erix

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  1. This set has a lot of nice parts and if it were marketed as a small “Supercar” it would probably receive less hate. We have a saying in the automotive industry: “You can’t polish a turd.” The grotesque bulbous blob with random angles that the corvette has become in recent years is very much an overripe turd. You can’t make a good looking version of that car with Lego in any scale! i will buy at least one of these sets as the price is good for the parts and i can probably make a much nicer looking car using just these parts. My only wish is that the licensing fee portion of my purchase doesn’t go to chevy to reward them for building such an ugly car.
  2. Target stores have been carrying several Technic sets for the past year. Over Christmas I saw 42039 in one store in Minneapolis. Our local store currently keeps 42040, 42037, 42036, 42032, and 42031 on the shelves..
  3. This doesn't look like the 24hr car suspension at all. That car uses the old dark gray "a-arm" style, this one appears to use the single arm style as used in the snowmobile model. Also, take a look at the closeup view of the front wheel: where are the steering knuckles of the big gray hub? This might be using the same little hub that the snowmobile used as well.
  4. I found some gold wheels and thought I'd try a JPS version of the cart. I replaced everything I could with black parts. Mocking up the curved panels with arms makes the cart look pretty chunky but it kinda reminds me of old F1 cars from the 70s. Hopefully we get some black, white, and red curved panels soon...
  5. I really like this set but the steering bothers me. The large turning radius is unfortunate but the notchy feel of the floppy orange steering lever is less than race-ready. I appreciate the unusual design detail of the mechanism but in racing, function always precedes form! Here is a quick and easy steering mod that makes turning smoother and tightens the radius a little bit. Take out these parts: Next, get a gear rack and some other parts and put them on like this: Get a big tan gear and put it where the steering flapper was: Note you need to replace the 9-stud on top with (2) 3-studs to allow room for the gear: This is a great set, let's see some other mods!!
  6. Awesome! That looks great - and cute at the same time!
  7. Thanks for the comments! The model has been around three years, not two as I orginally thought. Yesterday it was dropped and too much trouble to put back together so now only these photographs remain! I guess it was time for it to go. ok, erix
  8. I'm embarrased to say this model has been around for over two years. I never thought of showing it but agrof's Class 1 buggy made me want to show it as the Baja Boot, built in 1967, could be considered the very first purpose-built off-road race car. Built in secret by Vic Hickey, an independent inventor and engineer who built special projects for GM, with access to GM's latest technology, the Baja Boot was unlike anything else raced down the Baja peninsula. It had a steel tube space frame with a 450HP mid-engined small block V8 mated to the then-new TH400 automatic transmission. A Dana 18 transfer case sent the power to Corvette independent differentials at each end wich terminated in disc brakes and giant 36" tall Goodyear tires suspended from Oldsmobile Toronado FWD hubs. Torsion bars were used instead of coil or leaf springs. This model doesn't have torsion bar suspension, motors, remote control, or even (very) functional steering. It was built for display, hence the dust! The battery box is the perfect scale for he orginal's gas tank. I had to make many trips to the Bricklink well for this model... Buried in the frame is a V8 engine that turns with the wheels. Nowadays you couldn't run the radiator unprotected like this! There's a few studded parts in this model. Differentials front and rear with Sariel's two-speed transmission is in the middle. The steering is pretty janky but it works. Not as heavy as the Unimog but not a lightweight model for sure! The Boot began it's racing career at the second ever Baja 1000 in 1968 after being purchased by Steve McQueen. It was raced competitively until 1980. It won the Baja 500 in 1969 and participated in many of off-road racing's most famous events including multiple Baja events and the Mint 400 in my home town of Las Vegas. A great history of the car, as well as lots of pictures, can be found here! Larger pictures can be found in my Bricklink folder here! ok, erix
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    [WIP] [MOC] The Thing

    This is beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest.
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    [WIP] 63 Chevrolet Impala

    As much fun as I had in that car there are no pictures of it. Probably a good thing. I had a *LOT* of fun in that car!
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    [WIP] 63 Chevrolet Impala

    Nice work so far! Excellent suspension! How did you know I used to have one of these too? It was an SS, 283-2V, ridiculously low without air or hydraulics, about 1985 or so. Jeez I'm old....
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    [TC6] '66 Chevy C-10 Kustom

    Nice work! That's a hard hood to model in Lego, so is the roof. It's amazing how many contours are on those trucks that you don't see until you have to wet sand one prior to paint!
  13. I got an 8048 Buggy for Christmas and that brought me out of the dark ages and into technic at the same time. Within a week of getting it I already created my first MOC!
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    [TC6] '66 Chevy C-10 Kustom

    Oops! I misspoke! I did use one fat cylinder on each end, not the skinny cylinder. Looks like the difference in diameter of the bore radically changes the delivered force, check this online calculator: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/pneumatic-cylinder-force-d_1273.html Doubling the diameter of the piston quadruples the force!