Plumber

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  1. You never forget your first time :-) Gotta be 850 (950) I opened on my seventh birthday, life changing. Have your clunky Meccano back dad and I no longer cared that my lil' bruv had chewed all the lugs on my Fischer Technik this was the future and the future was bright. (Yellow) 853 the following year just confirmed the delight and provided enough parts to fuel my imagination for years of MOCing until was old enough for paper round to finance more 'Technical Lego' (8846 tow truck deserves honourable mention for a small set PACKED with functions) The 8888 ideas book was almost as exciting as a new set, I remember delighting my Grandmother during her final months in hospital with the walking, nodding dog (she was the source of the birthday largess!) The truck suspension with springs from a pin, three 3651 axle and pin connectors and a no 6 axle made good use of the elastic bands from my hated orthodontic braces and still demonstrate how ingenuity gives so much more satisfaction than single use parts. And the programmable crane and pen trace shows just why Lego is best enjoyed without a smart phone! Am I showing my age??
  2. Eighteen months of fevered speculation, rumour and build up and this is what TLG come out with! Really?!?! And they have the nerve to ask almost £600. Least they could have done is include another couple of feet of boom. Its not really that different to 42042 except that a large proportion of the pieces are single use only - very disappointing TLG
  3. I had a quick look when I saw it appear - it seems to only be a list of sets with no other functionality - no parts or other breakdown(yet anyway). As such its utterly useless to me and seems out of kilter with the whole function of BL which (for me at least) is a place to buy parts ie individual bricks. I'll continue with Basebrick thank you very much!!
  4. As others have mentioned, I use strimmer cord with great success and cut the grooves with a basic (cheap) coaxial cable stripping tool similar to this https://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d01696/rg58-59-coax-cable-stripper-sat/dp/TL09767?mckv=s_dc|pcrid|491022676302|kword||match||plid||slid||product|TL09767|pgrid|45804914126|ptaid|pla-923429536204|&CMP=KNC-GUK-CPC-SHOPPING-945678466-45804914126-TL09767&s_kwcid=AL!5616!3!491022676302!!!network}!923429536204!&gclid=Cj0KCQjwyOuYBhCGARIsAIdGQRMJI-feBWkZ198g8IZlzVkBgQqMCR_ZdaXpUQPD57FY1bvmDnet-ZMaAss-EALw_wcB
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    Dacta Duplo Gears

    Hi There, Can anyone give any physical sizes (in studs, mm or inches) for this piece https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=31625&C=7#T=S&C=7&O={"color":7,"iconly":0} Also can anyone confirm the axles are larger than standard technic? I've tried all the usual places Bricklink/owl/set Peeron, rebrickable with no luck Thanks
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    Dacta Duplo Gears

    Thanks - learning to load the ldraw file to Studio was my next move and now I don't even have to hunt it out
  7. I use Basebrick - www.basebrick.com - setup by sets or parts will import your bricklink orders too if not a set buyer.
