Tuesday, September 17, 2019

GBC Observer 👁 Week 39, 2019

Welcome to the GBC Observer for Week 39, 2019.  The one 2 weeks before BrickCon 2019!
I've been busy doing some module cleaning, module repairing, and module packing for the upcoming trip to Seattle.

A lot of interesting Lego Great Ball Contraption videos appeared on YouTube over the last week, here are my favourites.

First up, Pinwheel shares a video from a recent TwinLUG meeting where they put together a small GBC layout.  I like the wacky sea life module, and also the friends mini-dolls helping out in the Akiyuki cup-to-cup.

Builder Riku Katsumata shows us his "Moduled Module", a ball piston type input/loader that has 4 different output attachments.  Lots of module abuse in this video, beware!

In this next video, Nonsense Wars shares his G-Model of the 42071 Dozer Compactor.  He explains why he built it and how it works.  I'll be building this one at some point.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, September 13, 2019

What's in my GBC convention kit?

As I prepare for a few upcoming events I thought I would share what's in my GBC parts/repair/utility kit that I bring with me to conventions.  My current kit is stored inside a small Plano fishing tackle organizer, adorned with some various Lego/Convention related stickers.

Inside everything is somewhat organized with different tools/parts stored in their own section.  From top left to bottom right is the following:

  • New Spare Motors: 1XL, 1L, 1M.
  • Larger Technic Bricks & Beams, Technic Plates
  • Spare Gears (2+ of each type)
  • Technic Pins, Bushings and Telescopes.
  • Various Technic Beam Variants (Dogbones, T's, Biscuits, HassenPins, etc)
  • Technic Connectors (all sizes)
  • Axles (2+ of most sizes), Spare Sprockets (1 of each size)
  • Smaller Technic Bricks
  • Tools, Larger Pieces, Sharpies, Labels, Pocket Knife, Brick Badge & Promo Bricks.

Here's a closer look at some of the parts stored inside.

One essential item I would also recommend you bring is Masking Tape.  You can use it to label various things like train controllers, wires, or modules.

What is inside your toolkit, and what do you store it in?  Am I missing some essential items?  Leave a comment below.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

GBC Observer 👁 Week 38, 2019

Welcome to the Great Ball Contraption Observer for week 38, 2019

Lots of new GBC and layout videos have popped up over the last week, and here are some of my favourites.

Nonsense Wars brings us a small layout from their latest BayLUG meeting.  There is a few new to me modules in here including the interesting ball batter, I like how there is a catch mitt for it.

Next up, Andre shares a layout he worked on with Lasse D and Peter.  Lots of familiar modules in here along with some new ones.  I like the output ramp using the orange technic wheel arch panels.

Ryk has decided to 1up me, after I 1up'd Pinwheel. Here is his Triple Splat module.