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  1. I was one of the people contacted by CNN for this article and I exchanged several emails with the writer. The bit of the article that was quoted was a bit unfortunate, but I think the writer did a nice job. It's about much more than the Osprey set or about how LEGO making Star Wars sets might be at odds with their official policy. If I had to summarize it, it's about how LEGO itself has a policy against military models, but there's a worldwide community of LEGO military builders, as well as a few companies who sell military models. In a way, they're using LEGO what it's intended for: to make their own things. I am quite excited to have played a small part in this hobby being put in the spotlight like this by a major news organisation.

  2. "Nobody has built one before" isn't quite accurate, although mine was not a Technic Model.

    I'm enjoying seeing yours. It's built to a similar scale, but it being a Technic model gives it a very different aesthetic. I;m well im pressed at how you you can build such a complicated shape with Technic elements. The new cabin is definitely an improvement. I do think the undercarriage should be slightly wider. Looking at the picture of the real thing it's clear that the track of the skids is wider than the fuselage. I solved this by using 45 degree connectors for the supporting struts. That does mean that they're not properly angled just above the skids, but there had to be a compromise somewhere as they're curved on the real thing.




  3. I've known Peter for many years. He's an amazingly prolific builder with a style that is not very different from mine. As far as I am concerned, that only makes it more impressive that he was able to adapt his models such that they were suitable for being built using instructions that are compact enough to fit in a book and yet still look good. The Datsun and the Veyron are gorgeous.

  4. @Edwin KorstanjeThanks mate. I can't guarantee I'll be very active, but I am happy to find you guys here.

    @BricksonwheelsHa! Apparently we did.

    The reason I didn't find you guys sooner is a) because none of you bothered to tell me :hmpf_bad: and b) because I've been working my butt off in the last year and travelling a lot. It's been doing wonders for my career, but is very much to the detriment of all of my LEGO activities, both on-line and in building. I used to build two or three models a month. Now, I'm happy if I manage one a month. There's just no time to do everything I want. 

    @JopieKMy cars have been influenced a lot by pictures of the vehicles built for the parks, so I see that as a big compliment. Now, we don't have a park, but isn't a Discovery Center supposed to open in Scheveningen? That would be a stone's throw away from Madurodam.






  5. I think I may have a different perspective than most of you. I chose to build cars at 1/22 many years ago and that was determined mainly by the size of the tyres that I had at the time. However, ever since, most of my cars have been at that scale irrespective of the wheels. Why? Because I like all of them to fit together. I'd rather compromise a bit on the wheel size than on the relative sizes of the vehicles.



  6. A forum, for scale models? I found it via Lasse's excellent review of Peter's book. I used to be active here a few years ago, but felt a bit of place. Were my models Creator or were they "misc" or city? I never knew.

    I've built dozens of new models since I last posted on Eurobricks, so I'll stick to posting the last two. Both are built to my usual scale of 1/22. The first is a Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper van. I know the older rounder vans are probably more popular, but I built one of those a decade ago and I do like the more boxy models from the late seventies and early eighties. Getting the shape right was a challenge, I added a row of brick hinges just below the windows to give it the sides the right slope. Good fun.


    Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper van by Ralph Savelsberg, on Flickr

    For years I've been building classic cars from a book that I bought in the UK about 15 years ago. It's a 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside pickup truck. A much older incarnation of this model in regular blue, is still knocking around on brickshelf somewhere (remember brickshelf?), but I've now built a brand new and up-to-date version in dark blue.


    1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside by Ralph Savelsberg, on Flickr

    Eurobricks, finally!








  7. I've become a lurker here in the past few years, but this thread brings me out of semi-retirement. I disagree with the notion that it was mainly sellers and that there were fewer exhibitors. In fact, there were so many that the organisers struggled to accommodate all of us. I was one of the exhibitors, you see, and this was my tenth time at this show. The stores that sold sets were all in a separate hall, which is used in addition to the two halls of exhibits that we've had in the last years. There were some sellers in the main hall, mainly selling custom stuff and they were a minority.


