DLuders

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  1. As Aanchir noted on this Eurobricks post, The Lego Group (TLG) has finally written down their stance concerning "guns and Lego". From their most-recent Progress Report 2010, TLG wrote on printed Page 26 their: "Guideline for weapons and conflict in LEGO experiences" "A large number of LEGO minifigures use weapons, and are – assumedly – regularly being charged by each others’ weapons as part of children’s role play. In the LEGO Group, we acknowledge that conflict in play is especially prevalent among 4-9-year-old boys. An inner drive and a need to experiment with their own aggressive feelings in order to learn about other people’s aggressions exist in most children. This in turn enables them to handle and recognize conflict in non-play scenarios. As such, the LEGO Group sees conflict play as perfectly acceptable, and an integral part of children’s development. We also acknowledge children’s well-proven ability to tell play from reality. However, to make sure to maintain the right balance between play and conflict, we have adhered to a set of unwritten rules for several years. In 2010, we have formalized these rules in a guideline for the use of conflict and weapons in LEGO products. The basic aim is to avoid realistic weapons and military equipment that children may recognize from hot spots around the world and to refrain from showing violent or frightening situations when communicating about LEGO products. At the same time, the purpose is for the LEGO brand not to be associated with issues that glorify conflicts and unethical or harmful behavior." Nevertheless, for mature AFOLS, there is no denial that Lego tanks (such as those produced by Sariel and Mahjqa) ARE COOL, and display some of the best examples of Lego TECHNIC mechanisms.
  2. Willgorman posted this of a large LEGO MINDSTORMS Mars Curiosity Rover: He wrote, "Doug Moran and I built a LEGO MINDSTORMS model of the Mars Curiosity Rover for the Build the Future in Space event at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The rover contains 1000's of LEGO Technic and MINDSTORMS bricks, and is 100% pure LEGO with no glue. Four of the six wheels are powered, and the rover can make 360 degree turns. The arm and mast are controlled via a separate NXT via bluetooth, and the rover is driven via a separate NXT Joystick designed by "Philo" [Philippe] Hurbain. Special thanks to LEGO for providing all the plastic, and NASA for hosting a great event where we got to display the rover and build with the many families visiting the Kennedy Space Center! Check out BattleBricks.com for more information about the rover and other LEGO MINDSTORMS projects. You can learn more about the LEGO and NASA partnership at LEGOspace.com." "The Rover Drive Control is a direct decendant of Philo's NXT Joystick. Thanks Philo!" @ Philo: Can you tell us more about your collaboration? I see you have PDF Building Instructions for your NXT Joystick:
  3. On his Flickr photostream, RoscoPC posted images of his Lego Technic racecar collection. Here are some of his finest creations: LEGO Lotus 43 BRM: LEGO Lotus 79: LEGO Brabham BT46B: LEGO Ferrari 312T: LEGO Tyrrell P34: LEGO Lotus 49B: LEGO Brabham BT46B 2010: LEGO McLaren MP4-4 Work in Progress (WIP) -- "The McLaren MP4/4 was a highly successful Formula 1 car that competed in the 1988 Formula One season. It was designed by Gordon Murray, who based the design on his lowline Brabham BT55 car of 1986, and American engineer Steve Nichols. It is one of the most dominant Formula One cars ever built, winning all but one race in the 1988 season."
