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    Music (was a DJ once), science-finction (wrote some stories once), computers (earned some money once), trains (sold my Marklin once) and Lego (50 kilos, and I gave it all away 20 years ago).

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  1. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    Well, I have python on all my systems, and selecting 450 ldraw definitions that start with 973p and using the filename and description to generate a shortcut like the one you posted can be done in an hour or so. The main problem is getting the color of hands and arms, but if I can relate the ldraw torso to the Rebnrickable torso+arms+hands definition, I might be able to grab those colors from the RB part name, and translate them back into LDraw color codes. Let me think about that some more... If I start generating more unofficial ldraw shortscut, what numbering should I use? Original torso number followed by "c01"? Can I put my name in there as author?
  2. I checked both studio and ldd versions of the main model. Studio loads the model instantly, but as the designer explained (sort of) the model has no defined steps, so Studio can't generate an instruction PDF. You can hide all parts, and then in the parts list unhide each part to build it. Your problem doesn't seem to be with Studio itself, but with LDD. LDD treats every parts as a single step, so the instruction generator is trying to create a 1,783 page instuction webpage. Generation itself took about 20 minutes on a 3 GHz quad-core, saving to disk another 5 minutes. Generating the PDF took 10 minutes. The resulting PDF (25,6 MB) can be downloaded here. In general though, if you are completely new to these programs, you're better off starting with a smaller MOC to get some experience with the software. Your MOC choice has over 2,000 parts, and even with good instructions, it might prove difficult to build. Take care, Simon
  3. Hi, Retrieverfalcon, Don't know anything about PayPal, so I have to leave this to @Nathan... Take care, Simon
  4. Hi, Cadman! Rebrickable has almost a dozen Crawler Crane MOCs. Which one are you talking about? Take care, Simon
  5. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    @SimLego- Using your example I am confident I can create more of those Unofficial LDraw Shortcuts, but I got a lot going on right now, so it might take a few weeks. Obviously, if you create some others in the mean time, that would be perfect. If needed, you can mail them to simonvanmeygaarden at, and I'll take care of it. If you have any other examples of shortcuts we can use, please let me know. Take care, Simon
  6. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    @SimLego I'd like to change the color of the torso to 16: 0 // torso 1 16 0 -72 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 973p47.dat thus my scripts will render the part in Red, and the system doesn't have to fall back to the Unknown Color version. Is that OK with you?
  7. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    Ahh, I think that's a reflexion of the torso, just like the neck is reflected on the top surface of the torso.
  8. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    Just checked three randomly selected figs, and they all have that black rectangle on the 'neck' - no idea what it's for, but it is there.
  9. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    I agree, but realize you're looking at a 500x500 image: the main images on the part pages are only 250x250, and for the search results and lists we use this: no matter how low the resolution, this is always better then no image at all. And the advantage over photos is that all thumbnails have the same viewing angle, and, at least, consistent colors.
  10. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    Here's an even better one, using LGEO for 3818, 3819 and 3820. (Just realized that there about 250 newer LGEO defs that haven't been used because L3P depends on a lg_element.lst that needs to be update manually. Which means I have compare my current LGEO set, which is three years old, with the most modern version, add all new defs to lg_elements.lst, then find out which parts were involved and re-render all of those. Got something to do for the next few weeks... -smile-)
  11. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    Here are some test renders: first two with default viewing angle (first L3P colors, second LDraw colors.), last two full front. I like L3P colors better, and I must admit that the angled version looks more natural then the full front version. Could be that I am just more used to it, and obviously it's a matter of personal preference, but in any case, I think the printing is fine, and the end result is good enough for me. What do you think? default / L3P default / LDraw full front / L3P full front / LDraw
  12. I wish! LOL Frankly, I had hoped you would figure it out, and I could ask you for an code example. I never use the API, all my python is really quick and dirty, and when using local downloads, I don't have to worry about performance. But there are several member who do use the API, perhaps they can help you. ADDED - THX for the link -smile-
  13. Simon

    Updating LDraw Images

    Hi, SimLego; First off: I saw your CR's with new LDraw mappings, thanks for those, it's been a great help. I have still have about 7,500 LDraw definitions that we're not using, and even though many of those are either sub-parts, obsolete or alias definitions, I am pretty sure many still need to be added. If you're interested, I can share a list of defs not used. As to creating unofficial shortcuts for torso's, that is a great idea. I already added several third-party definition sets (digital-bricks and modulex), and I have no problem adding another set of shortcuts to get good renderings of torsos. Just not sure how to organize it. -smile- In any case, I need to keep a separate list for these torso shortcuts, because eventually, I want to render them full front instead of at a 30 degrees vertical angle, to make the printing better visible. Will need to do the same for minifig heads, certain panels, and several others. Right now, my scripts render everything at the same angle, and I still got some 5,000 transparent part/color combinations to render, before I can add support for multiple angles. Let me test the 973p47c01.def you created first, see how it looks, and then we'll discuss how to organize things, okay? Take care, Simon
  14. Why don't you use the API? part_num API request ( returns, among other: "part_img_url": "", that ought to give you the best image we currently have, Of course, you can get those images yourself, in media/parts/elements, media/parts/ldraw, and media/parts/photos; but each of these use different files names (element-ids, ldraw-partnumbers, photo-ids), and for LDraw you also need to know the color-code. As we don't have all different images for every part, you're better of letter the system find the best image. API does that for you. Take care, Simon
  15. Simon

    HOG steering

    HOG stands for Hand of God - it means instead of a steering wheel inside a vehicle, you have some kind of wheel ON TOP of the vehicle so while playing with it, use can easily steer it.