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F-ZeroOne

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  1. Okay, thanks for the advice. Its probably a bit of a walk to my nearest Walmart (πŸ˜‰) but I'll see what Argos ("The laminated Book of Dreams!") might be able to do.
  2. I also have a question, of a different kind - do any of you know any good suppliers of display cases suitable for larger Lego kits (preferably in the UK)? Ones that can be relatively easily opened for access? I'm specifically thinking of something big enough for the recent Galaxy Explorer. I've tried amazon before for a warplane model I was given and wound up with a flimsy plastic thing that falls apart if even thought about. For those of you that don't use a display case, how do you keep your kits dust-free?
  3. For those of you looking to add some diversity to your LL928 Galaxy Explorer crew, D&K - at least in the UK - appear to have re-issued their "Lego Minifigure - A Visual History" book. This comes with the orange Space minifigure, which I believe is exclusive to this book. The list price in the UK is Β£30, but the newsagents W.H. Smith in the UK has it on sale for Β£8 (!) currently.
  4. The series I like to call "Where all the trouble started". It wasn't the first anime I saw, but it was the first one that introduced me to Japan as a country, rather than just a name on a map. It was the series that made me want to visit there, just to see what it was like. Ten trips and some wonderful friendships and experiences later... I'll be interested to see if they keep it set in the present day or the original series time frame.
  5. This will mean more to those on my side of the pond, but Oliver Frey, whose striking artwork adorned many a UK computer games magazine cover back in the 80s, passed away recently: https://www.eurogamer.net/beauty-and-brutality-how-oliver-freys-art-defined-a-new-medium
  6. From the same site, the new AW249 attack helicopter - successor to the "Mangusta". The cockpit looks... exposed to me? https://theaviationist.com/2022/08/23/the-new-aw249-attack-helicopter-flies-for-the-first-time/
  7. Yeah, Town and Space are what immediately come to mind when I think of "Classic" Lego (though in my childhood I did also have the big yellow castle, but Space was always my favourite theme). The most advanced Lego kit I've built to this point was probably the "Hoth" AT-ST, so, yes I don't have a great deal of experience with the more complex sets. Couple other minor points: one of the reasons I was holding off on this was aesthetic; I didn't like the way the "LL928" was angled on the sides and it felt like it had a lot of "nose" compared to the main body. Now having it in person, the angling is much less pronounced than it appears in images and the proportions also look better in the, erm, brick than in photos.
  8. So I finished the build of the Galaxy Explorer, and my fiendish plan to replace the buggys headlight has worked so far. Well, nothings exploded anyway. Yet. πŸ˜„ (for the record, I went with green. Theres a spare red and green stud in the set so I didn't even have to raid my spares). A few thoughts - this is a complicated set, much more so than it looks it would be from the box. It took me about 9 hours total to build - about an hour per bag - and I'd estimate between a third to a half of it is building up the interior frame and doing weirdly complex things to then hide that interior. This isn't a criticism, more an observation, but it does feel like if there were two ways of doing something with this set and one was straightforward but an inelegant finish and the other was really complex but the end result looks much better thats the option they went for. I almost miss the honest simplicity of the older sets... This is a big puppy - a good foot and a half long and a foot wide. Make sure you have somewhere to set it down if you're getting one. One odd thing about the design is that theres two small windows on each side but as built, one of those windows is almost completely obscured by the engine mount. It doesn't seem like it would have been too hard to move the window forward a little. Maybe like some WWII aircraft, some of the instruments are mounted on the engines? Its a lovely set though, especially if you have any love for Classic Space. And as I've said, if you any spare Space-themed stuff around, it obviously compliments it nicely. And, oh, I never want to see another Lego pin ever again. πŸ™‚
