peterab

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  1. I just use plastic storage boxes for my MOCs. I buy the short ones which fit five long passenger cars or up to 10 shorter freight cars standing upright next to each other. You would probably fit about 10 official LEGO cars in each. If you were really paranoid you could wrap each car in bubble wrap, but I've found most cars without too many greebles are fine without. Mine live in them permanently and the only issue I've had is when they were stored in a hot trailer. Avoid temperatures above about 30 degrees Celsius. For long term storage remember to remove any batteries.
  2. As has been pointed out to AFOL train fans before flying off the tracks is a feature not a bug. The trains are designed to fly off because kids like crashes. It makes them better toys.
  3. I pretty much exclusively use them for all my 7 wide rolling stock and have never had a problem over many years running at train and LEGO exhibitions.
  4. The step numbers seem to be messed up. 4 5 4
  5. I was contacted to confirm my shipping address on 21 December, replied promptly and have yet to receive a shipping notification. Patience does seem to be a virtue. It is encouraging to see others receive their Kickstarter rewards, though it does make me more eager for my own.
  6. AFOL's are about 5% of the market and I suspect train fans are less than 5% of AFOLs. We are a niche of a niche market. Most of the starter sets are selling to kids for Xmas. They have a much longer retail life than any other theme at four years; think of Ninjago which gets updates each year, or city which gets two waves a year. Starter sets are the sweet spot. Everything else means less sales.
  7. I speak German fairly fluently but find reading a bit more difficult particularly if the subject matter is of a technical nature. So far my skimming has convinced me I need to find time to try and read this excellent book in more depth. Thanks to Holger for this great addition to our hobby.
  8. I made a pledge of a few hundred dollars and haven't received any communication since March 2016. I hope they are just busy and I haven't dropped off the system.
  9. I've built a rake of those with a control car. I intend on matching them with a steam loco once I get the control car running correctly. I eagerly wait to see how you build yours.
  10. That sounds like a good score. Though fewer people collect blue era stuff it can be interesting particularly because it is less common in some parts of the world. $50 is exceptional value for what you got. I'd happily pay $30 each for working points with their switches. In Australia some of the 4.5V blue era trains are fairly common but the 12V ones are quite rare.
  11. Beware of Scottdee's instructions 'inspired' by Jayhurst. Jayhurst wasn't very pleased that Scottdee reverse engineered his Big Boy quite poorly, he got a lot of heat from people who bought the instructions and couldn't get the model to run right.
  12. There is a interesting article in Railbricks which explains this problem. If the torque twists in the wrong direction, the truck will catch on the join of 9V track and derail. The solution is to run in the opposite direction, or reverse the torque by redesigning the truck as suggested.
  13. Scott Dee reverse engineered Jayhursts Moc without his permission, and did a poor job of it. He was asked not to sell these instructions more than once.
  14. I was an avid reader of Railbricks, and even got printed copies of most issues (I'll have to get the last few now). I'd probably subscribe to a new magazine if it were similar to Railbricks. I'd love to have printed copies but digital prints are fine, particularly if I can avoid shipping to Australia. I've always felt that the forum on the railbricks website was doomed, there are already active communities of train builders both here and on Flickr, trying to compete was madness particularly when the Railbricks website was continually flaky. After a while I no longer even tried to use it. The only real drawcard was the instructions.
  15. I'm pretty hopeless at documenting my builds, as you probably can tell from the dates on the BR103; it has a rake of ten carriages to go with it including a Rheingold observation car which I'm particularly proud of but I've also never photographed them.