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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,273
     That is nuts! I love how modular it is.
    LittleLoriFizyx
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 704
    That's just amazing. It has been said before, but how does he come up with it?! Wow.
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 2,157
    The layout at Steam was massive this year. Some interesting new modules as well. The colossal beast in the corner was 7ft tall and rammed with balls!
    daughter to show scale! 
    JennipxchrisFizyxAstrobricksstluxBaby_YodaLittleLoriGoldenguy880
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,228
    I was a small part of that display, along with four others.

    That thing was absolutely insane. Each wheel turns, lifting the balls to the top, which then run down round the tracks on the outside. Not only that, but the entire thing turns as this happens! Once the balls reach floor level, there's a 3 or 4ft high ball pump to get them back to table level!

    Apparently the whole thing uses 10 XL motors (2 in the ball pump and 8 for the rest of it), and the weight of the lego that moves is about 50kg, with the base that supports it weighing about 15kg.
    pxchrisFizyxstluxBaby_YodaGoldenguy880
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,018
    Wow... that is an impressive ball tower!
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,028
    @Speedman29, your daughter reminds me of Eleven...  
    Speedman29benbacardiBaby_YodaKungFuKennypxchrisGothamConstructionCo
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,273
    Is there video of it running somewhere?
    Fizyx
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,727
    Huw said:
    @Speedman29, your daughter reminds me of Eleven...  
    Good call!
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,028
  • HugeYellowBrickHugeYellowBrick At my PCMember Posts: 496
    I thought the balls took about 45 minutes getting around the whole circuit, mainly because of that module.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,028
    It was about 25 -- 7 or so round the rest of the circuit then 15+ in it.
  • KeilupKeilup Frisco, TXMember Posts: 183
    Huw said:
    Holy wow!  That is impressive.  Hope I can see it live sometime.
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 2,157
    Huw said:
    @Speedman29, your daughter reminds me of Eleven...  
    LOL, she does have her serious face on! But again the GBC display was the highlight of her trip and the area she wanted to head to first

    HuwPaperballparkGothamConstructionCo
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,727
    Any thoughts on the suitability of 42078 Mack Anthem as a GBC parts pack? Currently 44% off RRP on Amazon....
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,228
    Not built it or taken it apart recently, so I forget which parts are in it, but 44% off is a bargain!
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,727
    Not built it or taken it apart recently, so I forget which parts are in it, but 44% off is a bargain!
    Exactly!
  • greatballpitgreatballpit Vancouver, CanadaMember Posts: 85
    edited October 2019
    Any thoughts on the suitability of 42078 Mack Anthem as a GBC parts pack? Currently 44% off RRP on Amazon....
    I don't own this set, but a quick look at the parts list shows a good amount of parts usable for GBC.  I think any of the bigger Technic sets like this at 40%+ off is a great deal.

    Also the GBC layout at STEAM 2019 looked great!
    drdavewatford
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,273
    Any thoughts on the suitability of 42078 Mack Anthem as a GBC parts pack? Currently 44% off RRP on Amazon....
    Sadly it’s only slightly discounted on US Amazon. 😐
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,727
    edited October 2019
    Those looking for a heavily discounted GBC parts pack might also want to consider 42082 Rough Terrain Crane which is currently 48% off RRP at Amazon's UK site:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0792RDN2Z/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bargainwatch-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0792RDN2Z
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    @Astrobricks Amazon UK will generally ship to the US. I haven't ordered anything lately, and the days of $5 shipping are done, but if you are ordering both of those sets or multiples it might well be worth it.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,228
    Those looking for a heavily discounted GBC parts pack might also want to consider 42082 Rough Terrain Crane which is currently 48% off RRP at Amazon's UK site:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0792RDN2Z/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bargainwatch-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0792RDN2Z
    Oh that's a good deal! Pity I already have two of them!
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,727
    Those looking for a heavily discounted GBC parts pack might also want to consider 42082 Rough Terrain Crane which is currently 48% off RRP at Amazon's UK site:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0792RDN2Z/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bargainwatch-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0792RDN2Z
    Oh that's a good deal! Pity I already have two of them!
    Given all your GBC-related activity it's hard to believe that you couldn't use a couple more....

    ;-)
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,228
    They're both still in the boxes - I bought one almost a year ago! Not had chance to build many sets this year. Plus I'm not currently working, so can't really just splash money on a set I already have two of!
  • greatballpitgreatballpit Vancouver, CanadaMember Posts: 85
    I just realized I haven't checked in here in a while, how is everyone doing?  Any new GBC modules built or being worked on?
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,028
    All good here, thanks. I've been playing with Spike Prime and attending Zoom calls with other members of the Facebook GBC group, which have been quite good fun.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 548

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  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 589
    Anyone else been doing fun GBC stuff lately?

    I finished up a couple modules two weeks ago, but am awaiting a curtain to arrive so I can get better photos/videos.

    I've also placed part orders to build Akiyuki's new module and am hoping that the order from Germany doesn't get delayed along it's way to me.
    FizyxKungFuKenny
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,273
    Fizyx said:
    Been awhile since I saw any new GBC stuff pop up.  Figured it's likely because we haven't had any good opportunities for people to show off, so new stuff hasn't been coming out as much as people are waiting to show off new builds once cons and gatherings are back on... with that said, I just saw that Akiyuki had released a new GBC module on his YT channel a few days ago, and figured I'd post it here for anyone that hadn't seen in yet. (It's as great as one would expect, and I highly recommend watching till the second half of the video, as there is some special insanity going on towards the end.) 


    Anyone else been doing fun GBC stuff lately?

    That is nuts! Just amazing!
    FizyxKungFuKennyYellowcastlegratefulnat
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,266
    That is nuts! Just amazing!

    Right?  Every time he comes out with something new, I'm like "Okay, there's no way this is going to blow me away as much as the last one did." And every single time, I'm 100% wrong.
    AstrobricksKungFuKennygratefulnat
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,616
    apparently it's the next level for GBC :

    KungFuKennygratefulnat
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,266
    Fauch said:
    apparently it's the next level for GBC :

    I love Wintergatan!  He is actually in the middle of a like... 3 year long process of building a better, most robust version of his marble machine, and he regularly posts videos about his progress on it.  Absolutely fascinating, and there's some super creative stuff he has done with it, both from just a raw creativity standpoint and from an engineering standpoint.  Will absolutely admit that a lot of my fascination with his marble machine and my fascination with GBC stem from the same places :D
    KungFuKenny
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,556
    Bonkers! There's even some Lego in there, clearly,  at 01:29 and again at 02:55 for a few seconds! :-)
    Fizyx
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,273
    Bonkers! There's even some Lego in there, clearly,  at 01:29 and again at 02:55 for a few seconds! :-)
    He uses Technic beams and pins as his “piano roll” to program the tune :D
    FizyxKungFuKenny
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,865
    I've seen the tile for his videos many many times, but have never stopped to watch one until now. Absolutely fantastic! 

    I made the decision at one point to not open the GBC side of the hobby so I could afford other sets I like as well. It's things like this that make me think of reconsidering that decision!
    FizyxKungFuKenny
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,556
    GBC is something that I would absolutely love to get into one day. Not now though. One day. :-)
    FizyxSwitchfoot55Mr_CrossKungFuKennyDjblythe05
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