  4. On his LEGOstudio Model Gallery, ISOGAWAYoshihito posted his cool Lego Technic OMNI WHEEL CRAB with several detailed pictures so you could possibly make your own:
  5. On his Brickshelf gallery, Sheepo posted several pictures for each of these three Lego Technic "Return-to-Center Steering" configurations. "Return-to-center standard system using specific piece - x928cx1" (Known as the Lego Hockey Spring) (3 pictures): "Return-to-center type 1. With medium size and high accurate, this is de most recommended." (5 pictures): "Return-to-center type 2. It is a smaller version of the type 1, more compact but with some less precision and not suitable for engines larger than a PF M." (4 pictures): "Return-to-center type 3. It is the larger but equally effective, ideal for high torques and flat spaces" (4 pictures):
  6. George Staples (saberpurple) posted this of six different types of vehicle suspensions, using simple Lego Technic models. Here are excerpts from his discussion on MOCpages, he wrote: "This is a suspension tutorial, or a idea guide for suspension systems. I have included 6 suspension types each with their pros and cons, and best uses.... 1) TANDOM PIVOT: The tandem pivot is built to connect two axles together, and have a central pivot point. Pros: Two axle have suspension; compact size; Fair ammount of travel. Cons: Axles move together; No "squish" in the supension; Lots of friction when driveing axles. This type of suspension is good for smaller MOCs. The size is limited to the tire size, and smallest Technic beams. 2) PENDULAR: The pendular suspension is another very simple design. It's basic idea is wheels on the sides, and a pivot point in the center of the axle. Pros: Has the best travel(distance from lowest point of suspension to highest; Simple to build; Good for small MOCs; Steering can be attached easily, and steering shaft can be the pivot shaft. Cons: No "squish" in suspension; When one wheel moves up, it tilts the wheel onto it's edge; If equipped on front and rear, cab of vehicle tips over. My suggestions for using this suspension are: use this mainly for front axles, If used for rear and front axles rubber bands must be used to level....The main problem with the rubber bands is that it's hard to get the cab level, and keep it level.... 3) RUBBERBAND PUSHDOWN: The rubberband pushdown suspension is fairly simple, but more complex than the preceding suspension types. The reason I named this Rubberband pushdown is because the rubberbands push the suspension rods down. Pros: Squish in suspension; Adjustable squish by tautness of rubberbands; Versatile size. Cons: Suspension provides little Roll (side to side bounce); Can be rater stiff unless used with large vehicles; Can bend axle. One thing you have to make sure to do when building this type of suspension is to make sure the axle is properly secured to the frame. I had to use 8 rods from bending forward and backward. 4 rods are adequate to make this work properly, just make sure the axle can't bend too much. 4) LEAF SPRING: Pros: Uses only lego pieces; Good for heavy vehicles. Cons: One size (Realativly speaking); Very stiff; Adding steering can be a pain. This suspension is very stiff, and has almost no roll. When building a model with this suspension, you need to make sure to fortify the frame, so that the suspension actually bends instead of the frame. I recommend this for only large vehicles, If you want a similar type of suspension for smaller vehicles use the rubberband type. When building this for a rear axle I suggest using the rectangle piece shown here, and the differential that goes with it. It is the simplest design I have found so far. Just make sure to attach the rectangle piece to the bottom of the rods. If you want a tutorial on how to build the leaf spring, I have one on . 5) INDEPENDENT: Pros: Each wheel moves on its own; Wheels don't tip when moving up and down; "A" arms are provided and can be easy to set up. Cons: Steering can be a pain to get straight; Dimensions are limited when using A arms; Can be hard to fit in small models. This is my favorite type of suspension, because each wheel can travel on its own, and are not attached via solid axle. Another good thing about this suspension is that you can adjust where the springs go, and there by adjust the "squishyness" of the suspension. 6) PNEUMATIC (AIR BAG): The pneumatic suspension system is unique in that it is readily adjustable. Pros: Adjustable; Linear design; Can be used for a variety of vehicles. Cons: Requires pneumatic parts; Can bleed off axle is only attached at one pivot point; Hard to add multiple drive shafts. ...One good thing is you can adjust the height of your MOC, and you can adjust the suspension tension. I would recommend this for trucks, and maybe the occasional tricked out car. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * If you use the LDD for a MOC, or use the leaf spring/Air Bag on a MOC, a little credit would be much appreciated. Thank you for looking, and please comment. I spent quite a while on this! [Lego Digital Designer] (LDD) files are available for the following:" Leaf Spring Pendular Rubberband Tandem
