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Frequently Asked Questions:

Below is a list of the most common questions people ask me. Please read these before you ask me something – the answer may be already there, and it will save your time – not to mention mine.

Where do you buy all these things, and how do I get them?

I don’t buy these things, I create them myself. These are not official LEGO sets, just custom designs not available for sale.

Can I buy any of these from you?

Not really. There are basically two reasons for this: firstly, I only build every construction once and then take it apart, without creating any form of instruction. Hence, if I were to re-build a specific construction for you, I would have to rely mainly on my memory. Secondly, and more importantly, all my constructions are very ‘technic’ in nature – they contain a number of moving parts and mechanism that may get damaged and malfunction. If you want to buy them, you probably want to put their functions into some use, and it means I can’t guarantee they will work properly in every condition, not to mention the problems with shipping. They can’t be glued solid or reinforced – it’s just the way the bricks work; they can be put together, but they can be put apart as well. And I have no time for some emergency service or handling dissatisfied customers, sorry.

If the above does not discourage you, there is obviously always a space for negotiations. Be aware, however, that the specialized parts I’m often using and plenty of labour needed must reflect on the final price.

Do you make instructions?

Usually I don’t, and there is a number of reasons for it. Creating instructions takes usually much more time than the actual building did, and hence it would reduce the number of my constructions at least by half. I tend to use plenty of specialized parts that are rare and expensive – so even with the instruction in hand, you would most likely have to do a lot of shopping, and then perhaps feel unhappy about the way you spent your money. Finally, I deeply believe that creativity is what LEGO is about. So I’m taking many photos and I’m explaining how the mechanisms are built and on what principles they work. This plus your creativity should be enough. If you want complete, step-by-step instructions – go buy some LEGO sets.

You should submit your creations to LEGO Ideas!

No, I don’t. The LEGO Ideas program rejects vast majority of submissions, including every single Technic submission up to date, and there are strict guidelines which most of my creations don’t meet.

What software are you using to create 3D drawings and schemes?

I’m using MLCad for modelling and LDView for rendering, and LPub for making instructions.

Can you send me more photos of something?

No.  The construction you’re interested in is most probably already taken apart, and I really don’t keep any photos hidden from you. I only keep the photos I have published. If they’re not enough – sorry, there really is no more.

Does “Future Projects” page list all your future projects?

No. I have a number of secret projects, which are highly experimental and hence more likely to fail. I don’t list them there to avoid being hard-pressed, as they are more unusual and more difficult to complete than the regular ones. But if such a project enters a stage at which it’s very likely to be completed, it will be listed in the “Currently building” section under a code name.

Can I use any of your ideas?

Of course, that’s why I publish them. I believe that the ideas should be exchanged in the Lego builders community freely.

Do I have to credit you when I use some of your ideas?

Not necessarily. It will be nice if you do, but that’s not really the point, and I don’t require it. I’d rather see my ideas developed further and put into a good use, than look around for credits.

Are you keeping all your constructions?

I’m keeping none. I take them all apart in order to build something next, to re-use the parts. I have no regrets about it – anything I build can be recreated, and even if I kept it intact, I would feel compelled to improve something in it sooner or later. My need for building is simply stronger than my need for looking at my creations.

How many parts do you have?

Probably less than you think. I’m not a collector, I only buy necessary parts, and I’m re-using the ones I already have. Moreover, I want to hold all my parts within my workbench, and that implies certain limits. There are approximately 200,000 parts in my current posession; for comparison, a large Lego Technic set can easily exceed 1500 parts count.

What does your workbench looks like?

Messy is the word, I guess. The video below shows all the details.

Where do you get all your parts?

There are many sources available, starting with the LEGO Shop itself, including eBay and probably the most specialized: Bricklink.com. I’m shopping almost exclusively online, because the prices are more affordable that in local shops available to me.

Can you sell me some parts?

As mentioned above, there are numerous sources of LEGO parts available. Most of them are faster and cheaper than I could be.

Do you have some special technical education?

Not a bit, I’m a linguist by education and a webdesigner by profession. I simply have a strong interest in mechanics, and a plenty of experience with LEGO bricks. All I need to build is some mathematics, geometry and access to the Wikipedia.

