Limits – Motorized Technic Trophy Truck Film

This post will discuss my newest video. I made the video in a certain way with a very artistic, and cinematic format. I wanted to not only share my creation with my viewers and respected technic builders, I wanted to share the idea within the video. The  idea was that of surpassing limitations that stood in your way. I illustrated this by creating a fully functional technic trophy truck, however, one without a technic body. I then fitted it with bodywork from an rc truck. It gave it the looks of a trophy truck, without the weight. Due to this, the vehicle surpassed the limit holding it back: weight.

In order to accomplish the results I got, I needed to create plush suspension, and plenty of speed. The speead aspect was easy, pop a buggy motor in the rear axle and I’m done. However, the front suspension wasn’t giving me enough travel, or smoothness using the standard shocks. So, I pulled those shocks apart, and used the coils from them. For each side I used one soft coil, and one hard coil. This gave me good small bump sensitivity as well as a good amount of support through the shock. I was also able to receive excellent performance from these, while only bottoming them out once, which was through a sudden turn. The rear shocks was less sophisticated, however, they still provided a plush shock to eat up bumps.

The chassis of the trophy truck actually  was originally designed far heavier, and slightly longer. However, this was before I decided to work with the rc bodywork. In order to fit the dimensions of the bodywork, I had to make adjustments. It lost a bit of rigidity in the rear, but the loss didn’t impact the performance in any way that I noticed.

If you liked reading through a bit about the process of creation the vehicle let me know either on the comments on this post if you’ve got an account, or let me know on the actual video. Thanks for reading, and please share if you found this interesting! 🙂

Motorized Lego Technic Speed Crawler

This blog post will show you a lot about the Speed Crawler I’ve made, as well as some interesting information about the process of making this video. If you choose to read on and enjoy the extra information, share my website with others. I’m doing my best to give this site some more publicity. Thanks!

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This creation was one that I wished to use slow motion to enhance the video. The suspension is soft, and the speed it can gather on flat ground and downhill is immense. I also went for a look of a formula off-roader. It’s a vehicle that I’ve been interested in for awhile. Although, I’m sure not all my viewers would understand what a formula off-roader is. Therefore, I called it a speed crawler. It’s a basic name, but you surely will understand what the video entails.

About The Build

It has four wheel steering. That means that its turning circle is greatly improved. It is powered by two L motors for drive, and two M motors for steering. It’s quite light due to the chassis being resembling a simple system of wheels-body-wheels. It’s light and effective for off-road encounters. Although the torque of the vehicle isn’t massive, it is able to gather a lot of speed. The lightweight, stipped-out jeep bodywork also allows it get up to speed quite quickly.

The creation was actually ready long before I filmed. I was waiting for these rock faces to dry up so I could film it while it gets traction. Thanks for reading this. If you have any further questions leave them in the video or on this post. 🙂

 

Lego Technic Camera Slider

This post will show you a bit about the process of creating this useful device, and why I wanted to make a video on it. If you enjoyed the video, and would like to learn more about it, then read through this to gather further information.

I decided to create this after learning various filming techniques. One of these were to have more mobile shots in order to enhance the viewing experience. So, I decided to take a look on Amazon to see what sliders are going for… Ouch. For a simple device youère going to be looking at something around $100 CAD or higher. I thought about what it would take to create one of these, so I had mapped out a simple sketch and a list of items I would need to get from a hardware store. Then I realized, why not give my audience a way to enhance their videos, without spending so much on a proper slider.

From there I started taking a look at what would be necessary to create a smooth slider out of technic. The solution was quite simple. As it was something I wanted to share with the community, I included instructions in the video.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this, let me know! I’d love to hear feedback. Also, share my website if you’d like. I put a lot of effort into these post and I would appreciate a greater audience for them. Thanks for reading. 🙂

Building The Ultimate Offroad Vehicle

This blog post will discuss the behind the scenes of everything involved in the video “Building The Ultimate Offroad Vehicle”. It will show you the steps to making the creation, the ideas behind it, and what was involved. It will also show you the ideas behind the filming of the video. This video wasn’t your typical “show it drive, then show it in the studio” kind of experience. The video itself even discussed the suspension design, and how unique it was. However, this post will show you everything about the design, and how I invented it.

