petero

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  1. petero

    42113 Reconstruction Guide

    Perhaps the description should be "Electric 9V Battery Box For Powered Up Bluetooth HUB with 2 Switches and Dark Bluish Gray Bottom"
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    42113 Reconstruction Guide

    No... but shipping and tax pushed it over $500. I started out by pricing the parts on Bricklink (thanks to your lists!). The Bricklink parts were about $300 plus shipping charges from 6 or 7 stores. When I added the battery box, rotor blades and triangular panels from LEGO, the cost ended up close to $400. For a bit more than that, I could get the official LEGO set instead. I figure that in 10 years the real, used set will be worth far more than a pile of 1500 parts that happen to build an Osprey Ospreys train at my local airport about once a month, so this is a must-have set for me . Of course, they don't have orange markings and Rescue on them, but I can live with that. Maybe someday I'll replace the orange pieces with gray
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    42113 Reconstruction Guide

    Thank you @Ngoc Nguyen for the clarifications and parts lists. Don't worry about the late reply - my Osprey hasn't left Russia yet, so it'll be awhile before it gets to me. In the meantime, I can order the extra parts and be ready when it gets here. I've also started building the Osprey in Studio, which will be a fun but daunting task. I've used LDD for many years, but it will still be a steep learning curve. Already I've had to learn how to import a part (the battery box) from the LDraw parts library, and I'll have to fix its connectivity before it will actually be usable. I'm also starting to build the 42114 Volvo Articulated Hauler, so I'm learning a lot about Technic gearboxes from that!
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    42113 Reconstruction Guide

    First of all, a big thank you to @Ngoc Nguyen and @Andman for their work on this topic. Ospreys make training flights to my local airport, so it's a must have, even at eBay's prices. However, I haven't built many Technic sets, so the grinding gear fix is confusing to me. 1) Andman's PDF appears to show the original gear design and two alternate fixes. If so, is one fix better than the other? 2) Does the replacement gear assembly start on p.163, Step 220 of the instructions, and continue to the 3-beam in Step 223? I think I understand the torque fix PDF. We'll see! Is there a list of the extra parts that are needed to do the gearing and torque mods? I'm pretty clueless when it comes to Technic parts, so it would be hard for me to figure out what the pieces are. I'm also hoping that @efferman will keep working on his wing stowage mod. That's such an iconic feature of the Osprey.
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    21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V (LEGO Ideas)

    I hear you! If he publishes the LDD file or instructions, I'll be in trouble
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    21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V (LEGO Ideas)

    I ordered mine on June 1st when it said "Ships by June 17th", and my order status is "Waiting for New Stock". A friend ordered his several hours afterwards (in another part of the USA), and his shipped on June 2nd. I paid with PayPal, so I wonder if that is what's holding up mine? Or are there multiple warehouse/shipping points in the USA, and mine was sold out but his wasn't?
  7. I've just started building the Disney Castle, and I've found a great use for the PDF format instructions on LEGO's site. The DC's instruction book - more of a tome - is large and unwieldy. Using the instructions on my iPad saves space, as well as avoiding annoying reflections from the light above my head. I can also zoom in on the page, a good feature with this large set. Peter
  8. petero

    CUUSOO LEGO® NASA SLCR

    I back-ordered Curiosity when it briefly became available on February 10, with an expected availability date of March 9. Within a few hours, the set had gone back to Temporarily Out of Stock status, and has apparently remained that way since. Did anyone else manage to order it on Feb. 10? I have yet to hear from LEGO, so I assume it wasn't actually available to ship this week. Peter
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    Review: 10234 Sydney Opera House

    I've run into my first problem - missing parts. Not just one, but four parts from booklet/bags #3, including one of the large white curved shell pieces. I've had the odd missing part now and then, but never four in one set. There's probably no chance they're in the as-yet-unopened #4 bags, but I'll wait till it's finished to request them. Peter
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    Review: 10234 Sydney Opera House

    I'm in the middle of building it now, partway through book 3. It's definitely a more interesting and fun build than Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is highly repetitive by comparison. I also like the bags being keyed to the instruction booklets, which makes sorting the parts much less onerous than Tower Bridge. Peter
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    Review: 10234 Sydney Opera House

    I am also unable to view the images, trying with a variety of devices and connections. The connection to Brickshelf times out, so it's not a Eurobricks problem. Peter
  12. I'm glad I found this thread. I was planning a trip to one of the LEGO Stores outside of Boston, to use my coupon to get either Orthanc, the Sydney Opera House, or Mindstorms. Since it's not going to be accepted for any of those, there's no reason for me to spend the money to get to the store (the 120-mile round trip costs me roughly $40 in gas and tolls alone), and pay Massachussetts sales tax; it will be cheaper to buy one online with free shipping and no sales tax. I'll be emailing the store's manager to express my dissatisfaction with the change! Earlier in the year I used a coupon to buy Tower Bridge, and picked up several other sets as impulse purchases while I was there. LEGO will lose out on those impulse purchases this time, since seeing the sets on the screen doesn't motivate me the way holding the box in my hands does. Peter
  13. Don't count on K-Mart's website. The site says my local store has them in stock, but they don't. Around here, the only retailer that gets new sets right away is TRU. Our K-Mart probably won't have the new sets until late summer. Peter
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    A surprise in The Batcave

    Yeah, LEGO always sends out bags that have been opened and taped shut Glad to hear they had a replacement! It's a fun set, even though I'm more into the 1960s TV Batman than the current movies. Peter
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    A surprise in The Batcave

    Sorry to hear that, Jahab. I'm sure Target won't give you any grief about returning it. The last time I was at Target before Christmas, they had one large set (I forget which) that not only had been opened and re-taped shut, but had a sizeable chunk out of one corner of the box. I considered finding a manager and offering him $10 for it as loose parts Peter