You should show LEGO what you build, or work for them!

Thank you, actually the company is aware of my work and we do have a certain form of a co-operation. All I can tell is that I’m not a LEGO employee, but the company uses a little bit of my help in its development.

How come your photos look professionally edited?

I work as a webdesigner. Graphic design and post-processing of photos are essential part of my profession.

Are you a professional photographer?

No, I have little idea about professional photography. I’m using a DLSR camera, a pair of good lamps, and a big piece of paper as the background. Nothing really tricky.

What cameras are you using?

As of November 2015 I am using Canon EOS 70D camera with Canon 17-55mm, as well as two GoPro cameras: 4 Session and 4 Black Edition.

Are you building with LEGO bricks only?

Yes, as far as it’s possible. That means, I’m using both LEGO and non-LEGO strings, rubber bands and pneumatic hoses, as these originals parts are most difficult (and least rational) to buy. Occasionally I use 3D-printed parts, which is always clearly stated. Other than that, it’s all original LEGO bricks down to the last single part. And I don’t modify, cut or glue my bricks.

Can you build something from the Star Wars theme?

I have no interest in Star Wars theme at all, sorry.

What’s the difference between terms “Truck Trial” and “Trial Truck”?

Truck Trial is the name of the competition. Trial Truck is the name of a vehicle built specifically for this competition.

Can you make instructions for some good Trial Truck?

No. It’s simply pointless – Truck Trial is a sport somewhat similar to F1 races, which means that there are no ultimate solutions nor ultimate vehicles. Construction of trucks used in the Truck Trial is continuously evolving, the improving of vehicles never really stops, and new solutions pop up every couple of months only to become outdated sooner or later. There are many different approaches to building, various builders focus on various aspects of their vehicles, and ever most successful trucks are being improved and experimented on. Some vehicles can perform excellent against certain types of obstacles while failing against other. I’m still trying to develop a decent, universal vehicle, but even if I succeed and create instruction, it will soon become worthless. Given the extreme complexity of Truck Trial vehicles and hence long time needed to create such an instruction, it would very likely be outdated by the time it’s finished.

How come you build so much?

There is a number of experienced builders who work really fast. In my case, I believe imagination is the key: I don’t have to try out every solution that comes to my head, because often I can imagine how it would work without touching a single brick. It’s not difficult, it’s just a matter of experience and knowledge on the LEGO bricks. There is also a matter of planning – when I build something big, I’m trying to plan it in theory as much as possible. I’m checking the exact size of the mechanisms I want to include in it, I’m trying to figure out the best way to put them together. It takes little effort, and it’s really helpful, or even crucial in case of the most complex constructions.

How long does it take to build these things?

That varies a lot, depending on the complexity of a given model and the amount of spare time I have at the moment. In most cases, it’s between 3 and 6 weeks.


  1. Sariel
    November 26th, 2009 at 13:06 | #1

    @Páll Rúnar Gíslason
    Of course, a clutch gear can do that, just as well as the linear clutches presented here on my website.

  2. November 26th, 2009 at 12:22 | #2

    Hi
    I have a question, is it possible to do build a lego gear on a RC car that does allow the gear to continue spin if the motor has stopped, i mean if the car is moving then the motor stop the car will continue to move, not break because the motor has stopped. I hope you will understand this 🙂

  3. Sariel
    November 24th, 2009 at 09:03 | #3
  4. gogolego
    November 24th, 2009 at 05:12 | #4

    yes

  5. owen
    November 23rd, 2009 at 01:40 | #5

    sorry i cant get bricklink to work on my computer and ebay stuff is over priced. oh well i’ll just get thT NEW TECHNIC SET the forest tractor.

  6. Sariel
    November 22nd, 2009 at 12:29 | #6

    @gogolego
    Did you try Googling for it?

  7. November 21st, 2009 at 22:42 | #7

    how do you get mlclad?

  8. Sariel
    October 9th, 2009 at 07:32 | #8

    @ivan
    You can use any idea you find here as you wish. I don’t know of any side-effects.

  9. ivan
    October 9th, 2009 at 01:12 | #9

    @Sariel

    Can i use your “Compact pendular steered suspension” for my #8273 Tow Truck motorized version? are there any side effect?