  8. But the output shafts would turn opposite directions!
  9. Hi Lok24 I understand that the C+ app existed with the relevant Technic sets from their launch, but the Powered up App did NOT and therefore it was not possible for MOC's using powered up elements to be controlled by a TLG produced app, the late arrival of the powered up app and its miserable level of documentation was a well discussed matter of dissatisfaction at the time (and I think still leaves a sour taste for many), but you kinda miss my point, even though the Powered up app now exists, as far as TLG is concerned, it's STILL the worlds best kept secret - there is quite simply no information (technical or marketing or otherwise) about it from TLG, if you don't know it exists you'll never find out from TLG! Why should I have to hunt round the internet for posts from persons such as yourself and Racing Brick (amongst others) to find basic information about this - its akin to selling sets with no instructions and waiting for the AFOL community to produce them - quite unbelievable. Maybe I'm wrong and have just not searched diligently enough? Can you point me to any technical documentation from TLG for the Powered up app? Comprehensive inventory of motors, hubs and sensors? Compatibility of different hubs and ancillaries with apps? Small prime hub, small angular motor, most of the sensor range - off the top of my head. I am quite capable of using (and have used) a search function - trouble is it doesn't return the information you would expect (from TLG) as I already pointed out. Kinda my point! All respect to you and your fellows that bother to do the research and get to grips with these products and then make the information available to the community. My main point in my rant is that you shouldn't have to, PU was a chance for TLG to stop this stupid compartmentalisation and secrecy around code driven product particularly as it's now the only game in town and is supposed to be a cross theme integrated hardware. I cannot understand why they do it as it must seriously hurt sales. That's my opinion and I stand by it,YMMV! Actually my little rant above did spur me to have a better look at some of the third party apps for interfacing with PU product - I was particularly impressed with the Pybricks system and will probably get to grips with it in due course to make use of my existing PU motors and hubs - seems an eminently sensible system architecture to me and readily facilitates (TLG) hardware remotes which seems to be a big wish from many AFOL MOCers. I spend my working life fabricating and fixing metal products and my hands are engrained with a patina of copper, zinc and other metals - touch screens quite simply do not work in my hands and with my aging eyesight I really struggle to read a tiny 3 or 4" screen! best regards Simon
  10. I've been playing with lego all 55 years of my life and been a Technical Lego MOC'er since '77. Lego in most of it's guises(themes) is a physical construction toy and gives millions great joy in that capacity. I see the coding based themes (mindstorms etc) as something completely different - its more a competior of things like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. In the very early days the basic programmable controllers were directly compatible with the motors of the day but TLG quickly scr...wed that pooch by introducing completly incompatible hardware/ motors etc at prohibitive prices, as the theme has progressed through Dacta, EV3, Mindstorms, Spike, Prime, Wedo, Boost, RI (never even heard of that one before) the price and the complete opaqueness of the whole product range to the 'normal' Lego buyer has left the product firmly in the preserve of the educational market which TLG seem to deliberately keep 'secret' IMO Even in this arena where one might expect the proponenets of the robotic themes to congregate the number of topics on the robotic theme is negligable and when they do appear those (with a few notable exceptions) physical constructions are quite obviously bare minimum to facilitate the output of the electronics i.e. there is still minimal cross fertilisation between the two. I'm a person who could be tempted into mixing the possibilities of the two - the simple truth is that when I sit down to play Lego I want to relax and finding any information on the robotic themes is just too much bother. TLG treat the whole thing as some big secret. Technical documentation is sketchy ,incomplete and difficult to find. I really don't feel I should need to s[end months of my life distilling basic information from sites like this just to try and decide what works with what and how to start the basics! The powered up line of hardware was a massive missed oppotunity by TLG. It could have been the chance to rationalise the whole sorry mess into a coherant product line with a simple progressive architecture that all branches of the hobby could use and extend as needed/wanted. It could have been so easily made to function in a dumb mode and had some basic accessories to make a drop in, backwards compatible replacement for Power functions, more than sufficient for most AFOLS and kids. Paired with hub products dedicated onboard controller and/or smart devices it could then provide the extended capability that the robotic themes have always done. But no, TLG had to split it into a myriad of different product families, each subtly incompatible with the others in myriad undocumented ways, motors that are family specific (why not studs and pin holes together, at last count I think I found about 5 different PU medium motors though you can never be sure its not the same motor named and numbered differently) and, as ever, no documentation. I was extremely fortunate to receive the Liebherr as a gift. TLG sets haven't cut it for me for decades so I was excited to have a great new parts pack with a raft of powered up product - product that soon had to be consigned to the back of the cupboard as there was simply no way to use it for anything other than Control+ models. I understand from this thread that there is an app now that will facilitate the creation of MOC interfaces for C+ elements. It's not mentioned on lego.com, a search for 'powered up app' there returns this page https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/motorised-lighthouse-21335 WTF???? Navigating to the PU theme brings up 18 products (which is a pretty incomplete list), 5 of which are just sets with PU motors and most of which is out of stock - no links to software/app or any documentation whatsoever!!?? Lego.com>Discover>Our Apps - Nothing, nada, No C+, no PU, No Boost, No Wedo, no Spike, A quick look on Play store brings up a likely candidate which would *seem* to be the relevant app but is confused in the description which seems to imply that it's a train controller and makes NO mention of any capacity to make custom interfaces v- still NO documentation or links to such, and a pile of p.ss poor reviews that tell us the software is unstable, not compatible with many devices, particularly tablets and Chromebooks where you might prefer to programme if doing anything more than very basic. Sorry TLG this is just too hard and I can't be bothered - the C+ motors can go on Ebay and I'll buy myself some of those PF compatible nice little micromotors from Cada and a couple of Buwizz or S bricks!