  8. Nice containers. It works really well at that scale. Also a simple but brilliant solution using those headlight bricks.

    Thank you. I think the containers on the Maersk train set are a massive improvement over the older 4-wide ones, but my minifig scale trucks tend to be 7 studs wide, so a 7-wide container fits better. The headlight bricks make the containers look just a bit less like a plain box.

    May I have a closer look of the locomotive bogies?

    Is the locomotive without any motor?

    The wagons and the containers are very well done!

    Thank you. I'll see that I take a picture of one of the bogies sometime soon. They have three axles and are very long, which pretty much rules out driving any of them. Despite the size of it, there's also very little room inside the engine for a battery box and say, a medium PF motor. All the SNOT work for the diagonal stripes and the lettering takes up too much space.

    Currently it is unpowered. I did buy a PF train motor with the intention of using it in one of the wagons (with the battery box and other PF elements tucked away inside a container), but haven't done it yet. Due to the length of the wagons and the engine and the large separation between the aft coupling on the engine and the point where its aft bogie is attached, the train cannot go through a tight curve. I don't think my house is large enough to fit a full loop of track with a large enough diameter!

    It is a very detailed engine with some great container wagons. Looking at your cars and planes, I can´t wait for what´s next.

    Thank you. I think it's best to consider the train a bit of an exception in my collection of MOCs. Although I did enjoy building this, I'm not really a train builder and I also don't do a lot of minifig scale stuff. I'm currently planning a few more large scale aircraft.


  9. Wow! Amazing build. Might attempt this myself. Oh, what's SNOT lettering?

    Thank you. It is several years old, as is this topic, but by coincidence, I recently added cars to this model. This is something I did consider a few years ago, but I never got around to it.



    They are three TTX double-stack container cars, using stickers from the original TTX Lego set. I have built four containers in total, because I didn't have parts for more. Because the containers are built to scale with my trucks, they are 7 studs wide and the cars for them are just a tad wider than 8. The whole assembly can navigate a gentle curve built with flexible curve parts.

    As Murdoch17 mentioned, SNOT stands for Studs-Not-On-Top. This really has very little to do with whether or not the model has studs on top or not, but is generally used for build techniques where elements are mounted sideways or upside down, with their tops (where the studs are) not pointing up. The lettering on the side of the train is an example. It has been done in a few sets and I have done it on a fair few of my builds, such as this SWAT van.


    It gives a nicer result than using stickers and working out how to do it is a lot of fun too.

    SNOT: Studs Not On Top.

    It can be used as brick built lettering, like on the Modular buildings Cafe Corner, Fire Brigade, Pet Shop, & Town Hall. Here it's used for the large lettering on the locomotive's side.

    ...Personally, I prefer printed 1x1 tiles on trains, but to each their own.

    If it would have had small silvery or white letters against a black background, I too would have preferred printed tiles, but since it has big black letters against a grey background, I had to do something different. I guess you could say I prefer to do whatever gives me a result that looks right for the situation ;-)


  10. And my nephew would be one of them.

    But how much media attention does it get in The Netherlands?

    How many soldiers do we in total have in conflict zones?

    The Netherlands is a small country with a small military.

    We never play a major role, allways a supporting role wich is allways downplayed.

    I am sorry for your loss.

    Dutch troops have been deployed abroad ever since the end of the Cold War and that, perhaps unfortunately, isn't publicised. I think the mission in Uruzgan, in particular, was neither small nor just supporting. It involved about 1400 troops at any given time, excluding the Air Force F-16 detachment and it was very much in the news, certainly when people did get killed. The Dutch participation in Bosnia wasn't particularly small either and has been very well publicised, if only because of the failure in Srebrenica.

    That aside, I think we are actually on the same side in this argument. Perhaps a military theme is less objectionable to people who live in a country that hasn't been involved in a major conflict, but even in small a country with a small military that is usually involved in supporting actions, people will be affected.


  11. Might also have been the country you are living in.

    Apart from WW2 The Netherlands has never been a significant part of any major conflict,

    Vietnam, Bosnia, The Gulf Wars mostly passed us by, and in the latter we had no troops on the front line at al just some aircraft.

