TBs is now releasing the third edition from the TechREVERSE Challenge, in collaboration with the LEGO Technic product line. Thus we decided to bring one of the 1H2012 models into contest.
As usual, the challenge will consist in reverse-build one of the new models coming in 2012.
Among the several possibilities we chose one that wouldn't be just the smallest in the line, and again a model that doesn't include any new element, despite some existing elements in new colors. This is not necessarily a criteria as we may have asked the participants to simply ignore that new element, or provide you with a model for that new element, like we did in 2009. However we decided to avoid it for this time again.
So and so the set selection for the current TechREVERSE Challenge issue is the 9392 (Quad Bike).
And then the challenge TBs has for you, is exactly this!
Reverse and build your own digital reproduction from the 9392 main model, based on the product pictures available below.
As an attempt to innovate, this time we decided to allow submissions made in any of the most common CAD tools in use by the FOLs, for LEGO models (LDraw/MLCad, LDD and SR 3D Builder).
Of course you may need to download and install any of these tools and some advices given earlier regarding LDraw, may apply.
Specially make sure you use the latest parts library available for the tool you're using. Otherwise it may affect the ranking of your participation.
As for every contest, there must be some rules defined, that will help us later to determine who's the contest winner, so read them carefully.
- Reverse engineer and reproduce a digital model, from the Challenge proposed LEGO Technic set.
- The reproduction should be exact (model complete assembly, parts list, colors and positioning).
Challenge Participation Rules:
- Every contestant should submit his participation in the form of one single digital file, compatible with the latest version of one of the tools allowed in this contest (at contestant choice) - LDR, MPD, LXF or L3B.
Hierarchical organization into sub-models is also allowed, for the tools supporting this.
- The contestants are allowed to enter one single submission only (always the first one submitted).
- Each contest submission must include one single model only.
- Contestants must also include one render image from their model, with a minimum resolution of 800x600 pixels.
It would be great if you have skills for photo-realistic rendering, but not considered as criteria for the purpose of this contest evaluation.
- Any eventual special elements in the model must be reproduced accordingly (e.g. flexible parts, shock absorbers, etc...). Reproduction should be as close as possible to the original.
- All the submissions must be sent via e-mail, to the TBs mailbox setup for the purpose of this challenge, with indication of the applicant identification (full name and nickname if applicable), postal* and e-mail addresses.
TBs TechREVERSE Challenge mailbox: challenge[at]technicbricks.com
- The winning participation will be the first submission sent, that exactly matches the LEGO official model being reproduced: model complete assembly, parts color, parts positioning and parts list.
- If none of the submissions fill all the criteria above, it will be selected the first submitted model, that gets closer to the original, based the total mismatches counted.
- Unlike in the previous editions, we will now introduce differentiated weights for each type of mismatch as a measure to differentiate the mismatches severity and increase the evaluation fairness.
Each mismatch will sum a certain number of negative points (penalties) per occurrence, based on the respective mismatch type. The participation with less penalties wins.
Below the penalties per mismatch type:
-3 points, Missing parts or subparts.
-3 points, Wrong parts or subparts (includes friction/frictionless differences).
-3 points, Extra parts or subparts.
-3 points, Parts or subparts misplacement (deviation and/or orientation).
-3 points, Wrong color used for a part or subpart (if element visible at some of the pictures available).
-2 point, Wrong color used for a part or subpart (if not visible from any of the pictures available).
-1 point, Every other eventual situation not covered above (e.g.: wrong spring strength, significant routing deviation from the original on flexible elements, etc.).
- Classification may not go through all the mismatches until the last one, once the amount gets too high and it gets clear the participation won't get among the first five.
- All the submissions must be sent to the mailbox above indicated, in the next two weeks. Thus before the 1st of December 2011, 16:00 CET**.
- The organization reserves the right to extend the submission period, if there is a reasonable justification.
- Final results are expected to be published by the beginning of January 2012 (exact date may vary depending on the amount of submissions to the contest).
- The Challenge winner will be awarded with one set sponsored by the LEGO Technic product line and signed by the respective LEGO Designer.
- There will be also extra prizes for the 2nd and up to the 5th place.
- In the event of any eventual leak with further official details about this model, during the contest submission period, it may become a justification to close the submissions period anytime earlier.
- Any eventual issues not foreseen in the contest rules, shall be evaluated and decided by the TBs editors.
- The organization reserves the right to cancel the contest at anytime, if participation quality levels are not getting satisfactory.
Take part in the fun!
And do not forget... these unique prizes can become yours.
*) Rest assured your private data won't be published, or used for any other purpose other than this contest.
**) Use the link provided, to find the correspondent local time at your own Time Zone.
***) With 1 year downloadable upgrades, extendable to two years under subject to the offer terms. Read full details here.
Updated with additional item for the 1st prize, as described originally in this post.
Last Update: 2011.Nov.18 20:05 CET