Jim

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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    To be precise... EMBARGO 16.12.2018 – 11.00 AM CET
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Hehe The embargo is lifted Sunday (16th). Hopefully I can get five or six reviews online.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    That one needs more work than adding wheel arches LoL. But yeah, nice suggestion. That could work! One review down...eight to go Porsche is done.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    I have just seen the new ones. They are way too small to be combined with the other ones (as a front and back pair).
  5. Technic General Discussion Welcome to the Technic General Discussion topic. Here you can post small questions or comments about Lego Technic which don't need a topic of their own. This way we will keep the number of topics limited. Examples Has anyone built vehicle x? Where can I find this or that? I missed this set on eBay...darn!
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    O wow....didn't think of that LoL. Thanks buddy.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Do we have list with part counts? And maybe the RRP (price) per set? (of all the 1H 2019 sets)
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Agreed. There is no official agreement, but TLG keeps track of the reports. When I fail to "deliver", Eurobricks will be removed from the Technic review list. And this goes for other themes as well. You can call it a Gentlemen's Agreement. That's a WIP.....here's proof of that....
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Yes, I already finished building the Porsche. And I am working on the other sets and written part of the review(s). To curb your enthusiasm....the reviews will be less elaborate as other reviews. Of course, they will all contain enough pictures and a summary with my thoughts (pros and cons)
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Yeah, the stickers are way too white. Overall the car looks great (imho), but they messed up the printing and stickering.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    I am talking about getting replacements after publishing the reviews, definitely not before. Just to make my copy of the set "complete" with proper panels.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Are you talking about the review set? Depends on how you define "for free". I get the set in exchange for my valuable time, so I wouldn't call it for free It's called "Quid pro quo"
  13. Recently we have seen quite a few PF Controllers popping up. Some more interesting than others. This project was launched on Kickstarter today and I think it's worth sharing. Since we are not fond of people promoting their Kickstarter or LEGO Ideas on Eurobricks, I have taken the liberty to promote this project myself. Kickstarter description A compact, high performance remote control system for LEGO® models. With embedded battery, precise servo control and huge power. Technical information BuWizz is a four channel high performance controller for LEGO® Power Functions, with embedded battery and a Micro-USB charging port. Paired over Bluetooth with smartphone or tablet, BuWizz is compact yet powerful. BuWizz: has 4 channels can be charged with any Micro-USB charger - even with a powerbank while you drive your model.- has several speed modes: in fast mode, the motors receive 2x more power than other solutions with LEGO batteries - enables great speed or better obstacle climbing - in slow mode, the PF servo motor can move very slow - for realistic motion of railway crossing gates, convertible roof, etc. can drive 2 XL motors on each channel in high speed mode- delivers 8 times more power (4 channels combined) than any solution with LEGO battery- is compact: 8x4x3 bricks size, 2x IR receivers footprint replaces battery box + 2x IR receivers can be embedded deep into your model - all you need is access to Micro-USB charging port powerful enough for large models, yet small enough to build a very compact model Dimensions It has the same dimensions as the rechargeable battery, which is quite convenient. Controls Example implementations Kickstarter Check out the project on Kickstarter Reviews Sariel has received a copy and he is quite enthusiastic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdPduWEk7H4 I will receive a copy soon, after which I will share my thoughts.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    We already knew the mudguard would be printed. The main issue is that they are printed BADLY! As if a kid applied stickers. Can’t share any pictures yet. I see that these ones look okay. But mine are horrible.
  15. 42071: Dozer Compactor Pieces: 171 RRP: $19.99 42072: WHACK! Pieces: 135 RRP: $19.99 42073: BASH! Pieces: 139 RRP: $19.99 42074: Racing Yacht Pieces: 330 RRP: $39.99 42075: First Responder 42076: Hovercraft 42077: Rally Car 42078: Mack Anthem 42084: Hook Loader Pieces: 176 RRP: $14.99
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    [WIP] Blade Runner Spinner

    You started off with a great concept. I don't see any reason to abandon that project. You can always finish the Spinner later.
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    [WIP] Blade Runner Spinner

