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Saberwing40k posted a topic in LEGO Technic, Mindstorms, Model Team and Scale ModelingWell, my Bricklink and Google-fu has failed me, so I'm wondering if anyone else has found any educational sites/webshops that sell Lego pneumatic cylinders for lower than Bricklink/Brickowl, and Ebay. If you have any ideas, that would be much appreciated. Sadly, I can't seem to order any parts individually directly from Lego, so that's why I ask. Also, I did some searching, and i have found a place that is not an Ebay store, where you can get some Lego compatible pneumatic tubing. Philo actually discovered this stuff. Versilic Tubing. It's available on Amazon, under science, and lab supplies, and there are many lengths available. What you are after is the tubing that is 1/8 inch(4mm) Outside diameter, and 1/16 inch(2mm) Inside diameter. You can get 50 feet for only $30 US, which is a pretty spiffy deal. This is particularly relevant now, because we are having a pneumatic contest running now, so some people might need it. Also, I'm kind of wondering if we could maybe add a section under the index for alternative stores to Bricklink, and places to procure stuff like third party string, and pneumatic tubing, and stuff like SBrick, LifeLites, etc.
Saberwing40k posted a topic in General LEGO DiscussionThis topic is a little bit odd, and maybe not that generally applicable, but I am building a model on commission, and they want a price estimate. Trouble is, the model has not been built yet, so I sort of have no way of knowing how much it will cost. I was thinking about just applying the 10 cents per part cost to it, but I am kind of worried that that approach is too simplistic. I have tried looking at comparable MOCs on Rebrickable, and then using the Bricklink price checker, among other things, but my Google-Fu has failed me, which makes me think that this is something that has not been done before. A similar issue is if one desires to purchase all the parts for a MOC that has instructions, as discussed in the thread about Gerger's GMK 2400 crane. Effectively, is there any good to estimate the price of a MOC, or is it really just a crap shoot?