Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Lego GBC Observer 👁 Week 04, 2020

Welcome to Week 04 of the Lego GBC Observer for 2020.

First up is a G-Model from Ben who has taken the parts from the Corvette ZR1 set and added a 40 tooth gear and motor to create a unique module.   This module uses a very interesting "hoeken" motion to lift the balls up and out.  Nice job Ben, building new modules from existing sets can be quite challenging!

Next up Lawrie gives us a tour of Brickvention 2020 highlighting his favourite modules in the layout.

In this next video, Caz walks us through the GBC layout at latest "London AFOLs" event.  There is a module in there that makes me want to get some of those large Duplo ball tubes to experiment on.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lego GBC Observer 👁 Week 03, 2020

It's only a few weeks into the year and we have some great GBC collaborations to look at this week.

First up, let's visit Australia and check out the GBC Layout at Brickvention 2020.  Thanks to Rohan for this walkaround.  My favourites are Rohans "The Mine" interactive module, and Ryk's Hulkbuster dozer.

Next let's visit the latest BayLUG meeting where the GBC guys showed off some new modules.  I really like the mechanical switching modules like the waiter and the grab and spin.

Here is a French layout with some interesting modules!  The ball accelerator is neat, and I also like the pusharm powered by a conveyor.

LittlePlasticBrick has recently built a reservoir module, sharing some nice shots of the gearing and all of the features.   A reservoir is something everyone should have in their GBC collection. By putting one at the start of your GBC section in a collaborative layout, you will be able to stop the flow and make any repairs on your modules without worry.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Lego GBC Observer 👁 Week 02, 2020

Welcome to week 2 of the Lego GBC Observer for 2020.  Let's take a look at a few recent YouTube videos showing some interesting GBC modules and mechanisms.

First up, Sam F's mini elevator module.  This module passes balls up using pairs of half lift arms which is new to me, I wonder if it could be extended to run the balls to a higher output.

The next video is a recent Belgian GBC Layout from Mout.  There is a lot of classic modules in here, as well as a "new to me" monorail module.

Dunes has updated his Cup2Cup (BvB variant) with a nice long output widget.  I find those longer balls runs always entertaining to watch.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Lego GBC Observer 👁 Week 01, 2020

Welcome to 2020!  A whole new year to discover, build, and collaborate on Lego Great Ball contraptions.  For anyone who is unfamiliar, this weekly GBC Observer post highlights interesting and new Lego GBC Modules that have appeared recently on YouTube.

First up for 2020, a brand new way to build a conveyor.  Dill.I.Am has used the Lego watch bands in his new conveyor build.  It's always fun to see oddball parts like this being used in a module.

Next, Puddy has created an interesting double scissor lift module.  Scissor lifts are usually difficult to get working due to the extreme load required to raise the lifts when collapsed, he seems to have overcome this issue.

And in this last video Lawrie walks us through the BrickFair New Jersey Loop that happened near the end of 2019.  Lots of new stuff in here, looked like a great layout!

Have a great week everyone!