Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #15 - Rotating LED beacon

Long ago when I saw the first version of PistenBully 600 [1, 2] by Freggel, I was amazed with the model itself but specially with his custom rotating light beacons.
Was wondering how did he made them, but didn't took much time investigating what it might be.

More recently there has been a discussion at EuroBricks around a beacon prototype made by a Russian AFOL, but without much useful details disclosed, that would help to reproduce the effect.

Fortunately yesterday Freggel published one video where he discloses the secret behind the rotating LED beacons in his PistenBully.




Based on the hints given I found these are made with a small component sold by www.pistenking.com, a webshop specialized in selling accessories for scale groomers.
Here he uses the 1:16 rotating LED beacon, and there are also other scales (1:12 and 1:8) available.
Although the unit prices are really steep - 38,50€ for a single unit, and 35,00€ if you buy 3 or more. Eventually worthwhile if you want to make a MOC of your really unique.

In the sequence of my investigation also found this is a new beacon version. It seems that all started with a Freggel own design, as seen in the documentation available from his website [3, 4, 5].



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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #13 - Prinoth Leitwolf drive test

You may eventually remember [1] the Prinoth Leitwolf (2007) by Han Crielaard (designer-han).


After all this time he published one video of it. Can't remember the original video to know whether it is a re-make or a new take, but interesting to see anyway.

It is amazing how this model performs on snow, as it tends to grasp into the treads and force the models stuck after some time.
In this case it not only keeps moving but it also drags a pile of snow very effectively.



A nice example of a Technic model really performing the same functions of the original model.



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We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

1H14 commercials

We got commercials for some of the 1H14 LEGO Technic sets, and here they are!


42025 Cargo Plane:




42022 Hot Rod / 42026 Black Champion Racer / 42027 Desert Racer:





At the same time you can also access an interactive mini movie, where you can choose your vehicle and navigate through several pathways to unlock rewards for the web game.




Enjoy!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #11 - Unbelivable!

Unbelievable! Unbeatable

Yesterday at the Big Bang Fair held in Birmingham (UK), Mike Dobson and David Gilday smashed their own Guiness World Record of Rubik's Cube solver with their latest generation LMS EV3 robot CUBESTORMER 3...

...with a mind blowing 3,253 seconds!



Surrender!



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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Volvo and LEGO team up

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is a trade show for the construction industry that takes place every three years. The 2014 edition closed yesterday in Las Vegas and Volvo CE was present of course.
Among the several Volvo press releases for this event, there is one about their partnership with TLG to design the 2014 flagship - 42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader / A25F Articulated Hauler.



You can read the complete press release here, or download it from here.
“We are extremely happy with the outcome, both from a functional and design point of view. LEGO Technic has captured the profile, expression and power of the machines in an incredible way, as well as including lots of cool features like a heavy lift boom and high dump height. The LEGO Group also shares our core value of safety, and these machines have been thoroughly tested,” says Mats Bredborg.

“Like Volvo CE, our reputation has been built on yellow machines – and the Volvo L350F carries on that tradition in style, pushing the boundaries of creativity and functionality even further,” Niels Henrik Horsted, head of marketing for LEGO Technic, concludes. “Not only will the L350F/A25F be our star machine for 2014 – it may even be our best seller ever.”

In the meantime the VOLVO CE Magazine (Spirit) also features the same subject. Read it here.

From both articles we learned something about the underlying development process. Also that there was a concept demonstrator shown to Volvo, apparently designed by Anders Gaasedal Christensen (designer of the unforgettable 8043 Motorized Excavator who meanwhile moved into MINDSTORMS endeavours) and that the final 42030 model was designed by the LEGO designer Uwe Wabra who spent eight months working on it.



Enjoy the readings!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

CEE LEGO Fan quarterly survey - 1Q 2014



It's time for the first quarterly 2014 survey from LEGO CEE Team, towards the LEGO Fan community, and help them to better understand us.

Please make sure to participate by March 16th. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to complete.
Choose a link for the language that best fits you (ordered by the number of native speakers [1]).


Thanks!

Friday, March 7, 2014

42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader promotional video

Great promotional video from LEGO Technic about the 42030 Volvo L350F Wheel Loader, to be released next summer.
There we can see both the main and B-models front-to-font with the real Volvo machinery which served as reference to these designs.




It is really cool to see the LEGO Technic marketing promoting an upcoming model with such advance from its release date.
It looks they are getting inspired by the fans always eager to show the new models well in advance. Although this time the community still took the lead, maybe it won't happen next time.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1H14 promotional videos

We got some promotional videos for each new 1H14 LEGO Technic set.

Some references made in these videos, seem to address the specific interests of the LEGO Technic fans community, like the respective Designer name, new elements, etc.


42020: Twin Rotor Helicopter




42021: Snowmobile




42022: Hot Rod




42023: Construction Crew




42024: Container Truck




42025: Cargo Plane




42026: Black Champion Racer




42027: Desert Racer





Enjoy!

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