Thursday, June 28, 2012

9398 4x4 Crawler, building live stream

Today I decided to bring a new experience for you, TBs readers.
As you may have already noticed through our facebook page, yesterday I've started to build one of the new 9398 4x4 Crawler out there. Today I'll continue for awhile, from the middle of the second book, and decided to try a live stream for the first time so that you can watch it if you want.

It should go live in a few moments and hopefully I should be able to make it available online just afterwards. So if you loose the live show, you can at least see a replay later on also here...



Enjoy and you're welcome to leave your feedback in the comments to this post.



Edit:

Hi guys, it was really great to make this experience and to finish building the Crawler with you!
As far as I noticed at some moments we got 13-15 of you watching the video stream, which was realy good considering it was done without notice!


The final part where I made some tests and when the Crawler started to climb the walls was really surprising and amazing at the same time!
I believe you may have got as surprised as myself.

I must say that I really enjoyed to build this model and to play with it, a lot more than I was expecting. It looks great, it works like a charm and the model is really sturdy, so it won't easily break apart when it falls and rolls from a climb.

For once TLG came with a Technic model the really surpassed my best expectations.

For those who was not able to to watch it live, I've just made the videos available for you to see anytime at USTREAM TechnicBRICKs Channel (http://ustre.am/1mno).
Despite being possible, I'm not planning to share these at YouTube. So you might want to see them here or at the link above.

It is a sequence with four videos, in a total of 2h40m (aprox.) - The time it took to build the model from the middle of the second book untill the end, to take photos, do some tests and read/answer your questions.

All the action happens at the end of the fourth video and it was also during this video that I spent most of the time interacting with you guys, speaking and answering your interesting questions.

For those who are going to see this only after the show, you will find many questions in the comments to this post, which I've tried to answer in the video.

Now I'll proceed taking some footage for one video and writing the set review to publish here at TBs
at my own pace... there is a lot to say or to write about this set.


All the best!



Last Update: 2012.Jun.28 04:10 CET

45 comments:

Dave said...

Thanks for sharing your 9398 build LIVE -- we got a good view of the Crawler AND your bald head! :)

Fernando Correia said...

LOL great you like it!... ;D

Dave said...

It's 1 AM in Portugal -- do you have to get some sleep to go to work later "today"? You're a dedicated Lego builder!

Tom said...

I like your sorting trays, I usually just spread stuff out in array on the table, smallest to largest. With Technic I'm constantly chasing rolling parts.

Dave said...

Can you hold up one of those tires (next to the video camera) so that we can see if the INSIDE of the tires are "ribbed" or not?

Dave said...

Could you see if your Power Functions Receiver had a "V2" printed on it? Do you think the receiver that came with the 9398 set is any different from the "old" PF Receivers that have been around since 2008?

Fernando Correia said...

@Tom

It is the first time I'm using them. ;)
They're just great and a big help.

Fernando Correia said...

@Dave

I took the tire out, just to check it. I saw the topic on EB while ago.
They are not ribbed inside!

Yes the IR Receiver has a "V2" print.
I've shown it while ago.


Best

Dave said...

How many hours have you been building this set so far tonight? You work quickly!

Dave said...

Could you tilt your video camera downwards a bit? We can't see your hands assembling the parts now....

Dave said...

That's much better -- thank you.

Dave said...

Yes, we can hear you fine. There are 5 people watching you now! Your English if perfectly understandable.

Dave said...

Did you have to PAY for this set, or did The Lego Group provide it to you for free (since you are a Lego Technic Ambassador)?

Dave said...

Do you have access to the "B-Model" PDF Instructions for this 9398 set?

Dave said...

What do you think of the Orange/Black/Red/White color scheme? Do you think that AFOLs will "customize" the 4x4 Crawler's body to have different shapes and colors?

Dave said...

You must have a lot of adrenalin flowing while you're finishing this set! You must be getting a bit tired since it's 2:25 AM there in Portugal!

