d373 5AT 2013


I apparently didn’t have much to say about the old 5AT back in d93 (yes, the old 5AT had been sitting around for seven years, which is almost as long as the Kagurazaka), so I’ll start from the top.

Much like the ACE, the 5AT is an advanced steam locomotive that was developed and not built. The difference is that the 5AT is a much more recent design, and that the construction has only been recently shelved (obviously it could still be built – with a higher probability than the ACE). It seems to me that the 5AT was also much further along in development than the ACE ever was. There are a lot of detailed calculations and CAD models on the 5AT website.

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J198 – Legos: Roulette Roulette


Fans of Sandstorm, rejoice!


Okay, erm, whatever. At any rate, if you remember this thing from Sandstorm:

It’s a hover-barge. As I mentioned in a previous update, the idea is that, on a backwater colonial world in a science-fiction setting, these things serve the role that tractor-trailer trucks serve in our society.

Well then, here’s an alternative rendering of what one of these things might look like — In LEGOS! Presenting the Roulette Roulette:

This one, too, seems to be based around a salvaged steam locomotive
(which was based on this picture). This one also has:

Counter-rotating propellers! For stylistic win! And also…

A continously variable transmission! For moar win!

“A continuous whadda whadda?” I hear you ask. Well, a Continuously Variable Transmission is basically a gearshift, but instead of only having first gear, second gear, third gear, and so on, it has (in this case), forwards fast, backwards fast, and every speed in between. For a demonstration, see the movie in this Brickshelf folder (it’s small, I promise).

Props (no pun intended) to anyone who gets the naming reference.

The Roulette Roulette was brought to the most recent meeting of the Bay Area Lego Users’ Group (BayLUG). If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you like Legos, feel free to come to one of the meetings! (Derek and I probably won’t be there during the school year, but you know how it is.)

What’s that you say? You want a non-Lego update? Fine then, enjoy some maid Grav!

Coloring experiment. And because I felt like it. C’mon, the extra arms/legs would totally help her on the job…