allanp

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  1. I don't recognise the parts used for the disk or the caliper, so I guess they are new parts. If they went though the trouble if making those, is it possible that they are functional?! Ah ah ah wait, must not raise expectations to crazy high levels like I did for the Porsche, just regular high
  2. 42080 Forest Harvester

    It does appear that the cab and crane arm can swivel/slew independently of the front half of the chassis. But I don't see any mechanism to drive it.
  3. I don't own any of the train wheels used for the rollers and have just noticed in the picture how thin their edges are. And if there is no "cage" piece that keeps them separated is there a possibility they could all migrate together, so at times their won't be any rollers to support the weight?
  4. To get it to the US they have to send it via big whopping boat. To get it to Germany they just have to throw it over the fence!
  5. I don't think a few kgs if pressure will cause too much damage or wear, not with how slow it will be moving. Obviously more would be better but probably overkill especially considering older turntables have no bearings at all and have a much smaller diameter which increases stress even more. I wonder if the rollers are mounted to anything to keep them spaced apart.
  6. Yes, and a pneumatic logic circuit (like 8868-b) would have made it somewhat autonomous.
  7. 42080 Forest Harvester

    The design imprinted into the side of those lovely new valves indicates, at least to me, proportional control of the air flow. Of course the old valves were proportional as well with a bit of skill, but they wasn't really designed to be. So I wonder if these new valves have been designed to be more proportional. Also like the steering arrangement and really like inclusion of on board motor driven pump. But I do very much dislike the colour vomit, it really does look deliberate, not to make it easier to build but to make it look nasty. Colour barf of the small pins and axles is bad enough, but colour barfing the whole thing?! Why do that to what is an otherwise perfect set?! I don't get that, but it's still a day one purchase for me and right now best set of 2018, and changing the colours to something more tasteful will be very easy as all the beams and panels come in many colours, unlike many other parts like pins, gears and axles.
  8. Looks like an ok little set. Appears to have an engine, I think that's a first for a technic forklift isn't it? Like the black 5x7 frame and dark blue parts also.
  9. I don't think this Ninjago digger is for me. Looks cool, I guess, but it looks too simple, like 42069 it appears lacking in mechanisms compared to its size, but at least the few mechanisms 42069 had were done well and fairly authentically with its multi link live axle suspension and Ackerman geometry, but the Volvo seems to have nothing realistic. I guess this is aimed at Ninjago fans who are now looking for a bigger challenge. Seriously this should have been a Ninjago set, add in a few minifigs, a spinning arm with a mace on the end and flick fire missiles to the drone and you're done.
  10. Grum's Shed

    You often wonder if your posts are interesting enough? Yes. Yes they definitely are. I've already built the BWE once but your review makes me want to build it again, your reviews always do that . I remember a good model and I remember that it's a good model. But simply remembering it's a good model is not the same as feeling the joy of the same model when you first see it and begin to learn about what makes it good. Your reviews don't make me remember the model, they make me remember the JOY of the model, that's why your reviews are among my favourites and inherently valuable to me as an AFOL. Looking forward to the next one
  11. New PF Remote

    You would think a train would have proportional speed control. I wonder how/if this is achieved.
  12. Grum's Shed

    Very well done Watching and reading your builds always makes me want to build the model in question. I built 8880 after reading your review now I want to build the BWE!
  13. What would you want from a new Lego monorail system?