  11. Chinese parts of course - Aliexprrss sells nothing else, its a Chinese government sponsored market for Chinese goods! Obviously BL sellers buy from BaP when they can or part out sets - my point is that if TLG stop listing the most desirable (new) parts on BaP then the BL sellers are forced to buy sets to part out - i Don't think it ever has or ever will be in TLG interest to make individual parts a mainstay of their business and their acquisition of BL is just another way to exercise control of the market.
  12. Complete new diff assembly available from Picnic store on Aliexpress for $0.03 each - arrived to UK in 19 days and moulds seem fine and at three cents a pop you can bin them when/if TLG ever list them on PaB. Since TLG now own BL I reckon they don't see a need to put new parts on PaB - they sell sets to the BL stores to part out or you buy the set, either way they sell sets - AFOL's pay or go without!! Also I always felt that the old parts service was so random in stock availability that it was only ever a btw over production disposal service, in Euriope at least, The US always seemed better catered.
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    New Bricks and Pieces site

    The already slow service seems to be getting worse. We are paying much higher 'service' and carriage charges on the new site but my orders from the new site placed 02 Feb 22 and subsequent are still 'in warehouse' almost EIGHT WEEKS later. The new site promised them in 11-15 days , - big banner at top of the page - to make matters worse TLG completely ignore any emails on the subject.It certainly makes a slow boat from China look attractive! The payments system is also all messed up - my order was well over the free shipping threshold and was paid with PP and VIP points combination. When I got the order confirmation TLG had added shipping back onto the price?!?!?! I complained and (a week later) TLG replied that I would not have been charged shipping even though all the emails and website account said it had been. When I checked my pay-pal wallet it turned out that They had taken the cost less points but plus shipping but in two completely random amounts and then three days later refunded the shipping - the documentation still shows an invoice with shipping. So.... I have paid the correct amount in the end (still not sure if the shipping was automatically refunded or because of complaint) but..... I am a private purchaser but what if I was a BL store or a business using Lego??? The invoice is wrong (and they seem unwilling or unable to correct it), the chances of reconciling the random PP transaction amounts with orders would be very challenging if I was ordering more regularly. Come on TLG this is basic stuff, a working e-commerce website and a warehouse that can pick orders in less than eight weeks is that too much to ask? I have always had the impression that TLG never have really wanted to sell bricks out of sets but have thrown us a sop by selling off any overproduction as and when it occurs and that this is the explanation for the random nature of the available parts.
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    REVIEW | 10294 Titanic

    What an impressive set - thanks for the review. Some superb detailing - those benches are superb - but some awful parts as well - the engines bear little or no ressemblence to the real items - could do much better Lego! Still plenty of potential for the enthusiastic owner to improve!
