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More parts have arrived! Introducing solar panels, electric motor, spoilers, and even create your own sounds or/and music.

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From the Team

We are really excited to see what the community is going to create with the parts in this update. We can see some of you turning into real composers. As always we thank everyone for your patience, support, and encouragement as we continue to forge ahead. Happy building everyone!!

Solar Panel

While the panels aren't resizable their behavior is developed to be quite realistic and bigger panels will be added in later on. The basic idea here is that the output is being calculated based on the sun visibility and angle. While the panels won't generate electricity at night, you'll still be able to get 100% in the shadows at daytime.

Electric Motor

This one has been a long time coming and will come in handy not only when you're building smaller vehicles but in a lot of other situations as well. The motor itself has an AMP input which basically indicates how much power it drains.

2 New Spoilers

We've noticed that a lot of people have been using wings on their cars for increased control. Because everyone wants his vehicles to look as slick as possible we've added 2 spoilers (one of them has a controllable flap) that can be used instead of wings.

Strobe Light

This light will produce regular flashes of light and can be used for all kinds of purposes. It's important to keep in mind that the amount of batteries that are hooked up to it will affect the intensity and that the intensity can be changed by tweaking the power factor as well.

Time Box

There are 2 display modes to this component:

The factor mode has values between 0 and 1, this means that 23:59 will resemble 1 and 00:00 will resemble 0.

The hour mode is displayed as HHmmss; if you were to hook it up to a display and set its offset to 4 you'll be able to see 2 digits for hours, 2 digits for minutes and 2 digits for seconds. This means that 23:45:36 will be displayed as 234536.

Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that this box has a 1/0 (true or false) output to determine whether it's daytime.

Note Box

The inputs on this part are the following:

  • instrument
  • instrument offset (as a wire)
  • note
  • note offset (as a wire)
  • play (as a wire)

An important thing here is the fact that there are 128 instruments (0-127) and that notes can go from -60 to 60. This means that adding 1 to the note input will make it shift by one note (for example adding 1 won't shift from A to B, but from A to A# and if you'd like to shift from A to C you'd need to add 3 since it goes A, A#(Bb), B,C).

Single Output Sequencer

Below you can find some examples of what this part can be used for but there are a lot of other applications for it as well:

Example 1: close your doors, turn on lights and start the engine

To do this start by adding 3 single output sequencers and add 3 outputs to all of them, set the outputs as follows:

- First one: 0-1-1-1

- Second one: 0-0-1-1

- Third one: 0-0-0-1

After doing this connect as follows:

  • first one to the doors
  • second one to the lights
  • third one to engine activate
  • seat to a toggle box
  • toggle box to all 3 single output sequencers
  • third 3 single output sequencer to the toggle box (this'll turn it off once it reaches the end, you can always use an extra 3 single output sequencer if you really want, but hey, efficiency).

When you toggle the box will give 0 as an output, then 1 second (which is a VARIABLE) later it'll close your doors, after another second turn on your lights and so on.

Example 2 Note block

  • Find a piano sheet for any song.
  • Only think about ONE FINGER per noteblock.
  • Simply count the "offsets" you need and set them in the note-block.
  • If the song has a set BPM, it's as simple as BPM/60 in the Time To Switch input
  • Turn off smoothing.
  • Add in an extra 3 single output sequencers for piano activation (same amount of inputs as the other one, just simply fill it with 1's and 0's) and you've got a complete song for your vehicle!

Note: Currently we are aware of the "ISSUE" where spawning the note-block for the first time will cause the game to lag for a moment because it creates the manager to handle the sounds.

After rebooting Homebrew and spawning a vehicle which has a note-block in it the game might hang a bit again. This will be changed in the future to ensure that the loading happens on runtime (while loading the level). It hasn't been done just yet for optimization and debugging reasons since we want to test and optimize the note block more to insure that it's working on all hardware.

Some Additional Changes

  • Supersonic effect on the supersonic propeller has been remowed (this was unrealistic, as the entire idea of a supersonic prop is to fully optimize it so the tips don't go supersonic).
  • Propellers now scale the nose and blades seperately
  • Fixed Jekyll engine outputs (used to give incorrect outputs, now it's been corrected for torque and RPM).
  • Fixed shadow memory leak (still needs further attention)


My name is Michael Nunes have 27 years and I am Brazilian.

I have a channel on youtube with 1500 subscribers and average 8000 monthly views.

I have a great desire to play

I can help in spreading the word.

Thank you very much.

YouTube: Youtube.com
Email: comercialfox1988@gmail.com

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There are game key giveaways every week on the Friday dev stream. If you want to show off Homebrew

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