Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Important announcement about my future cars

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 ;(

17 comments:

Frank Gile said...

Does this mean that your new cars will be somehow compatible (or even completely interchangeable) with the MPS chassis and components you have introduced?

justin fourie said...

This is great news for me , I don't mind not having breaks at all . As long as we get some other cool features.

I look forward to seeing what you an do as well as some new gearboxes using the new parts .

I have built your mustang , beetle and land rover and loved them all .



Sheepo said...

Frank, the new scale is the same as the MPS, but I will not use any of the MPS axles. The axles of the new cars will be more complex and compact to leave more space for more mechanisms and functions.

BenScoobert said...

Personally I'd prefer bigger scale, maybe 1:6 or 1:5 so you can have the detail. Like that awesome truck with the air suspension.
I think smaller is a mistake for your place in the market, people come to you for something more complex than standard lego, anyone seeking out your models will have several lego sets and be familiar with bricklink. I think if you go smaller the market is for people looking for C or D models.
Just my opinion of course, I love your stuff. Your defender had me buzzing like a child.

Justin Pornea said...

sheepo pls make smaller type of ford mustang shelby gt500

Frank Gile said...

You could also try and make a car with smaller dimensions, such as a Mazda MX5, or another (smaller this time) Mini, even a Fiat 500.

Justin Pornea said...

plss make mazda rx8

Frank Gile said...

Well, I'd like to see that too, but how is he going to put a rotary engine in it? I honestly wish Lego could make a rotary engine, but as of at the moment, it doesn't (unfortunately).

Anonymous said...

NO BRAKES, WE GOT NO BRAKES!!!!
Can you make a close up of how you make the brakes on a steering front axle? I appreciate all your cool models.

Frank Gile said...
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Anonymous said...

Could you please make a peugeot 404?

Gambitt167 said...

Sorry to read that you're downsizing, but understandable. I really like you (big) models. Then again..... Great to read that you're downsizing. Now buying (rare) bricklink parts needed for your creations will be affordable again...... I hope! Can't wait to see what you will come up with.

Frank Gile said...

Maybe it's really hard to make a chassis stiff enough with so many parts; if he keeps the scale down, the final product will be much more playable (I assume)... Anyway, as long as it is more complex than the MPS and (especially) the MAP, I think it will be exciting enough...

Xiuxuan Wang said...

Hi,Sheepo, will you make a moc with brakes after several Mocs of the scale 1/10?

Sheepo said...

None mechanism is discarded ;)

Frank Gile said...

Wait, are you sure you didn't mean 17 studs width instead of 27? Because with the new 5L arms I think 27 studs sounds a bit too much. Or maybe that's just me.

Sheepo said...

Hi, Good question, but the 27 studs are correct. The problem is not in the suspension arms, it is in the U-joints. With full indepentent suspension you has 4 u-joints, thats it 12 studs, more differential and its support (5 studs), more wheels support(2 studs), more brakes (2 studs) and wheels (6 studs), now you has 27 studs. :)

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