    The last major conflict we had a major part in was Korea.

    No offence, but I think the friends, relatives and colleagues of the 25 Dutch servicemen who were killed in Afghanistan would beg to differ.

  12. That B-52 was yours? How queer, I spent most of the day crowding around that, pointing out details to disinterested family members. :laugh:

    Did we actually talk? I was near my table pretty much all the time during both days, albeit looking after the cars more than after the B-52.

    It was an awesome show, I was there exhibiting the Mechabrick demo game-board both days... and this was my first STEAM event (despite being in Brickish for six or seven years, which is a bit slack!)

    The attendance last year was just under 9000 people, this year it was just over 8000 people (official numbers from the venue) so a few hundred less this year than last... it still seemed manic to me though, I could barely breathe on Saturday, kinda glad it was a little quieter on Sunday!


    It's funny how on the one hand some people thing there was considerably less stuff on show this year than last and simultaneously people complain about it being busy. Imagine what it would have felt like if we would have had more stuff on display!



  13. This was my 7th time displaying at STEAM. The guys who normally build the central train display took a break this year and there was a bit more space in the main hall because of that, but I don't think there were significantly fewer models on show than last year. These are mine:


    Steam 2013 by Mad physicist, on Flickr


    Steam 2013 by Mad physicist, on Flickr

    Check out Drew Maugan's photoset for pictures of the other models and tell me they're not impressive. Steam has some of the best builders in the UK and, dare I say it, in the world. In my view, shared by many Brickish members I spoke at the event, the show keeps getting better and better.

    There is no special treatment for Brickish members. Those of us who display obviously can get in earlier to finish setting up and we may have a little time left, if our own set-up is complete, to have a look at some of the other displays, but we cannot go much beyond the museum opening hours. There is no official word yet on the visitor numbers, although the organiser (Martin Long) told us on Saturday that the visitor numbers for that day were about the same as for the Saturday last year. I personally had the impression that Sunday was busier, but it is hard to judge. I know I certainly was very busy.

    On both days it got quieter later in the afternoon, so I'd recommend being able then to get a good look at the displays without a lot of children running around them.


  14. Thanks everyone for the comments! :sweet:

    Thanks for chipping in, Ralph! I was hoping you'd reply. Apologies for misrepresenting your techniques: I meant it to be inspiring rather than necessarily accurate; when I came across the technique in the set, I immediately thought of you so sought out some pics on flickr.

    That's cool. I always appreciate somebody pimping my pictures :wink:



  15. It is nice to see this technique with wedge plates in an official set.

    The B-52 and Eurofighter aren't really good examples. They too use a combination of wedge plates to get an unusual angle, but it's done in a different way than in the set. On the set, the right angle of a right-angled triangle is wedged in the 90 degree corner formed by two wedge plates, which is a subtly different way of making a new angle. On those jets the wedge plates are lined up along their diagonal sides and connected with plate hinges.

    However, I have used the technique used in the set as well. I came up with it back in 2008, when I wanted to build an F-5 Tiger. I almost gave up on building it when I found that there are no wedge plates that correspond to the correct angle of the leading edge. I then started fiddling around with wedge plates and realised that a combination of wedge plates could do it.


    F-5E Tiger (7) by Mad physicist, on Flickr

    Of course, I can't claim that LEGO copied my idea. In fact, it's possible other people came up with it independently before I did and LEGO's designers are more than capable of coming up with new and creative ways of combining parts, but it would be neat if they had.



  16. I've gone from being a reasonably active poster to a lurker a few months ago and my reasons are not dissimilar to those voiced by andythenorth. I still read EB, but on any given day I might find two or three threads out of the 8 pages or so vaguely interesting. I don't think that's a problem with Eurobricks as such. It's well run and properly, if firmly, moderated. It just doesn't match my interests.

