Saturday, December 4, 2021

Challenge 2021 Winners!


The challenge this year was to build a module that raised a ball to a height of 24 inches (64 bricks).  The GBC standard rules for input and output were to be followed as well.

17 modules were entered, and 10 previous challenge builders returned to vote!

The winner with the most points was ...

fhariede with his stacked shooter module!

This module did a few things that I really enjoyed.  It used the crown piece (part: 39262) for each shooter,  and the output chute was super clean and visually appealing.  Great job fhareiede!

This years runner up was ...

Pinwheel with his "shoo the dragon" shooter module.  This large module tells quite a few stories as a few brave souls attempt to get rid of a dragon who has taken an interest in their castle!

This module uses a pair of shooters (catapults) to get the ball up an over this large custom built castle.  The theming is great and there are several small stories being told as you can see in the video.

In conclusion I would like to thank everyone who participated in this years challenge, I find it interesting that the two winning modules were shooters when there was so many other great lift mechanisms being used.  BvB's impressive coaster track module, and Rohan's giant 2+ meter tower deserve a special mention!

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Challenge 2021 - Submissions and Voting!

Here are the 17 entries in this years challenge "Great Heights" (in Alphabetical Order)

  1. Ben Stoever - Ball Track Race :
  2. Berthil - Shoot the Loop :
  3. Buz la mouche - Blue Bridge :
  4. doug72 - High Rise :
  5. dunes - Twin Bucket :
  6. fhareide - Platform Jumper :
  7. higgins91 - Challenge Entry 2021 :
  8. John Sherman - Climbing Tower :
  9. Kevin Mitcham - Challenge Entry 2021 :
  10. Matt Norman - Laminar Flow :
  11. pikohan - Vertical Shooter :
  12. pinwheel - Shoo the Dragon :
  13. Rohan Beckett - The Tower :
  14. Sam Friesen - Challenge Entry 2021 :
  15. Sawyer - Mindstorms Vertical Train :
  16. Toothwheell - Ball Launcher :
  17. Walt White - Challenge Entry 2021 :
Be sure to like, and comment on the videos if you've enjoyed the builds!

Votes will be accepted by Private Message to "Matt (Great Ball Pit)" on the community Discord server.  Anyone with a "Challenge 20xx" tag will be allowed to vote for their first and second favourite modules. 1st choice receives 2 points, 2nd choice receives 1 point. The winners will be selected based on which modules receive the most total points. You are not allowed to vote for your own module. Matt's module "Laminar Flow" is not eligible to receive votes.

Votes will be accepted until Friday November 26th at 12:00pm.  The winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

New Lego GBC Module - Laminar Flow


This is Laminar Flow, my latest Lego GBC module that I built for the 2021 Great Ball Pit Challenge.  The main constraint of this years challenge was to lift a ball to a height of 24 inches (64 Bricks).  I achieved the height with a twinned conveyor powered by a Lego PF-M motor.

This module features a Zamor Sphere (Part: 54821) filter that recirculates the Zamor's inside the module, while Lego GBC Balls are allowed to exit.  Well... this is what's supposed to happen.  Sometimes the Lego GBC balls are also re-circulated, which is something I will need to improve in the future.

The filter is simply 2 beams spaced apart at a distance that allows for the GBC balls to fall through.  The new beams with pinholes on all sides (Part:71710) seem to work well for this application.

The gearbox is fairly simple, with the medium motor clutched and geared down so it can move the large conveyor without any issues.  The conveyor is tensioned like my other Technic built conveyors using a pair of light-grey spring shocks.

In summary, I'm really happy to have been able to use up the following quantity of parts that were sitting lifeless in my workshop:
  • Blue Zamor Spheres (Thanks VLC Diana)
  • Blue Duplo Slides that were once used in my 8 foot long slide video VIDEO HERE
  • Lots of LUGBulked Black 1x16 Technic Bricks and  Black 7x11 Technic Frames
This module is sure to have great table presence if I can ever get it to a live GBC event.  (Hopefully sometime in 2022). 

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