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  1. thank you very much.... if i understand you right, you have used @jb70 's BI und added your mods, right? i have already built the 1.1 Pimp up your Lambo so now i would be very convenient, which steps have to be changed - so for example i'm wondering if you have changed anything in book1 because all changes to the exterior are in book2...? so: is there a chance easily finding the changes between the 1.1 Pimp Lambo and your MODs? again thanks a lot!
  2. Kumbbl

    42128 Heavy Duty Tow Truck

    well, maybe a little OT here, but lets talk about the gearbox of the Sian, because it is a good example for what i want to say: TLG often compromises a design for the sake being as easy as possible to build. i have build the Lambo Sian out of the box as guided by the official TLG instructions and i have build it a second time with the wonderful enhancements of @jb70 and @Didumos69 - of course the resulting gearbox of the "pimp up my Lambo", designed by @jb70and @Didumos69, is way better than the one designed by TLG: less friction, less gear mesh, more compact - BUT: the design of TLG is without any doubt easier to build without bad performance - not so well working as @jb70's one but still a reasonable performance - i for myself like the little challenges of designs like that one of @jb70, but i'm sure a lot of people out there, the key customers of the Sian, prefer the easier build - and the experts of a forum like EB are NOT the key customers of a model like the Sian... so my conclusion: The requirement specification for the TLG designers contain some goals which have nothing to do with the plain functions or looks of a model.... just my 2 cts
  3. Kumbbl

    42128 Heavy Duty Tow Truck

    god, i love this - such a leap forward in playability... well, old style dispatcher gearboxes save space but are mostly much worse to use: you need always two hands, one on the battery switch for changing direction (with the additional pain sliding unintentionally over neutral position), one on the function-switcher...
  4. @jb70: your 1.1 pimp up your Lambo is a pure pleasure to build - not so babylike as the standard lego BI but with a little challenge... the only feature i have rolled back is the added friction for the rear spoiler --> this prevents the spoiler using the full travelpath - but apart from this: my hat to you, sir jb70 ;-) surely one of the best and most elaborated supercars out there and by far the best of your three pimped cars - the packed drivetrains are a pure pleasure... some steps have to build with a slighly differing part sequence but overall the BI is absolutely satisfying! Thanks a lot for offering for free!!
  5. Here my top 3 of excellent deals: 1. mobile crane 8053 + PF set 8293: Together for just 60€ incl. shipping and original instructions and boxes in very good condition. This is not used as main model because 8421 and 8431 are way better cranes but i like the 8053 for these reasons: - good variety of useful parts for MOCs - The B-model Harbour crane: "...This crane is mammoth, and it looks spectacular, one of the best b-models I have ever seen Technic come out with..." 2. Unimog 8110 in quite mint condition for 105€ incl. shipping, original instructions and box in mint condition 3. Excavator 8043 for 97€ in quite mint condition (incl. instructions and box)
  6. Hi, first of all thanks a lot for this beautiful and nifty MOC! But i have a question about the rear steering.... when built as shown in the BI then there is more or less no steering lock an the rear wheels cuase of s lot of backlash and restitance of the rear axle steering arms/mechanism I suppose the performance of the rear steering depends strongly on the resistance of the combination of the 57515 dark bluish gray steering arms and the x873c01 Technic 4 Ball Joint Steering Arm With 3 Pin Base - if both were too strong then the rear steering performance is quite low... if you find a pair with a not too strong connection then it works great... therefore my question: anybody out there with the same finding and how to change the linkage resulting in bigger rear steering lock?
  7. Hi all, i'm wondering what is your opinion about the most ingenious solution in an official lego technic set a Technic Lego set or MOC? I will start with one: The nifty door opening/locking-solution of the 4x4 off-roader 8466 is IMHO truely ingenious - i mean the meachnism which is based on pushing/releasing this cute little part: which in turn locks or releases the car-door... With one word: astonishing - the designer should be proud of this solution.
  8. Hi, Just seen this really incredible D model of 42009: Have i overseen the Thread of this MOC? Of yes please apologize and please delete my thread. One of the best c model i have seen. Incredible lowering of the upper deck and perfect looks. Would be a great MOC if build from any parts. But as a c model: just outstanding IMHO MrTekneex, are you planning BI? Would paying any amount of € ;-)
  9. I have often read that the rims/wheels of 8448 are the best TLG has ever made concerning proper steering geometry - if this is right, then i ask myself the following question: There are so many oustanding supercar MOCs (e.g. made by crowkiller, sheepo, Juergen and some others) but no one uses these rims. Why? because they are too rare? because other needed parts do not work together with them? Can somebody please enlighten me? Thanks a lot!
  10. Kumbbl