  7. Alasdair Ryan recently found this interesting Lego Technic website made by Italian AFOL "LegoTechnicModel05": "Welcome to the first website where you can find building guide to alternative models [of] Lego Technic using the kit you already [have].... If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will always be updated on the releases of new models with its accompanying instructions....But in this website you will find not only the instructions to alternative models but much more." LegoTechnicModel05 maintains his Facebook page that outlines the addition of various Lego Technic alternates. He also has a nice collection of his own model designs. Nice find, Alasdair! So far on his "Building Guide" webpage, LegoTechnicModel05 has these alternate Building Instructions for: 8043C "Snowmobile": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpTKETi-xq4 8258 Tow Truck "RC": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzPLHGJ4pd8 8053C "Terex": YouTube video link 8070C Supercar "RC" based on the Pagani Zonda: YouTube video link
  8. On his Flickr photostream, Jeroen Ottens posted 6 images of his Lego Technic F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft. It looks something like Grohl would make! He wrote: "This model is made from LEGO Technic. It has the following features: - Electric controlled - Canopy - Cannon - Swing wings - Landing gear - Landing gear bay doors - Steering of front wheel - 2 Engines - Pneumatic compressor - Pneumatically controlled - Brakes (main fuselage+wings) - Arrester hook - Flaps (front & aft on main wings) - Glove vanes - Air Intake Control System doors - Main landing gear lock - Manual controlled - Vertical flaps - Differentially controlled stabilators - Air fuel intake nozzle - Ejection seats"
  9. Here's a Lego Technic "Linked Cranks" puzzle made by aeh5040. He wrote that it is "My Lego implementation of the "linked cranks" mechanical puzzle, invented by Oskar van Deventer and Bram Cohen, as seen here: ", where "The object of the puzzle is to turn the wheels and have all the dials point in the same direction." Maybe one could design a 6-face analog clock with this, or maybe this could be a "stress ball"-type thing to relieve tension at work? Or, you could calm and hypnotize yourself with ssugawara1955's powered "Lego Technic 8 20 24 Teeth Gears Combination" gizmo:
  10. On his Flickr photoset, 2LegoOrNot2Lego posted 6 pictures of his completed "LEGO model of the Bell B30D Articulated Dump Truck with tracks. This is another model in the scale 1:17,5 to fit my other models. It features: 3 sets of PF light units, XL powered drive, M motor powered articulated steering, M motor powered dumping and M motor powered air pump to operate the tracks. Of course it all operated remotely with a PF remote control except for the pneumatic switches which are operated manually." This shows its features well. He had previously posted this of it running in the Dutch snow, and of it on a Lego trailer. He is bringing his MOCs to "Ede" in The Netherlands -- is anybody on this Forum going to attend?The Lego pneumatics can tilt the tracks, and they can also be turned off for the tracks to align themselves automatically. "...They can be turned off; all switches are operated manually. The main switch is basically 'ON' or 'OFF', so it the system is closed and the air pump fills the system with compressed air. Or the system is off, then it is just open and air flows in and out freely. With this the tracks can adapt to the surface." Ingmar Spijkhoven describes his MOC in detail on MOCpages. :thumbup: His Brickshelf gallery also contains pictures (when made public). "Length: 54,4 cm / 21.8” (69 studs) Width: 22,2 cm / 8.7” (28 studs) Height: 21,8 cm / 8.9” Weight 2,40 kg / 5.30 lbs"
  11. Blakbird noticed that Han posted a NEW "Truck 8x4 with Detachable Lowloader" on the Technic LEGO site of Han http://www.designer-han.nl/lego/index.htm . Look for it at the left side of that webpage, under the heading "Design Models". Han wrote that his new MOC is a "Detachable lowloaders are used to transport heavy construction vehicles over the road by powerful trucks. These trucks are optimized for this purpose (engine, multiple axles, extra fuel tanks) and operated by specialized companies as Brouwer, Mammoet/Seumeren, van der Vlist to name a view in The Netherlands." Here is the [updated by Han to show a bottom view and gooseneck lifting): "The requirements for this model were: Ability to load the original Technic Lego® set 8275 (Remote Bulldozer), 8043 (Remote Excavator), 8265 (Front Loader) and the Prinoth Leitwolf snow groomer. As such, the gooseneck can handle a load of max. 3kg's. The challenge in Technic Lego® was the stiffness and the pneumatic lifting construction of the deck. The truck is remote controlled, but can be switched easily into manual operation (steering, driving) by shifting gears on the model. "Until today, this is the largest MOC I designed (3.747 parts). It took about 3 months to design, 2 months for the instructions. Hope you like it!" The dimensions of the total combination (Truck with Lowloader): * Length: 130 cm * Height: 21 cm * Width: 16 cm * Width with extended deck: 19 cm * Weight: 4,7 kg (including batteries) * Cargo weight: 3 kg max. * Cargo length: 42 cm max. * Cargo ground clearance: 2 studs