    It seems almost inevitable that a lot of discussions on a forum about LEGO will be focussed on what LEGO does, and it mainly does sets. If sets are not you thing, that doesn't leave much else. I don't care about sets as anything other than as parts packs for MOCs and there's really not much to discuss about MOCs either, beyond whether you like a given MOC or not. What doesn't help is that I don't know most of the people who post here and they don't know me. That easily leads to misunderstandings and makes any sort of meaningful discussion difficult. A small forum, with people you actually know and who build things you're interested in, may work better than a large one and I think the Technic forum here is not too bad, actually, but I'm just not a Technic builder.

    I prefer flickr. It does have discussion groups, but it is mainly focussed on photographs. They're the starting point for exchanging ideas and build techniques and that works far better than a forum IMO. Another advantage is that it is easy to find people who do things I'm interested in and people who are interested in the stuff I do can easily find me.

    I'll go back to lurking now.


  17. I haven't been actively posting here in a while, but have been reading things and, I'm sorry, this thread is a bit mind-boggling. You see, I constantly work with scale when building LEGO models and enjoy doing it. I don't just want my models to look right (more-or-less), I want them to be right.

    Hobbestimus and Hrw-Amen, do you guys know how big or wide a tank should be compared to, say, an SUV or a helicopter? Perhaps it's not relevant to the sort of things you build, but I do, because I looked up the numbers, with this result (all scaled 1/22):


    US Army collection by Mad physicist, on Flickr

    Of course there are limitations to how accurate you can be with bricks. You can't really get to within a brick's width of the proper size of something, unless you're willing to make things really complicated and, certainly when building for minifigs, some compromises are inevitable, but I think you could say that my motto is that 'if the numbers are right, it will look right'.

    Green Castle, working out the size of a scale model really isn't that hard. I don't know whether you maths teachers in school scared you or what, but a scale of 1/16 means that, on your model, every length should be 1/16th of what it is in real life. That's all. It's not at all complicated. How about an example? Let's say the roof on a real building is about 8 ft. (or a little more than 2.4 m) off the ground, which is fairly typical. On a scale of 1/16 it should be 1/16th as far off the ground. Since 8/16=0.5, that makes it half a foot or 6 inches tall (a little more than 15 cm). Since a brick is 0.96 cm tall, this equates to a stack that is approximately 16 bricks tall. Hopefully this is a good starting point.



  18. This thread has been dead for a while, but it seemed the best place to put my message.

    I've been a member of eurobricks since 2005, but I spent much of the first years lurking, before becoming more active. However, in the last year or so I've felt less and less at home on EB and it is because of this that I have now decided to call it quits. It's been a blast seeing my MOCs being front-paged. I've also enjoyed seeing other people's models, have had some interesting discussions -some of them quite heated- and have gotten to know really nice people -some of whom I have also met in real life. I'm sure I'll run into some of you at events again at some point or perhaps see what you are up to through flickr. In any case, have fun.



  19. who'da thunk it?! lol!

    shame on me! look, the original quote was "requires creativity", not "increases creativity", so your smug stridency in the matter is unfounded and, quite frankly, unnecessary and unwelcome.


    If you support somebody's statement (which I apparently misquoted) and somebody else disagrees with you, referring to whoever made the original statement instead of supporting your position with an argument did strike me as a cop-out. I understand that this is unwelcome, but so be it.

    Anyway, a couple of pages ago I already wrote that this sort of discussion always strikes me as a bit pointless, to then get involved in it after all. That was bad judgement on my part and it ends today. Have fun.

  20. But which is more creative?

    1) Being given a box of Lego bricks and being asked to make something that resembles the Statue of Liberty

    2) Taking an existing 3D model and printing a one piece, near perfect, replica.

    You'd be hard pressed to find many people (AFOL or otherwise) who'd argue the latter. Sometimes placing constraints on how you do something is exactly what makes the end result more creative (and that applies across the board).

    That's a strawman argument. The relevant question is whether it is more creative to build with existing parts or to modify a part here and there to suit one's purposes. Chrome bricks or not, Bricksonwheels' models are still LEGO models and so are my aircraft with custom canopies. The printed 3D model is not.

