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  1. Love what you've done with the rotor ... rather authentic. One mechanism I always wanted to replicate is the 'fingers' on the header's rotor, pulling in the wheat, as they move always parallel to one another. That would require building at a larger scale though.
  2. You should give this a try ... totally autonomous, and no operator needed. Must have good WIFI though :)
  3. The Scout is the predecessor to the RCX, and as such, fair to assume they work essentially the same? How about THESE scouts (I have 5+2 ... lol), are they programmable at all and useful for other functions than intended? ? They have built-in light and touch sensors.
  4. I must have missed it the first time. The steel balls, are those to increase the mass moment of inertia and keep the angular speed somehow constant ?
  5. Thank you all, those are fantastic finds. Keep them coming :)
  6. lol ... I'm talking about the colors ... magenta/azure/... :) Psst ... a large number of men are color blind and can't distinguish shades of gray/pink/lavender/turquoise/... etc
  7. I've had (still have) almost every old iteration of Mindstorms, starting with the one developed for MIT 6.270 30+ years ago, and I've also been away for sometime from Lego. Now I see there is a new contender on the horizon i.e., the 51515. I've read some reviews where some people are happy while others not so. The various complaints stem from: 1. Missing Screen/Display - some were hoping for a color LCD as a natural evolution from EV3 2. New components/connectors - one needs to invest in a whole new 'eco-system' 3. Lack of compatibility with prior versions - this was not the case going from NXT to EV3 I'm looking for a more 'complete' assessment (without much researching/reading). Can someone point to a useful link? I'm contemplating getting a 51515, but rather hesitant due to the above points. Thank You.
  8. Thank you very much. I just ordered them, along with your Torsen differential. The holidays will include some Lego time :) One more question. What parts I need to support the blades? I'm thinking something similar to this Lego part, with more attachment options.
  9. Thank you for the kind comments, and for the fun link/thread. That's an absolute beauty to read :) I have a couple of Control Lab units with a good collection of Light/Temperature/Touch/Rotation sensors. Hoping one day I find the time to build something 'useful'. Nothing that compares to the link below, but nonetheless very rewarding. Cheers.
  10. What an inspiring/refreshing thread! Read it all and enjoyed it (Loved the youtube video with all the 'Lego computers evolution'). Glad to see I'm not the only 'technology hoarder' on here. I don't go that far back in history, but I love it when simple things do work, and are easy to debug. Yes, none of those systems compares with the EV3 self balancing robot, but the visuals and how everything works is refreshing. Keep up the good work, some of us are following (and very curious).
  11. If I combine the two expressions then, you're saying: RI >= EV3 >>>>> Spike Translation: 1. Stay away from Spike (why the downgrade?) 2. RI slight improvement over EV3
  12. Great work as always Effe. I'm interested in building a heli-rotor with both collective/cyclic. Your shapeways page shows few options. What parts are required to build a 4 (or 6) rotor system? Thank You.
  13. Yep, in 70+ years, we've come a very long way. Though to understand the basic operation, those dinosaurs get the point across ... together with the picture below. Can you imagine what the 'write speed' to those devices was? I should stop here as I'm digressing way too much from Lego, but here's a good read. https://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/memory-storage/
  14. A rather impressive plotter that you came up with. Congrats, much more elegant than the one they had with the RCX 2.0.... except for the pneumatic pen holder :) You bring back a memory of a visit I made to Boston's Museum of Science, about 30 years ago. Back then, admission to the museum was free with student IDs from few schools. They had the devices below on display. Anyone knows what those are?
  15. Thank you ... the end of an era then... The contents/colors suggest a mix of system+technic+friends ... are we moving towards an all-inclusive (gender) STEAM environment? It might be safest to crawl back into my cave and pull out my 2954 ... Yes, I do have a USB to Serial adapter and few micro-motors :)
  16. The second combo does not have friction either. If you want friction, use Bionicle-style connectors for poseable figures, such as the three below. These do have a lot of friction, and high clutching power as well. and
  17. I was browsing for few sets I'd like to build over the holidays. Then came across two posts that were rather not too 'honest'. 1. Slythering Toves by @aneth - on aliexpress.com, they sell a complete set (non-lego) 2. @berthil's Staggering Lift GBC - Was looking for instructions, then someone on youtube decided to post a video 'discussing' those instructions Don't people have nothing better to do than profit from other fellow humans work?
  18. It's one of my all-time favorite sets, and congrats on owning a unique set. It's amazing all the functions TLG achieved given the 'limitations' of the then hybrid build (mix of studded and studless). My other 2 favorites are the 8455 and 8043, all 3 sets are a must-have in my book.
  19. This is a very nice thread, and I've always thought some day we can make all of our 'toys' talk to ne another. Example? How about running my DJI FPV Joystick (motion controller) to control lego contraptions and/other hardware ... Yes, one needs a very detailed/flexible API but not too crazy I think. There is one PROBLEM however with this thread: Lego is available/sold everywhere in the world ... but sadly that is not the case for FisherTechnik. I visited Germany many years ago, and you guys have a much wider collection of 'toys' than us west of the ocean. I'm grateful we at least have Arduino and Raspberry PI over here. Oh, has anyone heard of Lincoln Logs? ... It's a very primitive 'construction' set available here. Enjoy your new 'fusioned' hobbies/systems. PS. I was not aware liftarms come now in magenta :)
  20. Question is self explanatory ... Which set, made you realize Technic has undergone a radical transformation, and it was time for you to come back? For me, it was a combination Williams F1 Racer and Mindstorms RCX 2.0. I was in Hanover, Germany for a summer assignment back in 2003, visited one of their stores ... and there stood this blue and white F1 racer ... Did not recall Lego could build such large sets from 1x16 bricks (or 1x15 liftarms). The new curved panels and flex axles looked almost 'organic'. Next to the Williams, was a bundle of Mindstorms RCX 2.0 + Vision Command. It was rather expensive back then, but when I got back home to the US that fall, I ordered the RCX from Shop@Home. Somehow the F1 Racer was no longer available.
  21. I'm with those who say have clear housings for motors (and pneumatic pistons and LAs). One good thing about having transparent housings is so the curious amongst us need not break those assemblies just to see what's inside ...
  22. Very impressive, can't wait to see the end result. One thought if I may: To increase torsional stiffness (between center hub and outer structure/ring), the spokes/strings should NOT be pointing towards the center of the wheel, but away from it, just like in a bicycle wheel. This will make for a much stiffer/rigid construction. Of course, it's only a thought ... from a mechanical engineer :). Best
  23. I would caution against lubrication. The problem is, if you add some lubricant today, that will collect some dust and become serious 'paste' in a while. If the set contains no electrical parts, I wash the whole thing in soapy water. I even let the set sit overnight in hot water. Machine detergent is best as it 'eats' the grime like no other.
  24. I'm sure those who have sets with the 'old' flex-system can relate to this. The inner cables that came with many flex-system sets are notorious for breaking easily and availability on BL is not the best. Has anyone come up with a replacement option for the inner cables? Finding a cable is one thing, making the indentations is another ball game. Yet, I'm hoping someone out there already figured this out.