Ralph_S

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    Why are there spare parts in the sets?

    I agree that putting in an antenna to compensate for inaccuracy of the weighting process doesn't make much sense, but putting in 1x1 rounds because they're fragile doesn't either -because they're not actually all that fragile. Getting a duplicate of the long antenna is news to me, by the way. I don't think I've ever seen that, but it's possibly been a while since I bought a set with any of them in it. Did you consider that there doesn't have to be a single reason, but that both may be true? Some of the spare parts are so light that they may cause problems with the weighing, so LEGO put in an extra one. For other parts, such as the antenna, they put one in extra because the part is easily bent or broken inside the box. Cheers, Ralph
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    BrickFair

    Likewise Paul. It was nice to see you and your creations last year. I'm very much looking forward to coming over again.
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    Moc: Century Fighters

    Thank you very much for your very nice comments. At AFOLCon earlier this year somebody said to me that what he liked about my models is that although I build things that LEGO never would, I make them look as though they could be sets. I was very flattered by the comment and I can see where he was coming from. Even though most of my models and certainly these two incorporate a lot of SNOT building, I do like to have visible studs on the upper surfaces. The South-East Asia camouflage pattern has long eluded me. Old dark grey for the olive colour is OK, but regular green is too bright and tan is too light for the other two colours in the camouflage. Luckily I was able to source a decent quantity of small plates in dark green (1x2, 1x3 and 1x4 plates, mainly) and LEGO have released 2x4 wedge plate in both dark tan and dark green this year. That finally made it possible to build something like this. Thanks. Yes, I do like fighters and bombers and helicopters too Thank you. Much appreciated. Thank you. I did my best to not only match the colours, but also to make sure that the pattern on the model was similar to the pattern on the real aircraft. I am glad you like it. Thank you. Both aircraft had their own challenges. In terms of the complexity of the construction, the F-106 was the most complicated. Building the cockpit without too many awkward gaps was tricky, as was getting the wings to sit at the right angle, the doors for the internal weapons bay (you can just see the doors and two of the missiles under the aircraft's belly), the 'coke-bottle fuselage, and the SNOT work required for the leading edge of the vertical tail. It took a lot of fiddling. The F-105 came together much more quickly. The main challenge on that was the wing, which I mounted at the proper angle using a Pythagorean triple, the main undercarriage and the afterburner section with the airbrakes mounted around it. I don't keep track of how much time it takes me to build these, but I would guess something between 20-30 hours of actual build time and a similar amount of time making plans, buying parts and searching for and looking at reference material beforehand. After that sort of investment, I don't like taking the models apart. I keep most of them indefinitely and rarely take any of my aircraft models apart. Cheers, Ralph
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    BrickFair

    I'm sure people would love to see those. I know I would, and I'm not even into Star Wars! Unfortunately I'm limited by what I can pack into my suitcase. Cheers, Ralph
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    BrickFair

