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Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO TownThis bank was originally designed for the Western theme as a two story open-backed model. I then decided it would look better as a regular town model and thus I added a rear half and third floor. The model opens like a dollhouse on a hinge, and locks shut on a Technic pin, just like most of my buildings. The more modern-looking truck model is a modified version of the 2014 set 76015, Doc Ock Truck Heist, with the bulk of the changes inspired by Flickr user eurotrash48903, or Eurotrash as he is known he on EurobBricks. The truck is already built in real life, but it is included in the LDD file as well. When the building is built in real life as well, I will update this thread with pictures of it in real bricks instead of in digital screenshots. The bank should feature printed 1 x 1 letter tiles in various spots: the top of the building below the clock should say "1892" while just above the front door should be the word "BANK". Inside the building on the lower floor is the three teller windows and loan officers desk. The middle floor features three counting tables and tow vaults. (those vaults are the same as the one in set 10217, Diagon Alley) The upper floor features the bank manager's office with filing cabinets and three chairs. The rear of the building. This truck was inspired by Eurotrash and his own MOD of the set to be 7 wide. I didn't change it quite as much as him, but I did follow his lead in several spot, such as shortening the frame by 2 studs and getting rid of the ridiculously over-sized original wheels. The roof and front have been strengthened and a door added to the rear, as their was none before. One mini-figure can sit in the drivers seat. The LDD file for the both bank and truck is included in this link here. As usual, comments, questions and complaints are welcome.
I'm not a big fan of using non-LEGO parts, but I tried this a few months ago and I thought it's worth sharing. To firmly secure a pin in a pin-hole without making the pin or pin-hole useless after disassembly, you can drive a small set-screw (I used M4x3) into the pin. I used the back-side of a knife to avoid the pin from rotating while driving in the screw. but be careful not to damage that end of the pin. I drove in the screw no further than to make a flat surface with the outer edge of the pin. EDIT: Even though I tried this, I decided not to use it eventually. Let me explain why. For me building Technic constructions is like solving complex puzzles - or at least I like to think of them as complex. If I would arrive at a point where I would need this kind of compromise solution, my conclusion would be there is something wrong with my construction and regard the puzzle as yet unsolved. You could for instance use this to avoid a pin from being pulled out of a pin-hole when a construction is stressed. However, if a construction relies on a pin this way, I tend to think of the construction as being no good. The construction should be such that forces are applied orthogonal - not longitudinal - to the pin-connection. For me the only useful application of this would be to eliminate slack in, or add rigidity to a - already properly designed - construction. Not to fix a poor construction.