Jeroen Ottens

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  1. Jeroen Ottens

    [MOC] Ultimate Muscle Car

    Nice, well polished car I really like the paneling, it gives the body a good flow. Especially the little one at the C-pillar, which gives that characteristic slope of an American muscle car. And having crammed in two motors, a batterybox an IR receiver and suspension, is just icing on the cake. I suppose there was no room in the back for the batterybox? And maybe the front could have done with a thinner grey line and headlights, but other than that I think it is perfect.
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    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    It could, but then the pin-with-pinholes could rotate slightly adding friction to the drivetrain and making assembling the whole assy's maybe slightly more difficult. This way all holes are fixated and friction in the drivetrain is minimized. Furthermore the middle hole in the top of the 5x7 frame would be blocked, whereas it is used to attached the lower bananagears to it. I am not a big fan of this model, because I think a smaller model could have offered the same functions in a more interesting build. But I don't think this model is overly complicated just for the sake of complication. It is just big because of the choice to use the big bananagears to build a turntable with. That determines the scale and the partcount followed from that I think. And with the size comes the need for sound structural design and especially smooth working geartrains. In that sense this model is really a step up from the 42009 and it is these seemingly overcomplicated solutions that are helping.
  3. Bodywork - not finished, but hindered by lack of time (and missing complete framework, but mostly lack of time)
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    8482 Cyber Master

    This just gets worse and worse doesn't it
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    8482 Cyber Master

    Oops, I reacted a bit too soon, I thought this was about 8457 (the expansion set for Cybermaster). The cybermaster set was already designed when we got the assignment to design a set next to it in the same colourscheme and with a certain assortment of elements (which by the way mostly ended up in the cockpit attachments). I actually don't know who designed the cybermasterset (I wasn't even sure at the time whether it was designed by the LEGO Technic team or by somebody else).
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    8482 Cyber Master

    Nice to meet a fan! I am one of the original designers of this set (together with Uwe Wabra), so it is great to hear for me that this set still has an appeal even 18 years later.
  7. Every now and then we had a ' housecleaning day'. Which meant that almost all assembled models (which were a lot) were thrown in big bins to be recycled (as in molten and converted into big plastic boxes). It was strictly forbidden to take parts home. Some unofficial (coloured) pieces on bricklink come from employees that sneaked some out I guess. Oops, sorry, my bad
  8. I'd say it is an amazing feat of engineering and a proof that creativity still wins from the bean counters at TLC. @Erik Leppen@Lucio Switch: I understand that it can look like a waste. But you can also look at this as a way to explore the limits of what is possible with LEGO Technic. The fact that the whole body is put together without glue is for me the biggest achievement. Of course the internal frame is steel and the whole car part is non-LEGO except for the motors. Think about how this must have started: Somebody sat in the LEGO office, thinking, what is the craziest thing I can do with LEGO Technic to promote the Chiron. And then he/she/they came up with ' let's make a real functional lifesize version of the Chiron made out of Technic'. And all the managers said: ' yeah that sounds cool, let's do that' . It is a testament to the creativity and guts of the people behind it. As long as this spirit is kept alive great models are bound to come. As for the actual waste: tons of bricks are thrown away each year during the design process. Recolouring is pretty cheap if you don't have to meet all the quality standards for consumers and 1500 hours is just shy of a manyear (allthough I would be amazed if they really only spend a manyear on this), which for a 10000+ company is <0.01% of their workforce. 13500 manhours is ~8 manyears, that is starting to sound more realistic, but is still <0.1% of the total workforce.
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    [MOC] Mechanical Game of Life

    That is amazing! It looks like it works very well, even though the whole rules mechanism looks tricky and a bit fragile. I guess that increasing the number of cells will result in more friction, so there will be a mechanical limit somewhere. I'd love to see a floater moving across a (much) bigger matrix
  10. OMG!!! After seeing your avatar picture I was really curious what your version of the P1 would look like, but this has surpassed my wildest imagination. What a beautiful car! Incredible. The only points of critique I can think of: - those manual functions are really too slow (but I love the way those doors open and the location of the operating gears) - No gearbox in the manual version (but I do love how close the seats are together and how low the center console is, so I guess that is the compromise you made) - the orange tiles in the door maybe? The things I love: - The modular chassis - The lines - Those doors How is the longitudal stiffness? It looks like you had very little height nor width to work with between the seats. Do the vertical 3x11 panels at the side help a lot?
  11. I vote for the liftarm solution. Those knobwheels do not work well when there are three in a row. You can avoid that problem by using normal gears, but than the automatic alignment is not there anymore.
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    Lego Tow Truck 42070

    I assume you already tested both switches on the IR, right? (There is a blue channel and a red channel on both the IR receiver and the remote) If you connect the cable of the motor directly to the batterybox and switch the batterybox on, does the motor turn then?
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    Lego Tow Truck 42070

    Have you set the channels on the remote and the IR receiver on the same value? On the IR receiver there is an orange switch you can move up and down in four positions. On the remote there is a similar orange switch. They need to be both in the same position.
  14. I have no idea why you would call this an epic fail... From what I see (albeit from a rosy perspective of being on a camping in the sunshine enjoying a good local Belgian beer), I see a well functioning, well endowed (functionwise), well executed model. I think there are a lot of people on this forum that would love to be able to pull this kind of model of.
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    Marvel's Falcon motorized wings

    Great contraption! How do you control the two different flight modes? Do you just stop at the right moment or do you have two different controls (or a switch?)? As others said, just when you think you've seen it all...