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User:Torso recently said "extra effort to include beginner's modules should be made, even if they aren't completely conforming to the spec. Placing forgiving modules before and/or after is one of the few ways we have of making it easier to get started."

Another idea I've had is to have a parallel stream in one section of the GBC loop. Untested modules could be placed in this "probationary" branch, where a failure won't cause a major disruption of the whole loop. Tom actually has a systems of train stations which can accomplish much the same thing.

Other ways to lower the barrier to entry:

  • Post instructions to "starter" modules.
  • Conduct workshops.
  • Create and sell GBC kits.
  • Create a GBC wiki.

Other ideas?

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 26 March 2015 at 00:07.
Edited by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 26 March 2015 at 00:09.
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General Technic tutorials for people

  • Teach how gears work (e.g bevel gears)
  • Mechanisms (e.g differentials)
  • Gear ratio, force, torque
  • Motion (e.g oscillating)
  • ..etc
Posted by SamanthaNguyen on 26 March 2015 at 01:02.
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And also as mentioned in the Workshops at Brickworld Chicago 2015 thread, not everyone is part of a LUG with an established GBC operation. I'm looking forward to a page with GBC coordinator experience.

Personally, I would be very interested in more information on reliability, especially in the sense of parts breaking or wearing down. It's a bit unfortunate that we for the most part only get to see mechanisms that work.

Posted by Torso on 26 March 2015 at 09:16.
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Posted by Codyn329 on 2015-03-26 at 01:02:24.

»General Technic tutorials for people «
I forget how fundamental that is. Being a mechanical engineer, I tend to assume everybody has that working knowledge and only needs the particulars of GBCs. A terrible blind spot.

However, aren't there Technic resources on the web that cover that (Constructopedia is a sparse example)? If so, I think we should refer people to those. If not, then that is a hole we should fill.

I wonder if I say GBC coordinator tips, Reliability, and Lubricants if they will show up on Special:Wanted pages.

Posted by Torso on 2015-03-26 at 09:16:56.

» It's a bit unfortunate that we for the most part only get to see mechanisms that work.«
Funny and true.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 26 March 2015 at 20:19.
Edited by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 26 March 2015 at 20:19.
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Posted by Codyn329 on 26 March 2015 at 01:02.

»General Technic tutorials for people «
I don't want to sound elitist, but I would suggest that at least a basic grasp of these things should be considered assumed knowledge for anyone wanting to get into GBC construction. I place it in the same bucket as knowing how to brace your structures (or at least, knowing that bracing is important), or basic SNOT techniques, or even that 3 plates = 1 brick.

Posted by Captainowie on 2 June 2015 at 13:22.
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Posted by ALittleSlow on 2015-03-26 at 20:19:05

» if they will show up on Special:Wanted pages. «
...or, more accurately, Special:WantedPages. There is still the problem that Special pages aren't being refreshed.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 23 July 2015 at 16:07.
Edited by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 23 July 2015 at 16:08.
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I'm brand new to Lego GBC... Is there a good compilation of instructions based on sets? I.e. To build model A you need set 1 and 2. I tried using Rebrickable to find GBC builds and couldn't find more than one.

Posted by on 20 February 2017 at 07:21.
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I have build two modules based on the 42006 Technic excavator set (http://brickset.com/sets/42006-1/Excavator) You can find the at my youtube channel and they are mentioned on this site too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUAFadq6Dck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j7LGy009ZY

Posted by Maico on 9 March 2017 at 21:18.

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