  10. Sariel
    October 8th, 2009 at 22:59 | #10

    @ivan
    No. Try looking through instructions for some official Lego sets, like 8297 or 8436, that should help.

  11. ivan
    October 8th, 2009 at 22:33 | #11

    Hi Sariel,

    I am new for Lego Technic. I bought a #8273 Tow truck. Further, I want to make it motorized. However, I don’t have any mechanical background. Do you have a link or instruction of how to make a differential and steering gear so that I can use a XL motor & M motor to make it move and turn? Thanks a lot!!!!!

    ivan

  12. Sariel
    October 6th, 2009 at 20:19 | #12

    @darksheep
    Yes, I know Jerrec’s work. But he didn’t mention SC as a source of inspiration, and this tank is technically simple, even though it looks awesome.

  13. darksheep
    October 6th, 2009 at 17:30 | #13

    http://www.e-klocki.com/2009/09/20/swiss-just-got-their-motors/ look at this . It kind of looks like the star craft tank. interesting i think.

  14. Sariel
    September 26th, 2009 at 08:40 | #14

    @owen
    No.

  15. owen
    September 26th, 2009 at 01:35 | #15

    What i mean is do you have all of the sets on that page?

  16. Sariel
    September 24th, 2009 at 00:08 | #16

    @owen
    I’m not sure I understand the question. Setechnic.com was a French AFOLs community the last time I checked.

  17. owen
    September 23rd, 2009 at 23:11 | #17

    is setechnic.com all of the sets you have?

  18. darksheep
    September 10th, 2009 at 12:42 | #18

    @Sariel
    Yes i do think that would be pointless 🙂
    please send me an email i think you have my address , i would like to talk to you about and idea i have . just don’t wana post it in a public forum just yet.

  19. Sariel
    September 10th, 2009 at 10:22 | #19

    @darksheep
    Yes, I’m familiar with SC vehicles and I had this tank under consideration actually. But its siege mode transformation is impossible to reproduce, except for a very large scale. I mean the scale at which you can put motors inside the tracks. And what good is a siege tank that has no siege mode?

  20. darksheep
    September 10th, 2009 at 09:29 | #20

    Hi . I love your work it is amazing really really is !!!
    I have an idea for you that you might like what about building this tank (http://www.starcraft2.com/features/terran/siegetank.xml). Its got grate functionality think it would be challenging and think it is some thing you might like to do and i would like to see 🙂

    I would try my self but i am don’t have lots of experience building and i am new to lego (back after 10 years ) i also have a lack of money and parts , plus i stay in South Africa its hard getting stuff hear .

    Any way keep up the good work 🙂

  21. Mikołaj
    September 9th, 2009 at 15:15 | #21

    Dzięki. Napotkałem jeszcze jeden problem. Batery box często mi się przegrzewa niezależnie od ilości podłączonych silniczków. Myślę jednak, że to problem akumulatorów.

  22. Sariel
    September 9th, 2009 at 09:33 | #22

    @Mikołaj
    Nie wiem, teoretycznie wytrzyma dopóki się nie zagrzeje do takiej temperatury przy której zabezpieczenia w elektronice go wyłączą.

  23. Mikołaj
    September 9th, 2009 at 08:26 | #23

    Mam pytanie. Ile czasu (mniej więcej)pf medium może wytrzymać pod napięciem bez ruchu? Np. w układzie sterowniczym pojazdu snow white z technic bricka?

  24. Sariel
    September 7th, 2009 at 22:29 | #24
  25. capb
    September 7th, 2009 at 22:10 | #25

    @capb
    If so, what is it called?

  26. capb
    September 7th, 2009 at 22:08 | #26

    Hey, is it possible for a single motor to have the ?output? wheel to always turn one way with the motor turning clockwise and counter clockwise?

  27. Sariel
    September 6th, 2009 at 22:38 | #27

    @echowave
    Yes, I’m using bracings that are explained in the Ideas category.

  28. echowave
    September 6th, 2009 at 22:08 | #28

    hey sariel
    i have a question about the new differential included in the new off road truck (8297) when i tried to attach a motor to that set, the gear seems to slip at a specific point (where a bevel gear is loaded). when watching your models run on youtube, this problem doesn’t seem to happen.
    do you have any solutions?
    Thanks

  29. Sariel
    September 1st, 2009 at 09:26 | #29

    @Smithy
    I can show how the photos are taken, the entire setup. As for the WordPress, well, it’s simply the newest version with one of the most popular themes and a handful of popular plugins. Nothing really tricky.

