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  1. I had no idea under which subforum put this, but I figured this was the closest to "Miscellaneous" or other geeky and weird stuff. Official Lego Colours Lego colours have been gradually increasing since the beginning of times, suddenly increased around the early 2000s, with the addition of the "sand" colours. Now, I've been wondering the current Lego palette has 57 colours: 38 solid, 14 transparent, technically 3 pearlascent/metal (Gold Ink and other shiny things don't count) and 1 glow in the dark colour. Now, I know many of us think the use of transparent pieces and chromed ones at some places is a little redundant and like using the solid ones instead. The solid colours are basically split into colour families, but I'll try to divide them even further: Blues: 8 (Earth, Sand, Bright/Classic, Aqua, Royal, Medium and both Azures) - more than enough to cover your needs, I think. Greens: 7 (Earth, Bright, Dark, Sand, Spring Yellowish, Lime and Olive) - Olive being the latest addiiton the line up, if I'm not mistaken. Purples and Pinks: 6 (Bright Pur., Light Pur., Magenta, Lavander, Medium Lav., Lilac) - Utterly redundant as some of them are practically useless and stupid. Browns/Tans/Earthy Thingys: 8 (Flesh, Nougat, Medium Nougat, Tan, Dark Tan, Dark Orange, Reddish Brown, Dark Brown) - some universal colours such as Tan but others just ugly like Nougat. Grey/Black/White: 4 (Light Bluish Grey, Dark Bluish Grey and Black) - Universal colours everybody uses and loves. Would be interesting returning other shades of grey, or making a lighter shade of grey, but bluish. Red: 2 (Bright and New Dark) - A very low number for such a universal colour, but it's true that it's the colour with less itinerance, meaning not many shades can be made out of it and still look different enough. Orange: 1 - Just orange. Yellows: 3 - Bright/Classic, Cool, Flame Yellowish Orange - a surprisingly low number for such a universal colour. My Own Ideas: Now you may have seen that towards the end, the numbers reduced drastically. But why? Why doesn't Lego make just more shades of yellow, red and orange? I've been playing around with the idea of a new shade of colour for quite a long time. Some time ago, Lego made a colour called "Curry" -or at least that's what Brickset called it-. Curry only appeared in a single Duplo piece in 2002 ( Now, Curry looked a heck of a lot like Flame Orange, but that got me thinking. Why not make a "Mustard" colour? a colour darked than Flame Orange but much more orangy? Something like this. Or why not returning the glorious Dark Turquoise ( One of the fa├žades of one of my modular buildings uses this colour lightly to give it personality. There isn't a colour more perfect to me than that one. What do you think? Are some colours Lego makes just strange and useless? Is something really missing? Do you like my ideas? Comment!
  2. Earlier this year, the addition of BrickArms parts to the BrickLink catalog has had a side effect on BrickStock. Namely, the appearance of the Brick Arms colours within BrickStock. All of BrickArms colours have been added to the BrickLink list of colours with a prefix of "BA". This degrades the usability of BrickStock since you now see a large list of Brick Arms related colours starting with B which you have to scroll passed to see the BrickLink/LEGO colour names. Moreover, when in the colour list, typing the letter B takes you to the start of the Brick Arms colours rather than the value "Black", which used to be the first "B" colour. I have come up with a solution to move the BrickArms colours to the end of the list. While not solving the problem (which ideally would exclude the BrickArms colours altogether), the solution does at least restore the appearance of the BrickStock colour list close to how it previously was. Moreover, the solution, although a little bit hacky, avoids the need to alter the BrickStock code (the most recent version of which is unavailable anyway). The solution renames the BrickArms colours so that their prefix begins with "zA" rather than "BA", hence moving them to the end of the list of colours. It achieves this by patching the BrickStock database file to rename the BrickArms related colours appropriately. The solution is straight forward and, if you follow the instructions below, can be used by anyone. Note that this solution outlined works for Windows. If someone is using BrickStock on a Mac, perhaps they would like to post an equivalent solution using tools appropriate to a Mac. The steps are; (1) One-time step. Download Freeware Hex Editor XVI32. I have no affiliation with the author of this software but if this solution is useful to you, consider making a donation to the author via their PayPal link. (2) One-time step. Unzip the downloaded zip file into an appropriate directory e.g. "C:\Program Files\xvi32" (3) One-time step. Download this file into the same directory as in step 2 e.g. "C:\Program Files\xvi32" (4) Run the program "C:\Program Files\xvi32\xvi32.exe" (or wherever you installed the program in step 2). (4.1) Select the menu item "File/Open ...". Enter the value "%USERPROFILE%\brickstock-cache\database-v0" (without the quotes) into the field labelled "File Name:". Press the "Open" command button. (4.2) The tool should then display the contents of the BrickStock database file. (4.3) Select the menu item "XVIscript/Editor...". This will open a dialog window titled "XVIscript interpreter". (4.4) Select the menu item "Script/Open ...". In the dialog window that opens, navigate to the location where you place the xsc file in step 3 and select the file. Click the "Open" command button. This will open the patching script. (4.5) Optionally, if you want to also rename the Modulex colours to change their prefix from "Mx" to "zx", remove the leading semi-colon from the last three lines of the script. (4.6) Press the "Execute" command button. All going well, an "Information" dialog will pop-up displaying the message <"BA" colours renamed to "zA">. Click the "OK" command button. (4.7) If you modified the script as per step 4.5, you will see a second "Information" dialog pop-up containing the message <"Mx" colours renamed to "zx">. Click the "OK" command button. (4.8) A dialog window will be displayed showing the message "Script executed successfully!". Click the "OK" button. (4.9) Click the "Close" command button. If you modified the script as per step 4.5, you will be prompted as to whether or not you want to save the modified script. Make an appropriate choice. (4.10) Select the menu item "File/Save" in the XVI32 application window. Then close the application. You will have now patched the colour names in the BrickStock database. (4.11) Run BrickStock and confirm that it is running correctly. Take a look at the list of colours - the BrickArms colours (and optionally the Modulex colours) will appear at the end of the colour list. Note that every so often (or when you explicitly request it), BrickStock will refresh its database by re-querying BrickLink. When this happens, you will need to repeat step 4 (& its sub-steps) above to reset the colour names once again. What to do if the above steps do not work for you? Simply delete the BrickStock database (i.e. the file identified in step 4.1) and then from within BrickStock, choose the menu item "Extras/Update Database". Hopefully the above list of instructions restores some of the sanity into BrickStock for you which was lost once BrcikLink added BrickArms colours to their database. Regards, David
  3. So, I've been doing some building lately with brown plates, and I've noticed they're a little brittle, and break easily. The problem with brown by North White, on Flickr Are my pieces just old or something, or is this a common problem?
  4. Hello I'd like to share with you my last model, the colour ball tracker. This robot is able to track and catch a colour ball in a room without any border. The choice of the colour is made at the beginning and you can choose several colours. All the problems are managed, like mistakes, wrong things and so on technologies used are lego mindstorm and pixy cam thanks for you comments and requests !!!
  5. Capparezza

