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  1. 9v track power problems - advice needed

    Do you have a multimeter? It can be used to check the tracks and cables for voltage and also test for shorts.
  2. Very nice UP EMD family. Did you get a printer that can print on vinyl?
  3. REVIEW: 41001 Mia's Magic Tricks

    Thank you. Yes, it did take a bit of time to get here. I started it in July 2013 and it was graded in April 2016. Then I needed to do 2 more reviews before I can post it. Good thing there is no time limit in Reviewers Academy. Thank you. Thank you. I had to make sure the set has been properly aged in a cold basement cellar first.
  4. EB Members Title Archive

    Bronze BoBS IT Dept I think WhiteFang added Bronze to my title for achieving Bronze in EB Reviewers Academy.
  5. Logged in. It won't show results for me even when I didn't vote and clicked on "show results".
  6. 3RD party bendable track

    How tight a radius do you need? I think LEGO flex track can go tighter than R40. You could also try using a heat gun on LEGO or 3rd party individual rail pieces and form them to the radii you need.
  7. The Technic Confessional

    I recall a bunch of brown axles in Pirates sets. Yellow and red axles also show up in Friends sets. 41324-19 by dr_spock_888, on Flickr
  8. INTRODUCTION: Ready, aim, fire. Can you shoot the apple off hedgehog's head? I won this set in a contest. Can't go wrong with free LEGO review. SET INFORMATION: Number - 41120 Name – Adventure Camp Archery Theme – Friends Year – 2016 Minidolls – 1 Pieces – 114 Price – $12.99CAD, $9.99USD, £8.99 Links: Brickset - https://brickset.com/sets/41120-1/Adventure-Camp-Archery BrickLink - http://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=41120-1#T=S&O={} LEGO Product Summary Hit the target to help Mia win the archery trophy! Practice your skills with LEGO® Friends Adventure Camp Archery. It features a bow with shooting function and a target that falls over when hit, along with picnic accessories and a shelter to rest and watch the little hedgehog in its den. Includes a Mia mini-doll figure plus a hedgehog. Includes a Mia mini-doll figure in sportswear plus a hedgehog. Features an archery range with a knock-over target, a bow with shooting function, a shelter with a chair to rest on and a den for the hedgehog. Accessory elements include a trophy, flag, apple, sandwich, bottle of water, cherries and a barrel with projectiles. Fire the bow to hit the target and knock it over. Sit on the chair in the shade to enjoy a lunchtime sandwich. This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 6-12. This set includes over 100 bricks. Archery range measures over 1” (4cm) high, 2” (6cm) wide and 1” (3cm) deep. Picnic shelter measures over 2” (7cm) high, 2” (6cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep. Hedgehog den measures over 1” (3cm) high, 1” (3cm) wide and 1” (3cm) deep. Combine with 41121 Adventure Camp Rafting and the 41122 Adventure Camp Tree House for more Adventure Camp challenges! THE BOX: The front of the box shows Mia shooting targets at the Adventure Camp Archery. She has a barrel full of crossbow stud ammo. There is a shelter for her to rest and have some snacks. Hedgehog also has a hog house to rest in. The box has curved sides of the Friends line of boxes, plus the image of the fives Friends on the corner. The back of the box shows the features and accessories of the set. You can see Mia resting and going for a nice sandwich. The target has a knock-out bullseye. Mia is feeding cherry balls to the hedgehog. This side of the box contains URL to get service, origins of manufacture, copyrights, UPC bar code, item codes and notice of responsible packaging. Here you have text in several languages and graphics warning not for 0-3 years-old. This is the non-North American version of the box. This side has more text in several languages, warning graphics, and a 1:1 scale image of the hedgehog. INSIDE THE BOX: There are two bags of parts and an instruction booklet. The bags are not numbered. It may not be needed for a small set. Although I find I can build faster with numbered bags. Here are the contents of the smaller bag. You get a printed 2x2 bullseye target round tile. There are a couple of cherries and an assortment of flower/leaf pieces. Here are the contents of the larger bag. You get an apple and a hedgehog. The hedgehog has only been available in 4 other sets. You get one crossbow that first appeared in the 2015 Millenium Falcon set. THE MINIDOLLS: The set comes with one Mia minidoll. Mia