Sep 11, 2006

Dicke Bertha Typ II: building instructions


To whom it may concern: I've created building instructions for my most complex robot so far, the Dicke Bertha Typ II (already mentioned in a previous post).

Just to give anyone who is on the wing to starting "Ldrawing" a hint about the efforts one has to face with it: though MLCAD is a fantastic tool, whilst creating the LDRAW file for Dicke Bertha Typ II, I listened to
  1. the international football (am.: soccer) match San Marino - Germany (0-13 ! highest out win ever ;-) )
  2. a Bollywood movie where some Indian hero (almost) single-handedly stormed a Kashmir hill occupied by disguised Pakistani soldiers (and the heart of an Indian beauty)
  3. the radio live transmission of the first round of the German football (am.: soccer) cup.
Which sums up to 7 hours in all.
Hence be prepared for creating LDraw files not being the most thrilling experience of your life...

Matthias Paul (storming the LDraw hill - where are the beauties?)

8 comments:

Christopher R. Smith (Littlehorn) said...

Thank You Matthias! Even if boring...I know it is hard work to render a model in CAD but it is very important to record a design before it is broken down. And, more importantly...Sharing designs enables free opportunities for learning valuable building techniques.

7 Hours isn't that bad...really.

Are there any unofficial parts to load besides the NXT specific brick, motors and such?

Christopher

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

littlehorn,

> it is very important to record a design before it is broken down

Absolutely. I'd rather take the effort for Ldrawing than never be able to rebuild a model I've spent so much "LEGO time" for.

> 7 Hours isn't that bad...really.

Agreed. Compared with the time I've spent for the Ldraw model for The Slug (which is of similar complexity), I decidedly noticed a progress in efficiency.

Could be a new branch in the LEGO challenges world: LDrawing a given model as fast as possible.
Not that I would like to take part in it ;-)

> Are there any unofficial parts to load besides the NXT specific brick, motors and such?

Besides the "official" unofficial NXT parts that can be found on Philo's page, it's the standard LDraw parts list.

Matthias

Christopher R. Smith (Littlehorn) said...

Matthias,

>Compared with the time I've spent for the Ldraw model for The Slug...I decidedly noticed a progress in efficiency.

Same here...I've used MLCad since I found verion 1 in 1998. I lost some very cool things before that. Everytime I render something I learn new things and my speed increases.

>Could be a new branch in the LEGO challenges world: LDrawing a given model as fast as possible. Not that I would like to take part in it ;-)

Me neither! Speed Rendering is not my forte. HoopRover has taken years from my life to complete. Though, I had to find work-time around my children. Which take waaaaaay more rendering time!

>(storming the LDraw hill - where are the beauties?)

I know you know this, but.. The "beauties" are in that ZIP files you offered!

Christopher

Mitchell said...

Do these instructions require 2 NXT sets? because I was half way through the Slug before realising that it would be impossible to complete.

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Mitchell,

> Do these instructions require 2 NXT sets?

Yes, becuase of the five motors used.
However, with small alterations (e.g.. leaving out one motor for the gun's bolting mechanism and leaving out the motor for rotating the Ultrasonic sensor), it can be built with three motors - in this case, one NXT is required only.

> I was half way through the Slug before realising that it would be impossible to complete.

Ah, that's a pity.
A good idea before starting to build a model form instructions (in particular if they are not part of a particular kit) is to consult the contained bills of material first - all parts required are listed there.

Cheers,
Matthias Paul

Jai said...

Uhmm is it just me? cause Im finding it a little difficult to build Dicke Bertha Type II, due to the models in the instructions being really small and mostly greyed out, the pictures for the pieces required is large enough, however where and how hte go on the actuall model is too small and can't be seen too easily especially counting where the joiners go.
Are there any LDraw files available for it?
thanks
Jai

Anonymous said...

Hi,

unfortunately, I'm having problems building Dicke Bertha II also. Where can I find any other/more information about the building process of the Robot.

Need your kind help despirately,

thanks,

Amir.
amircarmel@walla.co.il

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm having troubles myself building Dicke Bertha II.
Where can I find any more documentation (pictures/images/parts/steps...anything) ?

please help,
Thanks,
Amir.
amircarmel@walla.co.il

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