Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hey..

As you may have noticed, i havent posted in a while.... I havent had time to keep contributing, nor have any of my other contributors....But why I posted this was to see if anyone wanted to contribute to the blog and basically become the owner...Email me at bluetreemusic@yahoo.com if you are interested...

Monday, July 6, 2009

2H 2009 Sets!

They're Released! The B-Model Instructions are available at www.technic.lego.com . Though I must add, now the sets are not overpriced like the 1h sets. For example, the Front Loader (8265), has 1061 pieces and three linear actuators is only $79.99 USD. The Hauler (8264), which has 575 pieces, though it does have a battery box, motor, and linear actuator, is a bit pricey for that amt. of pieces at $69.99 USD.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Explorer Bot V1

This robot can navigate through rooms without crashing using the ultrasonic sensor. I have a NXTLog you can take a look at:

A LDD file will be coming soon.
Here's a video and picture:

video

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Two Minute Bot

Today, I decided that I'd design a robot I could build in two minutes and this is what I came up with:



Here is a video of me building it in 2:04:

video

Other pictures and .lxf file at BS: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=373643

Sunday, February 1, 2009

2H 2009 Sets!

Brickshelf user Chiabep recently uploaded images of all four 2h 2009 Technic sets! It looks to me that Lego has made up for all of the small 1h sets.


1. #8063 Tractor and Trailer

This 1st set is not noticeably different than the 8284 besides it's trailer, a new colour scheme, and some new panels. The trailer has one linear actuator and a trailer with 13 or 14 of the panels from the 8264! It looks like there was not much work put in to this model, although there may be some internal modifications to the tractor.




2. #8265 Front End Loader

Although this set looks completely awesome, it seems like a (mostly) studless remake of the 8459. Besides that, it is a great set. It features two linear actuators to lift and tilt the blade. There is also a v6 or v8 cylinder engine that you could remove to motorize the model with Power Functions motors. Lego is definitely keeping up with the "yellow construction set trend" too.




3. #8263 Snow Groomer

Obviously the smallest set for this release, the snow groomer is low on functions but sitll a great model. As a set Lego has never made before (to my knowledge), this is a good first try. On the flipside, it has 12 link tread sprockets, and almost a dozen technic panels, so it is a good set for MOC parts.

4. #8258 Crane Truck

As anticipated, the Crane Truck seems to be the Technic flagship for 2009. It may not be in the 1,800 piece+ category, but it has:


-PF M motor

-PF Switch

-2 Linear Actuators

-and a variety of new panels


Besides the parts, this set is very functional. It features working stabilizers (unlike the 8295), an arm that uses the 2 linear actuators to move it up and down that telescopes at the top with a hook at the end, and working front wheel steering.











Tuesday, January 27, 2009

NXT 2.0!



Now officially unveiled at the 'Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair', the NXT 2.0 has now gone public for all to see.

The new set features:
- NXT 2.0 Software
- 1 Hitechnic Color Sensor
- Contrary to the regular NXT, 2.0 has 612 pieces.

Looks like Lego Company fixed the Alpha Rex's walking mechanism.

Lego has definitely made some improvements in the new NXT.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pneumatic Air Commpressor

As you all know I recently got the pneumatics add on kit. One of the projects in the instruction book is an air compressor but after building it I noticed how slow it compressed air. So I decided to get to work and build one of my own. After a short while It was complete. This is still one of the early versions but I plan to keep changing it until I get to the final version. It is heavily geared up with a speedy m-motor. It uses the micro pump so it would normally be really slow pumping but with this setup it can pump almost faster then me with a large pump. This might be handly to have along side you pumping your large pump when making pneumatic engines. here is a short video of what this can do.
video

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Updates!


1.
As most of us know, the 1h Technic sets were released as of Dec. 25th.
Does anybody think that these sets are a bit pricey? The Hauler is $69.99 USD and has less pieces than the Cherry Picker.



2.
There is a BLACK limited edition NXT Brain on Lego.com for $169.99, a bit of a rip-off. There is no differences besides the color and it is $35.00 more.


I wonder if Lego is in a financial situation and needs to make more money.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2009 Technic Sets.

