Friday, June 22, 2018

LEGO RC Blacktron Goliath Update

This is an improved version of the Blacktron Goliath. It may not look it, apart from the recoloring, but this design has been rebuild several times. Especially the inner mechanics have been completely overhauled to make them run smoother, and to make the tank more practical. This rebuilding process can be seen as the final step before making building instructions. Because I am planning to make building instruction, I am less forgiving of imperfections. A lot of time has gone into this step. But its mechanisms inside are a lot more reliable now. Of course I've also tweaked its appearance here and there. Still a bit of a work in progress: there are still some things I am not 100% happy with. I will be making some more videos of this tank in the future and i've started making building instructions.

You can find more info about this thank in my previous blog post and on my Youtube channel: (more videos upcoming).

Blacktron Goliath v2

Thursday, March 22, 2018

LEGO RC Blacktron Goliath Heavy Tank in Action

This is the first video of my latest tank. So far I am pretty happy with it. I have the feeling that I am getting ever closer to the goal I set out for myself a couple of years ago. Namely, making a perfectly functioning remote controlled LEGO tank. At the moment I am busy with making some final improvements after which I am planning to make building instructions for the tank. 

One of the improvements with this tank is a new remote control scheme. At the center of this scheme sits the BrickController app programmed by Imurvai. This app enables controlling Sbricks, Buwizz bricks and even PF IR with a bluetooth gamepad! The gamepad provides physical feedback that is absent in the other apps and this physical feedback improves controllability immeasurably. For more information check out this Eurobricks forum thread:

Some specifications of this tank:

The MOC is powered by 2 XL motors for drive and 2 M motors for rotation, elevation and shooting. A single Buwizz for remote control and power.

- Working torsion-bar suspension
- Shooting;
- Driving;
- Turret rotation;
- Gun elevation;

Some pictures:
Blacktron Goliath

Here you can see it in action:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Blacktron Blackbird & Wasp

Blacktron Blackbird

After getting reinvested into the LEGO Blacktron theme with the Scouttrax, Trooptrax and Liberator, it was a given that I also had to build a Blacktron spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!! I wanted something big like a command ship but not so big that I would have to spend a small fortune of Bricklink. So I opted for a frigate class ship.

This is the Blacktron Blackbird a Blacktron C3 (command, control and communications) frigate. Designed to act as a forward HQ for an AO (area of operations). As most ships in the Blacktron fleet, it is fast, heavily armed and cool looking as hell. It has two modes of operation. It's standard cruise mode in which the ship is one long sleek craft. And then it has a battle mode in which the front cockpit detaches and acts as a multipurpose fighter/bomber. The fighter is called the Wasp it has a variable-sweep wing which can be completely folded backwards. When the fighter detaches the main ship is controlled from a secondary cockpit slightly farther back.

It is not difficult to see where the inspiration for this build came from, I think. It had two main sources of inspiration the first obvious being the Lockheed SR-71. The second is a bit more obscure but I hope fan of the Star Trek universe will still notice it.

Have to say I had a lot of fun making this build and also making some of the images. All my other MOCs since my dark age rely heavily on LEGO Technic, all of them are remote controlled. This is quite the opposite. Hardly any technic involved here. Nor any complex mechanisms so I was able to fully enjoy the design process, which was a lot smoother than normal. Still planning to expand my Blacktron forces further.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Got a staff pick on LEGO Ideas

Over on LEGO Ideas my Blacktron Scouttrax got highlighted as a staff pick. Which was a surprise and delight! At the moment I am building a C&C frigate called the Blacktron: Blackbird. It will be my first non-technic build since my LEGO darkage and it starting to look mighty fine. Of course I am also still working on a MOCtalk video of my Blacktron Liberator. But at the moment building is just a bit more tempting. 

If you want to support it you can find it via the following link:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LEGO Blacktron "Liberator" Tank

This is my Blacktron “Liberator” main battle tank (MBT). It is designed to be the backbone of the Blacktron land forces. It is a relatively small and fast attack vehicle with heavy armaments, capable of devastating hit-and-run attacks. At the moment it is just a prototype being field tested but as soon as this design enters full production Blacktron HQ expects to be able to take the initiative once again.

I am planning to make a MOCtalk video about it pretty soon, in which I will talk about all the interesting details of this model. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I made an LDD file of ats1995's LT2.2 automatic shooting mechanism

Hi all,

Been working on a lot of things including three new LEGO tanks. However this will be a little addition to my Automatic LEGO Shooting Mechanisms video. Specifically ats1995's shooting mechanism of his LT2.2. Originally Dacke93 made digital instructions of this mechanism, but unfortunately some time ago he deleted them. The mechanism itself is rather old but it has taught me a lot about shooting mechanisms by building it, and for that reason I consider it a valuable design for anyone interested in LEGO shooting mechanisms. I also received several requests for the digital instructions. For those reasons I have remade an LDD file of this design which you can download through this link:

To view it you will need LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) software, which you can download here: Once you opened the LDD file and loaded the digital model, you will be able to generate building instructions by pressing F7.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MOCtalk Blacktron Scouttrax

In this MOCtalk video I talk about Blacktron in general and about the technical details of the Blacktron Scouttrax. You should watch especially if you are interested in the steering mechanism and the electrics / propulsion of this MOC:

Enjoy and have a nice day.