  30. August 31st, 2009 at 00:26 | #30

    I love your models. I’m envious of the way you’ve been able to sue the remote control functions.

    Would it be possible for you to write an article about your actual website? Where you host it, the plugs in you use for wordpress, how you take the videos and stuff like that? I’ve tried to find out how you do the photos bit of your posts and haven’t found out how.

  31. Sariel
    August 30th, 2009 at 19:22 | #31

    @legokid
    Listen. It’s 50 cm long. If you need a wire that long, you use it. If you need a shorter one, you try the 20 cm one. Some models need 50 cm, some need less. That’s it.

  32. legokid
    August 30th, 2009 at 15:17 | #32

    well I mean is it to long becos it is 50 cm long and that is relly long

  33. Sariel
    August 29th, 2009 at 20:20 | #33

    @legokid
    I have it. What you mean ‘too long’?

  34. legokid
    August 29th, 2009 at 19:47 | #34

    OH! sorry I mene 50cm!

  35. legokid
    August 29th, 2009 at 19:46 | #35

    do you have the power function 20cm long wire and is it to long?

  36. Sariel
    August 28th, 2009 at 16:00 | #36

    @crawlerdude
    It just needs the cabin and the front winch. It should be ready for the race on September 5th, and I will probably publish it shortly after.

  37. crawlerdude
    August 28th, 2009 at 15:55 | #37

    how is the alvis coming?

  38. Sariel
    August 23rd, 2009 at 22:57 | #38

    @legokid
    Yes.

  39. legokid
    August 23rd, 2009 at 22:45 | #39

    did you get the lego technic bulldozer and was it a good buy.

  40. Sariel
    August 23rd, 2009 at 18:36 | #40

    @legokid
    Does it matter? I don’t see any point in your question. And please try to avoid posting several comments in a row. Plus there are things like the capital letters and punctuation marks, if you missed that.

  41. legokid
    August 23rd, 2009 at 18:31 | #41

    if you want to tell me

  42. legokid
    August 23rd, 2009 at 18:28 | #42

    but how many

  43. Sariel
    August 23rd, 2009 at 18:21 | #43

    @legokid
    Just enough.

  44. legokid
    August 23rd, 2009 at 17:40 | #44

    how many xl and m motors,switch,light,irand ir remote do you have? I relly want to know.

  45. Sariel
    August 23rd, 2009 at 17:03 | #45

    @owen
    No, all my motors are fine.

  46. owen
    August 23rd, 2009 at 16:37 | #46

    do your power funtion motors ever just stop working? becace i have and 8 motors total and recently 5 have stopped working . do you have ideas that can help me fix my problem? well greatw work on everything.

  47. Sariel
    August 23rd, 2009 at 15:27 | #47

    @bobsurankle
    Yes, check the TechnicBricks blog, there are several solutions that do that.

  48. bobsurankle
    August 23rd, 2009 at 15:11 | #48

    thank you for that, sorry, but i have another question has sprung to mind: do you know of a way to put 2 linear actuators end to end to make a really long one?

  49. Sariel
    August 19th, 2009 at 20:26 | #49

    @bobsurankle
    It has some biblical meaning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sariel
    But basically it’s just a nickname I picked up when I entered the AFOLs community. I was looking for something short, distinctive, easy to spell and easy to remember, that’s it.

  50. bobsurankle
    August 19th, 2009 at 16:01 | #50

    Can i ask… where does the name “sariel” come from?

  51. Leroy
    August 2nd, 2009 at 11:53 | #51

    @Sariel
    Ah, good stuff! I missed that part of the post. Will look into it, seems very interesting. Thanks for the redirect, much appreciated.

  52. Sariel
    August 2nd, 2009 at 09:22 | #52

    @Leroy
    Perhaps my live axle design is what you’re looking for? It’s presented in the post about the SandRail.