    "we are not looking for futuristic unrealistic scifi designs" I reckon the Spinner falls into this category. I know I stated that the BMW B-model concept would be okay, but this one is way too much SciFi. Maybe you can build a plane or a helicopter
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    What about them? Still waiting for the sets to arrive. I reckon that will be Wednesday.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    You probably mean 2019 models
  20. TECHNIC AIRCRAFT CONTEST - INFORMATION TOPIC After discussing several contest ideas, we figured this was the most popular idea for the next contest....flying stuff! "The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who...looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space...on the infinite highway of the air." DESCRIPTION Build a LEGO Technic Aircraft. Obviously, your model doesn't have to be able to fly. This is not a wacky competition so we are looking for realistic vehicles. It doesn't have to be an existing vehicle or a model of an existing vehicle, but it needs to be something we could potentially see in real life. You can come up with your own concept design (like the B-model of the BMW Motor Bike), but we are not looking for futuristic unrealistic scifi designs. No spaceships either. Drones, jetpacks, balloons, zeppelins, planes, helicopters, etc are some of the potential models that come to mind. Here is a list of vehicles for which it wasn't very clear whether they are allowed: Kites, yes Gliders, yes Spacecraft, no Spaceshuttles/Orbiters, yes Rockets, yes SSTOs are Single Stage To Orbit-Spacecrafts , yes Ground Effect Vehicles, yes Hovercrafts, no DEADLINE Deadline date is Monday the 28th of January 2019. Contest will be closed on Tuesday the 29th of January, OR LATER. Disclaimer: I will close the contest when I see fit and when I have the time to process the results. This can be later than the deadline date. Please don't complain about this not being fair and all. RULES AND REGULATIONS The following section describes the contest specific and general rules and regulations. But before that, please take notice of a simple motto regarding the Eurobricks Contests: CONTESTS ARE FOR FUN! Of course there's competition, but at the end of the day, LEGO is just a hobby and the main goal for each of us is to have fun! CONTEST SPECIFIC RULES AND REGULATIONS Each entry needs to have a name (no name, no entry). Model Team style building is not permitted. You can use system parts, but keep it mainly Technic. Mindstorms and LEGO Electronics are permitted. SBrick and Buwizz are permitted. 3rd party Strings, Hoses and Rubber Bands are permitted. 3rd party tires are not permitted. Other 3rd party parts are not permitted. There is no size limit. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS The contest is open to all EB members (also new members). Members can be banned from voting (when vote rigging is suspected). Voting rules will be explained later in the voting topic. One entry per member. Entries need to be new (never posted anywhere previously or shown at an event/LUG meeting). Only physical builds, so no LDD or other virtual entry. If you have any doubts about the suitability of your entry contact me, or Milan. All entries are to include only real LEGO. No clone brands, 3rd party parts, or digital entries allowed. Custom stickers are allowed. No cutting, sculpting or modifying parts. Entries are to be placed in the entry topic in this forum. Entries not in the entry topic are not eligible for voting. The entry post may be edited at any time up to the end of the contest, so feel free to make improvements if you wish. The contest might be closed later than the deadline. Don't complain about this not being fair. You have enough time to build. Don't ask for more time. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not follow these rules. These rules can be changed whenever we see fit to ensure that people follow the intent of the contest. Jury members are not eligible to participate. WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER? All participant need to create a discussion topic and create a post in the entry topic. DISCUSSION TOPIC A discussion topic starting with [TC15]. A discussion topic needs to show some actual progress (i.e. pictures of the build in progress) and should NOT be used to "reserve an idea". ENTRY POST The entry post in the entry topic should contain: Entry name. One or more pictures (max 3 of max 1024x1024). Embedded video (mandatory). Link to the discussion topic. VOTING Voting scheme will be public voting only, but only by members who have 50 posts or more. If you have less posts, you can vote, but your votes will be automatically excluded from the tally. Voting criteria are (in no particular order): Originality. Looks (shape, color scheme etc). Quality of the build. Functionality. PRIZES Three wonderful prizes can be picked from the five sets below. For the prizes we define two categories of contestants: Mortals (contestants who haven't won any medals in previous contests) and Immortals (contestants who have won one or more medals in previous contests). Top-3 winners will get medals as usual, regardless of the category. 1st PRIZE: WINNER OF THE CONTEST The winner of the contest calls dibs on one of the five sets. 2nd PRIZE: RUNNER UP OR FIRST MORTAL The second prize goes to: Highest ranked mortal, if the contest winner is an immortal (already has a medal) The person who ended second (actual runner up), if the contest winner is a mortal (has no medal yet) So, in theory both prizes can go to mortals, but I'm sure the immortals will do their best to prevent that 3rd PRIZE: RAFFLE PRIZE The third prize will be raffled among contestants who have created a discussion topic (early on), are actively showing progress and providing value to the community. @Milan and myself will decide who gets this prize. No discussion. The raffle winner can choose one of the three remaining sets.
  21. That did the trick! Thanks for the tip!
  22. I just bit the bullet and I ordered two full BrickPi3 starter kits, so with two Pi3's. This gives me the option to test with robot-to-robot communication and I can stack the BrickPi's so I have all the ports I need (for now hehe). Really looking forward to testing these babies. I am also still interested in the daisy chaining solution btw.
  23. Yup, that was my big mistake. I did follow the tutorial, but I somehow still got sidetracked. Now I need to look at the stacked BrickPi. I have changed the serial numbers, but I still get the error that ev3dev2.DeviceNotFound: Motor(spi0.1:ME) Maybe I need to swap the two serial numbers.