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Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Error-QM on Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:07 pm

Following suit with the intermediate and advanced brown guides on the Fantastic Contraption Wiki, I've decided to write tutorials on some of the most difficult reproducible brown contraptions--several common extenders, bridges, complex catapults, etc. Here's a video version of my first one, for skitters' Giant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9n80e5fe0w

And the video clip for his flyin' triangles (Hamy Brown 72 FTW):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGEpbl5ollA

Hope you guys enjoy it!
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby marcxb on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:27 pm

Very nice! looking foward to use this!

BTW, we also have some kind of forum in FC2, do you mind if I publish your links and video over there too?
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Error-QM on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:30 pm

Thanks, marc. :) Heh, go for it if you wish...chances are building these things in FC2 is easier than doing it in FC1.
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Wafflekins on Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:38 pm

It finally makes sense! Not like I'll remember how to build it after only seeing it once, but it's closer than I've ever been to understanding this thing. Nice video :D
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby marcxb on Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:02 am

Very nice job (???)!
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Error-QM on Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:31 am

Beump. New one up!
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Pawel.Anikiel on Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:47 am

woah now i can understand it :D
nicely done ???
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Error-QM on Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:59 am

Thanks. Tweaking it was the hardest part ;)
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby marcxb on Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:43 am

Maybe I will find help here!

I noticed (???) that in your video, you seems to copy/past a part of your contraption. I need to know how to do that! You see, I'm from FC2, so I got used to somes hotkeys (even thought I learn most of them not so long ago), and I also lean most of the FC1 too!

But I'm not sure I know everything I should on FC1 yet...this guide will help me to build stuff, but if anyone have hints to give me about the...hum..."manipulation" (close enough to the word I'm looking for), I would appreciate!
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Re: Expert/Master Brown Guide

Postby Error-QM on Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:16 am

Actually, I didn't copy paste anything. The parts where I move an entire frame are just Shift+Clicked (to move a "chunk" of a contraption disconnected from the rest of it).

In the Giant video, I don't copy pieces; rather, I build two identical triangles using the nodes of the wheels, and then delete the wheels.
Like with chemistry. A-->B, but the reaction rate is very slow. I add a catalyst C so that A+C-->B+C, and then remove the catalyst.
Think A = :waterrod: 's and :woodrod: 's that haven't been assembled yet, B = the identical triangles and the catalyst C = the unpowered wheels.
A-->B is ridiculously slow (You'd have to perfect the parallelograms by eyeballing, or by overlapping them--and then you get nasty WTH byproducts if the joints overlap too exactly).
Adding C changes the reaction mechanism, so that A+C-->B+C is faster (connect rods to the nodes, to make a B+C complex, and then remove the C to leave B, the triangles).

In FC1 there really are no copy-paste things like in FC2--the above was just me exploiting stuff. :)

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(PS: Sorry I haven't been on in forever, but trust me, I'm not quite dead yet)
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