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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 54.198.170.159 on 9 March 2017 at 21:18.
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greatballpit has a couple of these "set modules" or you should try to build one of the brickworld modules. there are instruktions available online. much fun with gbc

Posted by XGBC on 15 April 2018 at 16:10.
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http://www.planet-gbc.com/ has a curated list of GBC modules.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 16 April 2018 at 12:03.
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I built 3 Technic Sets for PV-Productions, and the instructions are available on his website. They are for the 42060 Roadwork Crew, 42049 Mine Loader, and 42062 Container Yard. While they don't check all the boxes for meeting the GBC standard they do teach how to build a few simple mechanisms.

Maico has also just released instructions for a module based on the 42075 First Responder set on his YouTube channel.

Posted by on 11 July 2018 at 19:00.
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