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    <p> I am a Technic builder, from the United States, and I love building Technic creations, although I think the theme itself is headed the wrong direction, with models having high part counts but being low on functionality and feeling empty. </p>

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  1. Saberwing40k

    42128 - American Tow Truck

    I have never, and I mean never, seen a truck like this with a steering rear axle. Keep in mind that this is designed for towing potentially other trucks, which is why the rear axles are so far back. This is so that the axles can take the weight of the vehicle on the towing fork. The road trains I have seen that are like that have 3 rear drive axles, and then 2 steering front axles. I have not seen very many vehicles with 3 rear axles that have a steering axle, but they do exist. Most of the ones I have seen have been trucks with cranes or else some other kind of equipment on the back, and not tow trucks. I see this configuration on some euro style trucks with mounted knuckle boom cranes, often times the truck needs the steering angle because they are operated in the mountains or other areas with twisting roads.
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    Yuck. That's all I can say. Yet again, we have a set that was better in the preliminary photos, that somehow got worse for production. The white 6x6 wasn't the best, but it was loads better than this. This looks like the B model for something much cooler. Heck, there was a C model Zetros made from 42043 that looks better than this. This looks to be 42070 all over again, where Lego has an off road truck that can't actually go off road, but has a lot of compromises that serve nothing.
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    I think the candies I received were contaminated, what is that? I thought the first version was bad, this is somehow even worse. Like straight up barf inducing bad. What is going on with this set?
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    Generic Contest Discussion

    I in particular don't like Monster Jam, and I don't think such a limited contest is that good an idea. I mean, I thought that even the motorcycle contest was too limited. I'd like to have some freedom. I think the best contests strike a balance between being super restrictive, and being too broad.
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    Generic Contest Discussion

    I also like the idea of a remake contest, but I propose a category that has a studless set remade in studded style. I think it would be interesting to see 8258 remade like 8868. Another thing that I think would be cool would be to remake City or other non Technic sets in Technic style, which Thirdwigg also did, with a Technic remake of 6352. I have suggested this before, but I think it would be cool to have a Shrink Ray/Expand-O-Ray contest. There would be two categories, one where a big set is made small, and one is where a small set is made big. I also really dug the Lego ideas contest to design the Volvo construction equipment of the future, so I'd like to see some wacky concept machines. Unlike some, I do support a military contest. But, it should not be Lego sponsored. I don't think they'd like that.
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    Ferrari F2004 1:8 MOC (with instruction)

    Shame you didn't attach any images, this is a really nice model. Especially for something that is almost pure Technic.
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    42129 - 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros

    Yeah, the new picture is only somewhat better than the old one, and is still clear as mud. The wheel size is uncertain, but the tires are definitely not Xerion ones, based on counting the number of channels in the tread. I don't think the wheels are the 56mm ones, just going by the apparent size of the model. I still can't decide if I like this model or not. I don't see it as being more than a 42099 with an extra axle, and probably similar piddly performance. Any complexity seems to be nonexistent. But, like I said, the picture is clear as mud, so who know. A very real possibility is that Lego is using decoy models to fool the bootleg makers in China, and the actual set only shares the vehicle type and color scheme.
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    42131 - CAT D11T Bulldozer

    The more I look at this thing, the more I dislike it. The rumored part count and price have got to be way off. At least, I hope they are. In my opinion, this looks worse than 8275, and does not seem to really innovate much. Now, if we get planetary hubs for the drive sprockets, that would be something. But, as it stands, this feels like a really half baked model, and I hope the final version looks better. One thing I really don't understand is the linear actuators going to the blade. That assembly looks like the lights would spin as the blades are raised and lowered, but I'm not so sure. P.S. If you want to see pics, check out the Technic subreddit. I'm allowed to mention where I found these, right?
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    General Part Discussion

    I don't know if this has been mentioned before, but the 10283 Space Shuttle includes 1x1 bricks with axle hole: I don't know how useful this part is from a pure Technic perspective, but it could be very useful for builds that integrate Technic and System parts. Also, panels. I would not call these Technic, but they would be useful for boilers and tanks and other round things.
  10. No significant force, this part pairing moves very freely. So much so, that you need a mechanism of some kind to lock movement if you intend to use it for something like that.
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    Flat subtractor [INSTRUCTIONS]

    One thing I have never seen discussed with subtractors is power loss due to the driving motors backdriving the steering motor. I had this problem a while back with a MOC that lost a lot of power driving straight because of this. How do you prevent this?
  12. I vote no, because I have no balls (Phrasing), which is a part that is not common among builders on this forum. Plus,some of the cooler, more impressive mechanisms are not the domain of most users, and are much harder to make, which raises the bar for entry. I feel that it would be a lot harder for a user to submit a simple model with GBC. Plus, while a lot of users like GBC, and like seeing the models, I don't think that interest in building is a common thing. But, the poll will prove me wrong or right. I have no personal interest in GBC building, which is another reason I voted no.
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    General Part Discussion

    Whaat? Does this make them like the first friction pins, which were really stiff?
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    Steering on a 6x6 design

    I think it might be human factors engineering. A 6x6 vehicle with front/middle axle steering behaves a lot more like a normal truck than a vehicle with front and rear steering. I think it has to do more with simplicity, though. A Stalwart needs only 2 extra links to get the axles to steer, whereas having the front and rear axle steer would require a second steering box, and a long steering shaft. You can see the steering link between the 2 front axles. Your design does look cool, though.
  15. It sounds like you actually want a clutch mechanism controlling section B, and not a differential. This is a system used in GBC modules fairly often. In this video, you can see what I'm talking about. I think having a clutch over a differential would work a lot better for your purposes. If you're wondering what's the clutch, watch the little wheel that is used to grab the axles, and how it moves. This video shows an even better clutch.