NathanR

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  1. NathanR

    Chiron gearbox problems

    Thanks! Actually, I managed to find a seller on brickowl who differentiated between the old-style unreinforced and new-style reinforced axle hole variants. The old style gears run amazingly smoothly! I've finished the main gear box and I'm now understanding why so many builders have complained about the amount of friction in the whole drive train, it makes me really glad I got the old gears.
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    Chiron gearbox problems

    Sorry to hijack this thread, but I've run into the same problem. I'm on Step 86 of the Chiron, and already the tan and black bevel gears (20t and 12t) are clicking loudly as they move, It takes quite a bit of effort to force them to turn. The gears look ok, and have enough space between them that they should be moving freely. Do you mean to sand down the circular sides of the gears, or the rectangular blocks on each tooth? It seems to me that the problem is that the rectangular blocks on the teeth of tan and black bevel gears are catching on each other as they turn, with the blocks making the teeth almost snap into position. I'd like to build the standard Chiron (it's only my first build through), any suggestions for a simple fix? I read that the older 20t gears work better, but bricklink doesn't distinguish them - any tips for tracking down the right version of the gears? Our could I get away with swapping the 20t and 12t pairs for 24t and 8t? Would that be buildable? Would it dramatically change the apparent gear speeds in the assembled car?
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    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    The tripod isn't a Lego piece, it's Playmobil: https://playmodb.org/cgi-bin/showpart.pl?partnum=30-61-9330 Nice scene, by the way!
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    If they can reproduce the actual typewriter mechanism (push a key on the keyboard, and it causes a hammer to strike the paper), instead of the current design of a crank handle on the side to lift some of the hammers, then I might be interested. But I'm very wary of this one until I see how the Piano turns out. I loved the idea of a playable piano, and the mechanism of an actual piano was cleverly reproduced, but if the piano doesn't make any musical tones, is it really playable? Also, one set with 26 different printed designs?? The letters will be a sticker sheet for sure.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I... what just happened? Home Alone I understand, it's a popular movie though not one I've ever seen or have much interest in. Seinfeld I've never even heard of - why is this so popular? And I would have thought the Typewriter was a little too similar in style to the upcoming piano to stand a chance. I'd been really hoping for the aquarium, the Winter Chalet, and it would have been awesome to have Bionicle make a final comeback. I can't help but feel deflated with this round of results. But in any case, congratulations to the winners!
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    Disney Princesses 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Wow, they look nice. Would have preferred Mickey's face to have the more modern flesh tone rather than a black-and-white look. They're also absolutely huge! The ears are 8x8 circles, and the display bases look to be about 24x24 studs!
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    42112 Concrete Mixer Truck

    Alternate builds on the back of the box was a standard feature of all Lego sets, at least in the 1990s. It was a neat way of suggesting that you could build other things with the bricks in the box. However, they disappeared in the early 2000s because Lego kept getting so many requests for instructions to these models - no one could work out how to recreate them!
  8. @Scrubs This looks fun. Will we be able to use the render farm to output final animation sequences?
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Hmmm.... time to fire up LDD then. I have a vision of a Classic Space astronaut, fishing in the Moon's Sea of Tranquility, while standing on a tensegrity-floating platform that hovers over Della Duck trying to repair her crashed Spear of Selene. Definitely gonna have fun running that through the Lego Ideas IP filter...
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    BIONICLE The Mask of Light - Avengers: Infinity War mashup

    Wow, that was impressive. I actually want to get hold of this movie and watch it now.... and I'm not even a Bionicle fan!
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I wish I knew how those guys were doing it. It's one thing to have a good idea, and quite another to market it - what's the secret to successfully promoting a project and whipping up support for it?
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    Resealable bags question

    For storage bags, I originally used resealable sandwich bags but this seemed to affect the pieces (the Lego started going a bit sticky). So I switched to museum quality archival storage bags made from LDPE: https://www.preservationequipment.com/Catalogue/Archival-Storage/Photographic-Storage/Polyethylene-Zipper-Bags The high grade versions of LDPE are supposed to be completely inert and won't affect the contents. I've been using them for a while now, and the bricks seem fine. I still have issues with the bricks coming out a little sticky, but I think that may just be residual oils from my skin left on the bricks after handling. Best results seem to be had from leaving the bricks loose in a cardboard box.
  13. The 1967 Doctor Who story "The Evil of the Daleks" introduced the malevolent ruler of the Dalek empire. Its bloated brain occupied a casing that was over three times the size of a normal Dalek, incapable of movement and hardwired into all of Skaro's control systems and battle computers. However, the Emperor met his match when he ensnared the second Doctor and his companion, Jamie, in a devious plot to turn the Daleks into an unstoppable fighting force. The Doctor instead imbued the Daleks with the "Human Factor", which made them start questioning their orders and turn on their Emperor. The story climaxed with a massive firefight within the Emperor's throne room, as the elite black Daleks tried to exterminate all the humanised daleks. The Emperor Dalek, unable to move and having lost all control over its empire, could only look on and helplessly scream "Do not fight in here!" This playset includes the 2nd Doctor, his companion Jamie, a silver dalek, an elite black dalek, an exterminated dalek, and the Emperor Dalek (with hinged front panel to reveal the mutant inside). It was an older MOC I discovered in my archives, and it seems that several years ago I uploaded it to Lego Cuusoo, but never got round to sharing here. I've updated the dalek mini figures to follow the designs from my recent chess set, made the Emperor's plinth dark blue, and given the Emperor a slightly more secure connection to the plinth. I'm quite proud of the cylindrical construction used for the Emperor's head, but it relies on a 3mm bar that has a slightly flimsy connection to the central column of 2x2 round bricks inside the Emperor's base section.
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    LEGO City 2020 - Rumors, Speculation, and Discussion

    60264 doesn't do much for me but I love the new undersea base! It's way better than the 60096 Deep Sea Operations base from the 2015 line up. I love the inclusion of the sea bed, this will definitely be a day one purchase :)
  15. After 7 years, I'm not surprised... If you run LDD 4.3.11, you can place two copies of 44359 inside 44358 to form a sphere inside the holder. Do the upside-down one (i.e. the half of the sphere that goes right into the cup holder) first. You can then rotate the entire sphere by clicking on either 44359 with the hinge tool, and the sphere will spin in the holder.