  15. Hello All, First ever model post after coming out of my 30 year dark period. Davies & Metcalfe were a major supplier of braking system components to the rail industry in the post steam years of the BR modernisation program, in the sixties they formed a joint venture with the Swiss company Oerlikon to build a new range of air brake components as this technology started to seriously displace the traditional vacuum braking systems used on British rolling stock. A main stay of this range was the Type 2A115 air compressor modelled here that was/is ubiquitous across the BR fleet of locomotives. The unit is a three cylinder two stage design (2 LP cylinders, 1 HP) with inter cooling with the prime mover being a four pole DC motor: The compressor is built from Technic engine components - the pistons are fitted with o-rings to the grooves and the cylinders are reamed to smooth the moulding undulations, the fluted bricks on top of the cylinders are glued in place - the non return valves on each stage outlets are provided by an original pneumatics 'distribution block' with the LP inlet controlled by the piston covering a port drilled in the bottom of the cylinder - the cylinder design is inspired by Lego Technic Embodiment's LPEs from Technic engine parts. I did experiment with using a pair of pneumatic system pumps and a cylinder but the assembly was too tall and the obviously substantially less realistic a model. I'm fairly happy with the final appearance of the model but the size has exceeded the scale as it has finished about 1:8 - as this model is one of the first parts of a full locomotive 1:8 is somewhat larger than desirable, so its back to the drawing board to try and reduce the model to 1:12 So here is the first stab at the reduced scale - the functional parts are substantially the same but the casing has had to become much more rigid to help offset the lack of crank bearings between cylinders. Pretty rough looking but snot is difficult when the interior has to be functional too! WIP. Would love to get the distribution block back inside the cylinder cowling. Will post a video of it working once the bricks to remove the colour vomit have arrived.
  16. Yes agreed! Thats exactly what I did on both Chromebook and PC - on PC/Firefox it works, on Chromebook/Chrome it doesn't. Wiser minds than mine will have to puzzle that one out
  17. Thanks for your replies folks but I'm stumped. Milan If you do as you say then the picture appears in the reply but then is not there on the board. I've spent a while looking at the FAQ's and pinned topics on the subject - they all seem to show a whole toolbar in the reply box that is not appearing on my screen that includes a button with a tree on it!?!?! What I do get is a drop down in the bottom right of reply box attachment banner 'Insert other media' which gives option to 'insert image from URL' - opens an input box where I put URL but then the 'Inert button does nothing - dialog just sits there. Is it because I'm on a Chromebook that I don't see the proper insert tool? after moving to PC Okay so it seems Chromebook is not compatible with inserting deeplinks as pasting the URL on a PC seems to have done the trick! Does that need rpeorting somewhere?
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  19. Hmm - that's irritating the images worked on the practice forum - can this now only be done from Flickr? I thought it should work from any external host
  20. Plumber

    Hello Everyone

    Hi All, My name is Simon from the UK. I'm a fifty something that played with regular Lego as a kid but really got the bug with the start of the Technical Lego theme in the late seventies. College, girls and booze displaced Lego in my late teens and I entered my dark ages! Recent ill health has caused me to retire from my engineering business and left me with freedom to indulge my interest in many things but Lego seems to be becoming dominant! I have resumed collecting Technic and enjoy making functional models but cannot resist 'dressing' them with the hugely increased range of system bricks. I was really taken with Lego Technic Embodiment's LPE's on Youtube and have a major project in mind to take the idea to the next stage. I am looking forward to showing you all my journey. Simon
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  22. Yes, it might have helped TLG transition us 'stick in the muds' to have released a few smaller sets with this dumb hub and the remote (and adaptor cables like they did for 9V/PF) to show that the future was not exclusively tied to smartphones! Perhaps you can clear something up for me? Lego have two 'medium linear' motors shown in the PU range. Simple and regular. I am guessing the Simple has no rotary encoder and cannot be used as a servo? The regular having the encoder? So what is the 'Linear' bit all about? Are they linear actuators with the motor built in? They don't look like it and I would have expected more fuss if they were! Not sure I agree that studless is harder to build with, different certainly, enables much more ridgid frames/chassis etc and many possibilities that could never be realised in studded bricks. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a stud purist, I buy,build and enjoy studless generation sets/parts as much as the next person :-) Solved with new parts, that opens the can of worms, who decides what is a new part? TLG? Efferman and his 3D printer? Lego Technic Embodiment with his scapel,drill and glue? A recent change in my circumstances has left me with much more time on my hands and I find myself at the lathe making ABS swarf! :-) Here's to happy Christmas building wherever you draw the line!! Simon