    The question the non-purists argument ignores is, where is the cut-off point? When does the model stop being a Lego model? How would you feel if you went to a Lego convention, only to find that all the "Technic" models were actually just off-the-shelf RC models with a single Lego liftarm glued on the back? Would you still argue that it was simply creative solutions to problems?

    And that is a slippery slope argument. Nobody is arguing that an RC car with a single Technic element glued to it is still a LEGO model. I also think that the point where a LEGO model with customised parts stops being a LEGO model is very far away from modifying a few bits or changing tyres.



  21. bingo. it's in the limitations that the challenge lies. success lies in overcoming those limitations.

    heh. they've recently been airing Apollo 13 on amc. the air filter scene. good, old-fashioned, nuts-and-bolts scifi!


    That wasn't science fiction, but the way they actually did it.

    you'll have to take it up with the person who suggested it.


    That's just a cop-out. Since you agreed with the comment that building within the limitations of LEGO parts requires more creativity, Bricksonwheels' comment that it is narrow-minded can also be directed at you.

    How can limitation increase creativity?... that is just a narrow minded perspective. I love those who come with new stuff and walk new paths.

    Whatever that is, and how genuine or however, i don't care, there might be many who like it. I have said it before, if a creative mind would build something awesome, but too far from Lego in the eyes of many here, then it would be a self cleaning mechanism and the style would dissapear from the forums again, but the opposite might also happen... that is being open for new things and cherish true creativity within self regulating borders.

    I doubt Lego designers are narrow minded. :wink:

    Trying to recreate something using a limited set of bricks requires creativity, but so does coming up with new parts or modifying parts to suit your purpose. Saying that the former requires creativity and the latter doesn't is narrow-minded indeed. I prefer to build things using just LEGO elements. However, in the non-too-distant past, I used non-LEGO plastic for aircraft canopies. I felt this was perfectly acceptable at the time, since useful trans clear parts were so hard to get hold of.



  22. I just "discovered" you planes world and as I'm keen on them, I'm simply without words. HAT OFF man!

    Last year saw for the 1st time the B-52 flying at Nellis AFB Las Vegas and a dream came true and this model is PERFECT.

    BIG BIG COMPLIMENTS for all your models, especially planes, you left me without words *huh* *huh* *huh* *huh* *huh*

    Ciao flavio

    Thank you very much, Flavio. I've never seen a B-52 in the air myself, but have seen one in the Wings over the Rockies museum in Denver. Last year, whilst I was in Washington for Brickfair, a B-52 flew over the apartment I was staying at, but unfortunately I was sat on the toilet at the time (with some intestinal discomfort due to Korean food I'd eaten the night before) and missed all the fun :sick:



  23. This topic is like asking "Mac vs. PC". There is no point in even asking the question because everyone builds for different reasons and therefore their opinions will be just as valid is anyone else's. We will never get "community agreement" because there is no right answer. How about we agree on this: "Enjoy your LEGO Technic". As long as you are doing that, I'm not going to complain.

    If you make that "enjoy your LEGO" full stop, I'm with you. This is the LEGO Technic, Mindstorms & Model Team forum, after all.


  24. This sort of discussion always strikes me as a bit pointless.

    I personally don't glue or paint or cut parts (with the exception of flex tube and stickers), but I do use custom stickers and plenty of so-called illegal connections. I stress elements all the time. I couldn't build a B-52 with a 5ft wingspan otherwise. Some people stick to 'legal' connections. Custom tyres are OK for some people but not for others. Some people may think that all parts should be made by LEGO, but are also OK with using Brickarms or other 3rd party vendors. I know people who will only cut flex tube to lengths that LEGO has made in sets or who feel that cardboard is fine as long as it used to be part of the box that LEGO came in. I think you may be getting the picture: we all have our own sets of rules that we apply to our MOCs and they are always largely arbitrary.

    The only exception is the rule that somebody else should be able to build it from instructions (and even that allows cutting flex tube), but frankly I don't give a toss about whether or not somebody else can build something I came up with. It's my hobby and I make my own rules and I am certainly not going to change the way I do things for the sake of somebody else's largely arbitrary rules.