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  1. That is really a wonderful creation. I also checked out the other videos on his channel, this guy is a Lego genius!
  2. May this video inspire you all to create some intricate mechanical linkages!
  3. Hedgie

    [MOC] Moon Buggy

    I tried, but it didn't allow for a tight enough turning circle :-) The real constraint on the pivot point though is the enormous length of the 6L steering link. The car could be 2 studs smaller if there existed a 5L link, and 4 studs smaller with a 4L link. One solution I used in the past is to use as a steering link (instead of as a wheel hub).
  4. Hedgie

    [MOC] Moon Buggy

    I never know what color to choose from MLCAD's color palette. For the dark gray parts I used color number 72. What do you think should be the correct color? And is there a way to modify MLCAD's palette to include the most common colors on the toolbar?
  5. Hello all, This weekend I recreated my favorite childhood technic model (8830) using modern parts and techniques. It has 4-wheel HOG steering, full independent suspension, and a really tight turning circle just like the original! Building instructions are available at Rebrickable.
  6. Ha! I bought 4 of these because it's such a great parts donor
  7. Let me take the opportunity to personally thank you for that awesome review! I've been building Technic models and creating instructions for a while now, mainly to enable myself to rebuild those models sometime in the future. Creating the instructions somehow justifies all the time I spent designing the models Since I started sharing these instructions I've never heard of anyone actually rebuilding my MOCs. You, however, are the first one to not only successfully build one of my models, but to also produce an awesome Youtube video of it! I felt all warm and fuzzy inside when I watched your video review I hereby award you the my-first-actual-builder award! This includes lifelong personal support with building any of my past and future models. Also, come have a beer at my house if you are ever in the Netherlands. EDIT: Here's the link to Osuharding1's review:
  8. Thank you! I'll probably never reach 10,000, but it's still nice to see the number climbing. What does it take for a Technic set to get a big audience?
  9. Hi everybody, A while ago I posted my MOC here and received some nice comments. Thank you all very much. A special thanks to Jim who frontpaged me, and to Osuharding1 who created a great .Today, I've published the Compact Convertible at the new Lego Ideas. As you know, when it receives 10,000 supporters TLG will consider making it an official model. I know it's a long shot, but I'd like to ask all of you to please become a supporter. Simply visit the project page and if you like it, click "Support". You'll need to login or create an account to complete. This is the first time I published something on Lego Ideas and the experience was pretty flawless. I like the new layout and the new wizard to enter all the project information was great to use. It took two days for the project to be approved. I would like to see more awesome Technic models on there though, so after supporting me please also submit your own MOC!
  10. Hedgie

    [MOC] Compact Convertible

    The MOC is finally on Rebrickable: http://rebrickable.c...act-convertible The reason it took so long is that I didn't click the "Submit my MOC" button but instead the "Save my MOC" button . When I realised this a week later, it still wouldn't approve, probably because of this pesky part. Other parts you definitely need for this MOC: 1 Servo motor 2 L-motors 2 M-motors 2 IR receivers 2 H-beams 2 of these Steering Portals
  11. Hedgie

    [MOC] Compact Convertible

    All right everyone, as promised I have created the building instructions! I have submitted them to Rebrickable where it is currently awaiting moderation. For now, here is: The direct link to the PDF building instructions The direct link to the MPD model file The mpd file is a bit of a mess, since it's filled with both MLCAD and LPUB instructions, and many extraneous parts which I should have ghosted. Therefore, the parts list at the end of the PDF will contain a bit too much pins and axles, although I tried to clean it up as much as I could. Any feedback is very much appreciated. Have fun building!
  12. Hedgie

    [MOC] Compact Convertible

    And would it still be eligible for production when I've already published the building instructions?
  13. Hedgie

    [MOC] Compact Convertible

    I want to thank you all for the kind compliments. It really means a lot to me that other people are excited about something that I built. Also, thank you Jim for featuring me on the frontpage and the hall of fame. I tried my best to design this model in accordance with the principles of official Lego models. Playability, sturdiness, elegance, features, no illegal connections, those kind of things (although I failed in the low cost and impressive size departments ). It is my dream to once aid in designing official Lego models, and this is only my first real try. So thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and please be patient while I work hard on delivering the building instructions in a few weeks. BTW would this model stand any chance on Cuusoo?
  14. My servo motor (part 99498) recently broke and TLC kindly shipped me a new one. Instead of just throwing the old one away, I thought it would be nice to show you all some pictures of what the inside looks like: As you can see, it took quite some aggression to open this thing. The dark gray part is fixed to the light gray part by only 4 plastic clamps, but they are so tight it's impossible to open it without damaging it. The plastic is also very soft, it's possible to scratch it even with just nails. Here's an overview of the main components: 1) housing, 2) motor and circuit board (bent 90 degrees), 3) gearing, and 4) more housing. Now it becomes clear why the circuit board is bent 90 degrees and how the system actually works. As the output shaft rotates, the two metal pieces slide over the contacts of the circuit board. Thereby the microcontroller knows what the current rotation of the output shaft is, and can stop the motor when it's reached the proper destination. The motor itself turns much faster than the output thanks to this planetary gearing system. Unfortunately, I don't know enough math to calculate the actual gear ratio. Obviously, this particular servo motor will never function again. It's a shame, because I've hardly ever used it and there is nothing that looks out of the ordinary. I suspect the problem was somewhere inside the wire, as I could sometimes make it function by wiggling it. Unless anyone here wants this motor for research purposes, I'm throwing it away