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Hey everybody, I hope I'm not remaking a topic here but I wanted to inquire: I've got a good collection of Minifigures, including the majority of the collectible Minifigures, and I want them to be in collectible condition (without sealing them away), but for a number of my favorite figures that doesn't seem to be possible. There's certainly cracking down the torsos that just happens to figures I'm not messing around with, but my particular concern is metallic print. It's just downright gone from my series 1&2 collectible figures, certainly from the Indiana Jones line figures (some of my favorites ever), and my cyborg "Agents" villains. I would be crushed for this to spread to the rest of my Collectible Minifigs, my Superheroes, and Lord of the Rings figures, among others. There's definitely an age component to the print failing, but is this degradation totally inevitable? Is it my climate? I'm in the greater New Orleans area and there is a lot of absurd temperature fluctuation in the weeks around the change of seasons, and excessively moist air (of course my place is conditioned but the room where the Legos are at has poor circulation or something. I wonder if keeping them in different conditions would keep them from damage once they're vulnerable. What are your experiences? What can you suggest for preserving/preventing whatever reaction is causing the damage (without putting them in a vacuum or shellacking) I really do bet it's the air humidity, unless it just happens to everyone? Does anyone still have gold on, say, the maraca Guy's hat?
z3_2drive posted a topic in LEGO Technic, Mindstorms, Model Team and Scale ModelingHello, after a long pause I decided to begin a new project, another high speed chassis, but this time I wanted to build a chassis with proper driven independent suspension and lighter than my previous build. After many attempts in the past, I concluded that this wouldn't be possible without printed pieces, as lego u-joints just can't survive the shock load of 4 buggy motors. My previous MOCs either had solid driven axles or suspension using only one u-joint, which didn't have ideal handling. Now, after testing efferman's 3D printed CV joints (coupled with Lego spherical gears, similar to 8880) on a small MOC, I used them on this large scale project. Results - it works! They easily handle the power and CV joints are more smooth in general. There is still room for changes and even after these pictures were taken I reinforced the rear suspension. Features/details: RWD - 4 Buggy motors, with 2 powering each wheel, they aren't coupled through the center. Independent suspension on all wheels, front uses efferman's printed wishbones. Servo steering Anti-roll bars 3rd party electronics and custom battery pack link for the curious Total non-Lego/modified parts: Wheel hubs made by nicjasno link Modified 9L links Printed wishbone pieces link Printed lower suspension arm pieces link Printed spherical gear holder (CV joint) link Modified pneumatic cylinders Photos: ^Pneumatic tubes work well to tie down the battery. Excuse the sand, took it offroad for a bit Oh man, I should never sell my parts after using them like this Enjoy!