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Generation One Minibot
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Had another go at making an updated version of G1 Pipes.

I've used mostly T-bar joints this time, which means it bears a much stronger resemblance to the T joint figures created by Chris Roach, though I hasten to add most of the techniques used here I've developed as part of my CyberAgents theme over the last 4 years.

It is a bit of a cheat, to try and incorporate the cab-pack that the original had, I've basically turned the cab into a shell that fits around the arms and head.

Because the design would be VERY back heavy I've added heel spurs.

No weapons, but then, the original didn't have any either.











Transformers Pipes G1 Encore Reissue vs Huffer G1



Comments

 I made it 
  January 15, 2014
Quoting David Roberts Fascinating to see how this design is evolving. I was also interested to see the photo of the source toys. I don't know anything about Transformers and it's nice not to have to spend time on Google trying to find the original versions of folks' builds. I know that the joints are now a bit like Chris's but that's the same with a lot of engineering problems: especially with an artificially constricted set of tools for solving the problem, i.e. Lego bricks. You must be an expert on hinging things in LDD. It would be great if you could post a short tutorial on how you do it. I still struggle with what the selector is telling me and end up hinging the whole model, instead of the individual part.
I'll have a think about it and see what I can do with a tutorial. The methods I use can be complicated to explain, despite being really simple to do, but with a few visual aids I think I could simplify it considerably. The main technique with the selection tool is to take full advantage of the zoom and invisible tools in combination, so you focus only on the hinged sections. Very often clicking in the general area grabs the wrong part and this can be really frustrating. Plus some hinged sections can hinge in two or more directions, getting the right bend to come up can often take several clicks on the same parts. The best this to speed up hinge movement is to try as much as possible to block any elements that naturally turn from being able to move, therefore they cannot be selected. A prime example of this is when you apply 1x1 plates, as they naturally turn unless they are blocked in by being built up against another plate. I've been thinking for some time of doing some tutorials about the hinge choices I use. While a few are inspired by other designers (the list is huge but mostly Zizzy2, Chris Roach and Moodland) some are variations on a theme. It might be nice to share some techniques rather than full builds.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2014
Fascinating to see how this design is evolving. I was also interested to see the photo of the source toys. I don't know anything about Transformers and it's nice not to have to spend time on Google trying to find the original versions of folks' builds. I know that the joints are now a bit like Chris's but that's the same with a lot of engineering problems: especially with an artificially constricted set of tools for solving the problem, i.e. Lego bricks. You must be an expert on hinging things in LDD. It would be great if you could post a short tutorial on how you do it. I still struggle with what the selector is telling me and end up hinging the whole model, instead of the individual part.
 I made it 
  January 13, 2014
Quoting Michael Crichton I like them, but I get the feeling they wouldn't actually stand up too well if built physically instead of in LDD.
I mentioned in the description that it would be VERY back heavy, a problem with the original toy as well. I'm going to try and have a third crack at it, as I don't like the proportions, maybe in v3 I'll figure out a way to minimise the back pack so it wouldn't be so heavy.
 I like it 
  January 12, 2014
Even better than the first! Nice job!
 I like it 
  January 11, 2014
I like them, but I get the feeling they wouldn't actually stand up too well if built physically instead of in LDD.
 
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