mobi

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  1. TLG to Axe 1400 Jobs

    From the same Brickset news link
  2. TLG to Axe 1400 Jobs

    I am not sure if bootlegs are to be blamed here entirely. Lego historically never had market outside developed world, due to high cost (compared to per capita income in most Asian/African countries). Bootlegs are doing good in those markets and it is bit naive to think that without bootlegs people would have bought the real thing (similar to claming big films losing money to pirates, as if all watching pirated films would have gone to theatres instead). Also, for complex themes like Technic, bootlegs are no match. However, for basic/easy themes, bootlegs are often as good as real Lego. Since, we don't know Lego sales numbers by geography and theme, all we can do is speculate. I heard rumors that their USA market has performed poorly. But I agree about the comment on having too many lines/themese. Tesco has decided to reduce 90 types of cereals into 20 because they discovered Lidl is doing much better with only 10 types! Same for Apple, they just sell iPhone, iPads and Macbooks. It is better to have fewer themes and focus on them.
  3. How the Mack truck will be different in terms of functions compared to Merc Arocs truck? Unless a gearbox is added, it is hard to beat 42043.
  4. What happened to next super car? There were rumors that Porsche was one of many such yet to come!
  5. TLG to Axe 1400 Jobs

    It was kind of expected especially when last CEO left after a very short tenure. However, getting rid of so many people just because revenue is slightly less does not look very good on TLG.
  6. Not very exciting sets for 2018 so far Anyway, based on this news, Lego is not doing good lately. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/05/lego-to-axe-1400-jobs It would be very interesting to see Lego's sales figures grouped by Themes and Geography. I wonder whether this is at all disclosed (being a private company).
  7. Awesome replica. Is the official model having motorized function to run the whole truck, rather than operating auxiliary functions only?
  8. I visited London Toy Fair today. But was not allowed inside Lego stall as it was appointment only* They also raised walls along all sides of their stalls which prevented from peeking Most other toy stalls were open for all. If you live/work nearby, worth a visit (entry free if you register online prior to visit). * = allegedly only registered retailers can get appointments.
  9. Use wheels from http://www.bigbenbricks.com/ and then it can be run on G scale (45 mm gauge) tracks like Garden Railways
  10. I have now finished the Porsche chassis with transmission. So far looks like it is working as expected. I only applied 3 changes - step 5, step 151 and step 267-269. Wondering how to place the motors on the chassis. Most YouTube videos are showing 2 XL motors at the back. I only have M motors from 9398 set and L motor from 42043 set. Can it be motorized using these motors only? While rotating the engine output shaft by hand, I could feel some good resistance in top gears. So not sure if M or L motor can provide enough torque. Why there is such a big free space at the front - just below steering shaft? Is it a good place to fix motor?
  11. Wow! That's an achievement! Wish Lego had made their instructions this good These steps do require some additional parts. Also, I am not as expert as of you guys Can I assume that only following changes are needed as minimum corrections in order for the gearbox to work as expected? step 5 - Blackbard's mod step 151 - Attika's flipping of change over catch parts step 267 etc. - Paul's gear sequence correction
  12. I have now started building the Porsche. So far at step 107. Applied Blackbard fix on step 5. Is there any way to test the gearbox at this stage to make sure it is working as expected? If not, what is the earliest step were I shall be able to test the gearbox? Don't want to discover at the end it is not working. Looking at this: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=133743&st=250#entry2587702 It lists following fixes 0. Apply Paul Boratko's gear sequence fix as described in Jim'sreview 1. Flip the change-over-catches in paddle-shifter-unit by 180 degrees (as suggested by Attika) 2. Add the simple 90° limiter to the gear selecter axle; use two of the four white silicon bands 3. Remove the 8 tooth gears used to add friction; minimize friction in the selecter axle instead 4. Use only one silicon band for each paddle shifter; wrap it around the neck of the ball joint once 5. Extend both change-over-catches in the gearbox with half a stud (more info here) Now what are the corresponding instruction manual steps??
  13. Might sound sarcastic, but the most expensive Technic set already has so many alterations required in building instruction to make it work reasonably well
  14. Are there any other non-Lego cars (or similar) which had working gearboxes, steering, suspension etc? I am talking of fully (or minimal) assembled toys/hobby cars which resembles similar functions offered by Lego Technic. I know many RC cars come with suspension, steering etc. but not aware of anything else with a proper working gearbox! PS: Mods please remove to appropriate forum if necessary - I posted it here because I thought Technic lovers are more likely to be aware of the alternatives.
  15. Those who have now built the Porsche and applied the fixes discussed here, can you please confirm whether all the modifications can be made using parts from this set alone? I am talking of following fixes 1. Blakbird's fix for step 5 2. Step 267-269 fixes for correct sequence of changes 3. Modification for easier removal of the body from chassis