min. * Number of parts: 3.747 "Truck 8x4 (Remote controlled or Manual) -- The dump truck 10x4 (see elsewhere on this site) was the basis for the design process of this truck 8x4, which means that most of the functionalities are comparable. The technic functions are: 2 axle steering, working V8 engine, differentials on both rear axles, power functions head-lights and power functions XL-motor for driving / M-motor for steering. Compared to the dump truck 10x4 - except from appearance (color, redesign grille and bumpers) - both steering axles are mounted 1 stud towards the truck's front side and are operated by the new 1x13 gear racks (part 64781)." "Drive train: A power functions XL-motor is used to drive the truck. The force of the XL-motor is geared down in a two stages to the both differentials which drives the 4 rear twin wheels. The whole drive train is equipped with twin gears on each axle to apply the force from gear-axle to gear-axle. These twin gears are used to prevent damage to the gear tooth. The XL-motor is pretty well able to drive the total combination, including a cargo load of 3 kg. However, my strong recommendation is to use only the 8879 'IR speed remote control' unit due to it's ability to control the speed of the XL-motor in multiple steps. Just applying the 'full speed' of the XL-motor from a 'stand-still' position of the total combination will result in too much stress on the whole drive train (as is done with the 8885 'IR remote control', who lacks the speed control). "5th wheel: A technic turntable is used for the 5th wheel, together with a static connection to the gooseneck (i.e. decoupling the gooseneck means removal of an axle-10 which can be easily done). The reason for this construction is to assure a smooth ability for the total combination to turn curves, as well to make sure that a detached gooseneck will stay connected properly to the truck." The technic specifications of the 'Truck 8x4': * 4 axle truck, first 2 axles steered * Turning cycle correction for 2nd axle (with gears) * Remote controlled, ability to switch to manual operation * Working V8 engine, including fan * differential unit on 3rd and 4th axle, interconnected * Headlights equipped with Power Functions LED's Non-technic functions are: * Cabin doors open & close * Cabin can be opened for engine access * Raise-able wind deflector * Towbar Details applied: * Dashboard with coffee machine and coffee cups * Fuel tanks, air compressors and air filter units between the wheels * Fire extinguisher, exhaust pipe * Spotlights, flashlights, horns and airco-unit on cabin roof The dimensions of the 'Truck 8x4' are: * Length: 45 cm * Width: 14,5 cm * Height: 21 cm * Weight: 2,3 kg (including batteries) * Number of parts: 2.052 "Detachable gooseneck with Lowloader -- As seen on the pictures, the lowloader is mostly build with the traditional studded bricks. Especially the deck is fully based on bricks, because bricks provide a much more stiff construction compared to studless beams. It took some development time to find the optimal balance between deck stiffness and minimal deck height with an acceptable ramp angle. The outcome is a deck being able to load cargo with a minimum ground clearance of 2 studs, with an acceptable sag of the deck when loaded with cargo. The deck is mounted precisely in the middle of the 3-axle assembly, which has a pendular suspension mechanism. This is necessary to prevent tipping of the 3-axle assembly when the gooseneck lowers the deck. All the axles of the assembly consists of twin-wheels. The platform height of the 3-axle assembly is very low to support the bucket of an excavator. "Expansion of the deck width is possible by mounting so-called 'deck extenders' which are stowed within the gooseneck stock area. These deck extenders are equipped with flashlights and warning signs." "The detachable gooseneck is able to handle a cargo load of 3 kg ! First I considered the new PF linear actuators, but again I experienced pneumatic cylinders have more advantages (appearance, necessary space, no difficult gearing system, force). Disadvantage is not being able to couple/decouple the gooseneck remotely, although manual assistance is needed anyway to mount the gooseneck firmly to the deck (by applying so-called 'locking bars' = axle's pushed through the technic holes in the deck and gooseneck). "The gooseneck has 2 independent pneumatic circuits. One for lifting the deck, and one for supporting the gooseneck on the truck's chassis when decoupled. The truck has an gooseneck 'auto-center' function; as such the gooseneck will center and locks when lifted. The deck is lifted by 3 pneumatic cylinders in parallel and holds ~ 2 bar / 30 psi of air pressure when lifted with 3 kg cargo. "The gooseneck is equipped with a stock area, a spare wheel and ladders for access." The dimensions of the 'Lowloader' are: * Length: 102 cm * Height: 16 cm * Width: 16 cm * Width with extended deck: 19 cm * Weight: 2,4 kg * Cargo weight: 3 kg max. * Cargo length: 42 cm max. * Cargo ground clearance: 2 studs min. * Number of parts: 1.695 There is MORE on Han's website -- too much to list here for this new MOC! Find the Parts List and BUILDING INSTRUCTIONS (in PDF and MLCAD formats) there!