is sporting new torso and legs for 2016. The same torso and legs would later be reused for the 2017 Friends Heartlake Sports Center set Mia. THE INSTRUCTIONS: Here is a sample page of the instruction booklet. The steps are well laid out and clear. I had no problems following them. THE BUILD: With 114 pieces and good instructions, the build was completed quickly and without any issues. Here is the finished set. Mia looks like she is ready to shoot something. These are the extra pieces. SUMMARY: Playability: 8/10 Design: 7/10 Price: 7/10 Parts: 7/10 Minidolls: 9/10 Overall: 7/10 There is something fun about shooting targets with a crossbow. It is a challenge to aim Mia's arm correctly. For play, I give it an 8/10. For design, I like the target stand and hedgehog house. But I am not sure about Mia's shelter. It feels like it was an afterthought add-on. Maybe it should be a weapon storage shed instead. I give it a 7/10. The price seems in line with other sets. I got mine for free so I can't complain. 7/10. Most of the parts are pretty Friends set generic. I don't see it as a part pack set. I do like the printed bullseye and stud shooting crossbow. You also get a hedgehog. I give 7/10. You get a Mia minidoll in a new 2016 outfit. She is my favorite Friends character. There may be some bias in the 9/10. Overall, I give this set a 7/10. It has good play value. It is not all that great for a parts pack. The weapon, minidoll and hedgehog are cool. Ok, hedgehog, please stay still... Pew, pew, pew... (Ok, so I like Star Wars sound effects.) The set goes together nicely with other Adventure Camp sets. Is there an archery challenge? Note: Chewie is not included with the Friends sets.
  9. Avast, me hearties! A Pirate set marked down? I need a Bluecoat to fight my Redcoats. I must acquire this piece of AFOL treasure. SET INFORMATION: Number - 70409 Name – Shipwreck Defense Theme – Pirates Year – 2015 Minifigures – 2 Pieces – 84 Price – $15.99CAD, $12.99USD, £8.99 Links: Brickset - http://brickset.com/sets/70409-1/Shipwreck-Defence BrickLink - http://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=70409-1#T=S&O={} LEGO Product Summary Recover the hidden treasure from the pirate’s shipwreck hideout! Ahoy there! A Bluecoat Soldier has discovered a marooned pirate living among the ruins of his fortified shipwreck, along with a stash of stolen treasure. Launch a surprise attack! Fire the spring-loaded cannon and blast the swaggering pirate’s hideout to smithereens, then recover the treasure and put the rogue behind bars where he belongs! Enjoy swashbuckling adventures with the LEGO® Pirates Shipwreck Defense, featuring a pirate’s shipwreck hideout with a hinged port side for realistic cannon-impact effect. Combine with 70411 Treasure Island for an even bigger pirate adventure! Includes 2 minifigures with assorted weapons: a Bluecoat Soldier and a pirate. • Includes 2 minifigures with assorted weapons: a Bluecoat Soldier and a pirate • Features a pirate shipwreck hideout and a spring-loaded cannon with torch and flame • Pirate shipwreck hideout features a fireplace with hidden treasure, collapsing port side, mast with crow’s nest, flag, bottle and a paddle • Weapons include a gun, pistol and a cutlass • Hoist the Jolly Roger! • Hide the treasure • Blast the pirate’s shipwreck hideout • Shipwreck hideout measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 4”(11cm) wide and 1” (5cm) deep • Spring-loaded cannon measures over 2” (6cm) long, under 1” (2cm) high and under 1” (2cm) wide • Combine with 70411 Treasure Island for an even bigger pirate adventure! THE BOX: The front of the box shows a Bluecoat soldier attacking the pirate's shipwreck hideout with a cannon. The pirate has some precious gem stones treasure the Bluecoat might be after. The box features the pirates artwork logo and in the background there are sharks in the distance. There are the usual LEGO labeling. The ages 5-12 is merely a suggestion that AFOLs don't have to follow. Do be aware of the choking hazard warning. My box also has a discount sticker stuck to it. I got it for $10.98CAD plus tax. The back of box shows the features of this set. It demonstrates how to shoot the 1x1 cylinder bricks out of the spring loaded cannon. There is an insert picture of the 70411 Treasure Island set. 70411 can be combined with this set if you have it. This side of the box shows where the components are made in English, French and Spanish. It also have the same of the set in French and Spanish. Interesting if you like reading other languages. Here we see the