allanp

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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Well in that case, dear Santa.....
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    Fairground Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    After seeing several swinging/pirate ship MOCs, at first I though they were good but could be better, then I tried to build one myself! Such a simple concept turns out to be one of the hardest to get right. The shipalways swings way too fast for scale destroying the illusion of size. So it would have to be of the type with the large counterweight on top which enables it to go all the way round. There's also the issue of a really low friction main pivot as turntables had way too much friction and axles felt a bit flimsy. Get a low friction pivot point and tune the counterweight well enough and you solve another major issue, which is that the drive wheel has to be geared quite fast even for realistically slow looking swings, but also has to be geared low enough to accelerate the large ship meaning the motor has to be very powerful. Then there's the issue of a really sturdy A frame than than hold all that swinging mass absolutely rigid otherwise it just looks silly! So yeah, if they release a decent sized swinging ship that works well and looks realistic I'll be impressed!
  3. 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.
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    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.
  5. 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!
  6. Holy cow! It's great to see them promoting this great set in such epic fashion.
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    Top 10 Technic sets since 41999

    1. 42043 2. 42083 3. 42055 4. 42054 5. 42042 6. 42053 7. 42025 8. 42080 9. 42078 10. 42048
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    Technic Prototype Parts

    Very good points Erik
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    Technic Prototype Parts

    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?
  10. That's pretty epic! Must have took a lot of work!
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    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?
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    Future Set Wishes and Speculation

    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.
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    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    It will be interesting to see what valve travel limiters can be made with the new valves.
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    42082 - Rough Terrain Crane

    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.
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    Powered UP AFOL Community Answers

    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!
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    Future Set Wishes and Speculation

    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!
  17. 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.
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    Future Set Wishes and Speculation

    If they did release a JCB 3CX backhoe with a decent flagship sized grader as a B model I wonder how many would buy two sets?! Edit: Ummmm, can't find a JCB grader. But they make the most iconic back hoe! This begs the question, does a B model of a liscenced set HAVE to be a model of something from the same liscence, or can it be generic? Volvo do make graders however, and there's bound to be another Volvo set in the future (hopefully NOT a back hoe, like ketchup has to be Heinz, back hoe has to be JCB of the 3CX variety!). So there's the possibility of a grader there!
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    Future Set Wishes and Speculation

    Grader could be a good B model to a JCB 3CX back hoe. Is a grader recognisable and cool enough to be an A model though?
  20. Not sure weather to start new topic for this, but here's an interesting video on price per piece Vs weight
  21. The forest harvester 42080 comes motorised for the pneumatic functions.
  22. Well I love this set overall (no surprise there!). Yeah the colour choices are.....questionable, but the design is fairly clean, it doesnt have the Swiss cheese effect of 42082 as pointed out by sariel in the comments of his 42082 video review post on Eurobricks. Of course I would say that it mimics the way real life machines work better than any other summer set this year, because it does, which is what I like about it most, but I also find it fun to play with as the motorised functions work with decent speed (42082 take note) and the controls aren't directly connect to the function being operated (42081 take note!) and are fairly responsive. I also found the build to be excellent. Very quickly you are building the front pendular steered axle, the swiftly on to the next interesting bit and so on. There's never a moment where you feel like you're endlessly just joining pins and connectors as it's relatively low piece count is used very efficiently. Your not building, or paying for parts just for the sake of building/paying for parts. The build really reminded me of the old school approach of having a more skeletal frame, as opposed to the condensed mess of asymetrical uglyness as seen in the base of 42082. For all the weird colour choices 42080 has, at least you know what's what. The chassis is clearly regular green and most of the parts used there are that colour, so it looks nice and clean. Looking on the inside of 42082, it's an ugly mess, what is chassis, what is gearbox, what colour is it even supposed to be, and is so much convolution really necessary? So if you feel 42082 has too many parts for what it does, if you feel it could have been done with far less, then 42080 is the kind of design and build you're after. I can't argue that 42082 isn't good value, it's fantastic value for money, IF you are looking to expand your collection. However if you have a fair amount of Technic already, well it's still fantastic value who am I kidding! However I would argue that 42080 is not too bad value either. I've always said that price per piece is a terrible measure of value. Is 2000 connector pegs for £50 100 times better value than 20 buggy motors for £50? 42080 has 2 large cyclinders, 1 small cylinder, several pneumatic t pieces and connectors, the new improved valves, pneumatic hoses, 2 large turntables, L motor, pneumatic motor pump, studded beams in white (lord knows how our old 8480s could do with some new beams!), lots of those new technic macaroni pieces (or whatever they are called) in pearl dark grey, 8 wheels in pearl dark grey and panels in colours that are either hard to find or new to this set. Ide take that over a set with twice the number of parts but only half the good stuff any day.
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    42080 Forest Harvester

    Yes it does.
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    Future Set Wishes and Speculation

    well it's not unheard of for windmills to have small cranes on them