 

How Was the Creation Built? 

I started out wanting to create a large offroader. I needed something that could tackle the snow, and at a smaller scale, I knew that wasn’t possible. So I began with a list of goals:

  1. High clearance
  2. Low centre of gravity to avoid stability issues
  3. Interesting function within bodywork
  4. Short wheelbase

In order to get the clearance I desired to go over large mounts of snow, I needed suspension that would elevate the height of the truck. From this I knew Tatra suspension would be my best bet. However, I didn’t like how unstable the trucks with Tatra suspension got once on a significant angle. As I wanted to make the most capable all-terrain vehicle I could, I needed a less extreme Tatra angle. But by doing that, I would sacrifice a good chunk of clearance. I needed an alternative.

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I wish I could say that the suspension was created with mathematical blueprints but frankly I was just messing around until I found something that worked. It ended up looking like this:

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The “()” represent the wheel, and the “[” represents the chassis. tire.PNG

Because of this, it has a slight Tatra angle, but greater suspension travel without the drawbacks of an extreme Tatra angle. Traditional Tatra suspension with the same amount of travel would have too much of an angle. Therefore this is the best of both world, it being a mix of independent and Tatra suspension.

 

Reaching Goals

In order to have a low centre of gravity, I needed to mount the electronics (motors and battery box) somewhat low within the build. I needed to do this as I planned to have a fairly high up cab. This wasn’t an issue to do as the scale is quite large, making this an easy task. I actually had everything lower in the first prototype, but I found I was cutting too many corners structurally for an unnoticeable difference.

My “interesting function” was more of a convenience to be honest. It’s that the cab is removable. This made it easy to  showcase it’s internal organs. I also liked this function as it allowed me to transport it easier. I’ve never had removable bodywork before, so I was quite pleased when I was able to make it this way. no cab.PNG

The cab is in 1 piece when removed too!

Thanks for reading this! Please share my website with others as I wish for more people to use this extra information.

 

Online Technic Trial Truck Competition

This was a massive project. This post will show you what it took to get our final result. If you were interested in the video, you’ll be interested in how it came to be.

The video started off as an end goal. My goal was to get my name out there. While the idea bloomed, I realized that it was a way to gain publicity for everyone involved. I marketed the idea to many people, and finally found a good group of people to work with. With 6 finishing members, I felt as thought the length of the video (just over 8 minutes) was perfect. Although the main driving factor in this was to gain publicity from other channels, I really wanted to create a competition of some sort. Trial Trucks ended up being the type of build we would create, and pin against each other. Although the trucks were not on an even ground (as they were not driving over identical obsticals),  it would truly leave it to the creator to show off his build the best.

We used google drive to transport the videos. Although a very simple process, the initial group I had was unable to wrap their head around it. After the entire competition was changed to people uploading a video that was just a link, and other nonsensical things that helped nobody whatsoever… I gave up. It became a total shit-show and I ended up marketing the idea again, and getting a good, different group of people. These builders knew what they were doing, and 6 out of the 8 finished well before the deadline, which was March 10th. The group was formally created sometime in January, I’m not exactly sure when. White Shapes and PunkTacoNYC (both excellent builders) joined later, but still finished within the deadline, with fantastic creations.

To make things more fair (and difficult for some), there were guidelines to work with. We had to build within a certain scale. That meant that everyone involved could not have a wheel size smaller than the 62.4×20 (picture 1), and no greater than the 81.6×38 balloon tire (picture 2).

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As this video is being published the same time as the video is, I have no clue how the audience will receive it. However, I would say that these types of videos will expand channels greatly. Hopefully we get lots of votes coming in too.

Thanks for reading through this. Please share this website as it hasn’t been all that used. I’m hoping that will change as more and more videos are uploaded this spring! 🙂

Best Kind of Camera for Filming Technic

In this video I really wanted to focus on making a quick guide that may make some technic youtubers stop and think if they are using the equipment that they have for the right thing. I’m hoping that by releasing this video I’m able to start to help other builders who like to make the occasional video increase their production value. I’m going to be releasing further videos on how to improve production value, but using the correct camera for the job is essential, so I decided to start with it.