    Being as a monorail is basically just a square section beam, the only parts Lego would have to release is a single curve piece. The straight sections would be a 2xN plate, brick, tile sandwich, creating a 2x2 cross section. Then the single new curved piece could be place on the end in any orientation, up, down, left, right, whatever, just by rotating it 90 degrees. Of course the trick is how to connect them. A longitudinal technic cross axle? The monorail would then grip the track either side using rubber wheels. I can totally see that for a Jurassic world set.
  14. Technic Pub

    Audio podcast is fine, if it's in English!
  15. On the top 6H selector there is only one lever which you slide side to side to access the other functions so only only function can be selected at a time.
  16. @Bublehead I dunno if you have seen this video, maybe you might find it interesting if you haven't
  17. So that's the 7x3 panels then?
  18. I don't see ant 5x3 panels. Sorry to bring up that old crane model again however, some seem to think 42082 is geared the same, therefore having the same lifting power, but that's incorrect. The old crane was geared UP 20:12 after the clutch whereas 42082 is geared DOWN after the clutch 12:20. However it should be noted that 42042 was geared down by 8:1 after the clutch, making that one still more powerful, thought it was via a worm gear which aren't very efficient. All the function switches appear to be multidirectional, so the six positions on top are for three functions in either direction, assuming boom lift, boom extension and winch. The lower switch shows 8460 style outriggers up and down. So if slewing is motorised I guess there is a switch for that on the other side. The motor is in the superstructure, kinda weird having the motor up there to send the power down though the turn table into the base, through a direction switching gear box only to be directed back up to turn the superstructure. But with the BWE ring gears proving smooth easy rotation it shouldn't be an issue. Different steering modes would be good as many cranes like this has them. But I don't see any evidence for their presence.
  19. Yeah, I was switching between the two camps also, but was pretty sure at one point they were 5x11. Oh well, I'm still right about the new valve I agree with 6x6 but surprised you felt BWE was a miss. It's not perfect with its jerky movement but it wasn't all bad, it brought us the new BWE ring gear, which gave us the new functionality of a bucket wheel and a new massive turntable, it was a new vehicle to be released as a Lego set and the models large size and part count is justified by its functions which for me doesn't seem to be the case with 42082, and I've yet to see any new parts confirmed.
  20. I t think the flat bottom where the axle hole is would be a problem.
  21. Besides that possible new piece which may or may not be there I don't see any new pieces for this flagship. For those of use with larger collections new parts are a main reason for buying a set. With the amount of large wheeled vehicles they release isn't it time they made actual planetary gear reduction wheels, instead of modeling fake ones?
  22. Ah, so it is 3x11 panels on the boom. I stand corrected! And black BWE rings confirmed, I like that, and I like that there is two of them. I believe this is the first ever use of proper roller bearings in a technic set. The BWE is more of a castor wheel thing than a proper roller bearing. Will be interesting to see what they used for the rollers. I know that 1x1 round tiles work but those wouldn't create a full one stud gap between the bearing races. A roller with a large enough diameter to do that could potentially bind in the curved groove. Maybe it's a new piece?
  23. Will we get the answers within a year though?!
  24. A few more questions from me. Is there a reason for sticking to a tyre diameter of exactly 81.6mm? It appears to me they could be made just a little bit bigger to better fill out the wheel arches while keeping to 1:8 scale and also allow 4 modulus long steering arms, same as 8880 and the test car before it. The Porsche wheels are just a few mm too small for this. It's a shame because the longer steering arms reduced wibbly wobblyness, combined with the Ackerman geometry it made cars like 8880 and the test car before it feel nicer and of higher quality when "driving" them compared to new cars with only a 3 modulus long steering arm without Ackerman geometry. Most real life cars compress their suspension springs slightly under their own weight while not moving. (For context the test car does this and the suspension works very well, 8880 doesn't do this because the springs are too hard, and so it doesn't really work and is basically non existent when rolling it on the floor). Not having played with the Chiron yet I don't know if this question applies, but why are Technic suspensions usually way too hard? For the Chiron, will the gearbox, drive train and it's components, such as differential and CV joints, be upgraded, strong enough and suitable for comfortably handling motorisation without risk of breaking gears or anything like that? Right now the only way to achieve this for a large car model is using some form of gearing down after the steering joint, as seen in 42070, which for a car is unrealistic. When designing new parts, do you wait for a set to really need that part to release it, or can you release a new part because you know it will be useful in improving later sets in some way?
  25. Here's A question for Jim, will we get the answers?!