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  1. 5:10 1:6 10:4 12:3 3:2 7:1 Very good all round, love theme park ride based MOCs and these are no exception.
  2. allanp

    Lego Financial Results January-June 2018

    Very happy to see Technic selling well. I really do wish the big YouTube channels would cover them more to give Technic some much deserved exposure. With regards to sets based on movies and super heroes, the popularity of a movie doesn't seem to be very strongly correlated to the popularity of a set based on it. The last jedi was very poor as well as Jurassic world 2, but Lego can make good sets from them and they sell ok. The superhero films are doing very well and infinity war is a much better movie than last jedi or JW2. But if all a set can offer is two minifigs fighting (and let's give Superman a car because.....God only knows why he needs a car!) then I don't think it's gonna have much appeal.
  3. As a pure thing of interest this is great! I love that it's powered by Lego motors! And the rear wing powered by Lego pneumatics! They have also shown how technic can be made into pretty much any shape, even the smooth curves of a Chiron. I hope this has inspired James May to FINALLY do something with Technic!
  4. Holy cow! It's great to see them promoting this great set in such epic fashion.
  5. 1. 42043 2. 42083 3. 42055 4. 42054 5. 42042 6. 42053 7. 42025 8. 42080 9. 42078 10. 42048
  6. Very good points Erik
  7. I had the same wish, but not for prototyping. I think ALL pins should have the hard stops removed because it allows for previously impossible constructions. Also, one thing I sometimes find sometimes difficult is placing 2 beams together where there are a lot of pin connections. Have no hard stops means they can be inserted one by one. Also by being able to push pins out instead of having to remove beams around them would make for easier disassembly. Also in many cases mistakes arrise from placing 3m pins in the wrong way sometimes leading to lots of back tracking. Removing the hard stops eliminates this. So this begs the question, why do we actually need the hard stops when the soft stops (as seen on the 3m pin) seem to work just fine?
  8. That's pretty epic! Must have took a lot of work!
  9. allanp

    Why no snow groomers?

    I don't know, but my guess it that a bulldozer offers a lot of the same possibilities (a snow groomer being basically a bulldozer for snow). Could it be that bulldozers are seen as the "cooler" option? (oh the irony!). It could have some new to official Technic functions, like suspension on a tracked vehicle like you suggested. I am curious to know what new pieces would your dream snow groomer from TLG have. Maybe wider tread links?
  10. Lego tyres are generally too wide compared to their diameter making duallys difficult. They just about managed it with the Arocs but even those tyres are too wide for scale.
  11. It will be interesting to see what valve travel limiters can be made with the new valves.
  12. You wouldn't necessarily lose unlimited rotations if you have an axle running through the turn table which powers a second pump in the base. By separating the air circuits in this way you also have the benefit of not losing pressure when another function is activated. But if your going to that level of modding, may as well go one step further with 2 stage pneumatic outriggers. But powering 4 cyclinders at once? Make sure use have multiple pumps going at a decent speed to get the full benefit.
  13. So something like sheepos land rover would need 24 batteries, and that's without any controllers! If they are to incorporate the motor outputs into the battery box (not good, but I guess it's cheaper to produce than separate units) they should have AT LEAST 4 outputs (though 8 would be better) and 6 AA batteries, not puny AAA batteries. Having 6 batteries for every 2 motors is not good enough. Geez! Third party options looked to be better than PF, and PF looks to be better than PU! And will we see motors with buggy motor levels of power and speed, or un geared motors like we had in the late 80s to mid 90s, or micro motors? It's surely no longer due to nostalgia to say the stuff we had in the past was objectively more fun!
  14. This is kinda what I've been saying. It doesn't matter if it's another car or crane or whatever, so long as it brings something new to that price point. 42077 might have had a transverse engine with 4wd and McPherson strut suspension and 4 speed gearbox. If it had those features, far from people complaining that it's yet another car, we'd be tripping over ourselves to buy it!
  15. Mini LAs have a small amount of internal friction even without any load applied to them. Maybe driving 4 of them simultaneously through a long, twisting gear train (including 2 gearboxes) at a higher speed would be a bit too much stress on the L motor, like in 42009? I haven't built 42082 so don't know if that's true. I guess its better (but still not great) to have them move slower than the growth of stalagmites and stalactites but reliably for everyone regardless of battery type used than slow for some and not at all for others.