    42100 - Still a toy?

    one of the most sophisticated replys i have seen here....well spoken. And: cleverly constructed and designed (meant in the sense like e.g. N. Kuipers designs and uses parts: which is the best part in a certain situation and always with the goal in mind to make a rigid and suitable construction) i see really no problems to produce a very playable model from a set of about 4000 parts - even more with quite direct drive trains as with the case of 7 motors some counterexamples like the bugatti doesn't be playable cause of having too many parts or weight but only (and really ONLY) cause of the lack of a proper design...
  11. @NKubate: i also appreciate a lot your write ups - please go on... thanks a lot
  12. Eric, very interesting reading material... i fully agree with you concerning the "over-designed" bugatti... but i'm quite sure there are some constraints for the TLG designers imposed by Bugatti... i'm very sure that your suspension geometry would have been never rubberstamped by Bugatti because the real suspension layout is completely different... same for the closed underbottom... Nevertheless eager awaiting further progress and maybe BI for "your" incarnation of the Chiron !
  13. i can confirm, that there is a huge difference between the out-of-the-box suspension and the MODed one by Didomous/jb70: the former one doesn't react the latter one performs very well... or with other words: the former one is a complete misdesign... IMHO the Retail bugatti is a full pitfall cause of its 0% playability cause of the actually not working suspension and the in fact unsteerabilty - even the padels for the gearbox are quite unaccessible for mens hands --> so i can not praise enough the "pimp my bugatti" package of @jb70, because it preserves 100% the design and looks but adds 1000% usability cause of its working suspension and its two HoGs, one for steering, one for gear-switching (the latter one AKA as gear-indicator) - without these MODs the bugatti is just a pretty bunch of well packed bricks, panels and beams, nothing more - just useful for a showcase or as parts pack... just my 2 ct
  14. @jb70: Just building your pimped bugatti (now already with box 6): its a real pleasure to build this improved version - works like a charm and especially these mods are IMHO essential fixes: - suspension: now working on both axles - HoG steering: the most MUST of all - HoG gear-switching AKA as gear-indicator: also very useful - Your door mechanism and especially the "locking" is quite genius - kudos! so in your incarnation the Bugatti ranks easily within the best supercars out there... thanks a lot for compiling the BIs! @nerdsforprez: have included your small fix for the air-brake - very good finding, works well now.... thanks a lot too!
  15. Thanks a lot - this is a real supercar as in the good old days of lego where form follows function and not vice versa ;-) BI looks very good.... can't wait building it - kudos to all participants
  16. I have just finished Andrea Grazis Tow Truck - a model which belongs a long time on my must-build-list. I would like to share some impressions about this outstanding model - mainly to give this quite old model the attention it deserves still today BTW: second reason: This topic should fulfill one requirement for being added to the Eurobrick Hall of Fame: The existance of an own topic - well here it is ;-) IMHO this model should be part of the HoF... here for a size comparison side-by-side with the 8285 Tow truck: IMHO the 8285 looks like a toy beside the Grazi boss ;-) One important remark: The two pictures above are the only ones made by myself. Reason: The brickshelf folder of Grazi (http://www.brickshel...ery.cgi?f=74562) contains so many good photos for all purposes so i decided to reuse them for this "review". Facts and feature list: First some facts - for this i use Blakbirds very good readme.txt (from his brickshelf folder - thank you for this good writing up) about this model - text in italic (where necessary i have added an amendment - to each feature i have linked the related module from the brickshelf folder of Andrea Grazi): This magnificent Tow Truck MOC is the work of Grazi. It is clearly based on the general look of the 5571 Black Cat rig, but it expands on the original in every way. Besides being much bigger, it is packed with Technic functions. It is even larger and more functional than the 8285 Technic Tow Truck and has many more pieces. The list of features on this is long: Front Wheels: Steer via HOG through several u-joints. Entire front axle is pendular from front ball joint and sprung in the rear allowing for both vertical motion and roll. Steering linkage telescopes to accomodate the suspension travel. A u-joint is used as a slip fitting. A lateral link is used to prevent rotation of the entire assembly. Rear Wheels: Dual rear axles each with dual tires. Entire 8 wheel assembly is pendular front/back and side/side. Each individual corner is also sprung on a longitudinal swing arm. Two rear differentials. Amendmend Kumbbl: IMHO the whole suspension setup on front and rear axles is one of the best and niftiest i have ever seen for heavy lego trucks Mid Wheels: Can lift or deploy via pneumatics. Two sides share a common pneumatic source so they are self-balancing. Amendment Kumbbl: Has an implicit slight suspension, both wheels can swing up and down independently. the wheels are castered and can turn with a rubberband based return-to-center-mechanism Engine: V-6 located under opening hood. Connected via drive shaft to rear differentials. Drive shaft takes a circuitous non-linear path through the body to avoid mechanisms in the way. - Crane: Lifts via 4 pneumatic cylinders arranged in pairs end-to-end. Telescopes via an electric motor geared down immensely. - Winch: Dual drive winch driven by an electric motor. 