    There will be a few international visitors I'll be coming over (from the Netherlands), as well as a friend of mine from Norway and one from Germany. We were there last year too and had a great time. I'll be bringing a few models with me, for the military theme. F-105D Thunderchief by Mad physicist, on Flickr Osprey and Harrier: USMC STOVL aircraft by Mad physicist, on Flickr There is also a 'Fire' theme this year and for that I intend to bring these guys: Bricksboro Beach Fire Department (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The organisers will do their best to accommodate your models, as long as they are registered in advance. Cheers, Ralph
  6. Thank you very much. It is a German built truck, indeed, but in the livery of a British fire department. It worked, by the way. People loved it. Her's the full display. My models at AFOLCon/ The LEGO Show by Mad physicist, on Flickr Cheers, Ralph
  7. In the last few months I've built several models that I haven't posted on Eurobricks, but for this one I decided to make an exception. Next week I'll be traveling to the UK to attend AFOLCon and The LEGO Show in Manchester and I built this model for the occassion. I've displayed military models at shows in the UK many times, but this time around I wanted something that was civilian as well as recognisably British. A few months ago I already built a British Police car and an Ambulance. I felt that the twosome wouldn't be complete without a fire engine of some sort. The vehicle I chose to build is a Mercedes Econic turntable ladder as used bye the London Fire Brigade. The model has a two-piece extendable ladder that is approximately 70 cm tall when fully extended. Mercedes Econic turntable ladder (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The turntable ladder uses a Mercedes Econic chassis. The Econic was designed with a low cab and a low step into the cab. This makes it particularly suitable for uses where the driver or passengers have to frequently step in and out of the vehicle, for instance for distribution or refuse trucks. It also means that with an Econic chassis the overall height of a ladder truck can be lower than if it were to use a conventional truck chassis and cab, allowing the truck to go under low bridges. Mercedes Econic turntable ladder (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr British emergency vehicles typically have a pattern of chevrons on the back, increasing their visibility. Cabin doors and equipment hatches can be opened, the outriggers can be extended and raised and the model also has an old 9V Light and system for the roof lights and siren. Mercedes Econic turntable ladder (7) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Here are all three vehicles together. British Emergency Vehicles (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr I am very much looking forward to displaying these (as well as my collection of Dutch police vehicles) at AFOLCon/ the LEGO Show and look forward to showing them to those of you who'll be there in person. If you're considering going, if only as a visitor, do so! It'll be grand. Cheers, Ralph
  8. For those of you who like it, It's on Cuusoo. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Ralph
  9. Over the years I've had a fair bit of criticism about using non-Lego plastic for the cockpit canopies on many of my aircraft. I was never completely happy with that solution myself, but for a long time it seemed to be the least bad of the various alternatives. Many of the helicopters I've built in the last two or three years had brick-built cockpit windows or canopies as do all of the WW-II aircraft that I've built. A few months ago I decided that it was time for me to try it on a modern fighter, and I rebuilt the canopy on my Su-27 Flanker Su-27 Flanker revamped (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The new canopy was built using trans clear bricks, plates and cheese slopes, as well as a worryingly large number of rarer parts such as trans clear tiles and jumper plates. It was a fairly extensive rebuild, because I couldn't just limit myself to replacing the existing canopy; I also had to make changes to the cockpit interior and the construction of the canopy frame. It was worth the effort though, because all in all I was very happy with the end result. Even though the new canopy is a bit clunkier than the original, the overall look is much more attractive IMO. After this it was clear to me that I was going to have to do something similar to my other aircraft too. The next two on my list were my F-14A Tomcat and my F/A-18C Hornet. I rebuilt their canopies last weekend. Fighters of CVW-8 (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Fighters of CVW-8 (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The fourth aircraft to get the treatment is the pride of my fleet: my B-1B Lancer. I;ve had that for almost four years and its canopy was begiining to look a bit tatty, with bits of tape peeling off. I couldn't have that. 34th BS 'Thunderbirds' B-1B Lancer by Mad physicist, on Flickr Here is a close-up of the cockpit section. B-1B cockpit details (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Liking the result, I've gone on to rebuild the canopies on my F-16 and F-15 as well. Replacing the canopy on the F-16 was tricky. One thing I didn't want to give up on with the rebuild was the canopy being able to open. Unfortunately, on the F-16 as it opens, the aft end of the canopy hinges over the top of the aft bit. Getting this to work meant rebuilding much of the structure of the cockpit. While I was at it, I also rebuilt the wings -giving them a more accurate sweepback angle- and because they didn't look right with the new wings, I also rebuilt the leading edge root extensions and made a few other changes. All in all I think I rebuilt about 40% of the model. 389th FS 'Thunderbolts' F-16C (3) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Compared to the surgery done on the F-16, changes made to the F-15 for its new canopy were slight. 390th FS 'Wild Boars' F-15C Eagle (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr It's expensive, because of the rare parts involved, and can be difficult, but I am happy with the results so far. I'm pretty sure I'll give some more of my planes this treatment, posting them here when they're done. Cheers, Ralph
  10. Thank you. Sorry about not replying sooner. I haven't been keeping track of what's going on in this thread. I'm not sure where the Hind needs to be bulked up though. It's a big machine and quite slab-sides, but it is really quite narrow. I think that most LEGO models you'll see of it are actually too bulky. Anyway, I've done a few more. The Strike Eagle's canopy is obviously derived from the canopy on the F-15C, but because it's a two-seater, it is more bulbous. F-15E Eagle updated (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The canopy on the U-2 was probably the easiest I've done. The only thing that was marginally difficult was mounting the central part of the windscreen. U-2S Dragon Lady updated (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The Tiger's canopy wasn't particularly difficult either, although I did have to redesign the mechanism for opening it. F-5E Tiger updated (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr By far the most difficult, of all of them, was the canopy of the F-117, because it is bascially composed of triangular sheets. I don't get frustrated easily when building, but I came pretty close to throwing this thing through the room a few times while rebuilding it. It was more than just changing the canopy. To find enough space for the ejection seat, I had to rebuild much of the structure of the forward fuselage. Ultimately it did come together reasonably well, fortunately. While I was at it, I also updated the stickers. F-117A Nighthawk updated (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The Sea Harrier was another tricky one, ot so much because of the new windscreen, but because I also decided to make the canopy open. The model was originally built for an exhibition and I was n a deadline, so when I couldn't figure out an easy way to get the canopy to open properly, I decided that, for once, I was going to make it such that it couldn't open. This has bugged me for years though, so whilst replacing the windscreen I also had another go at making the canopy open. It slides aft on the real aircraft. It doesn't quite do that on my model. Instead the canopy is attached to a droid arm that swivels. The canopy fits properly when closed and also sists in the right position when fully open. It's the best I can do at the moment. Sea Harrier FRS.1 (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Finally, the latest of my rebuilds, is my QF-4S Pahntom. I completed the rebuild yesterday, fitting new canopies, but also tidying up a few things using new parts and rebuilding the nose. On the previous version, the black anti-glare paint on the nose was partially made useing black tape (over red wedge bricks), but now I was able to come up with a brick-built method. QF-4S Phantom II updated (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
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    MOC: Blue Angels F-18 Hornet