  12. On the Sheepo's Garage website, there are details of this clever LEGO Technic Modular Platform System. He wrote, "Probably the most popular vehicles to build MOCs are the Supercars. We all love cars and the more fast and sports better, but if someone wants to make a Technic Supercar in big size and some complexity (scale 1/10 is the most used) and you don't have a good knowledge of the techniques, build it can be very complicated and end up as hopeless. "This system was created with the idea of ​​helping all those people who want to make a supercar at approx. scale 1/10 and still not have enough knowledge to start, or want to make a car with more advanced specs as Ackerman steering, camber angle and do not know how to do it. What is a Modular Platform System? "A modular platform system is a set of mechanical elements 100% compatible with each other to suit your needs. "In this case the system haves of three elements: front axles, central chassis and rear axles. These elements are designed so that you can combine as you like, you choose the front axle you want, the frame that you like and rear axle, join it directly and you have your perfect base for your Supercar!! "All axles are designed and tested for use 68.8x36 ZR tires which are very common and good aesthetics. "Important note: The instructions are made with SR 3D Builder because in LDD doesn't exist [for] some of the parts used, as the suspension arms 6L....You can download instructions (SR3D model) for all axles and chassis presented here: Download " There are many more details & pictures on his website. :thumbup: The MPS is well explained on Sheepo's :
  13. Are you missing the official stickers for a classic Lego Technic set? On his website http://tonyst170.free.fr/lego/stickers/technic.htm , Tonyst170 has posted detailed, downloadable image scans of the stickers for these Lego Technic sets: 8868 Air Claw Tech Rig 8880 Super Car 8280 Fire Truck 8479 Bar Code Multi Set (pictured below as a typical example) 8448 Super Street Sensation/ Super Car Mk II 8450 Mission Experience Pack [supersonic aircraft] 8457 Power Puller 8466 4x4 Off-Roader 8454 Rescue Truck 8439 Front End Loader 8421 Mobile Crane/ Crane Truck (also pictured below) 8285 Tow Truck 8273 Off Road Truck 8292 Cherry Picker 8294 Excavator 8295 Telescopic Handler 8297 Off Roader II 8258 Crane Truck 8264 Hauler 8265 Front Loader 8043 Excavator (New!)
  14. I read somewhere that there is a VARIATION in the resistance of the 60c01 Lego Technic 24-Tooth Clutch Gear, but I can't find the source now. I recall that there are at least two different colors of the CENTER of the Clutch Gear that means a different resistance to torque. Does anybody know which center color is weaker/weakest? So far, I've found this article on TechnicBRICKS: http://technicbricks.blogspot.com/2008/02/...nic-clutch.html . It says "The Clutch gear has 2,5-5 N.cm stamped on its face, which is the torque rating of the Clutch....The clutch gear can transmit a maximum torque of from 2,5 to 5 Ncm (0,018 to 0,037 ft.lbs or 0,22 to 0,44 in.lbs)." According to Bricklink ( http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=60c01 ), the 60c01 "Technic, Gear 24 Tooth Clutch" seems to come in only one color/variety, and Peeron ( http://peeron.com/inv/parts/60c01 ) does not distinguish between any variations in torque resistance. Could folks glance at their white 24T Clutch Gears and see whether: (1) They notice different-colored CENTERS, and (2) Whether there's something else stamped on their parts other than the usual "2.5-5.0 Ncm"? I have two 60c01's in my hands -- one has the "2.5-5.0 Ncm" on it with a Dark Gray (Dark Stone) center, just like the left photo below. The other one has only two "Lego" names on it with no number, and a Dark Bluish Gray center (just like the center photo below). Hmmmm.....
  15. MasaoHidaka posted this about "How to make my own LEGO Monorail [first video shown below].We can make the Rail without special brick. Please check " " [second video shown below]. You can check running Monorail: " " [additional video]I submitted this Monorail in LEGO CUUSOO. I would like to be given 1000 supports: http://www.cuusoo.com/LEGO/user/025434/0011/ ."
  16. 1992's "Air Tech Claw Rig" Set 8868 is regarded as one of the best Lego TECHNIC sets. As an old-style "studded" model, the 970-piece set used pneumatics in its "claw". On his Brickshelf folder http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=433149 , "Benny3000" has made "A studless adaptation of the legendary 8868 set. Made for a Setechnic challenge." He has 4 pages of photo-sequence building instructions for those who want to replicate it.
