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  1. Costas

    SBrick General Discussion

    Specs are for each individual output. If you use two outputs on the one Sbrick you can double the current capability. You need to be careful when setting it up as it could damage the driver if you program one output differently to the other so not a recommended solution to simply tie the two together. Just be aware that there are also thermal dissipation limits to consider so you cannot, say use all 4 outputs on the one device and get 4x the current at a continuous rating for prolonged use. Using two outputs should not be an issue though especially if not using the remaining two outputs or if using the remaining two for low current draw devices (eg led lights etc).
  2. Costas

    SBrick General Discussion

    Sbrick utilises DRV8833 as their driver IC. Output is specified as 1.5 Amps continuous and 2A peak. Max safe continuous voltage is specified as 10.8V for this IC. Absolute max voltage is listed as 11.8V.
  3. Costas

    Technic 8460 Crane

    Probably better off using a silicone grease rather than oil.
  4. Old soft T-Shirt to apply the polishing compound but any soft cloth will do. Rub it in and polish away. Before the polish dries, I then use a cheap microfibre cloth to perform the final polish and to bring out the shine etc. Repeat process depending on how deep the original marks/scratches are.
  5. Biggest problem in trying to get the exact same picture for both shots was trying to hold my phone in one hand while holding the liftarm at the exact same angle to capture the reflection of the light at the exact same angle. Moving the liftarm or camera just a mm would result in a different looking pic as far as the gloss is concerned. I agree the pic is not perfect but I was just trying to show that the original scuff marks had been removed and not so much showing off the gloss. The 'gloss' factor you just need to try yourself as it was too difficult to capture with my phone.... It could also be the black colour in the photo as black is difficult to photograph - I also did some yellow tiles which in person look better than new once polished up - I definitely cannot see any micro abrasions. Apply polish with a soft cloth and rub in - then use a microfibre cloth to finally buff the piece. I use the same stuff to polish my acrylic tubing which I use in my PC water cooling hardware - The acrylic comes up looking like glass.
  6. Yes - works well with those as well - So good for scratched windscreens etc. I have used this polish on acrylic previously and it can come up like glass if the item is prepped well. Very fine scratches can be removed by the polish but anything deeper would require wet sanding with various grades of wet & dry paper in stages up to 2000 grit. Applying polish would then clean up the remaining fine scratches left by the wet sanding.
  7. I know that some use Brasso to remove printing off Lego pieces however I have not come across anyone that has tried utilising plastic polishing compound on Lego to remove fine scratches and ultimately restoring the gloss on dulled pieces. I purchased an old 8069 off eBay the other day and a few pieces had some wear & tear which resulted in a couple of tiles and liftarms looking dull due to fine scratches on their surface. I decided to try some plastic polish that is designed for plastic automotive headlamp lenses to see if this work in polishing up the pieces. After trying it out on a few pieces I was quite impressed with the results - The dull pieces looked almost new after some work polishing them up...! Here is the polish I used however anything similar would work just as well I think. Trying to photograph a before and after example was tricky due to my lighting constraints - here is an old black liftarm which had some scuff marks that were not removable by simply washing the item. Note the scuff marks circled: After a couple of minutes polishing - good as new...!
  8. Costas

