We have now evaluated all the entries submitted to the 2nd TBs TechREVERSE Challenge against the official building instructions from TLG's 8066 Off-Roader, accounted the mismatches and reviewed everything once more. It's about time to publish the results.
So, at first and for those contestants who may also want to check their own submissions, here is the link to download the official instructions for the 8066 (it includes also the parts list in the end).
This time we got 13 valid participations into contest (a very significant increase if compared to the previous TechREVERSE Challenge edition).
As previously announced TBs got a set prizes to distribute among those who achieved the best guesses on how to build the model under contest. One 8069 Backhoe for the winner, and four 8066s for the subsequent classifications. Meaning this that all those who have decided to participate, had a very significant chance to win one of the prizes.
I've already received the prizes to distribute, a few weeks ago and should be sending them out soon. Meanwhile you may see them in the photo below.
Realize on the signature at each box from the respective Designer of each set (8066 by Michael Jeppesen and 8069 by Jeppe Juul Jensen). Hope it is a detail of your pleasure.
The results were evaluated comparing the LDraw models sent by the contestants, with each step in the official building instructions booklet.
Like in the previous edition, it was done through a manual comparation from the last step at the building instructions and going backwards until the first step, while taking annotations from the differences found at each step at the same time.
Though there are still several opportunities to improve the method used to count mismatches. Something to look, at further editions of the TechREVERSE Challenge.
The 8066 model itself revealed to be a "little bastard", as someone already called it. Apparently simple, it hides several details very difficult or almost impossible to guess successfully, without doing some extrapolation.
This automatically lead us into an high probability of finding several color mismatches. Giving another example, there were only a few realizing on the tail lights (despite visible from the box art) and almost no one guessed about the 3/4 Technic pins in the rear underside, to limit the suspension travel course - Although a mistake also committed by the winner of this Challenge.
The stuff under the bonnet and pin friction/frictionless mistakes, were also the reason for many other counted mismatches...
Unlike in the previous Challenge, all the required parts to model the 8066 were available from the official LDraw library and there was no need to model flex parts with LSynth, all these turning the Challenge a bit easier to handle, this time.
We counted mismatches for occurrences like: wrong parts or sub-parts; extra or missing parts; misplacements or misalignments and color mismatches. However the use of Old Grays were not considered for the mismatches count, for historical reasons, even on MLCad interface and because not everyone is aware of the difference.
There were also a few cases where the mismatch count was not taken to the final number (always not impacting the classification for the prizes), for several reasons: difficulty to achieve a consistent mismatch count according to the defined criteria, after a certain level of deviation from the official model; submissions with serious and obvious issues, resulting from file format conversions across different tools (LDD, MLCad).
You may find the info about all the mismatches, details and results at these files [XLS, PDF].
And now I must say that the winning submission is... the one from Nathanaël Kuipers, again.
Nathanaël scored some extra mismatches (7) than in his previous TechREVERSE participation (1), but it was still enough to win this Challenge 1st prize. One Backhoe (8069) from the first boxes getting out of the production line and signed by the respective LEGO Designer (Jeppe Juul Jensen).
For the next four prizes we have selected the Challenge entries with fewer mismatches. In the event of a tie, it was considered the order of submission into the competition. It was the case used to determine who is going to receive the last prize to assign (Jovel vs Blakbird).
So, the four 8066 set boxes, are going to:
- 9 mismatches - Daniel Gould, UK
- 11 mismatches - Han Crielaard (Designer-Han), NL
- 13 mismatches - Philippe Hurbain (Philo), FR - Despite he completely missed the entire windshield (5 mismatches in a row)
- 14 mismatches - John Vlemmix (Jovel), NL
From left to right, their renders in the same order.
Congratulations to everyone and thanks for participating into this 2nd TBs Challenge!
Also, I'd like to thanks all those who made this Challenge possible:
- All involved in fruitful discussions about the evaluation methods and still another LDraw tutorial, targeting the needs from those aiming to take part in this Challenge.
- The TLG Technic team, for the support and for providing the nice prizes.
- And finally of course, all those who were engaged with this Challenge, either by sending their submissions or the enthusiasm joining the initiative by leaving their comments to the respective posts.
Hopefully we can repeat it again, with some 2012 model....
The prizes shipping costs are sponsored by TBs , with the revenue generated from the LEGO ads. Please do not forget to help us supporting these costs, whenever you do your LEGO purchases from LEGOshop.com, accessing the LEGO online shop from the ads displayed in this blog.
PS: I'll hold shipping the prizes for one week, from the date of this post, just in case someone wishes to complain about the assessment of their mismatches.