  17. Check out "Barman's" fantastic Lego Technic helicopter inspired by the battle scene in the blockbuster movie "Avatar". This excellent MOC was submitted as part of the Feb 2010 "Lego Technic Challenge", but a single photograph doesn't do it justice. This has got to be the COOLEST helicopter ever built using Lego parts. Brickshelf folder: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=420825 . YouTube video: .
  18. 14-year-old "Nico24" just posted 8 photos of his "Trophy Truck" over on SeTechnic: http://www.setechnic.com/Forum/topic2904-30.html (look at the third page). For those who don't speak French, here is a rough English translation: http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_url?doit=done&tt=url&intl=1&fr=bf-res&trurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.setechnic.com%2FForum%2Ftopic2904-30.html&lp=fr_en&btnTrUrl=Translate (scroll 1/4 of the way down the page). [i wonder if "Nico24" is a relative of "Nico71"....] The MOC features knob wheel gearing, steering, suspension, and nice rollcage and front brush guard. Here are some of the pictures:
  19. As recently noted by Parda/ gabrielruitort on his Technic Delicatessen, Coney/ Contech7 made an amazing of his Lego Technic Tow Truck rescuing an off-road vehicle. His Brickshelf gallery has 21 large pictures of it (but which exceed Eurobricks' 800x600 pixel limit). Coney/ Contech7 wrote: "This is a tow-truck that I made based off of a Ford F-750. I wanted to make it in more of a traditional "Technic" style, meaning some manual functions mixed with some Power Functions. The manual functions include propulsion, steering, and boom extension. The motorized functions are operated by a 4-way gear box driven by one PF M motor. The motorized functions include the crane raise/lower, rear outriggers, winches, and rear tow fork. There is a 8878 battery box located in the extra cab that is turned off/on by pushing one of the warning lights on top of the cab. The model has a working steering wheel and a functional 6 cylinder engine w/fan." Length = 69 studs; Width = 19 studs; Height = 20 studs Lego Power Functions (PF): 1 ea. 8878 PF Battery Box, 1 ea. PF Medium Motor, & 1 ea. PF Switch Manual Functions: Propulsion, Steering, & Boom Extension Motorized Functions via Gearbox: Crane raise/lower, rear outriggers, rear tow-fork, & winches "I actually tried to motorize the boom extension at first but it looked horrible and took away from the look of the truck. But because I knew from the start that this model would have some manual functions it didn't bother me much to do it this way. This way is more in line with an official Technic set like the 8258 for example, which also featured manual boom extension. As far as the rear tow rack, your right, I didn't have much space to work with."
  20. On his Flickr photoset, BricksOnWheels posted 8 photos and wrote that this is "My first build of 2012, a classic Peterbilt 359. This is a Lego model build in 1:13 scale. I wanted to keep the color scheme simple but efective. I love the dark grey which I started to use last year. I used some new techniques on the chassis and air suspension, and tried to bring the detail to the next level on the engine and drivetrain. Another new detail is the flip bumper on the front, to keep the truck low when the strees are bumpy. The model consist of about 4000 bricks, where some were retrofitted with chrome plating. The wheels are since many years out of Lego production. The ones on this truck have been in my posession since 1984." "December 2011 saw a very nice anniversary competition from Lugnuts, a group of Lego carbuilders. I entered a 32'Hot Rod, and won 2nd price. Within the price package was Mater from the Cars II movie. My daughters build it before I could even look at the box. I thought it was fun to take a picture of it in 'action'. Thanks Lino and Nathan for the nice contest! Here you can read more about it: http://lugnuts-cars.blogspot.com/2012/01/stuff-dreams-are-made-of-roundup.html ."