2 hooks. - Rear Pad: Liftarm raises via a pair of pneumatic cylinders. Pad folds out via pneumatic cylinder. - Outriggers: Dual rear outriggers deploy via pneumatic cylinders. Powerful enough to lift rear of vehicle. - Compressor: Driven by dual motors and dual cylinders hidden in sleeper. Power cut-off by pressure regulator using a cylinder and pole reverser. Compressor feeds hidden air tank. - Body: Hook opens by pivoting forward. Doors open. Cab includes coffee maker, television, gauges, steering wheel, and seats. Sleeper includes tool kits and skylights. Fuel tanks hide the battery box. - Control Panel: Left side contains a hidden control panel with 2 pole-reverser electrical switches and 5 pneumatic switches. Amendment Kumbbl: The control panel is hinged so it can be "closed" when not needed so both sides of the truck look equal - Statistics: Over 4000 parts. 12 pneumatic cylinders, 2 pneumatic compressor pumps, 5 pneumatic switches, 1 airtank, over 20 T-fittings. 4 Electric motors (2 high speed, 2 low speed). 12 rare Black Cat wheels and tires. --- end of Blackbirds readme.txt ----------- Now some own impressions of the building experience and the whole model: Looks: The model is a perfect blend of a model team shell with a wagonload technic inside and belongs concerning this to the top models out there. This render above is made by blakbird - you will find some very impressive renders at Blakbirds brickshelf folder (http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=372128) like the following one: Pneumatic marvel: The model is an pneumatic marvel above of the level of the 8455 TLG backhoe. But the most impressive fact is not the shear number of cylinders or valves but the oustanding guidance of the air flow from the compressor to the tank and from there to the valve-panel and from there to a dispatcher and from there to all the pneumatic functions - and the > 5 meter hoses are not only squeezed into the free spaces but are very carefully and professionally routed and supported by rigid hoses - just as real machines! And this is really outstanding - so overall for me this is the best pneumatic model i know (better than 8455 and 8868) and a MUST for each pneumatic lover. One remark: Most photos here show the oly cylinder style of 8868. But apart from the compressor air regulator the instructions of blakbird are based on the modern type of 8455 - so for the boom you need the rare and expensive cylinder brackets. But it is also no problem to build the whole model from the old-style cylnders... so the model is also very impressive without its shell, s.a (for me one of the best model shots) - which is also not self evident. Building experience: The feature list is quite impressive but what have impressed me even more is the oustanding modularity which is not self evident for the studded area of building - as you can see here very well - http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=121602 - there is really for each function or encapsulated building block an own modul with an own ldr-file... so you can build frist all modules and then when all modules are ready you assemble the full truck - it is a very very good design of a very experienced lego builder. The full model is about 70cm long, consist of more than 4000 parts and is quite heavy but the inner structure is very stiff and doesn't bend which is achieved by a very professional usage of studded technic beams reinforced by liftarms. The overall building experience is very challenging - well, Blakbird has made professional stepped PDF-BIs which were available for free a long time (now for 1$ at mocplans - http://mocplans.com/...71towtruck.html) so building the modules is not really difficult (but sometimes it is very helpful to use the ldr-files to see hidden parts where the placement is not clear in the BI - anyway: Big big thanks to Blakbird! Remark: I have added a lot of comments and explanations to the PDF which corrects very few mistakes/errors and makes some things clearer - if anybody is interested in this commented PDF do not hesitate to ask. Blakbird, if you are interested i could send you my version so maybe you could make public them. Eurobrick member EdmanZA has compiled a pneumatic landscape available here: http://www.eurobrick...75#entry1724680 - it is a helpful indicator but in my experience often it is better to find the routings and then cut the hoses to the needed length. And finding the routings of all the hoses and electric cables and putting together all the electrical and pneumatic models in the right order is the real challenged which gives you a great building fun! Overall you have the impression during building that this model is designed by an expert who nows exactly where to put each part regardless if a small 1x1 plate or a pneumatic cylinder - the whole design breathes to be very well thought out and mature - despite the fact that the model has an extremly high detail level there are no superflous parts - kudos to Grazi. back to BI: There are a handful outstanding