choking hazard warnings in French and Spanish. Not for childrens 3 and under. Here we have the UPC barcode, trademark and copyright notices, URL for LEGO service and club, and the logo for responsible packaging. There is 08R5 packaging code which probably means it was packaged in Mexico in the 8th week of 2015. This side has a picture of a fish chasing after Bluecoat who is chasing after the pirate with the treasure. There is an actual size cutlass picture. We have finished our journey around the box. INSIDE THE BOX: There are two bags of parts and an instruction booklet. The bags are not numbered. I don't think it is necessary for a small set like this. Here are the contents of the two part bags spreadout. The pirate flag is a printed piece. Yay, no stickers. My favorite piece is the cannon. There are also plenty of other weapons like rifles, pistols and swords. There is not much reddish browns or dark brown pieces to reuse for pirate MOCs. THE MINIFIGURES: Here is the front of the minifigures. The pirate has the new style head rag wrap. Not everybody likes the new style. He has an anchor tattoo on his chest. His clothes are pretty ragged and patchy. He has a hashtag or tic-tac-toe mark on this cheek. The Bluecoat soldier is better dressed than the pirate. He has a shako, white epaulette, and is clean shaven. The shako appears to be same design as the Redcoat ones in 2009. Both minifigures feature back printing. The head rag wrap looks a bit like tied down bunny ears from the back. THE INSTRUCTIONS: Here is a sample page of the instruction booklet. The steps are well laid out and clear. I had no problems following them. In the back of the instruction booklet is a parts list. Handy for ordering replacements or extras through LEGO or BrickLink. THE BUILD: With 84 pieces and good instructions, the build was completed quickly and without any problems. I guess you can call it a speed build. Here is the finished set. Yikes,the pirate is looking down the barrel of a cannon. These are the extra leftover pieces from the build. You get a flame, two pistols, two swords, 1x2 curved slope, a white epaulette, and a piece of cheese Let's look at some of the features in detail. Removing the fish cooker from the barrel shows hidden treasure gems. The Bluecoat will never think to look under there. The side of the shipwreck hull tilts backward when struck with a cannon shot. Good thing the pirate has clutch powers in his feet to keep him from falling off. The crow nest provides the pirate a good view of the approaching Bluecoat. 70409 VS 6239: This set feels like a Bluecoat version of the 6239 Cannon Battle from the 2009 Pirates wave. How do they compare? 6239 has 45 pieces and sold for $6.99CAD. 70409 has 84 pieces and retailed for $15.99CAD. Canadian price per piece is 15.5 vs 19, a 23% increase. For playability, 70409 has more features and accessories. 6239 does have a nicer gun carriage. Personally, I think 70409 is more fun to play with. It is easier to right the shipwreck hull back up after a cannon ball hit than reassembling the wall pieces from 6239. SUMMARY: Playability: 9/10 Design: 8/10 Price: 7/10 Parts: 8/10 Minifigures: 9/10 Overall: 8/10 There is something fun shooting LEGO 1x1 cylinder bricks around with a spring loaded cannon trying to hit the shipwreck hull and that feeling when it is on target. This set certainly provides that kind of play. Along with the extra accessories and weapons, you can let your play imagination go wild. I give it a 9/10 for play. The design is good for a small set. I like the rock works and shaping of the hull. Also the tilt function is useful to reset the target after a direct hit. There are places to hide things and for the pirate to be located. 8/10 for design. Price-wise, it is what it is. It was the lowest priced set you can get a Bluecoat in the 2015 Pirates wave. I managed to get it on sale at a 13 cents CAD per piece which is around 10 cents USD at the exchange rate. 7/10. Looking at the parts, the cannon, weapons, and bottle of rum are great for pirate MOCs. The other pieces can find some use here and there in MOCs. It is good the pirate flag is a printed piece instead of stickered. 8/10. I really bought this set for the Bluecoat soldier. Having a pirate fig is a bonus. You can never have enough Bluecoats (and/or Redcoats). 9/10 for the minifigures. Overall, I give it at 8/10. Bluecoats and Redcoats are more interested in fighting each other than the pirates. So the pirates get treated to a good show with some food and drinks.
  10. REVIEW: 41001 Mia's Magic Tricks