  23. I have to say that I fall into the camp of disappointed Technic fan wrt PU introduction. It could, indeed should, have been so much more and need not have made left existing PF parts behind. Batteries not included is now expanded to 'Smartphone not included'. I think that the defacto necessity to own a smartphone in order to motorise lego models is a serious block to enjoyment, it represents a serious expenditure that will be unaffordable or unsuitable for many. I just bought my young nephew (age 4) his first lego trainset, he doesn't have a smartphone, neither does his mother, the inevitable result is that he is unlikely to be gifted any more lego trains as PU becomes the only available means of motorisation so I would strongly disagree that this is aimed predominately at kids/sets sales, if it is then I think it will backfire on TLG. TLG are just so far behind the curve here, how many years has S-Brick been around? Third parties have managed to provide better executed control systems of greater capability for years, not only this they are backwards compatible because as I understand them they use the existing PF motors. Programability? If this was what I wanted from my Lego experience then I would own Mindstorms or some of the other similar Lego systems, I build lego technic for the same thrill of working mechanical mechanisms that I got when I opened my, just released, 850 forklift on my eight birthday, 4.5v train was relegated to my little brother! Encoders and Tilt sensors could have been added as discrete elements, that would have added far more flexibility to the system. I believe such things are/were available in the robotics themes, I would suggest the lack of routine penetration into the Technic MOC scene is indication enough that such functionallity is not important to the majority. As I've already given away my age it will be no surprise that I will always be a studded builder at heart and that I think TLG produce too many complex multi functional parts that dumb down the ingenuity of builders, who remembers the programmable crane and coloured trace drawing machine from the Technic ideas booklet 8888 in the late seventies or early eighties, programmed with 'rack' cards? now my mind is spinning back in time - working suspension on the truck tractor unit (the rot was set though as it used a lego differential and new fangled Z16 gears if I remember correctly) :-) I have recently borrowed a 42099 pickup set to see what PU was all about, while the system worked very nicely it does nothing that PF with train controllers doesn't do in this context. It was no more responsive, to the controls and why would I be trying to drive it out of sight? As some here say I can (and will) continue to exercise my perogative to continue using PF however that is not without finacial penalty - price of a PF servo is in excess of £40 on lego markets now, Even TLG list is almost a quarter of that, At those prices even AFOL's are going to think twice about purchasing and will be driven to the 'compatible' market. In my dayjob (Central heating) we have seen many controls featuring integration with phones and tablets. Most have problems with interoperability across the huge range of devices and operating system versions, builds and updates, not show stopping, niggly stuff that stops auto installs and buggers up interface element positions and the like. I don't think any of the manufacturers (we are talking about multinationals the like of Honeywell here, many times the hitting power of TLG) reckoned on the sheer scale of the task in supporting and fixing these incredibly difficult to diagnose/ deal issues. Imagine on the first day of business next year when fifty percent of the purchasers of PU sets this Christmas are on the phone with an issue! TLG have every right to consolidate their offering across themes (and are doing so, after all Technic and Mindstorms etc must be a tiny part of the business) but it is my opinion that PU is a poorly thought through system architecture, the lack of backwards compatibility (has) will alienate many AFOL's that don't need or want its complexity and is far to late to market for those that have found it elsewhere many years ago. I would not be surprised to see it withdrawn or massively reworked on the next development cycle My opinion FWIW Simon