allanp

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  1. allanp

    Classic Technic

    This, this and more this! I've replaced about half of what I needed to last year hope to complete it this year. I was horrified to see how sun damaged my control center 1 set was. Ended up buying a whole new set as it was cheaper.
  2. allanp

    Classic Technic

    Of course the new style has its advantages as well. Things can be made more complex and so on. But there's enough to like about the old studded stuff that I think it'll always be relevant.
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    Classic Technic

    Yup, still relevant. A lot of love around here for the old brick based Technic sets. And for their piece counts they were very complex. 8480 has about 1400 parts. Is there a modern set with as many gears with 1400 parts? And motors without internal gear reduction? Belt drives being useful? Universal sets? Yes please! I know there is a lot more pins now but there was a lot more plates between beams back then so...And in terms of the build, while I prefer technic due to its mechanical nature, in terms of just the building experience alone brick based building feels very satisfying compared to the pin and beam based construction of today.
  4. So you have multiple models with multiple motors spaced over a relatively large area? Do you want to control all the models remotely at the same time? Can any of it be automated (like multiple modules of a car factory) or do you need full control (like battlebots)?
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Ide be very surprised if there was only two sets for summer this year. A car transporter just doesn't seem very flagship like to me.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    The black cat wheels are slightly larger, 68.8mm, though I don't know if that's enough to make a difference to you.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    As they're in their own area I guess it'll be the same this time round, stupid counterfeiters L*p*n spoiling all the fun! Remember when we had catalogues at the start of the year that showed the whole years lineup with nice clear well presented images? Good days!
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Looks like Lego will be at the London toy fair this year (can't remember if they attended last year or not) in their own special room off the main floor no less.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Part of me thinks that it must be a Pneumatic RC tracked something or other, with the new sprokets and new valves and rumored high price and amount of motors (servos?). I'm really trying hard not to have too high expectations and just wait and see. At this point I'm looking forward to information more than I am pictures!
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    General Part Discussion

    Edited, just saw the video review of the set and can see how it's being used now
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    Technic Pub

    I have them somewhere on a hard drive. Ill have a look.
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    Bodywork General Discussion

    It depends. It can help in many cases to build a mock up of the bodywork, or at least some small part of it first. For a supercar, whose main function is really to be desirable, doing bodywork first makes sense. But also, imagine you are building a JCB 3CX, and you really want it to look like an official licenced model, well the front hood with the engine inside is relatively tiny, so you might want to build just that front hood section first to see what you can fit in there in terms of motors or battery boxes or whatever. This will help you to decide how you will lay out your model. But if you just want to make a generic truck then it's not so important so you can do the chassis first or whatever you think is going to be most difficult.
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    Technic Pub

    Thanks . My brother wanted them to be simple and stylised due to how small they would appear on screen, but me being me wanted more detail and realism, so taking inspiration from how Lego design their sets (note the road plates!) that's the compromise I came up with. There was/is loads more buildings I've done, you can see shacks, but in the game you move on to flats and houses and so on. There was various different power plants, lumber mills, water treatment plants, emergency services and so on but sadly the game was never finished (like most of my MOCs then ). My brother having a wonderful baby boy kinda took precedence!
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    Technic Pub

    Not really, I've had it from the pub but not from a can lol. I prefer southern comfort, pinacolada, desparados, Budweiser or red wine depending on where I am/what I'm doing/who I'm with
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    Technic Pub

    It's interesting reading about all the varied hobbies people have, I'm also a little into cycling, purely for exersize, and playing guitar/singing at open mics now mostly. It's interesting that a few on here mentioned making games. I am not a programmer in any way, shape or form but I do like 3D modelling and I created all the graphics for my brother's game, which unfortunately remains unfinished. He made it in MMF. If you really want to hear me sing/play guitar you are mad! But here's a snippet: Yes I know my guitar is too quiet Im craving me some Lego moccing time that I've just not had for way too long!
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    Bodywork General Discussion