    Number - 41001 Name – Mia's Magic Tricks Theme – Friends Year – 2013 Minifigs – 1 Pieces – 90 Price – $12.99CAD, $9.99USD, £9.99 Links: Brickset - http://www.brickset....il/?set=41001-1 BrickLink - http://www.bricklink...m.asp?S=41001-1 LEGO Product Summary Practice and perform Mia's Magic Tricks for the big show! Mia's practicing hard for the big Heartlake City magic show. Help her to learn tricks with cards, a magic wand, flowers, her bunny and a top hat. Build her stage for the big performance then stun the crowds with a cute performing bunny that disappears into its own magic cabinet. Amaze the crowds when the bunny disappears! Includes Mia mini-doll figure. • Includes Mia mini-doll figure and a bunny • Features a magic cabinet with disappearing function and magician's stage • Accessories include magic wand, flowers, coins, cups, scarves and a top hat • Use the magic cabinet's magic function to make the bunny disappear! • Practice Mia's tricks and perform for Heartlake City! • LEGO® Friends pieces are fully compatible with all LEGO bricks • Collect all of the LEGO Friends sets for a whole world of LEGO Friends fun! • LEGO mini-dolls are LEGO figures made especially for the world of LEGO Friends that can be customized and combined in thousands of ways • Measures over 2" (7cm) high, 1" (5cm) wide and 3" (10cm) long" I purchased this set on a whim. Maybe because I like Mia in her snazzy new black tux. THE BOX: Typical Friends front box design with the girls in the upper corner. The back shows the features of this set. Warnings in French and Spanish on the side. Canadian price tag and IPC barcode on the bottom side. Actual size of bunny and the name of the set in French and Spanish on the other side. INSIDE THE BOX: There are two bags of parts and one Technic open center brick by itself. Not shown here is the instruction booklet. We'll see that later. Here are all the pieces laid out. The hat and wand look like they could be from Collectible Minifigs. Close-up of the printed 1x2 card tile. Bonus points for not being a sticker. These are the extra pieces after the build. THE MINIFIG: Mia looks fabulous in her black tux. There are nice small details like molded back pockets on her pants. Her back and arms say © 2009 LEGO. THE INSTRUCTIONS: Here is a sample page of the build instruction. This is the secret on how the bunny disappears. (Don't tell anyone.) THE BUILD: With Mia's magical help, the build was quick and easy. Instructions were clear and nothing was confusing. In a blink of the eye, it's done. SUMMARY Playability: 8/10 Design: 7/10 Price: 7/10 Parts: 7/10 Mini-figure: 10/10 Overall: 8/10 I really like Mia in her black tux. The bunny is cute and fun to make disappear. The magic cabinet could have been better colour coordinated. Although the grey pieces are in the back of the base of the cabinet, I think it would have been better to use white parts. The printed card tile is nice. There is not really much unique parts in this small set. At $12.99CAD, it is around 14 cents per piece. Interesting that the Lego product info on Shop@Home mentioned accessories includes coins, cups, scarves. But I don't see them on the box artwork nor in the bag of parts. THE MAGIC SHOW: And now, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to make the bunny disappear. Are you ready, bunny? This won't hurt a bit. ABBRACADBRA! Viola, the bunny is gone! Please note, no bunnies went missing or harmed in this magic show. The magic cabinet also makes a good diving board or walking the plank if you're a pirate fan.
  11. [MOC] Trossingen Station

    She is a beauty. Excellent work.
  12. Small LiPo battery question

    It might be a good idea install a shutoff and/or warning circuit so that you don't damage your LiPo from discharging it too low. You can find inexpensive low voltage warning devices for drones on places like eBay.
  13. Train Projects on Lego Ideas

    I have heard of Hogwart and Polar Express. The other ones not that much.
  14. Welcome to Eurobricks. One good way to learn about GBC modules is to baby-sit other people's modules at the shows when they take breaks or go to the LEGO Store, etc. I learned quite a bit about Akiyuki modules at the last show with all the constant fixing. You also get to hone your repair creativity since the show must go on.
  15. The Greatest Collectible Minifigure THANKS AND GOODBYE

    I think some feelings are going to be hurted. Day 271 of 365: You Dummy by dr_spock_888, on Flickr