Monday, July 6, 2009

2H 2009 Sets!

They're Released! The B-Model Instructions are available at . 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:

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:

Other pictures and .lxf file at BS:

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.