  21. On his website, Han recently posted many pictures and a detailed description of his Lego Technic Articulated Hauler 6x6. He wrote: "The technic specifications of the 'Articulated Hauler' are: * 6x6 drive-train, whereof each wheel-unit has it's own differential unit * Remote controlled driving (PF XL-motor) and steering (PF M-motor) * 3-point suspension on both rear bogies, interconnected with a 3-point bogie beam at both sides of the trailer chassis * Independent Tractor - Trailer movement by rotating hitch + frame steering * Steering based on double Linear Actuator mechanism * Working steering wheel within the drivers cabin * Working V6 engine, including fan * Manual pneumatic tipping of dump bed by 2 twin-cylinder units * Headlights equipped with Power Functions LED's Non-technic functions are: * Swing-down front grill * Engine hood open/close * Maintenance 'doors' at both sides of the Tractor Details applied: * Dashboard with coffee machine and coffee cup * Battery box appearance as air filter unit, including exhaust pipe * Spotlights, flashlight, horns on cabin roof, steps for cabin access The dimensions of the 'Articulated Hauler' are: * Length: 58 cm * Width: 17 cm * Height: 22 cm * Tractor - Trailer steering: 33 degrees * Rotating Hitch: 360 degrees * Tipping angle: 43 degrees * Ground clearance: 4 studs * Weight: 2,4 kg (including batteries) * Number of parts: unknown yet * Development time: ~125 hours * MLcad time: unknown yet....Adobe PDF building instructions & MLcad files [may be made] probably end of this year, if I have enough spare time left to create them."
  22. For those (like me) who have not seen Blakbird's Lego Technic collection, here are a few pictures posted on his Brickshelf gallery a few weeks ago. I missed my chance to see it on the first day of Brickcon 2011, but perhaps I'll have another opportunity someday.... This has got to be the largest Lego Technic collection outside of The Lego Group's internal collection, since Blakbird owns every single Lego Technic set ever produced plus a lot of great MOCs by the world's best Technic builders. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. He has more Lego: "Some modular houses and monuments not contructed yet." [
  23. Joshua Ciesielski recently posted this of his Lego Grumman F-14D Tomcat which he modeled in Lego Digital Designer (LDD). It has a realistic, "swing wing" construction of the aircraft featured in the popular 1986 movie "Top Gun". He wrote,"My LEGO Grumman F-14D Tomcat model has 1,644 parts, costs $350 & has 40 points of articulation. Took a month to design on LEGO Digital Designer. Check out more detailed pics & my other models on MOC Pages: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/250020 ." There, you will find a link to the LDD .lxf Building Instructions file. Using LDD Manager, I made a PDF Parts List document available on MegaUpload here. On MOCpages, Joshua Ciesielski wrote, "This is my greatest creation, 1,644 pieces or 4 lbs of LEGO. Been wanting to do this one for a while but my "skills" weren't up to the task. As all your comments keeped my F-35B Lightning II on MOC's home page for over a week, it made sit down & try. It has 40! points of articulation, 2 more than my F-35B. The main landing gear was the hardest to enginer (about 2 weeks), for the gear doors close just like the real plane. The swing wings were actually easy, & the mechanism that allows both wings to swing actually worked the first time (luck). I think this is one of the best LEGO F-14s (except for Mad Physicist [Ralph_S on Eurobricks]. If you're not familiar with him, check out his models on Flickr. NO ONE makes better LEGO vehicles)."
  24. Are your Lego Technic MOCs limited by TLG's wheel and tire selection? Is your snowcat sinking into the snow? Well, BrickVista has this two-page article about how to build ROVER WHEELS for driving on loose snow, sand, or dust. They have 11 Wheel Designs that you can download in LDRAW format. They are designed for the BrickVista Models which you can download. Here is a brief summary: "Solid wheels need a fairly large LEGO® wheel as a starter. The large Technic Motorcycle wheel and tyre combo is a great ‘seeding’ wheel. Often the tyre is left on and built over as it adsorbs the slight variations in circumference generated by an outer layer of LEGO® elements. In some cases this can be used to give your wheel some internal dampening": "Spoked wheels are truly LEGO® wheels. They are constructed entirely from LEGO® elements: Technic elements for bracing and standard LEGO® elements for tread and cleat detail. Due to the internal structure of a spoked wheel the smallest working diameter available is about 100mm with no theoretical upper limit, however practicality suggests a functional wheel diameter of about 200mm as being quite achievable": "The spoked wheel building method offered the most versatility in wheel diameter, width and tread configuration. Construction centers around a spoked core from which the wheels outer perimeter is supported. The rather odd looking Technic propeller found a very suitable home here": "The center axle holds three layers of supporting beams, each