Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Poor Man's Key Hanger

Leaving a bunch of keys all scattered around the table bothers me and I just decided to look for some key hangers to put the poor fellas where they belong. The problem was i always forget to buy them until i got fed up so I just put together a few pieces of LEGO Technic plus some good quality double-sided tape to create my own version of key hanger, and Viola !

Another advantage for using LEGO to make key hangers was saving money on buying new ones :P
Can you think of something else to do with your LEGO ? ( preferably something useful of course. )

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

8275 Bulldozer

I got this Bulldozer for a very reasonable price from ebay about two weeks ago and this monster took me around 10 hours in total to put together :S But it was definitely worth the effort as i enjoyed every minute of it :)

The first thing you will notice when you open up the box is the huge number of bags !! ( not to mention the 3 instruction booklets )

One of the main attraction of this model is the amount of Power Functions elements in the set. This set alone gives you :
  • 1 remote control
  • 1 battery box
  • 2 receivers
  • 2 XL motors
  • 2 M motors
It took me about 4 hours to finish the first book and this is how it looks like,

The design and construction technique used in this model is very efficient, compact, and solid. The first book is all about building the chassis and the mechanism for the treads. 

The second book completes the rest of the functional mechanisms with all the electronics installed and it gives the bulldozer its exterior,

The final book adds the front blade and the ripper on the back to make the bulldozer complete.

In the pictures it may not look very big and let me assure this baby is HUGE ! Just to give you an idea of how big it is, i've put the bulldozer on top of my Mindstorms NXT box and took a picture.

The length of the bulldozer even exceeds the size of the box ! 

Overall, i was very satisfied and impressed with the bulldozer and i've already started thinking of using its treads for my next Mindstorms project....hehehe...