Building tips for your Challenge Set

A few notes on building your Mission Models from our Engineering Technician, Mike…AnimalAllies_Final11215

Before You Begin…

  • Make sure to take your time! All Mission Models serve a purpose/function, so improper builds can cause large flaws in the game
  • Make sure to grab all parts listed in the top left corner of each step.
  • Remember, when grabbing parts, make sure that you take note of the color and length that it calls for.
  • Organizing beams, axles, and other elements by length, can help decrease error margin and can sometimes help save time.
  • Watch for pictures of what you are building. There may be assemblies or subassemblies that need to be built more than once and will include a 1x, 2x, 3x… etc.
  • The symbol shown below (Figure 1) signifies an orientation/view change. Make sure to orient the model to mimic the view shown in that step.

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Figure 1

  • It is also important to note that teamwork is key with tasks such as these. It will take a single person many hours to complete a Challenge Set. With a team, however, the work can be divided among many people.
  • Remember: Many hands make light work.
  • Working with a team not only can make for light work, but can also help decrease the margin of error.
  • Having several individuals following along, helping with the build, and/or checking your work, makes it significantly harder to make those same mistakes you may have made on your own!

Bag 1

  • The Seal is built slightly differently than other models we see this year! He is built from left to right, as opposed to up and down. This causes a lot of orientation changes in the build instructions. Make sure you pay close attention to the orientation/view and adjust/rotate to mimic orientation shown in that step (See Figure 1 for symbol used when model is going through an orientation change).

Bag 2

  • The Beehive may look simple to build, but make sure to take your time! This is the first model that includes a true mechanical function that may affect the overall outcome of your team’s performance if built incorrectly!
  • After you have completed building Bag 2, you should find that you have an extra black connector peg. Set this aside, because you will need it in the assembly of Bag 4.

Bag 3

  • Bag 3 has quite a few orientation changes. Remember to pay close attention to the orientation/view and adjust/rotate to mimic orientation shown in that step (See Figure 1 for symbol used when model is going through an orientation change).
  • The Panda Release Model also has quite a few features that are easy to put in the wrong location. Make sure to double check your work!

Bag 4

  • This bag is missing a black connector peg, but no need to fear, you will find a few extras throughout other bags!
  • If you held onto the black connector peg from Bag 2, GREAT! You can use it here! If not, still no need to fear, there are a few more extras in Bag 10!
  • As for the model building, this Bag contains the Service Dog and Man. This assembly has many moving parts and little facets. Pay close attention to your build and remember to double check your work!

Bag 5

  • When building the Bat, it is important to have the Bat facing in the right direction when hanging.
  • It will matter for the Animal Conservation Mission.
  • The models have a very specific way they should be facing!

Bag 6

  • Much like Bag 5, this bag consists of two more animals used in the Animal Conservation Mission.
  • The Flamingo and Reindeer Models have a very specific way they should be facing!
  • Remember to pay close attention as you did in the previous bag!

Bag 7

  • This bag consists of many connector pegs that have very specific locations on each of the beams. Make sure to double check that you have located each connector peg in its correct position before continuing to the next step.

Bag 8 – This Bag contains the Milking Automation Machine. Some would say that this is the most mechanically involved model this season. That being said, there are many things to make note of when building this model…

  • First, make sure to take your time! There are many mechanical function that may affect the overall outcome of your team’s performance if built incorrectly!
  • Secondly, this assembly has many moving parts and little facets. Pay close attention to your build and remember to double check your work!
  • As for the build of this model, there are a few features to point out, so I have done so by page number (numbers are referring to the number in the bottom right corner in the grey space).
  • On Page 60, you will need to push the cows onto the red connector pegs all the way
  • On Page 69, make sure you pay extra attention to the orientation of the red tank
  • On page 73, watch for the alignment/placement of the silver pipes.
  • The last thing I feel needs to be mentioned is that it is important to make sure that the milk/manure (white/black) pivoting chairs are not being compressed by other LEGO elements. This would cause them to not fall freely as they should. This could cause a key mechanical function to not function properly and that, in turn, may affect the overall outcome of your team’s performance if built incorrectly!

Bag 9

  • For the build of this model, there are a few features to point out, so I have done so by page number (numbers are referring to the number in the bottom right corner in the grey space).
  • On Page 7, the blue connector pegs are faced backward to what you normally see, as they are going to be used similarly to a red connector pin.
  • On Page 16, make sure that the gears are aligned correctly and that they are placed on the correct side.

Bag 10

  • This bag consists of many connector pegs that have very specific locations on each of the beams. Make sure to double check that you have located each connector peg in its correct position before continuing to the next step.

Good luck with your season, teams!

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