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Other Discussions / Re: Contest Suggestions
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:04:42 pm »
Agreed. I like bridge building :)

Also I thought of a rubber-band car. I thought: well but not everyone has the same rubber band. True, but the judge can use the same one all the time. Rubber band: those thick ones the post-delivery uses (in holland at least).

Project Progress / Re: The Cutlass - K'nex Swinging Ship (Update: 18/02)
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:45:10 am »
Great ship, great model! Really curious about how you will drive the model (the motor to the rocker part)
Keep it up! Scenery finishes it greatly!

Other Discussions / Re: Contest Suggestions
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:40:37 am »
Like the ideas coming from you guys. I'm sure we can organize smthn again, keep the ideas coming

Awe that's a shame. I'm planning to make a video of the event/exhibition, because it's the first time I have so many models built at once.

I'm going to take:
- Millennium Falcon
- Slave I
- Lambda Class (Improved version)
- Sebulba's podracer
- X-Wing
- Snowspeeder
- Y-Wing (New!)
- AT-ST (New!)

Project Progress / Re: Homemade knex robotics building system project
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:56:38 pm »
This looks pretty promising!
Don't forget that a motor can draw several mA's... if drawn directly from your microchip, the chip will not like that! Best if you switch the motor on/off with a transistor. Speed you can regulate with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). The Arduino has this on several outputs.

Amazing! That would be great! :D

My French is limited to: "Je ne parle pas français", unfortunately.

General Knex Discussion / Announcement! See GWorks' Models in real life!
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:24:04 pm »
Hi there!

14th of January 2018 a K'NEX-only exhibition in Geel, Belgium is organized

Together with Rollercoaster Builders Jogumpie & Maxlaam, I will show several models there.
I'm trying to bring as much of the following models:
- Millennium Falcon
- Slave I
- Y-wing
- Snowspeeder
- Sebulba's Podracer
- X-wing
- Updated Lambda-Class
- Some Model with Cyber-Knex (Might be the AT-TE)
- Perhaps the non-functional DEMON water ride

Every hour there is a lottery with prizes!

The exhibition is held at:
PC Holvenia
Kapelstraat 16
2440 Geel, Belgium

If you're around, this is your chance to come to an amazing exhibition :D

Entrance fee is €2,50

You can always send me a private message or mail with possible questions


Project Ideas and Help / Re: rollercoaster
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:57:35 pm »
We have this set, but this should work as well :)

The code you are looking for is 63030. It's the same set

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi, www139's brother -- The Machine
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:33:41 pm »
Hi there!
Nice to see you finally created an account for your own :) Hope you're going to make some cool stuff!
(I say finally because I've heard the rumor since... a year?)

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello, others!
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:29:52 pm »
I know who you are by what you are planning to build xD
Welcome to KnexFlux!

I hope you succeed in building those :)

Project Ideas and Help / Re: Selling - Need a hand
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:32:37 pm »
Hey! I decided I will buy ALL your silver 32 mm rods. (I hope you have many) I'm going to sell my models + Instructions here:
On KUG and KnexSpares silver rods are unavailable, namely. Will you then also sell the parts for the people individually, on there?

General Knex Discussion / Re: Knex connectors & compatibility
« on: September 29, 2017, 03:18:34 pm »
Thanks for providing the picture!
They can be bought here:

I'm not sure, but my guess is that they fit to LEGO holes as well

General Knex Discussion / Re: Knex connectors & compatibility
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:30:51 pm »

Hi there Buildermom :) Welcome to KF!

Don't be afraid, we wouldn't kick someone just because they mentioned LEGO. I'm a LEGO fan myself, for example, and I'm still around ;)
A novice, yet eager to learn, that's great! So if I understand correctly, you guys have LEGO, but no LEGO Technic.

Having played with both systems since I was like 4, I'll put down some differences and or opinions about the two:
LEGO Technic:
+ In general a great building system
+ Possible to make mind-blowingly complex mechanical systems
+ Great options to be remote-controlled with motors, etc.
+ Mostly used for vehicles: Trucks, cars, construction vehicles
+ Accurate colours can make models look great
- Expensive, even 2nd hand. Most people know that LEGO isn't sold cheaply
- Many (small) parts that serve a certain purpose (suspension, wheel hubs)
- You need a lot to build big things

+ Colour coded building. In general, a piece has 1 or 2 colours (there are exceptions)
+ Easy to build big, high AND strong while doing so (K'NEX gave me the knowledge of structure strength that I nowadays use as engineer)
+ Much cheaper when bought 2nd hand. Easy to get a (random) lot of many K'NEX pieces for a good price.
+/- Limited amount of pieces. Great for beginners, frustrating for experts
+ Mostly used for: Ball machines, Roller coasters (Also guns, although I wouldn't promote this myself)
- Below average mechanics possible. Especially when it comes to gear mechanisms
- Standard motors are available, but a decent remote-control system isn't

Talking about the connection between the two systems, I'll start with the following:
Yes, K'NEX does produce bricks that fit the LEGO bricks. The K'NEX bricks however are of extremely low "sticking" quality, even compared to Chinese replicas of LEGO. I'd advice not to actively search K'NEX bricks of any sort, unless they're in a big lot of course.
Still I'll try to explain how the system works: The K'NEX bricks or plates have holes sometimes, which would fit a LEGO Technic pin or axle. K'NEX hasn't got gears that fit well to the brick system. Everything is oversized. They only supply pins that change LEGO to (Micro) K'NEX.
Micro K'NEX uses thinner rods and smaller connectors. It's still used to make supports for a Roller coaster for instance. The disadvantage is that it's a lot weaker. The advantage is that you can build smaller, but still not as detailed as you would with LEGO.

For connecting the two systems what you could do is make some kind of structure with K'NEX and play around it with LEGO vehicles. I would discourage physically connecting them.

I tried to (objectively) summarize the pros and cons of these systems, I hope it has been found useful. Depending on what your son (and you) are interested in, I hope this helps to make a choice. If you have questions about something specific, please keep asking :)

To answer the other two questions:
- K'NEX bricks come usually in normal value tub sets. There are some sets that are Brick-only but they are a mere disaster due to the lack of sticking that I mentioned earlier.
- I'd have no idea about prices per kg. Maybe @Sorunome @Lexi Knex or @TheKnexGuy know more.

General Knex Discussion / Re: Some Ideas for "make knex big again"
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:52:18 pm »

I did read your post and wanted to give feedback, but it slipped through.
1. I'm attending a K'NEX event in Belgium the 14th of January 2018. It's in the city of Geel. Close to my town, I don't know, but perhaps in the future too.
2. I think this is rather difficult nowadays, but worth a try
3. Better idea! There are some museums around that are open to such things, perhaps.
4. Best idea in the list. Knexflux could definately use a youtube channel! I'm open to take this stuff on me. The only thing that I need is to publicly post pictures of other people's ideas. I don't know if all people agree with that.
5. Again, an idea that sounds amazing, but will be harder to make come true. It would come later after popularity has risen already.

Project Progress / Re: New Star Wars Builds!
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:13:44 pm »
More goodness coming soon. Full instructions included as always. Filming/photoshoot today.
Fact is, I need parts, so I had to finish a model to break it down asap.

The shooting mechanism can be seen here:

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