    LEGO Colour Questions

    Hey there! Couldn't find any suitable thread so I thought I'd start one What's the purpose? Finding and gathering information about colours which have been used by Lego and for LEGO pieces. To start it off, I have quite a simple question: I have the chance to get my hands on Set 7047. I was wondering if the colour used for the water on the included baseplate is matching normal 32x32 baseplates in Blue?
  6. bartneck

    LEGO Color Palette

    The LEGO color palette remains a mystery. Yes, there are many AFOLs who tried to identify all the colors and even TLG provided some information. The problem is that they all disagree with each other on the exact color definitions. I wrote a blog entry on my analysis. Have you found a precise definition of the LEGO color palette?
  7. I did a search on this topic, and it really hasn't been discussed in a while. I was curious about what other's favorite colors might be. I have been gravitating towards the darker earth tones, I have noticed. My favorites are: dark orange dark brown dark red dark tan medium dark flesh I like to build buildings mostly, and want to try and work some of these colors into everything in some way. Trouble is, a lot of the the necessary parts to build a MOC are not available in each of those colors... so there will always be a need for the light and dark bluish gray and white.
  8. For a display my husband are participating in shortly (strathpine, Queensland, Australia), I decided to build a Friends street. Lego Friends street by tikitikitembo, on Flickr It started with me building a modular style building based on the Lego movie ice-cream truck. Lego modular ice-cream shop by tikitikitembo, on Flickr And it grew from there. The friends cafe: Friends cafe modular - first floor by tikitikitembo, on Flickr The friends school: Modular Friends school by tikitikitembo, on Flickr The friends vet: Lego Friends modular vet by tikitikitembo, on Flickr Add the modified juice shop, beach house, modified bus, brick built road, a bit of a garden and it is done. Lego Friends street by tikitikitembo, on Flickr Thanks for looking :)
  9. Hello, the user L@go recently shared pictures from the Lego World. In one of them a Maersk train in green color scheme is shown: I wonder if anybody ever tried to build it in further color variations? I am particularly interested in cheaper variants because I think about bricklinking that train and I dont care so much to have it in the original azure color scheme. It is a shame that I was too late to get the original Lego Maersk train. Edit: Attached a cropped image of the green maersk train:
  10. Growing up in a family of painters (craftsmen as well as artists), I soon developped a fascination for colours, and besides Lego, drawing and painting was one of my big topics in my childhood. Also later I became a real colour aficionado, not fitting in the "men can only distinguish 8 colours" stereotype... So when I came back to Lego, I was naturally fascianted by the wide range of available colours, compared to my boy's Lego in the '80s. Soon I developped the urge to collect these colours, all of them that are in the Bricklink list! I know of the flaws of this system as well as all the others that are around (see the Peeron conversion table with all its loose ends). But in the end I had to choose one system that is most convenient for my purpose, the purpose being "buying stuff on Bricklink". But what to do with all these colourful bricks? Then I had an idea: why not display them in an orderly fashion? As a starting point, I took 1x2 bricks, as these are available in a broad variety of colours and also have a nice smooth surface large enough to really get an impression of the colour. Then I put them in a frame according to their colour names. For the plain colours, I took the rows for the basic colour (i.e. black, red, blue, turquoise, pink, etc.) and the columns for the varieties of the base (dark, bright, light, sand, etc.). Things like olive green, sky blue, reddish brown I took as a separate basic colour, as "olive", "sky" or "reddish" aren't commonly used prefixes. This is the result so far, still having some dark bluish grey bricks as placeholders for colours I couldn't find so far in a part that fits into the display: Of course, I had to cheat sometimes, using several smaller parts to create a 1x2 surface, or having larger parts sticking out to the back. I also suspect there are placeholders that will never be replaced by the real thing... There is also a second display for the transparent, glittery, glossy and other special colours. Here I took the hue (red, yellow, blue etc.) as columns and in the rows I placed the group, like transparent, chrome, milky, speckle etc. For some of the groups I had to create multiple rows for different brightnesses: So as you see, this is still a "work in progress" and it will most probably stay for a long time. But I already enjoy looking at it and having a good colour reference to compare all the parts in my collection of which I don't remember the correct colour any more.
  11. lorax

