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Peter Y.

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  • Birthday 07/15/1986

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  1. I got pulled into the recent 'Lego renaissance' on the forum and finally decided to fiddle around with some of my own pieces. The parts inventory is modest in comparison to the other builders so the final result isn't very big. I decided to build something with wheels and came across this photo while looking for my inspiration online: I always liked classic American trucks and thought that a tipper is a great idea. Lego creations should not only look good but also be functional and this gave me the opportunity to feature something more then just spinning wheels and a steerable axle. The end result can be seen below (larger versions of photos available upon clicking). As you can see I made the cab shorter and the tipper taller - I used other photos that I've found online as reference. The stickers used are from other Lego sets: The model can (of course) roll and has two main features: 1. Steering via a 'hand of god' axle placed on the roof. I made it very short as I didn't want it to spoil the cab lines but you can easily attach an extension: 2. A pneumatic tipping system. There's a small air pump placed on the left side just behind the cab, an air flow switch on the right and an actuator between the undercarriage and the tipper. All you need to do is press the pump and the actuator will either extend or retract depending on the switch position you selected: Below you'll find some photos of a partially dismantled model - it's way easier to show 'how it's made' this way than trying to explain it: All pneumatic systems in full glory: Interior - fits two Lego minifigures, complete with a steering wheel, gear stick and a cup holder: Upper, middle and lower parts of the steering system: Undercarriage seen from below: That was fun. Hope you like it.
  2. Each time I stop thinking about digging out my pieces there's an update on something Lego-related and nostalgia kicks back in. I give up - I'll try and put something together this evening or it will never go away. Considering how limited my parts are it'll probably be something with wheels. Don't expect fireworks.
  3. The full photo gives you a better perspective (source: State Library of South Australia): Also the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy has something called the Australian National Shipwreck Database. According to it the wreck location is: -38.61 (latitude), 142.86 (longitude) - if you type that into Google Maps and measure the distance from the coast you end up with a value of about 425m/1400ft.
  4. Official sources, especially an account from Mr Jessie Scott MacGillivray, a resident of Peterborough in 1908 seem to confirm what Steven says. 29 man were too busy abandoning the ship and left her foundering with the sails unfurled. This has not prevented the ship to be battered against the rocks thereafter.
  5. Well... The bow ran aground so the stern sunk.
  6. Thanks for the prompt answer Kurt. Glad to hear you're thinking about it.
  7. Do you plan on live streaming or recording some of the sessions/panels?Would be great if they were available in a webinar-like form for those that can't make the event itself.
  8. This is a very unique vessel and I agree that building it just above the waterline wouldn't seem right. Glad you made that decision John. I would assume that the real propellers would be made of some kind of copper alloy so you might consider changing the color to yellow. Brilliant idea with that disc-shaped piece!
  9. Those are some really great photos Jim - made me feel like I build the thing myself. The kit itself is pretty interesting. I especially like all the functions - there's nothing worse than a Lego kit that does absolutely nothing and this one looks jam-packed with fun features. I am however quite disappointed with the final look. The front and rear end somehow lost all of its slickness and sexiness. - They managed to make it look bulky and heavy. I know that this is made out of Lego but considering the scale I think they could have done a better job. - I just can't shake off the feeling that the design should have stayed in the oven for a bit longer. Also the inconsistencies in coloring are killing me - why did they make the bumpers and some minor details matte chrome but not the wheels, exhausts and door handles?
  10. Absolutely agree with John here. Last Christmas I was given a set by a manufacturer named ‘Cobi’ - it’s one of those that use the brick but do their own sets. I was stunned by the quality - some parts were actually better then Lego. Also the set was a WW2 German tank - something that Lego would never do.
  11. @No Idea I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the great advice! I've started the copper plating yesterday and man... This is definitely the most challenging bit yet - at least for a newbie. A very slow process and one that requires a lot of precision.
  12. Hull painting completed: As you can see I was a bit sloppy with the stern ports so they'll require a bit of detailing. I guess it's time for the copper plating. - The capping rails that I mentioned earlier will be fitted after I'm done with it. Not sure yet which glue to use.
  13. Minor update. Bulwarks painting completed, black bits got their first layer: I also did the companion: Next steps will be completing the hull painting (obviously) and then doing the capping rails.

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