containing 6 spokes. The spokes are comprised of Axle joiners and 3 unit Axles (with stud) integrated to the outer wheel layer by 1 x 2 Technic bricks interlaced with 1 x 4 Hinge bricks. Intermittent Technic bricks housed a ½ Technic Pin": "The exterior of the wheel is covered with 2 x 8 plates pressed onto the exposed Technic pin and axle studs. A large Technic Turntable is fitted to the reverse of the wheel to allow for fastening and drive supply. Motors, and or gearing can be mounted directly to the turntable": "The feature of this design is that it allows for various tread and cleat configurations while maintaining a common wheel core. Wheels with very different tread configurations can be made with relatively simple modifications": "The design of the spoke layers also allows for various width wheels – The wheels illustrated above a are 8-stud wide wheels, but 6 or even 10-stud wide wheels would be quite feasible to build without losing any structural integrity. By adding hinge brick elements to the wheel’s perimeter you can also increase the wheel’s diameter. Again the wheels illustrated above have an outer layer comprised of eight 1 x 4 hinge bricks yielding a diameter of approximately 120mm. The next size up, would use ten, the next twelve, fourteen and so on. The tread connection detail of each wheel type would be consistent, so your tread elements are reusable, however each wheel size would require a unique spoke configuration and design. However the system is scalable, Just imagine!" LUNA EXPLORER (LDRAW file) -- Ideal for that last minute Luna saunter, the Luna Explorer wheel has large open tread with a deep bite – great for climbing crater walls. Built over a solid wheel core these wheels are super wide and have great lateral strength. Now you can really find out what it’s like on the Dark side: ARCTIC REACH I (LDRAW File) -- Designed specifically for snow and soft surfaces this wheel offers a large, wide footprint. Specially designed cleats provide lateral wheel stability while stationary, yet enable you to carve it up on the slopes when a crowd is around. With 6 point fastening per spoke layer, even the heaviest of Rover will not stretch these babies: ARCTIC REACH II (LDRAW File) -- A true snow boot. Arctic Reach II is light (reduced 4 point spoke fastening) wheel designed for hard, low resistance icy terrain. With a smooth tread pattern to reduce point loading, straight line cursing is the order of the day: SAFARI SPRINT I (LDRAW File) -- A wheel designed for rough rocky terrain. Linear cleats provide for aggressive grip while the thin wheel width (4-stud wide) reduces overall resistance. Built over a solid core this wheel is a great outdoor all rounder: SAFARI SPRINT II (LDRAW File) -- Need a wheel that’s light, sturdy, doesn’t slow you down? The Safari Sprint II has a 6 point spoke design with light, low resistant cleats. Good on and off road: ROCKY'S REVENGE I (LDRAW File) -- The wheel that started it all, Rocky’s Revenge is the ‘classic’ rover wheel. Built over a solid core, this wheel has massive deep linear tread and a recessed hub with conical fastening. Your Rover will know no bounds. Suitable for four, six, even eight wheel rovers. Be adventurous, try a pair on, and see where you can go: ROCKY'S REVENGE II (LDRAW File) -- This wheel is a gumboot – It loves the wet. An optimized tread design allows for increased maneuverability, more accurate steering and mobility control without loosing any of the features of the original. Built over a very hefty solid core with a massive 8-wide tread design, a webbed hub allows for added traction when submersed or traveling through wet muddy ground. Hold you breath and give them a go: YOGI CUB (LDRAW File) -- An adapted design of Joe Nagata. A simple solid wheel construction, with an exterior tread wrapping. A light wheel with great maneuverability and bite: YOGI SCOUT (LDRAW File) -- Your all round street boot, designed specifically for urban (and social) environments this wheel offers a large, wide footprint without sacrificing mobility. A unique wheel construction allows for interchangeable tread profiles to suit every occasion. With 6 point fastening per spoke layer, this wheel is tailor made for urban exploration: ARCHIMEDES FLOW (LDRAW File) -- Ever get that that sinking feeling? The Archimedes wheel has a unique, interleaving spoke design which is mesmerizing to watch in action. A supper light, 6-stud wide wheel, the Archimedes performs best over loose rocky ground, Sand and light snow (and large piles of LEGO® ) – They just shred it up. The only thing these wheels won’t do is go slow. Available in funky ‘flex’ colours, and custom widths: SKATA BOY (LDRAW File) -- A hard in-line wheel built for polished timber floors and smooth concrete half-pipes. Super low profile tread and massive rims ensures maximum expression – take them for a spin and have instant cred:
  25. On his Brickshelf gallery, djtermoz posted 18 pictures and a of his "Small utility vehicle Terex ASV ST-50 Scout with trailer." He also has posted LDRAW files for both portions, so you can built this yourself. Lego Power Functions elements are packed into a small package.