    Lego friends zoo - MOC

    I just wanted to share a MOC we have been working on for an upcoming public display. In addition to our fairytale display: We decided to start building a Lego zoo. As well as showing some of the many animals available in Lego, we wanted to show the amazing colours and also have the ability for it to grow for future displays (either with myself of some of my LUGer friends. Here is the first version of our zoo: The ability for it to be modular was really important for us; for ease of transporting, for growth and to allow for easy variations. We tried to use the entry/platform and path as the consistent thread to tie the MOC together: We then built some animal displays which are all 16x16 (or multiples thereof) Two eating areas: And a train: Hopefully the kids like it and if they do, I hope it continues to grow as a bigger LUG project. Thanks for taking the time to look, and all feedback is appreciated. Cheers Tiki
  12. "Speckle colours" are a fine bi-coloured pattern of opaque Lego colours, often a mix of a solid colour and a pearl colour to give a worn-out metal look. In the Peeron titles, the word "glitter" is used (they may be considered to be the opaque equivelent to the glitter-clear colours, although still quite different). I haven't been able to find any information on the production of these colours on the internet. I want to ask a few questions; How are speckle colours painted? How expensive are they to produce relative to a single solid colour? Compared to a pearl colour? There are 4 speckle colours that have appeared to date; Speckle Black-Silver: The first and most common. Introduced in 2005 in "Vikings" and "Knights Kingdom". I don't know which type of silver colour is used. Speckle Black-Gold: Exclusive to 4 "Atlantis" sets in 2010 & 2011. I don't know which type of gold is used. Speckle Black-Copper: Exclusive to 2006 "Knights Kingdom" sets. Speckle DBGray-Silver: Exclusive to 2006 "Knights Kingdom" sets, just like the above. These are the Bricklink titles, as there are no known official names (probably because they are a pattern of existing colours, and 3/4 of them are rare).
  13. Hi, I'm having a problem where "special" colours used in ldCad are not displaying correctly in ldView and povray. As it's going wrong in ldView, I suspect something wrong with my LGEO setup in ldView but can't quite follow how the mapping is all set up. Perhaps someone here (Philo?) can help. I'm using ldCad 1.1b, ldView 4.1 and povray 3.7 running on Linux Mint 13. I'm using the wheels (part 32077) from set 8428 which peeron describes as "Metallic Silver" and so have selected this in ldCad. This is described as (80,M) in the ldCad colour selection. My MPD file contains the following lines for the part in the model. 0 FILE wheel-and-tyre.ldr 0 NAME wheel-and-tyre 0 AUTHOR chorlton 1 80 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 32077.dat I open my MPD file in ldView and Export to povray. The resulting povray file contains #declare LDX_wheel_dash_and_dash_tyre_dot_ldr = union { // NAME wheel-and-tyre // AUTHOR chorlton object { LDX_32077_dot_dat LDXSeamMatrix(149.999939, 149.999969, 71.093002, 0, 0.000015, 0.046499) matrix <1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0> #if (version >= 3.1) material #else texture #end { LDXColor80 } } and #ifndef (LDXColor80) // Black #declare LDXColor80 = LDXOpaqueColor(0.2,0.2,0.2) #end So, it appears that ldCad thinks colour 80 is metallic silver, but ldView thinks it is black, or at least very dark grey. When I set things up, the instructions for ldView and the LGEO part library spoke about colours but I think I've followed all the steps correctly. Does anyone with experience know where I might have gone wrong? I didn't want to include all my config so please ask for anything relevant. Thanks chorlton edit: There are other colour mismatches, for example the smoked glass of the PF receiver, but the silver wheels give a good example. Hopefully one setup fix will correct everything.