I have been using SR3D Builder to create my digital models after finish my real models from more than 5 years.
I use it because in my opinion it is the best software to create technic models. You can do more things and it has more parts than LDD, and it is easier, more intuitive and quicker to build than MLCad.
Also its 3D models files are compatible with all LDraw tools(MLCad, LDview, etc).
I want to show you some more bodyworks compatible with my modular platform.
This time I have chosen again the Land-Rover family. The reason is because many people like the LR, but my previous one is very big and complex. Also, I wrote before the MAP born as a mid-size Defender, so built some Land-Rovers was a important too.
LR Series II, III and Defender are very similar, so was very easy create all of them.
After many years following the same principle and rules in my cars, there is something important I will change starting with my next big car: from now to the future I will change the the scale ratio of my MOCs, from average 1/8 scale to 1/10, changing the "standar" 81.6x36 wheels to the 68.8x36 or 62.4x20.
The reasons for this change are very important.
- My cars are too big to be really playables, the Lego motors are very small, and the scale 1/8 is out of the useful size range.
- Using 1/10 scale instead of 1/8 you only need the 50-70% of the parts to build the same car with similar mechanisms.
- Less parts means less price for the people who want to built my cars.
- I will need less time to build a new car.
And now the most important question for the people who like my cars:
Will be my MOCs simpler now?
To be honest at the beginning probably yes, but as soon as I feel confortable with the scale I think I will can catch up a similar complexity of my previous cars.
The brakes are the main limitation in smaller scale than 1/8. The minimum wide with 68.8x38 wheels and full independent suspension is 27 studs.
If you translate 27 studs to 1/10 scale means a real car with 2.16m(85in.) wide, which it is too big.
My next car doesn't have brakes, but it includes many new functions and mechanisms, I am very sure than you will forget the brakes ;)
Now I only need build the bodywork to show it. This is the worst part for me because I don't like build bodyworks ;(