    I realise that you were basically building it on the fly (pun intended) and didn't intend for it to be a scale model of the real aircraft, but I think replacing a fair few of the dark blueish grey, black and regular blue bits with dark blue could work with a bit of effort and the shape of the aft fuselage could be improved. It looks a bit messy right now. I think the canopy fits wonderfully well, but I also think it would look better if all the transparent bits were trans clear. LEGO do make that canopy piece in trans clear, fortunately. I know that one of the elements you used for the front doesn't actually exist in trans clear, but that could be easily fixed with some trans clear cheese slopes and a 1x2 plate or two. I'm also sure the pilot's scruffy-looking face does not meet Navy regulations! That said, this MOC does have something going for it. It may not capture all the details, but it captures the overall impression of a Blue Angels aircraft and zipping this around a room seems like fun. Cheers, Ralph
  12. Not licensed, not offensive in any way and not particularly likely to be picked by any other fans than my own (if I have any): my Ladder Truck is up on Cuusoo. Now on Cuusoo: Light & Sound Ladder Truck by Mad physicist, on Flickr Cheers, Ralph
  13. Eurobricks can frustrating at times. Often I just can't figure out where to post something. Military models are obvious, but my car models? I generally post then in the Model Team/ Technic forum, but they don't get a lot of love there. Some people look at them and might get one or two comments, fortunately generally nice. Sometimes they get none and after a few days the thread sinks to page two, never to be seen again. My models do seem to gain attention if they're front-paged, which fortunately has happened a few times. I know EB is not supposed to be about views, but I wouldn't post them here if I didn't think people might be interested in seeing them. Do town builders even see things that are posted in the Technic/ Model Team forums? Aren't my models too big for the more minifig oriented Town scene and would people in the Town forum appreciate them? Some examples. UK Police Ford Focus (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr VW Samba van (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Toyota Prius (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr I can't figure out where to post them and I'm interested to find out your views on where to put them. Thanks in advance, Ralph
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    Where to post my car models?