  53. Leroy
    August 2nd, 2009 at 09:20 | #53

    @Sariel
    Yup I noticed in the model video’s, but I mean in the more complex suspensions, like the compact pendular steered suspension. For example a very sturdy suspension like that, but with shock absorbers.

    I’m just looking for alternatives to the simple Lego solution, since I’m thinking of a model that might weigh a bit more 🙂

  54. Sariel
    August 2nd, 2009 at 00:10 | #54

    @Leroy
    You mean shock absorbers? Well, most of my suspensions use shock absorbers.

  55. Leroy
    August 1st, 2009 at 23:37 | #55

    I love your work at the models so far, a very good source of inspiration.

    I studied your suspension designs thoroughly, and trying to modify them with shock breakers. Maybe a challenge to design a good suspension system with shock breakers included?

    To be honest, I’m curious with what you can come up with 🙂

  56. Sariel
    July 16th, 2009 at 20:49 | #56

    @crawlerdude
    Because trial trucks take an enormous amount of work to complete, equal to building 3 or more regular constructions. And besides I don’t need many trial trucks, I only need one that performs well. I’m building the Alvis right now, and we’ll see how it turns out.

  57. crawlerdude
    July 16th, 2009 at 19:31 | #57

    Dear sariel,

    why dont you build more trial trucks?

  58. Sariel
    July 6th, 2009 at 06:00 | #58

    @jonas
    I’m not interested.

  59. jonas
    July 5th, 2009 at 22:58 | #59

    or a range rover

  60. jonas
    July 5th, 2009 at 22:53 | #60

    hi:-) Can you build a Bowler Wild Cat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLvlfAyduvA

  61. Sariel
    July 1st, 2009 at 12:22 | #61

    @Mikołaj
    Nie. Po prostu zimą zobaczyłem Pisten Bully w akcji i to mnie zainspirowało, to że mniej więcej wtedy Lego zapowiedziało swój ratrak to przypadek.

  62. Mikołaj
    July 1st, 2009 at 12:14 | #62

    Mam jedno pytanie. Czy istnieje jakiś związek pomiędzy twoim SnowGroomerem a zaestawem 8263? Ozcywiście twój jest lepszy ;-).

  63. bobsurankle
    June 20th, 2009 at 20:09 | #63

    Hello…
    Great site, and I love your models they are very good,especialy the looks. You have a good taste in music (as heard from the videos)and in animal names- Mr. Fluffy certanly is fluffy. kepp up the good work!

    bobsurankle

    (I know its a strange name but I like it)

  64. Sariel
    June 1st, 2009 at 10:24 | #64

    @Rob
    No. As I explained in the FAQ, I don’t build German tanks and I definitely don’t build the ones used in WW2.

  65. Rob
    June 1st, 2009 at 10:20 | #65

    Hi!
    Can you bulding model of tiger tank?

  66. Sariel
    May 29th, 2009 at 18:44 | #66

    @JasonWilliams
    No disrespect for crowkillers, what I meant was basically that he intentionally limits his skill to one area only. Ok, you can develop transmission systems and so on, but after all how many 2×4 cars can you build in the same scale?
    I just have different approach, perhaps a more chaotic one. I jump from one subject to another, but it didn’t stop me from e.g. developing a tank design very far from where I started it. But I’m not going to detract from crowkiller’s merit or criticize him.
    Yes, I am definitely going to build at least two supercars, one of them studless (Lamborghini Reventon) and the other one made of bricks (Koenigsegg CCR). I have little experience with that subject and I’m not sure how it will turn out eventually, but it is possible that Koenigsegg may end up with 11 motors and remotely adjusted seats or steering wheel’s angle.

