Discussion in 'General' started by Pete J, 21 Sep 2019.
I've upped it to 25,000 for now and will monitor if there are any performance issues from it.
so I've built 8880 (just waiting on some parts to arrive before stripping it down for cleaning and a Hydrogen Peroxide bath) and I'm halfway through 8479
I've not built anything since technic went studless so sod it, not sure if it'll beat classic studded technic but might as well jump in and give it a try.
There's 8479 Done, completely forgot I had 8285 built and tucked away in the loft, only found it when I went looking for an old box of parts. Actually it was my first foray into studless technic and back then I guess I didn't rate it as it didn't have the complexity I'd come to expect from a flagship kit.
ok, that was a lot of fun and a marked improvement from when the studless system first landed. technically its basic as ****, one diff, a bare engine and the steering is sloppy, but the construction was pretty damn good. only downside is the instructions are a joke in that they are far FAR too easy to follow; literally pissing whole pages away indicating one part being installed.
gotta get used to the new part colouring system, feels very alien coming from classic black/grey.
Noice. I keep walking past the stuff I've built and meaning to photograph it. Tomorrow, perhaps.
God damn it. Can you all please stop buying Lego. Its not fair!
Now THAT was technic, gears, rods, brilliant stuff. Completely forgot to take pictures during the build but its one hell of an intricate and damn fun build. Just installing the app and waiting on batteries to charge.
After this I think I'm definitely back on the Technic bandwagon.
/eyes the Lliebherr
That Volvo looks like a great set.
I'm not sure how I feel about sets like the Porsche above for example that have parts which have been designed for one purpose. I get things like the wheel arches and door components could be used on another vehicle, but they don't serve much purpose outside of being used as a wheel arch.
I do understand that sets like that are build once and displayed. Maybe that's what I don't like, my Lego used to be built, torn apart and built into something different. Thoughts? Am I missing the point? Am I just clinging onto childhood memories of lego? Am I just angry that I can't afford these sets? Who knows.
The volvos dashboard is a side mounted wheel arch and while there has been a move towards panels to fill gaps they're fairly universal in use from what I've seen. There seems to have been a shift away from sets including a B model but I always felt they were never quite as good as the main model.
The porsche is more of a display piece and has been designed more to the car enthusiasts than for gear heads like us. Still its a way of bringing in the coin to keep lego going as last I read the whole group nearly went bankrupt back in 04 (I think) as they stretched the product line too thin.
I get where you're coming from - the old skool models have their charm as they achieved good results with fewer part variation. What I will say is that it's the MOC crowd that will surprise people with alternate uses for parts. These wheel arches could end up as eyebrows for a large scale robot, thrusters for a space ship...who knows?
I think this is the difference between young me and older me (I was going to say 'grown up', but there's no chance of that!). When I was ickle, I used to constantly take the A model apart and build the B model, then back again. Hell, I sometimes took the A model apart and rebuilt it for the sake of it! Older me likes to take my time over putting them together and then leaving them as a display model to admire - I like to contemplate each model every now and again as there was usually always some part of the building process I remember for some reason or another: for example, for the Star Destroyer, getting the effing starboard bottom panel on without breaking off some parts took me hours.
This is also a view I came round to. B models always tended to be worse, and modern large Lego models have many more parts and producing reliable instructions for them is a painstaking process. From what I've gleaned, the 1:8scale model cars take a designer two years to do, so what's the point of additional time on a B model?
EDIT: Actually, for amazing B models, look on Rebrickable.
I've been slow on the Lego front recently. There have been a couple of developments, but I'll save them for a more detailed post.
Aint that the truth, I saw someone turn the GT3 kit into a Lancia Stratos. That was impressive.
Some Y-Wing progress:
Also, I decided to order the parts for the Stormtrooper Blaster, so those'll turn up soon.
Finally, a chap has release free instructions for a cosmetic overhaul of the Lambo Sian 42115:
I'm wondering if I can incorporate it into the upgrade kit I've already purchased.
EDIT: Turns out the Lambo above is a mod of the first mod (mod squared?) so all good!
I might pick up the sian in 6 months when they sort the colour mismatching.
On your first point, I find that a many Lego sets these days have a lot more "specialised" pieces than were available when I were a lad - that's good if it means that it's easier to build certain things or that they look better, but at the same time I think there's something to be said, in terms of creativity, for having a more limited toolkit and having to come up with solutions yourself. I'm not talking about stuff like that Porsche model here, but rather the sort of things that kids actually build from Lego.
And on the second point: all of my Lego lived in a massive box (actually, a drawer from a chest of drawers!) and was all mixed together so that I could build whatever I liked - I kept hold of (most of) the instructions so that I could recreate any of the sets if I wanted to, but 95% of the time I just built houses / spaceships / castles / whatever.
I think the fundamental difference here is that this thread is full of adult Lego builders, and that is just completely different from actual kids playing with Lego Not a knock on anyone posting stuff they've built here, of course, but I find it slightly contrary to the creative side of the toy. Maybe my perspective is just a bit coloured by watching my kids playing with their Lego and being more interested in the creative process than the end result? That's what I loved about Lego as a kid. Sure, I could go out and drop £650 on the massive Millennium Falcon set, have fun building it and then put it on display, but would I have as much fun as I did as a kid building my own (shite) version out of whatever random collection of bricks I had to hand?
Apologies if that sounds a bit grumpy old man or if it comes across as me trying to piss on anyone's chips - that's not the intention
Why are my chips soggy? I totally agree with the whole adult vs kid. As you say, all my Lego was mixed too and I could build whatever I want, maybe my adult brain can't comprehend using weird parts that appear to only have one purpose.
That's what Lego is to me (I had a big drawstring bag that flattened out like a mat in a chest that was a mixed back of bits next to a pile of instruction books), too - But I can appreciate the effort that went into designing the kits on display in this thread. That in itself is an art form IMO, given the relatively square nature of the Lego brick.
having a sort of the spare room lastnight I found another box of lego, among which were a lot of classic parts for a very VERY old classic set. 8868
the hydraulics are in good nick but I need to source fresh 4mm piping. I shall be inventorying the parts list and ordering replacements over the next few days.
OMG!!! Blast from the past! I remember getting this set about three decades ago! I don't know where all the pieces are anymore, but it's a classic. Might have to see if I can do what I did with the 8838 bike and source original parts for it.
Actually, I think I used the two horn bits on the roof as extra exhausts on my 8880.
P.S. @Gunsmith You'll find this handy: http://www.spareblocks.com/lego_compatible_pneumatic_tube.html
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