    Hi. Good to see you made it back home safely. The scale of my models is 1/22. I don't think that LEGO were too concerned about the exact scale of their Model Team sets, basically adapting the scale to the wheels they used, but there are plenty of Model Team sets that are considerably smaller than 1/12. It's been a few months since I started this thread and I have slowly formed my opinion. I understand that with something as versatile as LEGO, organising forums logically isn't easy. However, I don't really care about in what subforum my models fit the guidelines best. What is the more important question is where should I post them that people who are likely to appreciate them are most likely to actually see them. A related question is why a model that gets literally thousands of views and dozens of comments on flickr only gets a handful when I post it on EB? The Technic Forum is not the place for my models. The majority of builders there are into the Technic aesthetic and functionality is more important than looks. I don't know who looks at the 'Special' Forums, but I myself rarely do! In terms of people's interests, the Town Forum is definitely the place. However, my models are out of place there among all the minifig scale stuff. The result: I haven't posted most of the MOCs I've built in the last few months on EB at all. Cheers, Ralph
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    Where to post my car models?

    Thanks. Sorry that it took me so long to reply. I hadn't noticed that this thread had been resurrected and haven't been very active on EB lately and have rarely posted new MOCs, even though I have built plenty. My latest model is a Fire Engine that I posted in the Model Team/ Technic Forum. The Delorean has been done to death, so I'm not sure I'm keen on doing one. A London bus is definitely an option. There are some really nice ones out there already, but that doesn't stop me from wanting one of my own :-) Cheers, Ralph
  16. Thanks guys. It will be great to meet some of you in person. I certainly intend to. I look forward to seeing your latest stuff and having a chat. I had a blast last year. Oh my, that's been done for at least a year. I think I may have even posted it here when it was done, but anyway, here it is. Scania with Nooteboom stepframe trailer (7) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Scania with Nooteboom stepframe trailer (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Scania with HIAB crane (5) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC: Ju88 minifig scale LDD

    Thank you for candid and flattering answer. I have been building lots of different things for many years, but I still find building aircraft models to be both the most difficult thing I do with LEGO and also the most rewarding. I can imagine that trying to build a model of a real aircraft for the first time is a daunting prospect and I think that you have done an admirable job. It's obvious that it is supposed to be a Ju-88 and the same can't be said about some attempts I've seen by other people! Things definitely don't get easier with minifigs involved. I think that due to the weird proportions of minifigs, it's almost inevitable that the interior of an aircraft will be cramped. I always struggle to find enough space -even on bombers- and I typically only include the crew that you can actually see from the outside and don't bother with the rest. It's not worth the trouble. I suspect that the interior of the real Ju-88 wasn't exactly spacious either. I've looked at night fighter versions myself. They didn't have the ventral canoe and carried three crew in the cockpit. the pilot had a proper seat, as did the gunner facing aft, but the third crew-member was sort-of wedged between them. I completely understand your desire to do something that other people haven't done yet. I feel a similar way. Even if I do build an aircraft that other people have done before, I generally try to come with my own solutions. The B-17 hasn't come to anything yet and has been put on the back-burner for a while. I am working on a WW2 project -a V2 launch site- and am planning a few more aircraft, but they are more modern and most likely won't be minifig scale: an F-105 Thunderchief and a USMC AV-8B Harrier. Feel free to drop me a line if you're looking for some advice when building your next aircraft. I'm not very quick when it comes to replying (as you can tell), but I generally do reply eventually Cheers, Ralph
  18. Thank you. Less than a week mate. It's a shame you are not coming. It would have been nice to meet you. Building the colour scheme using bricks rather than resorting to stickers is part of the fun if building vehicles like this, albeit expensive in terms of 1x1 plates that it requires. Thank you very much. Thanks. You know, I figured that they'd have some fire engines there and spent a fair bit of time searcing flickr flickr and bricklink to see whether I could find any pictures. Perhaps I should have searched longer, but I didn't find any! Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC: Ju88 minifig scale LDD

