black would also work, wouldn't require third party pieces, and arguably looks neater.
  7. @vectormatic 290€ is scalper pricing. I couldn't pay that. These guys are the European importer, they don't have the motorised version right now but when their shipment arrives it'll be available at 200€ retail. https://www.freakware.de/klemmbausteine/cada/fahrzeuge-w19970 They do have the manual version for 160€ though. The manual version basically just leaves out the motors. It'll have 4 speeds by HOG using what's usually a gear indicator by the engine, steering idk but I guess there's no HOG, and a V8 fake motor turning by the wheels. The shift paddles are there but they don't work unless you do a mod as described above. The motorisation of the set really is glorious, and is absolutely its piece de resistance. It'd be a shame to buy it without that, even if you only ever drive it once across the floor, change through the gears a few times, and never play with it again. Also, the 40€ supplement is very cheap for a Bluetooth box, remote, 2* L motors, 2* servos, 2*LED pairs and 2* extension leads. The motors are significantly stronger than Lego motors.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    It might, but that seems unlikely as at this point it's almost a matter of policy not to have a 1*5. Even if they do introduce that, they didn't invent it and have no right at all to protect it. It's like they never heard of Aesop. https://fablesofaesop.com/the-dog-in-the-manger.html
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    At a fundamental level, it's very much what Lego does. Lego wants to be the only seller of building block toys, at least in the profitable markets of Europe and North America. Sadly for the consumer, they don't want to do it by having the best designs or best quality or value products, they want to do it by making it impossible for anyone else to do business in the sector.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Also none in the two last countries I lived in of Gibraltar and Malta. Even better, Lego doesn't ship to them, so if you want an Exclusive set, you get to buy from scalpers or wait a year or more until it goes general release, if it does. Not ideal for stuff like the gingerbread house which is (as much as toys can be) time sensitive.
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    42126 [IP Vehicle]

    Toyota has licensing agreements with Xinyu (HappyBuild) for the J40 Land Cruiser and I believe the AE86. Lego and Toyota is likely off the table.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Lego as a company are a-holes. There... I said it. Lego has entered a European design protection on the 1x5 plate. https://justbricks.de/news/2021/01/hat-lego-die-1-x-5-plate-als-geschmacksmuster-schuetzen-lassen-5264 While Lego doesn't even use a 1x5 plate, cobi has that and it also makes up part of the logo of alternative brick seller http://www.steingemachtes.de This just makes the various hostile lawsuits in Germany over minifigures look silly.
  13. You made a legit 1WD out of it, good work!
  14. Well, 4* higher powered motors versus 2.7kg of model finally found the weak link. The peg in the differential snapped and pinged away, never to be seen again. I decided rather than trying to patch the thing up, I'd strip it to atoms and build it again, as it really was an enjoyable building experience. I decided to fit a Lego differential this time, because there was one available in my spares. However, it didn't run smoothly in the frame. Note the teeth on the CaDA differential (top) are cut at a different depth than those on the Lego differential (bottom). Although the ABS dust on the teeth says it's also not perfect, it's not a problem in the original model, as the angle on the CaDA bevel gears (bottom) is also cut different, much squarer than Lego (top) which takes up any slack there would be from the differential's teeth being shallower. So, turns out CaDA parts aren't always 100% compatible in every situation! I think this is CaDA's prize for trying a little too hard to ensure their parts aren't direct copies of Lego parts. MouldKing bevel gears are much closer to Lego in design, and as far as I can tell are 100% compatible. I think if you are building this and intend to add more power, whether by feeding it from a buwizz or adding more motors or both, you should use a new type Lego differential, and apply the 'modest' gearing upgrade described above by @brunojj1 to compensate for the reduced speed. I'll keep an ordinary diff, as this time it's just getting two motors. I've realized it's never going to be driven outside, so speed isn't important to me, but those two freed-up CaDA pro motors are valuable for other models. The blue 20t clutch gears from CaDA however, are very close to Lego's.
  15. It wouldn't be unusual for such a vehicle to have a lift kit fitted. It'll be a small gain, but putting the M motor with the studs up would give a little extra clearance at the bottom, assuming the hood still closes. I think an L motor is better if it fits, just to lose that reduction inside the cabin but also the benefit of moar powah!