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I'm firmly of the opinion that we need to get the flex parts out there. I don't care how but we need part numbers and parts and every length that has appeared in a set. In my opinion it is quite terrible for users of LDraw to have no easy access to usable parts that could be auto-generated in seconds by some of us.

So far the release has been held because of technical issues with the library. This is no reason to not have the parts out there as we can always replace them if a decision is made.

http://www.ldraw.org/cgi-bin/ptdetail.cg...s/75-1.dat
http://forums.ldraw.org/showthread.php?t...199#pid199

So my proposal:

1) We quickly come up with a naming system

2) We auto-generate self-contained parts in all appropriate lengths (I already have perl code for this)

3) We submit one of these to the Part Tracker

4) Once it is certified we adjust the others to take into account comments and put them up

4) If the system is changed in the future we auto-generate again

Tim
I propose we use '75' (as already) as a header - length (studs). As far as I'm aware all flex released has approximated an integer number of studs. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

so current 75 would be renamed 75-6. Probably 75 itself could be used as a shortcut to 75-6 since it's a pretty common short length
I'm not convinced that having them in appropriate lengths would be useful, since those versions would only be useful in the cases that they weren't "flexed".

However, I personally agree that it would be good for the files that are currently distributed with LSynth to be an official part of the library.
They're often used unflexed these days. They've become an extension of bars.

See eg. most diesel train sets, Emerald Night, 10199, 7862

And that's not to mention the number of MOCs that use them as bars. Or would if they could, mostly they overlap lightsabers.

And having the fixed lengths makes instruction generating easier.

For flexed versions we'll always need something more sophisticated but that's no reason to hold up the straight versions.

Tim
I agree that the different lengths should be available as official files, even in non-flexed state,
simply e.g. for being able to create inventories etc.

I think that even the different lengths have different LEGO element numbers, so we do not need
a new scheme (as suggested) for the file numbers, instead, simply using some u.....dat numbers
will suffice (until we know the official numbers).
Can someone confirm if they do have part numbers? I chuck away my boxes and instructions so I can't check. Bircklink doesn't seem to have alternate numbers listed.

Tim
OK, I'll withdraw my note of skepticism.
The set 10221 instructions lists the Flex Tube 7L as 4514192. I've noted that the numbers printed in the instruction BOMs don't seem to correlate with the numbers molded onto the bricks and are color specific. Example: Plate 1x4 in dark bluish grey is 4211001 but the same part in black is 371026.
I believe the instructions use the 'element id' (unique idendifier for colour/part) while we use the "mold id".

Of course there is no mold for flex, just giant rolls of the stuff.

Tim
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