    In the above example id consider these pieces: https://rebrickable.com/parts/13731/slope-curved-10-x-1-symmetric-inside-ridges/ Regarding bodywork in general, adding a few non Technic pieces here and there can help a lot. In some tight areas where you want a specific look, or even for the whole model, it may be beneficial to build a mock up of the bodywork first, then you can really know what space you have to work with. I think the Bugatti 42083 was designed that way.
  17. Looking at the picture of the missing bag from Jim's review there is another ID number "520s8" that doesn't appear on the other number 11 bags. Maybe that would help identify it? Also, when looking at the other bags there appears to be 4 number 11 bags. Weirdly there's a number 11 bag also missing from Jim's main review post, as his flicker album shows there are in fact 26 number bags in total, with 4 number 11 bags.
  18. Good review and pictures as always Jim Hmmmm, can't say I'm all that impressed with this one. 8412 nighthawk (286 pcs) has a working swash plate to tilt the blades, 8283 chopper force (289 pcs) has an interesting ratcheting mechanism to spin the blades and the helicopter from 8064 (219 pcs plus motor and battery box) has a motor and cleverly used the battery box as the detachable payload and was also part of a universal set, when was the last time we had one of those? I know they were from the studded era, but then they also had lower piece counts and similar dimensions. I'm not saying this new helicopter has to be like those, but a knob sticking out the bottom connected directly to the main rotor via a single shaft just seems boring and lazy in comparison for a 325 piece set. The winch and stretcher are nice added touches though, sadly not enough to redeem this set for me.
  19. It's tricky to judge small sets like this aimed at introducing new younger 6 year old fans to Technic when we are not exactly new younger 6 year olds. A steered front wheel or a rudder (or both connected) would have been nice, but with a set designed to be this small and low priced to begin with it would have meant more parts and likely a higher price to include those seemingly simple additions. But there are a couple of nice little details to like, such as they geared up the engine, although only a little bit, and the propeller turns the right way relative to the direction you push it....I think. The windshield piece works well with the design and it looks mostly like how a fast little powerboat should look. But it does seem like there are too many stickers. The black panels on the bottom would be mostly underwater so it looks a little odd having any design features via stickers there, and the front looks rather big and blunt for a speed boat, but those are only cosmetic issues. Overall, for the size and price point they were aiming for I'd say it's mostly a job well done.
  20. @Doug72 for some inexplicable reason you reminded me of this guy I built the ucs falcon over Christmas and a few times I thought there was a part missing but nope, every piece was there. Out of about 200 sets I've had one set with a bag missing in 1998, so missing bags are rare but I have had it happen to me years ago.
  21. allanp

    The most technical technic set?

    Sheepos land rover defender might be considered a challenge. The instructions are great but I found some fine tuning is required. In terms of sets, there's two that come to mind. The 8480 space shuttle and 42009 crane because they have to be built perfectly for their functions to work, especially 42009. For example, Lego axles are usually not perfectly straight. For 42009 I built a simple axle tester, it was just 8 1x2 technic bricks sandwiched between two 2x8 regular bricks, leaving me with an 8 stud long hole. If an axle falls through it without any resistance it went in 42009. I tested every axle before using it in 42009. You'd be surprised how many perfectly fine looking axles and even new axles didn't pass that test. By doing this and being sure to space gears and bushings on axles correctly to allow everything to move freely I found that everything worked.....just. Maybe axles get slightly bent when contained in a box full of parts. I don't remember having this issue back when we had the yellow plastic inner trays. 8480 isn't challenging but I find it takes longer to build than other sets with similar piece counts and it's a great build. But like others have said, following simple step by step instructions isn't challenging for those of us who have built a few hundred or so Technic sets, and can't really expect it to be. I would assume the Chiron's 16+ age rating is likely for 16 year olds who haven't built a Technic set before. Still no excuse for the tastless colour choices though, blue and red gears? Orange wave selector? C'mon man!
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    TLG’s 2019 line up

    From what's been revealed so far, which really isn't very much so way too early to judge the year yet, I think there's some good stuff in the Technic lineup, namely the corvette and the new large sprockets in the rc racer and new smaller wheel arches. RUMOUR has it there's a spider crane, car transporter and maybe even a large excavator planned for the second half, but that that with a big grain of salt. I do feel there is less anticipation for this year to come as there has been in previous years but I think theres a good reason for this. With all the copycat companies out there TLG have been forced to control leaks and that's really all there is to it. Were not as excited because we haven't seen what's coming like we have in previous years. But judging by TLGs investments in new parts at least for the Technic theme I see no reason to worry that this year won't be as bad as some fear just yet. We are adult fans who like larger builds. These traditionally come out later in the year so we need some patients. For all we know we might get a pirate theme including 2000 piece pirate ship, islanders with a large brick built island playset with Indiana jones type traps, a new castle theme with a 4000 piece English castle that isn't square but made up of lots of angled wall sections built on brick built sloped grounds and smaller sets like medieval houses and town squares and market stalls and add on sections of modular castle wall with different wooden structures built on the sides to encircle it all and add on modular castle circular towers with internal spiral stairs and battle packs with 20 minifigures and working trebuchets and a whole new 2x2 box section monorail system for the Jurassic world theme and a highly detailed Technic RC pneumatic excavator using the new large sprockets and the return of model team with a massive 1:8 scale American 18 wheeler with trailer and lots of chrome. Or we might just get a rerelease of galidor. Way too early to tell.
  23. Yeah you wanna watch out for those guys. I'm still in prison for destroying the little dump truck from the BWE set with hypnodisk! Seriously though I hope everyone has a fantastic 2019
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    42093 Corvette ZR-1

    A bold statement, but you may be right. I guess it would depend on how profitable this set is for TLG. Maybe it's a test, like the Unimog, to see how well a certain kind of set will sell. If it sells well I'd expect to see more. But maybe there's another reason for a car this scale to be released, soon to be revealed?!
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    All the first half sets appear to be in stock at UK smyths stores. On a side note, when looking at ALL Lego products and ordering them by best sellers, Technic sets occupy 4 of the top 7 spots, with the Bugatti being number 1. Go Technic! Woop woop!