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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

    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Did you see the 1H part? I'm referring to the largest set of the first wave, often abbreviated as 1H, or the 1H flagship. The actual 2019 flagship will come later, but I'm not encouraged. Sets have more parts, but functions are becoming fewer in number, and more simplistic, a downward trend we've been seeing since 2016. I thought Lego would do something, but no, apparently more sets with exactly the same functions are what people want. I hope Technic does not become more like City or Racers, but that seems to be what management is aiming at.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Oh joy, a decontented 42056 as the 1H flagship. I hope this rumor isn't true, because if it is, 2019 is not shaping up to be a good year.
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    A quick comment on spam

    Not quite what I meant, I meant it's a blunt instrument, and might have blowback or other side effects. With a web forum, unlike tower defense, you have some things you want to let in. The delicate thing I was referring to was the balance between making it difficult for spammers, while not impeding new users, and not putting a massive load on moderators. But, what we have now is something, even if it is not optimal.
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    A quick comment on spam

    It's using a sledgehammer for surgery, but it's something. I hope the publisher of the board software we use takes notice, as their users might jump ship if they can't keep spam out of the forums. Until then, there has to be some actual solution, that isn't fully manual. I just hope our beloved Eurobricks can weather this storm.
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    [MOC] Backhoe Loader V3

    That's a nice backhoe. I'm also amazed that you got full functionality out of under 2000 parts, and it still looks good. It makes me seriously wonder where all the extra parts go in official sets....
  6. Oh joy, this is exactly what I was worried about. PU is more expensive than PF, and we get nothing out of the bargain.
  7. This is exactly what I am thinking. We lose a lot of functionality, and gain very little. Why could Lego not just make a PF bluetooth hub, like what we actually want? It's not that we fear change. It's that there is a change, where we lose a lot of functionality, and backwards compatibility, and gain nothing. Having to use hubs and splitters to stack connections would be very annoying, and you have to buy an extra part to do it, and you lose the ability to use any of you PF motors without, again, adapter cables. And, again, what do we get? Nothing. It's not us fearing change. It's the fact that Lego is not changing the system for the better.
  8. Take a look at Jurgen Krooshoop's Zorex-220 excavator:
  9. Bucket Wheel Excavator. If you really want a good supercar, get the Chiron. In light of the Chiron being a thing, there is no reason to buy the Porsche, unless you really like Porsche cars.
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    General Part Discussion

    Oh no. Oh no. Oh NO! God, my worst fears are coming true. I hate the Powerd Up system with a vengeance. Why is Lego implementing a new system that removes functionality, and is not backwards compatible? I can think of no reason for this. If it were just Mindstorms and boost, I'd be fine with that, but no, Technic has to have this load of horsepucky foisted upon it, when it has almost nothing but drawbacks. I predict sets with PF are going to get more expensive, as now all motors will be smart, even though in Technic they have no reason to be. So, higher prices, no backwards compatibility, reduced functionality. Could somebody remind us of what the benefits are, again? I see Mindstorms and Power Functions as being far to disparate to unify, at least without a bunch of stupid and needless compromises. Plus, I don't see how this would lower development costs, because Lego is re engineering every component instead of doing the sensible thing and just having two separate systems and an adapter cable. I also don't understand why Lego couldn't have just had a retooled version of the existing PF connector design, with 2 extra wires, which would solve all the problems, but no, that would make too much sense. I might be in a bit of a mood.
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    Why no snow groomers?

    Who knows. There are so many pieces of equipment that would make good Technic sets that Lego just refuses to use for whatever reason. We don't see many graders and forklifts, for instance. we can only speculate on the reasons.
  12. With the massive ground clearance, this almost looks like a Foremost Commander carrier. That isn't a bad thing, it looks really nice. If I may suggest some things, I think your outriggers look a little bit wimpy, and kind of narrow. It looks as if you have enough room in the chassis to include some actual extending outriggers, which would look a lot better. Also, you should add a slew bearing using some of the hubless gears from 42055. What you have right now would not be adequate for any kind of superstructure. Also, I dig the fact that you have actual transparent parts for the windshield. I don't think I've ever seen that on a Technic model.
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    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    You know, I think a lot of the beef with this set boils down to it's not very innovative. 42009 pushed Lego cranes forward, whereas 42082 is a giant step backwards, with the single section boom and unrealistic outriggers. 42082 just isn't exciting in the same way some other flagships were. It's not a bad set, but it is not exciting. Also, I feel as if both the scale and number of parts are wrong. Lego seems to have focused on making the set as big as possible, instead of as big as it needs to be.
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    Okay, first of all, you should always put questions in your thread title. Secondly, you're a bit behund the times. With the set you have, the motor direction never needs to be reversed, so the baterry box only needs to be on or off, and thus 1 position is blocked off. With 42054, the reversal of functions is done mechanically, which means you assembled it right, and there is nothing wrong with the set.
  15. This set really feels like a missed opportunity, and the B model, if implemented better, would have been a far better set. Also, the PF really adds nothing, and the colors are horrendous.