Friday, October 10, 2014

TechnicBRICKs turns 7

Yeah, TBs makes 7 years of existence!

This year I'm not in the mood for statistics... I've been totally immersed building the Ultimate 8043 from Jurgen Krooshoop, for an event of my LUG next weekend (Braga BRInCKa 2014, LEGO Fan Event). We will have a surprise in the event and this was the model chosen for the show.

Hence we go direct for the cake, because time is getting scarce here. And what a cake this time!
So big we need a couple of mobile cranes to move it....



Yet another nice render from Alexandre to celebrate the occasion, and this time I bet he got inspiration from a Technic diorama I prepared for the previous PLUG public event.

I guess the cake won't last for too long, so we will with another one to celebrate the 8th anniversary nest year.

Designer's take on 42029 Customized Truck

Milan Reindl, LEGO Technic Designer has made several small videos talking about the 2H 2014 models.
The first ones were not available at LEGO's YouTube channel and much difficult to retrieve from LEGO website. It is not the first time we complained about this here at TBs and it seems like someone whispered the guys abut it...
The video for the last model (42029 Customized Pick Up Truck) was meanwhile released and also made available at YouTube. So here it is for the records.



The videos are getting better as we get a new one, and they basically cover the model functions.
I'd prefer these to include also some details by the designer, regarding the development process, certain options, new parts design (when applicable). A bit like we tried to do with the TBs TechTalk series in the past.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #40 - Palla

Daniele Benedettelli created a LEGO Rolling Ball, made of Technic elements.
It is aimed to be a project for LEGO Ideas but at the moment it is still not available to support. Likely waiting for moderation by LEGO Ideas team.

Take a look at Daniele's video demoing his most recent toy.



Would you like to play?



Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

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.


Thanks for your understanding!



Edit:
This project is mean available at LEGO Ideas website for you to go there and leave your support!


Last Update: 2014.Oct.14 23:50 CET

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Images of 1H2015 sets, plus one minus one

Finally we see some unwatermarked images of the upcoming Technic sets. For those that saw the earlier preliminary images, some of the sets show some changes. For better or for worse? That depends on each one’s tastes, I guess.

Without further ado, here they are. (click the title to see the full post)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Win one SBrick - Contest

Do you have the best MOC in the world?
Do you want to use SBrick to make it smarter?
Upload a photo and add a description about your creation (maximum 4 functions) to apply and win one SBrick!

Applications must be submitted in the contest page at SBrick community.


Lets find which is the best 4-function MOC in the world.

Friday, September 26, 2014

42030 Behind the scenes

In a couple of days we got the teaser and the Behind the Scenes video for the 42030 Remote-Controlled VOLVO L350F Wheel Loader.
These videos are always very interesting and informative on certain aspects of the LEGO sets design process, commercials production and many other unseen details. We didn't see one since the commercials production of 42010 / 42011 Pullback Racers [1], but the best of bread up to now were the videos with Markus Kossman, produced for the 8275 Motorized Bulldozer, after its introduction in 2007 along with the new Power Functions system back then.

This time we first got a Behind the Scenes teaser,



Immediately followed by the real stuff.
Here we see a lot of known faces, can become aware about some details on how the LEGO and Volvo collaboration went through, and how does Jeppe drives and digs up one of the heaviest machines in earth...

But we also get to see some details about the photography studio, sets boxes' artwork production and mock-ups printing, or if you pay some attention you can see sketch models, early prototypes or mockups for new parts and 3D prints for the definitive ones.



There is even a nice poster from the upcoming 42039 LMP Racer on the wall...


A few weeks back we got to see also a couple other videos, with Milan Reindl about this and another 2H14 model, but I cannot embed them here. These were not published at LEGO's YouTube channel and latest LEGO content management system turns it virtually impossible to retrieve the videos on their website...

Although you can see them at the movies section from LEGO Technic website.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week TechVideo, 2014 #38 - Han's new 2014 model (Dragline Crawler Crane)

Han Crielaard (Designer-Han) is a seasonal builder who uses to present us a new large model of his creation, roughly every year.

2014 brings us a Dragline Crawler Crane, made in a very nice and unusual color scheme (green + orange).
It has a very realistic appearance, either from from aesthetic or functions point of view.

A large number of PF elements were used in this model to assure all the functions are motorized and remotely controlled.

  • 5x PF M-motors
    • 2 motors for Swing
    • 1 motor to Lift/Lower the boom
    • 2 motors for decoupling the drums - Free fall mechanism

  • 2x PF L-motors (Crawl)
  • 2x PF XL-motors (Wind/Unwind two drum winches)
  • 4x IR-Receivers (2 motors being connected to the same output)
  • 2x PF Battery Boxes (1x Rechargeable; 1x AA cells)



This includes many features and main characteristics are:
  • Length for transport, only A-frame + boom foot: 65cm
  • Height superstructure: 18cm
  • Width undercarriage: 21cm
  • Length boom (3 sections): 92cm
  • Height with raised boom (3 sections): 98cm
  • Boom angle range: -10 till 80 degrees
  • Weight: 2,7Kg (including 2 battery boxes)
  • Lifting capability:
    • 250g (save range for full PF operations)
    • Max 500g (heavy stress on PF operations) 
  • Total number of parts: tba

Among all the features more or less expected to be present in such kind of machine, the one that most impressed me was the "Free Fall" mechanism whereof the drum winches are temporary released from their motors.which was the main requirement for this model to act as a real Dragline (you can see it in action from the video above).

For more detailed explanations about the model, its functions and development phases, you may read it all, at Han's website.

And if you're eager for the usual building instructions prepared by Han, 1Q2015 doesn't seem too far!



Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

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.


Thanks for your understanding!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Technicopedia Update (1996)

I'm sure you didn't hear about Technicopedia here at TBs , for a long time.




...although after more than four years, Eric Albretch (Blakbird) made a long lasting update, which adds the models from year 1996, along with some other updates.
  • September 17, 2014:  Added a page listing the supplemental sets and detailed 8712 and 8714 Technic figures.
  • September 14, 2014:  Includes 1996 with sets 8207, 8223, 8230, 824, 8286, 8408, 8425, 8443, 8456, and 8480.  Fills in all missing LDraw files for all models 1977-1996.  Replaces all history pictures with computer renders.

This was also the year when the mythical 8480 Space Shuttle set was released. Hence I'm adding here one of those Eric's magnificent cut through renders, for this model.



You should not miss this opportunity to read about the whole collection of classics, recently added to Tecnhicopedia - History 1996.



So Eric, you have now just 14 years to catch up...

But hurry up!! Soon they will be 15...

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