    I think you've done a reasonable job of recreating the shape of the Ju-88, which is no mean feat by itself, bu I'm not sure your choices were wise. Your model has a wingspan of about 100 studs, which works out to a scale of approximately 1/25. That's huge. It's about 80% bigger than what I would consider appropriate. Even at 1/35, which is bigger than I like myself but is considered OK by a fair few military builders, a model would still be a lot smaller than what you've ended up with. I briefly considered building a minifig scale Ju-88 night fighter a while ago and worked out that the forward fuselage would end up being five studs wide at the scale I like -roughly 1/43. The difficulty of fitting a crew into that was one of the reasons why I ultimately didn't build it and decided to to build a He-219 Uhu instead -only to find that squeezing a crew into that was pretty difficult as well. Minifigures are wide fellows and trying to fit minifig crew into a LEGO aircraft is inevitably a pain, but at six wide it should be doable with a little SNOT work. The canoe fairing could be three wide and still (just about) house a minifig with some panels and SNOT work and by mounting it using a half-stud offset would look OK. I gave a fair bit of thought to this myself back when I was thinking about building one, but I ultimately decided that I didn't want to compromise on the scale. This is not a bad model by any means, but my advice is that if you value accuracy, ditch the minifigs altogether. They're only an awkward distraction. That's what I do for most of my aircraft models and I think it hasn't hurt them at all. If you do want to build minifig scale, perhaps focusing more on something that looks decent with a figure next to it will provide better value for your efforts than trying to fit the whole crew inside. Cheers, Ralph
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    LEGO 10226 Sopwith Camel

    That's the one I was unsure about, hence "my most if not all" comment. It's not listed on bricklink yet, so that probably is new in dark green. Not the most useful part imaginable, but it's something, I guess.There may also be other less obvious parts. Perhaps even larger plates in the wings. It is nice to have such a large quantity of dark green in the same set. It usually only comes in small hands full.
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    Why aren't the bricks CUBES?

    Are you serious? Since they also sell Technic to eight-year olds, I can't imagine them thinking it's too advanced In many cases it simply doesn't make sense to use anything other than studded beams in combination with system elements, quite simply because you can attach bricks and plates directly to the beams!
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    Why aren't the bricks CUBES?

    No it doesn't. I agree that the dimensions of a 2x4 are similar to those of real-world building bricks, but so is a brick where the width is twice the height and the length is four times the height (which would make a 1x1x1 brick a cube). The result would still be rectangular, suitable for building walls, and the overall proportions wouldn't have been all that different from the current 2x4. Even starting with the 2x4 brick, a stack of 5 2x4 bricks is as tall as a row of three 2x4 bricks lying side-by-side is wide. I have a really hard time believing that this is a coincidence and unless you have a reference somewhere that explains this, I'm not buying it. It's also not as though they chose integer measures in a convenient measurement system.
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    Numbered bags in sets- yay or nay?

    I don't like them. I understand the reason for having them and it does make building the set easier. However, I generally don't build sets. I pretty part them out straight out of the box. For doing that, it's much nicer to know that, say, all of the 1x1 red plates are in just one bag (albeit mixed in with other stuff) rather than having several different bags with completely different contents that can still have 1x1 red plates in them because they're used in multiple sub models.
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    Why aren't the bricks CUBES?

    You certainly seemed to be suggesting that 1x1 bricks aren't cubes because cubes make for a lousy building material. If that's a misunderstanding, then I'm sorry. It's self evident that you need rectangular bricks rather than 1x1 bricks for building strong walls, but that doesn't tell you anything about why 1x1 bricks aren't cubes, which was what the OP was asking about!
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    LEGO 10226 Sopwith Camel

    As you guys can see from my avatar, I build planes out of LEGO. The previous model was gorgeous -one of the few sets I still have in one piece- and this one looks pretty good too. It is definitely on my wish list. A shame that most -if not all- of the dark green parts on it are already available from other sets. I could do with some 1x1 dark green plates, LEGO!