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    Lego (obviously), writing/recording/performing music, computer graphics/3D modeling, amature movie making (more FX the better!), precious few aspects of my job as as a mechanical/electrical engineer.


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  1. So, I guess no one has tried them yet? I hear the lipos are very good and they maintain a 1.5 volt output during their life span before recharging, which is better than any alkaline or 1.2 volt rechargable. They are also much lighter. I've been looking at the kentli batteries, they look like good rechargable lipos. But they are expensive so I haven't tried them yet.
  2. Excellent review, very much appreciate the pics with wheels to see how it would look with them I'm still undecided though. The good: I like the realistic live axle suspension and ackermann steering geometry, and I like that it actually has working 4WD, and the door mechanism is nice too. The bad: The rest of the many functions, like opening doors in general and the shovel in the back, the roof going up and down (basically another door, but in the roof), the slide out draw and so on, those are what I consider little secondary kinda auxiliary detail functions, they are nice touches, like the pop up headlights on 8880, but they are not main functions like suspension, steering and 4WD, which is this sets only main functions. For well over 2000 pieces that really isn't that many main functions. Now, of course a set may only have very few, or maybe even only one main function and still be good IF that main function is something we haven't seen before (different steering modes in the Claas) or been able to accomplish in a nice, efficient way already with existing Technic elements (the digging wheel of the BWE), however, this is not the case here. And of course there's that purple colour, which despite Jims best efforts still puts me off. The conundrum: But what few main functions are present are done very well. As I have said the steering has good geometry and the live axle suspension is also realistic, the whole design looks like a finished, high quality build, and it's also good value for money. So I'm in no rush to get it but I can see me picking it up for full price.......eventually......maybe next year But WHY PURPLE!!!! I know they want their sets to be striking on the shelves, but a grinning monkey in a purple mankini would also be striking, that doesn't mean it would be desirable!
  3. I think if I get 42069 the first thing is to make narrower axles so the wheels don't protrude out from the wheel arches.
  4. Sweeeeeeeeeet!
  5. That's awesome, but I meant that report thingy for which you needed our questions for the designers.
  6. It's strange but many times a photo, even the top quality official photos, just can't do justice to how a set looks in real life. It happens many times that I build a set and despite seeing the picture on the box I am still surprised how good it looks in the flesh. Your pictures seem to capture the real life appeal. Btw, I know you're a busy man Jim, but any idea when the next report thingy is coming?
  7. I think Jim is a magician! You've made 42069 look......good! Looking forward to seeing your pictures with wheels on.
  8. Not being able to find something is one of my ideas of stress, repeating that a few thousand times just doesnt seem fun. So I'm all for the numbered bags especially if it means they can reduce the colour vomit. If you have to only look through bag one, as opposed to the whole set, that should reduce the need for colour vomit. And if you don't agree with that you can always just dump all the numbered bags out at once.
  9. I would guess it's a cheaper and easier process to bag parts by type only without having to number them or consider when in the build process you will need them. I mean, with the value you get with 42070 you can't expect them to number the bags as well! Oh wait, for that price ide want the bags numbered by each step of the instructions, 1 to 400 or whatever, in the yellow trays of old! To be fair I do really like that they have kept the lift up flap at least for the Technic flagships. You really need that to show off all the functions of a flagship Technic set. I do miss it being on all sets though and being able to see all the parts through the clear plastic.
  10. 42043, 42069 is better than I thought it would be, but 42043 is king, it's much better and won't be round much longer.
  11. Great review Jim the pictures are amazing!
  12. Very true. The Porsche is beautiful and any improvements or differences I would have liked to see don't involve power functions.
  13. Good review Sariel nice work As for the set, I like that the dog bones come in a colour other than grey, red is a useful colour to have them in. Apart from that, can't see anything else to like. The functions do work well it seems if you only want to drive this supposedly off road all terrain truck on a perfectly flat floor, but the mechanics behind them are entirely unrealistic. The shape of the truck is good but the colour hasn't grown on me at all, it's still like a babies toy. And still I get the feeling that it was a rushed design, like tlg didn't allow much time for the design phase. This set overall feels like a Micheal Bay movie. Big and loud and striking looking on the box to attract younger fans, but it's pure fantasy without any hint of believability and nothing really new or of any substance to attract those who actually care about what they are paying for.
  14. Yup and after about a million came now they won't take a single refugee, quite hilariously hypocritical if you ask me. But I think we've gone a tad off topic now.
  15. very impressive progress, and no need to apologize for the pictures