This is by no means meant to be an in-depth guide on filming equipment. I designed this to help the average builder who makes videos, but doesn’t spend much time caring about the filming aspect of the video. I’m also not an expert. I didn’t go to filmschool, and I’m still improving and learning new things when filming. However, I feel as though the community needed this, and that I had enough expertise to provide useful tips.

Thanks for reading this post. Please share my website with others so when I start releasing videos that will catch a greater audience,  people instantly go here to find further information on a build.

What to Expect for Spring

This whole video idea was inspired by the system that Top Gear used. For the first couple minutes of every new season they would give an informative, silly, and snappy trailer. It made the viewers have high hopes and it got them far more interested. As I quite enjoyed these, I thought it would be a neat experiment to try it out with my viewers. I hadn’t been uploading for a fair while (in order to stock up on videos), so I felt as though it would let my audience know that I have plans for the near future. By doing this my hope is that they will check back to my channel frequently, waiting for a video to release. This then would increase views, subs, blah blah blah…

However, the process of actually making the video was far harder than I had expected. Top Gear had all their episodes complete, where I was working with simply just shots for most of my videos. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with each video, but due to the kind of subjects I’m working with, narrative is something I struggle with. This made it hard for me to convey a lot of the shots in the way I wanted them to be received. This was simply due to a lot of the videos not being completed. However, with a new scheduled competition video being released soon (hint hint), I needed to start getting the channel’s fan-base active again.

With all this in mind, I did have one clear goal. I want to tease my viewers with the clips. I won’t show a clip that reveals what an entire build looks like. Instead, I’ll do a cinematic shot that shows the capabilities. By doing this I’m hoping I made the viewers excited for upcoming videos.

Thanks for reading through this post. I’m hoping this will be a great way to show people who are interested in my videos a behind the scenes look, as well as a further in-depth view of builds where I talk about and showcase the features of the mechanics within them. I plan on doing posts for every video I upload from now on. I’m hoping they will be well received.

Video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBQ1yHFW8wI

Lego Technic – Mastering Concepts – Structure

Having a solid chassis or frame is key. You need a strong structure to support other functions such as suspension, lift-arms, driven axles, etc… This is something you have most likely done already. However, afterwards did you look at it and see it as the most efficient, clean way of accomplishing the structural integrity you were looking for? In 90% of my builds, there is at least one part where I feel like it isn’t a clean structure. It’s too messy. Throughout this article I’ll give you some useful tips on how to create a perfect structure for your build.

Civil Engineers are a big fan of triangles. They’re simple, strong, and easy to make with wood and nails, or metal and basic welding experience. When you’re given Technic, due to the inability for beams to merge into 1 stud width, triangles are actually quite flimsy. The “box” piece (4539880), is one of the strongest, and easiest to work off of pieces available. Using it not only allows for many connections due to its design, but it allows for a sturdy, while light and efficient design.

So we’ve got the shape. Boxes, boxes, boxes everywhere. This rule should be used cautiously in order to keep the structure as efficient, clean, and light as possible. Don’t do useless connections. Also, don’t skip on useful connections if it saves you that 1/8 of a gram. At the end of the day we are all working with batteries when conserving weight truly matters. Batteries don’t stay at a constant; they drop in power over time, at least the ones that leave you some money left over for dinner…

The question of when to reinforce will depend on every build specifically. The one golden rule I can give you, is don’t go into the build hoping. Test it out throughout the building process in order to know what and where you need to change. Make connections accordingly. Technic is all about trial and error… then some more trial and error!

As I write this, I’m in the middle of constructing a couple Technic sets. Something the Lego designers have figured out so perfectly is how to do something I like to call “pre-building”. This is when you create a series of connections on one end of the build, and then attach a segment of the build to that end. Pay attention to how they connect this. The mass of pre-building in sets is due to the need for clear instructions, and a smooth way to assemble the build. There will be instances where this is not a strong as another way of connecting things, but you can always count on it being strong enough, especially if it is a part of the build using Power Functions. It’s a clean way of building too, giving the structure a well thought out, no funny business look.

Key things to remember: Set a clear goal of what you are looking to support within a structure. Then assemble it as best you can in your head. From there make a rough draft. Un-build that, then try a bit of pre-building, polishing your connections, and making every beam, box, and pin there for a reason. The more attempts you have, usually the cleaner the end result will be.

– As always I welcome questions and comments! –