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  1. ukbajadave

    [MOC] Learning Curve Tow Truck

    Thank you all for taking time to look at my model with fresh eyes. I guess by fenders you mean what I would call wheelarches rather than bumpers? I did try a couple of solutions in dark grey to match the front but I couldn't make them secure whilst only keeping them 1 wide. In the end I came up with something in black which I agree adds visual interest to an otherwise plain panel. The winch is definitely something I'm going to re visit. I think I'm going to turn the motor 180° and try to fit in a 2L clutch so the string can pull out freely. By far the best My first after my dark ages was this little beauty, specifically made to fit 2 horses and 2 minifigs side by side (as long as they hold hands) Note the skillful use of 70s and 80s bricks with teeth marks from my personal collection. I agree. Ultimately I was limited to the parts on hand but having seen how cheap panels are from Pick A Brick this is also something I might improve. More parts is always nice, right?
  2. It is with great pleasure (and some trepidation) that I present my first Eurobricks worthy MOC. A tow truck! The inspiration came after I built the excellent 42043 C model mobile-crane by M_longer. As I took it apart I thought the boom reminded me of the tow trucks that have rescued me many times. I pulled all my sets apart, put the elements in a big pile and when I had spare time I would try and turn the image in my mind into brick built reality. This is the end product after many months of building and rebuilding and pulling apart to change around. Power Functions: 1X XL motor for drive (RC) 1X Servo motor for steering (RC) 1X L motor raises/lowers boom (RC) 1X M motor drives 2 output gearbox (RC) 1X M motor with switch for winch PF lights The gearbox is manually switched to either extend/retract the boom or raise/lower the rear platform. The cab is based on 42043 with the doors and windscreen virtually identical. it was much too tall so I changed the front and door bottoms to lower it (and make it a Volvo ) and changed the roof to integrate the IR receivers. I had to remove a massive amount of the internal structure to make room for the servo motor and M motor under the seats but it is still a very sturdy model. The yellow and grey 3X1 half beams near the winch motor are to switch the clutch for the M motor under the cab. Once the side panels are in place it is not easy to access. It's all quite a snug fit with no wasted space. Many times I had to undo work I had already done in order to add a simple support or change things around. The boom is extended by worm gear. thanks again @M_longer and the drive to the end uses a sliding 8 tooth gear. Purists should skip to the next paragraph now..... (I didn't have the sliding variant but I did have a regular one and a Dremel) So why was this a learning curve? Because I really gained a lot of insight into creating my own models. I had to get around part limitations like not having steering hubs for example. I also spent a lot of time undoing things I had already done so for my next MOC I'll try to plan a lot more digitally and as a whole, rather than making a rear axle and then making a boom and then making a front axle and then trying to mash them all together. I might even try another tow truck where everything is a little more organised. There has been some very interesting discussion lately about making Eurobricks more active and using feedback as a way to improve which is why I'm now posting rather than lurking. Any and all comments are welcome. As a reward for reading to the end of my post here is the essential underneath pic. And of course a functions video. Enjoy!
  3. I suspect I am like many others "Team reads much, posts rarely" Edit: 15th post in 8 years!
  4. A bit late to the party but I finally worked out how to add pics so here are my mods to what is a great set to start with. (Purists look away now, I wasnt about to cut up my real Lego hoses so I replaced them with silicone tube) PF servo and M motor in undercarriage, battery box in rear of house, IR receiver and lights in cab for RC Turntable added to Bucket M motor driving two small blue compressors. Hoses shortened to tidy them up and make room. hoses on boom also tidied up. I too felt the handrail was out of scale so thinned it out a bit. And finally an additional air supply for the trailer. The trailer has pneumatic lifting and support legs.
  5. ukbajadave

    Test thread

    Does the forum have a dedicated test thread where people can practice posting images and check sigs or banners display correctly? I'm ready to share my work with the world but struggling with photo hosting since photobucket was ruined. Edit: Bricksafe seems to work for me so anyone else feel free to use this as your test thread 🙂
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    What connects to 4184169?

    They look like perfect bits for making a drawbar. Cheers
  7. Possibly a bit of a noob question but what part connects to 4184169 ball with friction snap? I'd like to make a trailer for 42053 Volvo EW160.
  8. ukbajadave

    42053 - Volvo EW160E

    I bought and built this set over the weekend and I love it. The pneumatics are much more fun than linear actuators. My only problem is the front blade. I've rebuilt it twice to see if I made a mistake but it still doesn't lock in place very well, especially when pumping the compressor. Am I missing something or is it a ploy by TLG to make me buy power functions? (I'm going to buy PF anyway, this set is so much fun
  9. ukbajadave

    Lego Starbug from British TV show Red Dwarf

    Great interiors. Is the chest in the cargo bay Javenese camphor wood?
  10. ukbajadave

    42006 Excavator question

    I used the front bucket from 42004 mini loader and made a link for the mini LA. As I only have these two sets I'm happy with my work but as said above it doesn't really have the curl under. I'll post pics when I can.
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    Combining 70404 and 70402?

    Vorkosigan, your blacksmith reminds me of my childhood set 6040 I like the idea of plugging in extra features like an armoury or perhaps stables. I placed my castle on a large baseplate to add a moat across the front so there is plenty of room for a permanent gate. If you could post a couple of pics of your modified castle that would be great. I arranged my towers the same way as you, the front looks imposing now but the back is a little bare by comparison. I wonder if with two 70402 sets you could have a gate beyond the drawbridge, replace the kings tower with the second gate and use the kings tower pieces to bulk out the back corners? Edit: I've just noticed Vorkosigans castle also has the two towers at the front
  12. ukbajadave

    Combining 70404 and 70402?

    Thanks for the replies. I've read the review of the castle and on the back of the Gatehouse box it says it can be combined but I'm not sure its worth it for the tiny extra amount of space if you can only use the sides. I did come across a picture of someones castle with 2 gatehouses used and that was bigger but getting a bit pricey and it looked kind of open with doors in every wall. Not what you want in a castle :) I think the best option might be to buy the castle and then design modular walls to add in.
  13. I've seen that it is possible to combine the gatehouse raid set with the castle to lengthen the walls. Does anyone know if the whole set is used or is it just the little sections either side of the gatehouse?
  14. ukbajadave

    Set identification help needed...

    Thanks for the quick reply. Through your link I got the item number and then 30 seconds with google got me the image I wanted for inspiration Cheers
  15. Driving past the newsagents today I glanced in the window to see what looked like a Lego set showing a grey large baseplate with a petrol station and little house on it. The picture also showed a couple of minifigs in cars and in the top right hand corner an image of the same baseplate with a lunar base built on it. Is this a set or is it a baseplate showing ideas to build on it?