Wow, what a great set of comments to wake up to.
Younge, on 30 March 2012 - 01:55 PM, said:
Love your work Jimbo!!!! I myself am currently playing with a smaller layout (limited space to display in at home), and this concept of yours is great inspiration.
Thanks, Younge. I hope you post pictures of your layout when it's finished.
fred67, on 30 March 2012 - 03:55 PM, said:
Wow. I like this a LOT. I'd like to see more about how you integrated the narrow curves with the straight tracks.
Then engines and cars are awesome for the scale; I like the whole layout. Congratulations! It's like combining LEGO and n-scale to have a reasonably sized layout. (I know it's more comparable to HO, but I think of "n" when people want to conserve space).
Much appreciated, fred67.
I'm really pleased with what I've been able to achieve so far. You're on the money with the N-scale comparison. My floor layouts ramble through the house which is great fun but the brick count required for scenery of any great extent is prohibitive (and impractical on the floor anyway).
The straight rail pieces are from the Red Cargo Train set, the first time they've appeared in dark grey.
Dark Bluish Gray Train, Track Plain Rail Straight (no slots, no notches on end)
I'll take a few photos later but basically the end of the curved rail butts up against the straight rail piece. You have to use jumper plates for alignment. The other rail overlaps partially with the notches on the borrowed rail from the standard gauge straight piece.
You'll see what I mean when I post a photo/video later but the upshot is a good connection that the train passes through smoothly.
LEGO Train 12 Volts, on 30 March 2012 - 05:57 PM, said:
Superb work and great layout!
This kind of scale remember me a vintage lego set of early seventies with those houses with small windows ...but with the new beautiful colors!
The train is fantastic and hard to build!
I know the sets you mean. The step down in scale has been fun. A small window becomes a standard window, a small window plus a 1x2 brick on a half stud offset makes a door. There are a lot of jumper plates used in the various houses to achieve features like half stud eaves, doorways and profiles.
The loco was certainly difficult to build. It's almost all mechanism, I was wondering mid way through how I'd ever get a body onto it but it came together in the end.
legotrainfan, on 30 March 2012 - 06:37 PM, said:
Your layout looks most impressive. You must've spent a lot of time on and put a lof of thought into assembling the engine. It looks quite complex. The wheel constructions on both waggons and engine also look quite special and elaborate.
It was quite a challenge. Getting a working mechanism was hard enough, turning it into a believable locomotive was just as tricky.
Asper, on 30 March 2012 - 06:55 PM, said:
This is really great! The scale is fantastic. Never thought that it is possible to build working trains 4-wide before I've seen your work.
(Must be a great layout if trains like this are combined with Jonathan Lopes' "4wide" creations on mocpages
There are some great models on Jonathan's page, plenty of ideas to pick up on.
I wasn't sure it was possible either when I first started toying with the idea last year
but thanks to suggestions, encouragement and prior work by others, it's evolved into a real working system.
Hikaro Takayama, on 31 March 2012 - 01:37 AM, said:
Nice Midi-scale train, Aussiejimbo! I'm glad to see you've gotten the Power-Functions for Narrow-gauge LEGO trains problem solved.
Thanks HT. It's been a fun journey from those primitive prototypes to the working model.
Stay tuned for a video
later this weekend
when I get to it.
Edited by AussieJimbo, 06 April 2012 - 07:44 AM.