CrankyCraig

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  1. CrankyCraig

    Self balancing bike

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    Self balancing bike

    OP reminds me of teaching my daughter to ride a bike. Especially 2:13.
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    42107 - Ducati Panigale V4R

    Lego chains don't work very well when they're tight (give it a try), so a bit of slack is preferable. I'm keen to know how flexible the new shocks are. From what I've seen they look much less so than the ones they replace (soft 9.5L) which barely needed a spring if one end was left detached.
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    Self balancing bike

    Unusual approach, that. Not my video, but I'll just leave this here: Enjoy.
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    Technicopedia

    I second this. Technicopedia is the worlds greatest museum, full of fascinating and wonderful artefacts from a time before my own. I've spent days roaming it in awe Great to see that the exhibition is being updated.
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    [HELP] Which Technic Set Should I Buy?

    I can see from other threads you're still agonising over which set to buy, so I thought I'd have a look at what was available to you in Poland. Unfortunately, I really can't find many good options for you. I know you're particularly taken with 42053, but while it's a great set, 120 Euro's for 42053 is far too much - that's around twice what Lego sold it for, and it's not much more than 1000 pieces. Have you considered 8110? Unless I'm mistaken, it works out roughly the same price as 42053 (140 Euros) once you add on some power functions, but it's nearly double the parts, comes with some power functions and pneumatics, and also has some really great parts besides (such as 9.5L hard shocks). It would be a great set to start you off. https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=8110-1#T=S&O={"iconly":0} Either that, or 42082. 4000 pieces, and a really well executed crane with basic power functions. https://www.amazon.de/LEGO-Geländegängiger-Kranwagen-42082-Bauspielzeug/dp/B0792RDN2Z/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?__mk_pl_PL=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=42082&qid=1591306040&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzMjdQRDYxRlZMRTEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzNDM3MTgzMVVZVks5RDlRVk5YJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA3NDc5MDcyUUo1OExZQ1c3TVlTJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== Whatever you buy it'll never be enough, so don't worry about which power system to adopt until you buy set No. 2
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    42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

    I've been a huge fan of your helicopter MOC's for some time (I've had 2 partially built for a while awaiting pieces) and can say that if anyone is able to replicate that complexity it's you. If you say you'll be working on MOD's for this, that'll elevate to an instant buy for me.
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    Tensegrity GBC

    Very clever and visually appealling, both in it's function and in it's colour. I also love how deliberately minimalist you've made it. Great job
  9. They look wonderful together, great job. It is, quite simply, the best supercar MOC I've seen, and that was already a high bar. I've started to gather together the pieces
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    42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

    Whatever it takes to get it past the board of approval. There must surely be, in some far flung corner of the world, an excentric demolition company owner using tanks. Did you feign annoyance at people expressing opinions on the colour as a clever segue to introducing your own opinions on the subject? I would counter that the colour of the set is empirical, therefore making it more worthy of discussion than many elements that are, at this stage, speculative I won't though, because to construct such an argument would be disingenuous. I agree with your sentiment; discussions based on the colour really aren't greatly interesting. ...having said that, I'm still not convinced about the light grey at the base
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    Control+ General Discussion

    Yes, minus the implied anti-corporate connotation. <insert Lego movie gif>
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    42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

    Yes exactly. It's like a military Osprey struck a beach full of sun worshippers. Looks more like 4 x grey half bush to me.
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    Control+ General Discussion

    While that may have been the company's founding philosophy, is it still relevant in Technic today? It feels as if the priority was very much on optimising each models function/performance when decisions were being made about the future of Lego electronics, but while an AFOL might consider it an oversight that simplicity/flexibility wasn't afforded a higher priority, I wonder what proportion of large sets sold are built into anything other than the official model. We don't see B-models being produced for (Lego claims) this reason, and it seems reasonable to estimate that those making MOC's would be less than those prepared to make a B-model. It's just speculation, but perhaps those willing to create a MOC from a given set represents such a small pecentage of sales that it's just not worth considering in design decisions to any great degree. Perhaps it's now no longer about building what you want, but instead building the best possible official model that drives sales. I'm not disagreeing with what you said BTW, just serving some food for thought and trying to rationalise what seems like an otherwise large omission.
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    42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

    According to the JC-lrx site linked earlier in this thread, based on the Nuremberg Toy Fair, it stated: Functions: driven rotors tilting the rotors retractable undercarriage open and close chopping flap I can appreciate that an all grey model may have been a bit plain (no pun intended) but I can't help but feel the use of different colours in this one is a bit odd - perhaps it'll become clearer with different pictures. Still, I really like it.
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    [HELP] Which Technic Set Should I Buy?

    There's only one of those sets worth the cost of 42100, and that's 42100. They're all great sets, but personally, I wouldn't spend the huge figures that some people ask for retired sets. In my experience, with patience, there's no need to. Having said that, my very unscientific analysis of used Technic prices in the UK (which in reality involves little more than trawling ebay) has led me to conclude prices have increased by more than 50% on average, so you may need quite a bit of patience before prices return to where they were a couple of months ago. You're timing isn't great, but if I were in your position, I'd forget all about Powered UP for the time being, and instead find a used & reasonably priced 8043/42030 to get the Power Functions (for 1/3 of the price of 42100) and spend the remainder on as many medium/large sets I could from the past 15 years just for parts, preferably in similar colours useful for future MOCs. Failing that, I'd buy a new copy of 42082, build it and the existing C-models, and then try to create my own. You don't need power functions to create a great model, and as you've identified, trying to find one set that has all of the parts you want for the purposes of MOC's is likely futile anyway. Best of luck however you decide to approach it.