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

hi bazmarc here watching you from Montreal, cool idea to play LEGO via USTREAM, can you show (maybe you already did) the front steering motor in action or do i need to wait till it's finished? :)

Dave said...

Are the printed Building Instructions well made and "easy to follow"? Do you think that this set is age-appropriate for 11-16 year olds to build?

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

ahh sticker time again ;) did you miss my first post?

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

would you prefer transparent stickers like they had in exo-force?

Dave said...

Only "Allanp" felt that way! Almost everyone likes the new PF L-motor!

Dave said...

I'm an American in Washington State, and it's only 6:44 PM here on Wednesday still!

Dave said...

What AFOLs could do is make MULTIPLE bodies for the 9398 chassis, just like they have multiple Lexan body shells for RC Monster Trucks....

Dave said...

I heard that the doors can be LOCKED somehow, so that when the truck ROLLS OVER, they don't fly open.

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

it looks really cool ,,,

Dave said...

No, we are not getting the same ads that you are. We have been getting a continuous video feed for at least 1/2 hour straight.

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

yes we saw it -- !! cool

Dave said...

Do you have a Power Functions SPEED CONTROL unit to "drive" the truck? It seems that the PF Remote that is provided only allows the steering to go FULL LEFT or FULL RIGHT (without "proportional steering")....

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

it climbs up walls... that is soo cool!!

Dave said...

If you turn the truck upside-down and GRAB one of the wheels, will the other three wheels still rotate?

santi said...

So, now that you have it. Does the servo return to center appropriately when powered or is it offset as in the earlier picture? :)

Dave said...

You were concerned that the PF Servo Motor did not have an adjustment screw. Do you think that it will be a problem with long-term play?

Dave said...

With the new 4L Axle inserted into the wheels, do you think that they will be impossible for them to separate from the Differentials?

Dave said...

It seems that the REGULAR PF Remote drives the truck FASTER than the PF Speed Control unit....

Dave said...

Thanks, Fernando! It was fun watching you build. Have a good night!

santi said...

Indeed, this was fun! Now I am eager to get my hands on one of these! :)

Dave said...

TechnicBRICKS is #1 !!

Carlos Ribeiro said...

Thanks for this great moment, i can´t wait to put my hands on new motors. ;)

Fernando Correia said...

Hi guys, it was really great to make this experience and finish building the Crawler with you.
As far as I noticed at some moments we got 13-15 people watching the stream, which was pretty good considering it was done without notice! :)

The final part where I made some tests and the the Crawler started to climb the walls was really surprising and the same time amazing! :)
I think you got surprised too!

For those who was not able to to watch it live, I've just made it available for you to see anytime.
There are four videos you can see in sequence in a total of aprox. 2h 40m. The time it took to build the model from the middle of the second book till the end, take some photos, do some tests and read/answer your questions.

All the action happens at the end of the last video and it was also during this video that I spent most of the time interacting with you, speaking and answering your questions.

For those who are going to see this only after the show, you will find many questions in the comments above, which I've tried to answer in the video.


Best!

Mortymore said...

I also use the IKEA cutlery trays to sort the LEGO bricks. LOL
Nice job with live stream.

miguel997 said...

Probably not ... but does it have any diff lock?
And by the way ... how did you manage to get one so soon?

Miguel (Portugal)

Fernando Correia said...

@miguel997

No, none of the diffs are lockable.
They rely on the long travel from the pendular suspension, to avoid that wheels release the floor and losing traction.

Menno Gorter said...

Fernando you should do this more often!

Fernando Correia said...

@Menno Gorter

Thank you!
I'll consider it again in the future, if I have the chance to do it.

Fernando Correia said...

I ended deciding to upload to 4th video into YouTube (unlisted) and added one link to the main post, where the demo of the model starts.

Here is goes the same link:
http://youtu.be/ZJkXiCWtAUE?t=1h11m

When it starts driving:
http://youtu.be/ZJkXiCWtAUE?t=1h14m

And when it starts rolling:
http://youtu.be/ZJkXiCWtAUE?t=1h14m35s

My official video for the review should follow in the weekend.

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