  67. JasonWilliams
    May 29th, 2009 at 17:56 | #67

    First off I would like to say, GREAT site! I have been building for Over 25 years and I must say, you are an excellent builder! I do have to disagree with your thoughts on crowkiller’s cars all being the same. I actually have got to see them in person at a Lionel Train/Toy show last month, and this chap has some real talent, in fact he had 5 or 6 cars on display and his table was the most talked about at the show. The only thing that I have noticed that most of his cars all have in common are the wheel wells, but really how many different ways are there to make a proper wheel well with studless parts? I also think that he has that aspect perfected, so why change it? Other than that, every car has a different suspension design, chassis, seats, steering system, and transmission build. And with every new car he is pushing the limits, for instance, I have noticed that he has gone to having the body as a separate unit, that can be removed to view the workings inside. That idea is just brilliant. He demonstrated with one of his models how eveything came apart and could be quickly assembled(Front/Rear suspension, transmission, Chassis, engine and then the body just dropped right into place) Let’s just say that we were all blown away, including myself. I actually just got an auto magazine that had an article and interview with him about building and designing. I am going to go out on a limb and say that his Mustang is the best Technic model that I have ever seen(With no disrespect to you). Have you ever thought about building a studless technic supercar? I know you have built some buggies, and your construction vehicles are AWESOME. I bet you could build a Really unique supercar. Just my thoughts. Take care! And keep up the awesome, awesome work!

  68. Sariel
    May 25th, 2009 at 20:09 | #68

    @Ramon
    No, I don’t have any affiliations. I’ve seen all his creations, they are pretty impressive and he sure has developed a lot. My only reservation is that he sort of builds the same thing over and over, without much real difference.

  69. Ramon
    May 25th, 2009 at 20:01 | #69

    Hello. Wonderful builder. Do you have any affiliation with crowkillers? If no, what are your thoughts on his studless building? crowkillers seems to take this building style to another level. Good Luck to you in the future with your building.

  70. trevy hughes
    May 24th, 2009 at 18:06 | #70

    i was wondering if we could work out some deal, for you yo build something for me . if you want to then just email me trevyh@gmail.com

  71. Sariel
    May 24th, 2009 at 07:57 | #71

    @Joshua Tulberg
    My email is on each first photo in my gallery.

  72. Joshua Tulberg
    May 24th, 2009 at 00:55 | #72

    hey paul,

    love your work, I have a few questions I would like to ask over e-mail.
    (as well as a picture I would like to attach of the vehicle I will be talking about)

    please shoot me an e-mail (as I could not find your e-mail on this site)

  73. Sariel
    May 21st, 2009 at 17:48 | #73

    @hans_stefan
    You mean how long is it being produced? No, I don’t really know.

  74. hans_stefan
    May 21st, 2009 at 17:15 | #74

    Hi,

    do you know what is the typical technic set lifespan ?
    I’m assuming it is 3 years, but I’m not quite sure.

    Marcin

  75. gilad
    May 20th, 2009 at 02:28 | #75

    I was very impressed by your works! Really fabulus.

    I would like to build lego cars, but the designs you show here are much beyond my current skill. For now I’d just want to have a control that drives it back and forth, and a control for steering. Can you point me to resources/links/books/ideas that might help me to start? (I should mention that I have very little knowledge in mechanics but I’m willing to learn if necessary)

    thanks

  76. tacuisi
    May 19th, 2009 at 02:38 | #76

    a bit of a general request, but for some of your future builds, could you include pictures of the chassis and/ or under body? It helps a lot to understand the design. thanks

  77. Sariel
    May 12th, 2009 at 14:00 | #77

    @alex
    I print them on regular paper, with a standard printer. Then I use a transparent adhesive tape to put them on place, that’s all.

  78. alex
    May 12th, 2009 at 13:53 | #78

    Hi
    Can you give me some tips on how to make customized stickers as you do?
    Thanks,
    Alex

  79. Sariel
    May 12th, 2009 at 12:10 | #79

    @Valheru
    Well, the way I see it – he wants it, he gets it 🙂 And by the way he’s thinner now. He lost some 20 grams since this photo was taken (out of 90).

  80. Valheru
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:56 | #80

    What are you thinking feeding your hamster with chocolate? If you did some research, you’d know that they are susceptible to diabetes.

    From the look of that poor fella, he is straight out of SuperSize me. Jesus!

  81. Murcielago53
    April 13th, 2009 at 00:50 | #81

    @Sariel
    It is still available off shop@home for CAD $150. Now to convince my parents to get it for my birthday… (the hardest part of course)
    lol, thanks

  82. Sariel
    April 12th, 2009 at 23:02 | #82

    @Murcielago53
    Well, I got my 8297 for $120 and I felt it was worth the money. If you can get it around that price – I’d recommend it then.