tow trucks out there in the same league of Grazis (from Sariel, MLonger, Dikkie Kjiln and maybe one or two more) but apart from Dikkie Kjilns model this truck is the only one where stepped BIs and full detailed photos are available so at least an experianced builder can rebuild the model. Costs: This model is very expensive because you need as starting point 2(!) sets of "Black cat" 5571. Reason: 12 rims/tyres of these unique and very rare and expensive wheels (just these 12 rims+tyres would be cost ~ 250€ at bricklink): and you need eaxctly these wheels because: a) the truck will look out of scale and would loose some of its really boss look if buld with current wheels - the modern tyres will be too small for the mudguards... b) even more Important: the ground clearance of the two rear axles and their suspension System ( BTW: this truck has the best and niftiest truck suspension i ever saw in a huge truck lego model - on all 4 axles!) be too low ie. more or less zero. I addition the model uses a bunch of parts which were unique at 5571. So a good starting point is: 2x 5571, 1x 8448 (contains a lot of needed parts), 1x 8868, 1x 8455 (for pneumatic) and 1x 8275 (for 4 cylinder brackets) - these sets contain about 3000 of the needed parts of the Two truck - then you need 2 of the quite expensive geared motors of 8479 and 2 ungeared old motors - finally you need some bricklinks orders for about 1000 parts (in germany i have paid about 180€ overall for these bricklink parts)... Conclusion: This model belongs easily to the absolute Top-MOCs out there and plays in the champions league. Believe me: The real live model looks even better than on these pictures and the building can keep you busy over some weekends with hours over hours of building fun. very expensive but IMHO worth every cent. Kudos to Andrea Grazi. And here again my suggestion of adding this model to the HoF. PS. All links at one place: Rebrickable: http://rebrickable.c...Grazi/tow-truck Grazis brickshelf Folder: http://www.brickshel...ery.cgi?f=74562 Blakbirds brickshelf folder: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=372128 Mocplans: http://mocplans.com/...71towtruck.html
  17. @jb70: Great to see the pimped bugatti is makeing good progress: 8<-->1 gear box working smoothly, very well done gear indicator/HoG-gear-switch (BTW: great! ), HoG-steering, working front-suspension - IMHO all essentials are dealed with these mods... thank you very much (and also too these who have contributed their ideas)... one remark to the gear-indicator: Could a thin 1x2 black liftarm even be more nice? Not sure if there is a possibility to prevent the vertical axle from peeking out?
  18. Are there possibilities to add a gear-indicator? Something like that what have been added to the Porsche? i had the hope that this could even be easier as with the Porsche....
  19. well, in this case i admit i does not really matter - but imagine a quote where the original post is far away then you have only a quote in french and the english answer but you can maybe not understand the correlation between the quote and the answer... anyway: IMHO all contributions incl. quotes should be in english here - but i'm not a Mod so just take this as a friendly hint and nothing else ;-)
  20. @chox: May i ask you preventing your browser from translating all quotes to french? This is an english forum
  21. @jb70 If you really give consideration to such a pimp-package for the bugatti (as with the Porsche) then i have a plea: Please wait some time because i'm sure there will come up some other MODs here, at least for the Front axle (e.g. Didumous69 one or also DugaldC approach with torsion bars)... Didumous gearbox mode for a 8<-->1 box is also great... anyway: a pimp would be great, thanks already in advance ;-)
  22. Indeed Thank you for sharing - now one of the two major flaws is fixed - Now if we would get a better front suspension too the model would be already really good and quite useable...
  23. Kumbbl

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    indeed - not the best angle... ;-)
  24. Kumbbl

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    strange argumentation... if they knew the problem then it would have been their job to fix it - and tell me not, that full time designers at TLG are not able to find a fix - @Didumos69 has postet a fix (even if unproven) after about a week after the release, just based onto pics.... how much better are the conditions for a TLG-designer?! - hey, we are not talking about a not perfectly closed gap in the bonnet but we are talking about the most basic function of this model (together with steering): If this function fails the model can more or less not be used - unless for being displayed but nothing else... This attitude to rush out the high prize model despite knowing serious faults does not match with the communicated quality standards of TLG - and an answer of AR in the interview like "Everything has to be right. It’s a Bugatti. Everything has to reach the top level, both when it comes to authenticity and functionality. Nothing is left to chance." is then just a joke, a bad joke....
  25. Kumbbl

    42083 - Bugatti Chiron

    100% agree. As I already said - the more or less unsteerabilty and the failing front suspension are the main faults of this product - all other stuff is at least ok or even very well done and pleasing but these two are unacceptable - at least IMHO...