Rotundus

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  1. McWaffel said... "Who cares what others think" I agree. Let me say this though... Being taken seriously by the "Powers That Be" (read NMRA) would mean that all these wonderful products could be made available to us through our local train and hobby stores. Something that currently just isn't possible. Catalogs such as Walthers would pick them up. Which would expand the market reach as well as increase the legitimacy for our small manufacturers. Which in turn would enable and encourage even more products to be developed and made available to us. To Lowa and all the other manufacturers that make these products... Keep on doing what your doing. This can only be GOOD for our hobby! To the Mods... I really don't want this thread to get hi-jacked! That was not the purpose of me saying what I did. If you feel that this conversation has taken too far of a left turn, do what you got to do.
  2. Nice bird! Have you taught it to talk yet?
  3. With all of the options for train and track control now available to us LEGO modelers (your products at the forefront), I don't see where the other RR modelers can say that we are not REAL model railroaders.
  4. Nice build. Excellent work. You have managed to capture some difficult angles quite well.
  5. Welcome to the forums... There is something about the VW beetle. It's such a special kind of vehicle. I used to own a "67 Beetle "automatic stick". Alas, I rolled it on a winding canyon road. Gosh, that was fun! Now the only WV I own is the original LEGO Beetle kit.
  6. The more I look at this, the more I think I have to have me one of these, (pardon the English). If you don't mind, I'd like to make one to proudly display on my shelf.
  7. Thanks Jacob for the history review. I had forgotten about many of the other roadnames that had been gobbled up during those turbulent times. At the time I remember being a bit puzzled that the "Powers That Be" chose to nix a merger that would create a dominate carrier in the southwest part of the country (SP-SF), yet allow one that created a super-carrier that dominated the entire western half of a continent (UP et. al.). Go figure! At least all the merger/no merger maneuvering left us with some colorful paint schemes to model. Your right about the dynamic brakes, too. That will be on my list of "things to correct" when I do the inevitable rebuild. This build was meant more as a sop to my sense of humor, and not so much as a serious scale model. I promise to build a more detailed SD-40 in 1s:1' as I work my way through the SP paint roster. And now for something completely different... I was cruising around on Googlemaps and spotted a green and black GP-30 (BN #2832) that appeared to be doing yard duties (at least it wasn't sitting all by itself on a side track) in northwest Portland, Oregon. Its good to see it still pulling tonnage around.
  8. This looks like an interesting method of possibly powering Tony Sava's 4449 from inside the locomotive... Hmm...
  9. Thanks guys. I'm glad that you like them. Thank you, but permit me to humbly redirect your praises for the stickers towards Zephyr1934. His artwork is truly outstanding! Thank you. The handrails were formed using a heat gun to soften LEGO 3mm rigid hose then bent to shape. The uprights are simply 3mm hose cut to length. The only non-LEGO parts used on the model were several lengths of wire coat hanger concealed in the tubing where I joined the pieces of the handrail together. If you prefer an all LEGO solution, on my last project I used pieces of a broken whip antennae to do the same thing. (Although neither method is "purist", they worked for me.)
  10. I like what you have done here. It is an excellent vehicle for the display of your collection.
  11. It seems like everybody and their cousin has been posting an SD-40 lately... So, I thought I'd throw mine in too. Why not, right? I present to you my version of Southern Pacific #7355... The Sufferr'n Pacific Sufferr n - AM Builders by Ronald Clark, on Flickr At first look this locomotive appears to be just another 6-axel beast. Like so many of it's stable-mates, #7355 served the shareholders of SP quite well. But this locomotive was a rebel in disguise! In 1981 some one in the paint shop decided that a little bit of custom paint was needed when it came time to spruce it up. Sufferr n - AM Repaint by Ronald Clark, on Flickr The motive for this new paint scheme is unknown. Pure speculation (mine) would have it that this might of been a "last great act of defiance" by a painter who had just received his "pink slip". Or maybe it was a political statement by the paint shop as to the condition of the company at that time... Who knows? (If any one has the back story on this, I'd love to hear it.) Now it has occurred to me that many of you might be thinking that I am trying to pull a hoax on you. I assure you that I am not. In my defense I offer the following linked photo as proof of my sincerity... The site that this was taken from (The Diesel Shop,) is known for the quality of it's content and I have no reason to believe that the photo is anything other than what it says it is. http://espee.railfan.net/nonindex/sd40r_photos/7355a_sp-suffern-sd40r-clyde_king.jpg The model itself is 48 studs long and 16 studs tall. It features a 5-wide hood built on an 8-wide deck. And once again Zephyr1934 did a wonderful job producing the stickers for me. Thanks Benn! Like my model of SP GP-30 #5010, it has been designed for static display only (at this time). (Ed. note: I don't know why the link doesn't send you to the beginning of the topic.) I'll leave you with one last photo... This time a nighttime railfan shot. Sufferr n - PM Railfan by Ronald Clark, on Flickr Bye for now, and thanks for viewing! There are more photos on Flickr; just click on any of the photos.
  12. This takes me back a few years ('74) to when I got the chance drive around in a friends MGb for several weeks while he was away. It was the most fun I ever had in car... Very nice, well proportioned model. Easily recognizable. Good work, darkhorse00! You've done your mini-figs proud.
  13. It would be nice to see a slightly rounded top of the forehead, but you are bumping right up against the piece-count limit as it is. Nicely done... I LIKE IT!
  14. Quite stylish. Very well proportioned. Good work!
  15. Nicely done, sir. A good solution for what is for me, a major peeve about the Maersk loco.