  83. Murcielago53
    April 12th, 2009 at 22:02 | #83

    im trying to get some large wheels, steering parts, and shock absorbers. I am looking at the 8297 set. I recently got my hands on the 8275 bulldozer so im a lil short on cash. Would you recommend the 8279 set for parts? I find that bricklink is over priced and its hard to find what you want w/o having to pay heavy custom taxes. Thanks

  84. Sariel
    April 10th, 2009 at 18:31 | #84

    @Diane
    Try using a clutch gear or a rubber belt.

  85. Diane
    April 10th, 2009 at 18:23 | #85

    I am trying to build a car with power function steering and can’t figure out how to attach your nicely provided steering module to the motor without blowing up. Can you point me in a direction for instructions? Thank you!

  86. Julian
    March 29th, 2009 at 23:49 | #86

    Ohh My gosh Mr.Fluffy is the cuttest little thing ive ever seen. Have a nice day Sariel and Mr.Fluffy

    Julian(the Lego kid)

  87. OlSom
    March 28th, 2009 at 08:59 | #87

    @Sariel
    I’ve built it (although my inventory and skills are very limited).
    Video:

    It wont work with worm gears, because they all have equal form. To make the vehicle work, the worms on one side would have to be the opposite of the other side’s worms. This way, the Lego can go side-to-side, like the real one, but when the axles are spinning in the opposite direction, the vehicle will turn instead of moving forward-backward, as you can see it in the video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxVp4W6guAE
    BTW, check out my PF handset for wheeld vehicles, i think thats a really good one 🙂

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JUW-KvZfaZ6572L-lvnnjg?feat=directlink

  88. Sariel
    March 27th, 2009 at 21:10 | #88

    @OlSom
    Power them through universal joints. Use them to connect worm gears to axles located above them, where you can use bigger gears freely.

  89. OlSom
    March 27th, 2009 at 21:05 | #89

    @Sariel
    i think it would be hard to power them, as they are only slightly bigger then the smallest gear. i’ll maybe try it tomorrow, but i only have 4 worm gears… will see.

  90. Sariel
    March 27th, 2009 at 20:17 | #90

    @OlSom
    Well, I suppose a regular worm screws could be used. They would obviously seem much smaller than they should be, but I believe they would function properly.

  91. OlSom
    March 27th, 2009 at 19:26 | #91

    @Sariel
    hmm, this was a reply on your reply on


    Hi!Can you build this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uynmApjhWI

    Tanks

    the screw-drive thing

  92. Sariel
    March 27th, 2009 at 19:08 | #92

    @OlSom
    What wheels?

  93. OlSom
    March 27th, 2009 at 18:57 | #93

    @Sariel
    I see, the mechanics doesnt look difficult, but how would you build the “wheels” ?

  94. Steve Garvin
    March 27th, 2009 at 18:14 | #94

    I just wanted to say thanks. I have really enjoyed this website and come back to it often. I have shared it with my sons to get inspirations for some of our building ideas. Thanks for such a great resource. Steve.

  95. February 24th, 2009 at 14:19 | #95

    Hi Sariel!
    “And I don’t modify, cut or glue my bricks.” As a purist, I deeply appreciate :-)))
    Thanx for your creations and detailed website!
    Cheers,
    Karl

  96. Sariel
    February 9th, 2009 at 22:21 | #96

    @Ilya
    There you go – I added answer with some photos above. Hope that’s what you’ve been loking for.

  97. Ilya
    February 9th, 2009 at 08:47 | #97

    @Sariel I don’t mean gold recipe, I’ve been looking at various ideas to combine my own preferences. I just wanted to look at your workbench and storing system, if possible 🙂 And, thanks for inspirations!

  98. Sariel
    February 9th, 2009 at 07:15 | #98

    @Ilya
    I don’t think there’s any sort of a ‘golden recipe’ for sorting. I keep most of my parts simply on the table, only some very specific parts are stored in drawers or cases or containers.

  99. Ilya
    February 9th, 2009 at 00:53 | #99

    Would you mind sharing how do you store all your bricks and parts? I’m starting with Lego (being 30+ years old), and I have hard time sorting and storing all the things 🙂

  100. fidel
    January 25th, 2009 at 16:37 | #100

    man, you’re really a master!!

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