Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Our Cats and LEGO

These two are my "building assistants" who love to help me by:
- Stealing LEGO pieces
- Going to sleep on top of what I am building
- Attacking my chair and me :(



MAICon 2014

A few Launceston members have been invited to display at MAICon 2014. More details on this can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/452167784913379
http://www.aicon.org.au/maicon/

New Brixhibition Page



We are excited to announce that a new Facebook page has been created for all things "Brixhibition" related. Please like this page to be informed of all up coming events.
https://www.facebook.com/brixhibition

Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc.



We are excited to announce that a new Facebook group has been created for Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc.
The URL is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/726157604110453
This is the official group for Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc.

Please join up to the new group and share our brick fun :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Unimog Dozer Blade - Mkii

A few months ago I designed and built a dozer blade for LEGO Technic U400 - set 8110.
http://paulstechnic.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/following-on-from-my-previous-moc-of.html

Since building this I have built a large number of different attachments for my Unimog. Based on my experience from these I have now redesigned and rebuilt this dozer blade, this is known as "Unimog Dozer Blade - Mkii"

The main difference between the original dozer blade and "Mkii" is the design of the blade and how it is controlled, this version uses the front PTO to raise and lower the blade using a mini-LA. It is also now possible to tilt the blade as well as raise and lower it. Below is a video of this in use and some photos.



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Two of my wives blog posts - photos

http://photosbysabrinaandco.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/walk-in-gorge.html

http://photosbysabrinaandco.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/our-naughty-cats.html

Sunday, 17 August 2014

LEGO Technic Unimog U400 - MOC: Bin Lifter

I have just finished designing and building my latest Unimog U400 attachment, this is a bin lifter. It has two features. It can both lift and carry a bin and also empty it, this is done by using the top set of lifting forks to carry the bin or not using them if you want to empty the bin.

I have done some testing of this and it works well with using the remote control for driving and steering the Unimog. My plan is to get a second IR receiver and add full remote control of this.

Overall I am very happy with how well this has worked out, for about 5 hours of design, building and testing today it has produced an attachment which works well.



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Friday, 15 August 2014

Totobricks - YouTube Channel


"I'm a dad AFOL ( Adult Fan Of Lego) with 3 sons Lego addict. Our favorite activity is tracking Lego set and Lego bulk in garage sale; Then we build set or MOC. We also make video about Lego. You can find our video on Totobricks channel. If you like our videos, i invite you to comment, like, subscribe and share with your friends."


Thursday, 14 August 2014

LEGO Technic 8110 - Unimog U400: Camera Mount Photos and Video

I have just built a basic camera mount for my LEGO Technic Unimog U400 (set 8110), this allows me to mount my digital camera to make videos of it driving around.







Video (featuring our cats)

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JAY'S BRICK BLOG - TRIBUTE TO ROBIN WILLIAMS

http://jaysbrickblog.com/2014/08/12/tribute-to-robin-williams/

LEGO Technic Set 42006 B Model - MOD: Log Grabber

Following on from my mini building review of set 42006 B model farm tractor (http://paulstechnic.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/lego-technic-set-42006-b-model-mini.html) where I noted that I was not very happy with the rear plough attachment, I have spent about three hours over the past two nights designing and building a new rear attachment, this is a log grabber.

This uses the same mounting points as the original plough attachment, it also uses only the spare parts left over after pulling the plough to pieces, I did have to cheat and use a mini-LA as the full size one was just too big.

Overall I am very happy with how this has turned out and I think it is a big improvement on the standard plough attachment. Photos and a video are below.


















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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

LEGO Technic Set 42006 B Model - Mini Review

Last year I purchased LEGO Technic set 42006 and built the A model excavator. I was fairly happy with this and it was a good display model. I sold this late last year when I sold all of my LEGO Technic collection.

Earlier this year I purchased this set again, this time I built a custom C model which was designed by another talented builder (http://paulstechnic.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/lego-technic-42006-custom-c-model.html). I found this to be an excellent model and it sits proudly on my display shelves.

Recently my wife offered to buy me a LEGO Technic set while we were out shopping, I decided to buy another copy of set 42006 to build the B model - farming tractor which I had never built before.

Over the past two days I have built the B model farming tractor. This has taken me about 3.5 hours over two days. The first half I built directly off my computer screen, the second half I printed out the second part of the building guide, this allowed me to build the second half at my preferred building location of the lounge room floor in the sun. Overall I found the building process to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable I have undertaken recently, while it didn’t take a long time I find it to be well thought out and well worth doing if you have never built the B model of this set before.
























The features of set 42006 B model are:
- Front “hay” forks
- Rear plough attachment (this can be both lifted and the plough blades adjusted)
- Opening engine cover

I am fairly happy with the finished model; it looks good, is of a good size and fits in well with the other models in my collection. I was very pleased with how few parts were left over after finishing this model. I like the level of detail in the cabin and the model overall, I think this could almost be an A model in its own right. For AUS$89.95 it is good value and as a parts pack (if you decided to go that way with it) it would be a good base to build a number of different “tracked” type vehicles. I may buy another copy of this to try doing this in the future.

One thing I am not happy with is the rear plough attachment, while I can understand why they have designed this the way they have, I find the rear plough attachment to be too large in ratio to the rest of the model and it just looks wrong to me. Based on this I am planning on designing and building a different attachment for the rear just using the parts from this and the left over pieces.