Monday, 13 July 2015

LEGO tries to build a better brick

The Best LEGO Blogs and Sites

I have tried to keep up to date with links to the best LEGO blogs and sites via my links page, sadly this is becoming too hard so I have now removed this page from my blog :(

Having said that, one of the best known LEGO Technic builders in the world, Paul Boratko runs an outstanding website, I am lucky enough to have him add a link back to my blog on his friends wall :) Make no mistake, he is one of the top LEGO Technic builders in the whole world, he is an inspiration to many people around the world and continues to push the limits of what is possible with LEGO Technic. If you are looking for other LEGO Technic related websites check out the link to his friends wall below.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

LEGO Technic 2H 2015 Reviews

42041: Fire Plane

42042: Crawler Crane

42043: Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

MOC: Bulk Rubbish Loading Truck

This MOC came about after I finished my wheelie bin loading truck MOD to set 42024; I wanted something else to add to my rubbish truck collection. These types of trucks are used not to empty bins but instead lift and load heavy / bulky items. I have plans for more MOCs and MODs around this theme.

- Hand of god steering
- Opening cabin doors
- Rear loading platform
- Crusher
- Rear body tipping and opening tail gate

Build Process:
I spent about 25 hours over 8 days building and testing this. Building the truck was quick and easy, adding and testing each feature took the most time. The whole truck is based on the same scale as 42024. The cabin is based on the cabin from 42024 with some changes.


The start of the build process


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

LEGO Technic Alert Tone Download

Recently I tried to find a LEGO Technic related alert tone to use on my smart phone for SMS and email alerts, not finding anything online I have made my own LEGO Technic related alert tone, this can be used on your computer or phone in any way you want.

Download link is below.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Why LEGO Technic is the perfect hobby (for me at least)

Over the past 17 years “hobbies” have been a major issue for me. As a child and in to my early teenage years my hobby was LEGO / LEGO Technic, as a late teenager and in to my 20's I became heavy involved in the radio scanning hobby, which lead me to UHF CB and then to me obtaining my amateur radio ticket (ex VK7FPGB) which I let lapse about 8 years ago due to a lack of time / equipment and a location suitable to do this. I was heavily involved in both the radio scanning / Ultralight DXing hobbies, I have left both for much the same reasons, they are very much fringe hobbies and not many people are in to them, it makes finding like minded people hard.

I have recently returned to LEGO Technic and have found the LEGO Technic hobby to be a really good fit for me; this is for a number of reasons as it combines a number of my previous interests in to one hobby:

I have a passion for anything technical, LEGO Technic allows me to explore this in new and different ways. When I am able to build I do, the rest of the time I can “get my LEGO fix” via online forums and groups. I also spend a lot of time thinking about ideas and planning my builds.

I really enjoy taking photos of my LEGO Technic and sharing this via my blog and on various forums and groups.

I enjoy writing blog posts and sharing what I am doing online.

LEGO Technic is the perfect hobby for me, it combines a number of my interests and it has been one of the main reasons I have been able to drag myself out from my illness and become the person who I used to be again.

Friday, 3 July 2015

My LEGO Storage - July 2015

Everybody who is involved in the LEGO hobby has a common problem, the storage of parts. Over the past few years I have tried a few different storage methods with varying levels of success. Recently I saw a large case at Bunnings which I thought had some potential. Below are some photos of this and my other storage cases, with the recent change in our living arrangements having everything stored well and easily moved / packed away is vital.

MOD: 42024 Wheelie Bin Truck

I have always been very interested in anything mechanical or technical which might explain my interest in LEGO Technic and my career in a technical field.

One area I have had a special interest in has been rubbish trucks, this started off with the open rear type which are manually loaded and progressed to the front loading fork type, skip bin trucks and more recently the side mounted wheelie bin loading type which are used to empty domestic bins in many places across Australian (I am not sure if they are common in other countries or not). A few times over the years I have built MOC'S based on these types of trucks, they have worked to various degrees but I have never managed to build one that I was totally happy with.

A couple of years ago I used the B model of set 9395 to build a wheelie bin truck this worked well but I sold it off when I left the hobby. This something I have really regretted :( 

Recently I have decided to focus my Technic hobby more; this will see me build a number of MOCs / MODs around a central “rubbish / waste” type theme which I will add to over time. 

My first truck for this project is a MOD of LEGO Technic set 42024 – Skip Truck. I have used this as the base for a wheelie bin loading truck. This retains most of the looks and features of this set. I have designed and built a wheelie bin loading arm to add to this and some minor changes to the base model.

The build process went like this:
- Build 42024 A Model as per instructions.
- Add Power Functions motor.
- Remove rear legs and reroute this switch box output to the side for the lifting arm.
- Building the lifting arm and test this manually (this took the most amount of time)
- Join this to the side output of the switch box.
- Build the cover and chute for the skip and test.
- Add some minor details like lights and warning stickers.

Overall I have spent about 20 hours on this, building, designing and testing the functions. I am really happy with how it works and enjoying playing around with it.


Update: 4/07/2015
After some feedback and more testing I have made some small changes to this:
- Added a Power Functions switch and lights.
- Slight change to the wheelie bin lifting arm.
- Minor change to the skip bin cover to allow it to open better.

An updated video of these changes is below.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

ManSpace Magazine Article About Me :)

In 2014 an article about me, my LEGO Technic hobby and mental health was featured in ManSpace Magazine: A link is below.

Back in to it

Thank you for all the feedback and support I have received over the past couple of months. I am happy to be able to say that I will shortly be posting on this blog again, the LEGO Technic bug has bitten me again. I am going to be approaching this in a different way.
More details will be posted soon :)