    MOCs vs Official Sets

    I tend to agree with nerdzforprez. LEGO as a company design a set for profit rather than pure design so there are always constraints when it comes time to design and then manufacture and sell a particular set. Take for example the venerable 8043. Awesome set, however not quite fine tuned as far as Jurgen's Ultimate 8043 variant and his other excavators. Primary constraint for LEGO in the above example would simply be due to cost due to the added PF elements. But does a more expensive MOC with possibly more features/functions as compared to a cheaper OEM set make for a better option? - Many times cheap and simple is good too...
  9. A few tips on greasing the internals with Molykote 111: Coat the inside of the cylinder with grease - I use about twice the amount shown to coat the inside of a long V2 cylinder. Next - Apply a liberal coating over the piston shaft and pay particular attention the seals - Ensure that you fill in the small cavities on top and below the top rubber seal with grease as well as applying a heavy coat over the piston itself. Ensure that you fill in the gap formed by the two 'lips' on the outer circumference of the piston itself. The grease provides two major functions here: First is the obvious lubrication ability Secondly (and in some cases the most important function) is that the grease assists in forming an airtight seal between the piston and more importantly between the top seal and the piston shaft. Some people have experienced small air leaks when pneumatic cylinders have a reasonable amount of side loading applied. Usually this is because air will leak out between the top seal and the piston shaft. This is a bit of a weak point in the design of the top sealing elements in these cylinders. Using a high viscosity grease here helps immensely in keeping an airtight seal between the shaft and the top seal. Don't be afraid to go a bit heavy on the application as it will not hurt anything - We will eject the excess grease after re-assembly. Once all done - reinsert the piston assembly back into the cylinder's main body and ensure the top seal is seated correctly before pressing home the top black cover. Once reassembled you need to manually operate the cylinder to both extremities multiple times (a dozen or so). Use some moderate force at both ends of travel to force out excess grease at the relevant port. After a dozen or so goes the majority of excess grease will be ejected and the cylinder should now operate very smoothly. Hook it up to a small pump and valve to test full functionality and you should be good to go. I give my reworked cylinders a quick wipe over with a tissue moistened in some of the electronic component cleaning solvent to remove any left on grease etc.
  10. Check out this persons video which does a reasonable job in showing you how to disassemble them. NOTE: NEVER drill out and modify the holes in your cylinders as shown in the video as this will destroy their overall performance for normal applications in our models. Enlarging the holes is only useful when using them for air powered engines as you need a very fast acting piston. The small cylinders are easy - It is the larger ones which are a little harder to open but still reasonably easy to do. I only use some basic jewellers type screwdrivers for the job - 2x 3mm flat blades and one smaller bladed driver (this one is simply used as a spacer to temporarily hold one side open. **Note that my photos below show the cylinder top already removed, but you get the idea. First step is to pry the black top in one of its lower corners with one of the larger flat blade drivers. Once you catch the corner of the top you can work the driver in and move it around to where the yellow nipple is - sounds easy but you will find that the screwdriver will want to push itself out due to the force of the black top pushing down on it. Next I insert the small screwdriver into the gap and this is used as this screwdriver will stay in place whereas the larger one will not stay in place while we open and work on the other side. Now move over to the opposite side and insert one of the larger drivers and once this driver is positioned where the nipple is, try and hold it in place and then at the same time insert the other large driver back in where the smaller driver is holding the other side open. Once both large drivers are in position - carefully move them outwards so that you flex the black top over the nipples - try and do this on both sides at the same time and you will find that the top will slide off. It is much easier to accomplish if you have 3 hands... Once apart - they do go back together very easily which is a bonus.
  11. Since the oil was such a let down, I decided to switch to a grease. My list of greases were all silicon based derivatives mainly so that they would be reasonably inert with respect to the materials used by LEGO. Some people have tried Lithium based greases in the past with some success but many of these are of a lower viscosity than some of the other options I was looking at. I started with a silicon grease which I use on my pool pump O-rings. This seemed to work OK, but if anything it still seemed that it was too low a viscosity for the application - so while piston operation was smooth, the pistons would operate far too quickly as not much damping effect was noticed. Piston damping performance is important as if it is too low, the pistons operate way too fast and it becomes very difficult to smoothly control a function with the valves ie. arm or bucket under control of the pneumatics will all too easily snap to full deflection. For me this was an important variable to get correct. Next I tried a silicon dielectric grease which had improved viscosity over the pool pump O-ring grease and this worked better. So next I started to look on-line for a better alternative and came across the following product: DOW Corning's - Molykote 111 This grease seemed to have higher viscosity again (designed for certain damping applications) and was a silicon product that is designed to be utilised with most plastics/rubbers etc and is also approved for use in food environments, so not toxic. I purchased a 100gm tube on line and it arrived the other day. I quickly cleaned and re-greased a couple of cylinders with Molykote 111 and put them to the test. All I can say is that this product works extremely well and I was very impressed. Piston performance is extremely smooth and the damping effect is great. It is very noticeable on heavy loads such as the Grubber's main arm as you can easily lower this heavy weight with reasonably good fine control using the pneumatic valve. No longer do you have to play that tricky guessing game in trying to position the valve's lever in just that exact spot where moving it just 0.01mm results in the arm you are controlling to go full tilt in that one direction...! I need to take a few photos of filling the cylinders with grease - Job for tomorrow maybe... :) I have not taken any photos of that process so far as I was reluctant to swap between assembling pistons/cylinders with grease, switching over to camera to take a few shots and then back to assembling and then trying to keep the grease off my camera & lens when in the rushed phases of trying to test all the grease combos.
  12. I have a number of old & new pneumatic cylinders that I wanted to improve in regards to smoothness and overall performance. The standard lubrication seems to work OK but I found that smoothness & performance can be improved by selecting a suitable replacement lube. Note that no physical modification was done to the cylinders apart from substituting the lube used. Tests were to be done with and without a working model to see what effect the various lubes had. Model I had readily available was the Custom Bricks - Grubber kitted out with my 42054. - See vid below (not my video) First step was to disassemble a number of cylinders so that I could I try a couple of different lubricants to see what effect they would have Vs the stock lubricant LEGO use. To de-grease the cylinders thoroughly and without causing any damage to the plastic or rubber and silicon components I chose to use an electronic component cleaning solvent. These are generally safe for use on the majority of plastics, rubber and silicon parts as the solvent needs to be safe for many electronic components which also use these materials. Once de-greased, the cylinders were ready for the replacement lube. A small snapshot of some of the cylinders which I was testing. Closeup of 19475c01 Closeups of 2793c01 Closeups of 47224c01 Closeups of 19467c01 Initial test was with 80 weight silicon oil - I had high hopes for this as the oil is very 'slippery' and I thought it would act as an excellent lube for the cylinders. What I did not count on was that it actually caused 'stiction' issues whenever piston movement stopped and restarted which caused very jerky operation. Not only that - overall pressure/performance was also reduced possibly due to small amounts of blow-by leakage around the seals. So the silicon oil was actually quite a disappointment and I would not recommend it as an internal lube for these cylinders. What I found the silicon oil good for is using at as lubricant for pneumatic pumps as these operate at moderate rpm's where the oil seems to work better than grease.
  13. As Timoonn has stated - Contact LEGO service in your country. Go to the LEGO website specific to your country and look for the 'support' link. In there you will find steps to replace broken and missing bricks etc - I just used that link and then entered my details etc...
  14. Just to follow-up, LEGO Service replaced my spare pumps with the reinforced version bb875. All good...!
  15. Costas

    42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

    I would not worry - It is rare that sets are missing any pieces. Obviously errors can and do occur but they would be in the minority as compared to how many sets are sold.