I believe the 1h '09 sets will be released January 1st, but the sets are listed in the Technic page here:

http://technic.lego.com/en-us/Products/New/8264New.aspx


When you click "check price", it goes to a error page.

The page also shows how each of the sets work with nice computer animations.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Holidays to All!

It is the holidays! Happy/Merry: Christmas, Hanukkah, Posada, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Eid, or Chinese New Year! While you are sending your postcards to all your friends, don't forget to send a postcard to the international space station! Yup, that is right, send a postcard to those up 220 miles above. See: Here.

11 Days till New Years Eve! Wish you all a safe warm holiday season!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pneumatic circuit.

video

I made a pneumatic circuit a couple days ago. I was trying to have fun and make the pneumatic cylinders go in and out without any help from me other then pumping. So I made a tiny version with no gauge or tank and it just constantly went in and out as I pumped air. I then changed it to make it have a tank so I put it all on a larger baseplate (the size of 4 of the ones I was previously using) and added a tank and gauge. But then I noticed that wont do anything beacsue it is still constantly using air as I pump. I then attached a switch which was placed in the middle. ANd I spread the pistons out a little more. The switch would stop air flow so that it will just stuff the tank with air. Then I can start it by pushing the switch the the left. After it is done though it is quite annoying when it starts to move soo slow. But you want the air out without having to be forced to either remove a pipe or wait while it slowly looses air. So the switch can also be switched to the right to make all the air be removed. It will just let it out one side.

Rally Truck out but is it good?





Well as we can see lego s @ h now has the Rally Truck here http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8261&cn=57&d=70 . It looks ok but lets take a look at one of the reviews. Here states a reviewer "The set is good, but I see a lot of things could be better" Also the reviewer states in another sentence "The suspension in the front is good, but the rear sus. could be a bit more realistic." the review says the there is no need to buy two as some peopel do with other great sets. There is no cylinder engine as most other small sets include. Is this a bad sign or do they just want to surprize people with great sets. Of course Im sure some child will love to have a new rally truck for the holidays (whever your holiday is of course) but it just seems as if they have just gone downhill.





these are the views of me and nobody else at Tepnam was helping me write this.

Monday, November 24, 2008

WeDo Available



Lego Education's WeDo is now available for pre-order.

The prices for everything are:

-WeDo Construction Set: $129.95

-WeDo Software: $39.95

There are other accesories but these are the main products.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Strange Aurora Found on Saturn!






A bit OT, but it seems as if a strange glow has been discovered on Saturn. Here is the original article I found:

"We've never seen an aurora like this elsewhere," said Tom Stallard, an RCUK Academic Fellow working with Cassini data at the University of Leicester. "It's not just a ring of aurorae like those we've seen at Jupiter or Earth. This one covers an enormous area across the pole. Our current ideas on what forms Saturn's aurorae predict that this region should be empty, so finding such a bright one here is a fantastic surprise."
These colorful atmospheric light shows are caused when charged particles stream along the magnetic field of a planet and into its atmosphere. On Earth the charged particles come from the solar wind – a stream of particles that emanates from the sun. Skywatchers at high latitudes know the resulting displays as the Northern Lights.

Jupiter's main auroral ring, caused by interactions internal to Jupiter's magnetic environment, is constant in size. Saturn's main aurora, which is caused by the solar wind, changes size dramatically as the wind varies.
The newly observed aurora at Saturn, however, doesn't fit into either category.
"Saturn's unique auroral features are telling us there is something special and unforeseen about this planet's magnetosphere and the way it interacts with the solar wind and the planet's atmosphere," said Nick Achilleos, a scientist on the Cassini magnetometer team at the University College London. "Trying to explain its origin will no doubt lead us to physics which uniquely operates in the environment of Saturn."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

2009 Technic Set Pictures (2)










I know a you've probably heard about the (first half of the year) 2009 Technic sets, but Brickshelf reminded me to post about it this morning. I also found out (thanks to TechnicBrick's), that there will be a mini bulldozer(8259). There isn't much to write on this topic; the pictures explain pretty much everything.ENJOY!!

Picture Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=347790