  9. Also… so… many… pegs!
  10. But theres more! You know the little robot that also comes with the set? In the instruction manual, its antenna "ears" are mounted so that the aerials point forward or back. But I have decided that I shall mount them... ...sideways! IS THERE NO END TO MY CRIMES?!! πŸ˜„ I remember the little air tank on the original buggy. I'm also a bit puzzled that the spare air tank is black as well - maybe its meant to represent an "emergency" tank? I've managed to make a start on this thing, and have just completed the second "bag". Good grief, it might not look it on the box, but I can see why this is a recommended 18+ set - it is insanely engineered. I've just seen how they achieved the "slope" on the cockpit side. I'm not sure whether or not to be awed or terrified at how a top Lego designer must think... As is typical for me, I made a couple errors that I fortunately caught before getting too far along. I managed to get the front landing gear mounting the wrong orientation, so that the pad wouldn't quite fit into the recess. Well, who cares if the landing gear sticks out a bit in flight, theres no drag in space, right? Right? [1] M'Kyuun, very glad your review convinced me to get this, I think I'd have been kicking myself if I missed it like I did Bennys Spaceship. And on that note, something I've been meaning to mention is that the perfect compliment to this set, if you can still find it, is the Lego Movie "Bennys Space Squad" which provides a couple of mini-vehicles, some more astronaut colours and of course the famous Benny.... [1] Someone is going to point out that, yes, there is "drag" in space, just not to the degree you get in an atmosphere etc...
  11. So my Galaxy Explorer arrived today. I haven't had a chance even to open the box yet, but I have decided that I will employ my clearly latent Master Builder <TM> skillz and make a modification to the set. Of exactly one stud. 😁 Y'see, one thing thats been bothering me about this set is the little Moon buggy in the set - and thats its headlight. Out of the box, this is transparent, but in my head one of the distinguishing features of "Classic" Lego Space is that when you had something representing a light on a vehicle, it was red or green or yellow. Not transparent. I obviously never owned every single "Space" set ever made, so I can't really state that held true across the entire line, but its just the one thing that looks "off" to me. Now, as I say, I haven't even opened the instruction book yet but I'm assuming this shouldn't be too hard and one advantage of Lego putting stud shooters on everything the past few years is that I have lots of spare little red dots to go around. This is going to end in tears, isn't it? πŸ˜„
  12. You're welcome, and indeed I shall!
  13. Well, you talked me into it and I've ordered. What can I say but... Spaceship. Spaceship? SPAAAAACESHIIIIIIP!!! πŸ˜„ M'Kyuun, really great use of those leftover pieces there! Its kind of amazing what you can do with random assortments of Lego pieces; I wound up with a small set once with random bricks and things and set myself a similar challenge of building something with the leftovers and wound up with a jet-hover-sled... er... thing! Nothing compared to your fork lift and loading dock though!
  14. Yeah, I've seen a few of those sites/videos myself, always like it when they review "classic" Lego because in some cases I either had the set involved or at least saw it on the shelves at the time. I've mainly got modern Lego based on a couple other interests of mine - "Star Wars" and "Doctor Who" and I'm never going to be a "serious" collector but Lego Space has so many memories for me... argh, the temptation! πŸ˜„
  15. M'Kyunn, just to say thanks for the awesome review. I've been umming-and-ahhing on this for some time, and I still don't know if I'll get one (space - no pun intended! - is a factor) but I appreciate your time and effort.
  16. Hailing frequencies closed, Captain. πŸ˜”
  17. Silly me, how obvious! πŸ˜„
  18. I am still trying to figure out exactly what reference they used on that figma Venus to model the... erm... opposite side from...
  19. I hadn't heard the South Korean comments, but had heard yes, later iterations were planned to have internal carriage. The easiest solution that springs to mind is a stealthed weapon pod as was proposed for the F/A-18 at some point? It could be that stealth is not quite as much of a priority for them given their likely in-mind adversary; those are four Meteors which are almost certainly going to be superior to anything North Korea has and if other, larger neighbours start getting antsy they're buying the F-35 anyway.
  20. It’s been on the cards for a while but I think the speed with which they’ve got to a weapons-mock up carrying stage (which is unusual in itself) has caught everyone by surprise. Semi-conformal carriage on a stealthy airframe is an interesting one.
  21. Bit rich coming from someone who used to fly a modified F-104… (one of the many designs over the years for the Batjet)… πŸ™‚
  22. Thanks for the information, at least I know I haven't misassembled anything. I can get the arm to hold in one position, as long as its resting against the body a little. Just for the record, I've had the trouble pretty much out of the box.
  23. Regards the Lego Optimus Prime - has anyone else had trouble with the arm staying in position when holding the Ion Blaster? Mine has a tendency to drop to a lower position and doesn't seem to want to stay in place. The issue seems to be the elbow joint not holding its tension. I don't have much experience with a Lego kit of this scale, but as far as I can tell I've assembled the arms correctly. Is this a common problem with the type of elbow joint used?
  24. So is the Chinese Sprey complaining yet that the J-35 isn't as good as the original MiG-21 yet? πŸ˜‰
  25. That didn't take long! Wot, no Roller? πŸ˜‰
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