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#1 -The Hyphen-

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:16 AM

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None of you really know me, so I'll start off by introducing myself.

Hello. I am -The Hyphen-, self proclaimed mad scientist, engineer, and AFOL; anachronistic, anarchic, and completely out of my mind. Nice to meet you all.

Now that the formalities are taken care of, allow me to present my creation, the propellor-driven railcar.

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And just in time for it to still be considered train month. Yay! :laugh:

Inspired by the airplane-engine-mounted-to-a-train-car rig used by the MythBusters to test the "Shredded Plane" myth,
(A video of the test can be found here.)
as well as the few propeller-driven locomotives that exist.
The most famous of these, the rail zeppelin, currently holds the land-speed record for a petrol-powered rail vehicle.

Sadly, it is not motorized, so I use a plain 9v motor to push it around my layout.

I do intend to create a proper MOC thread for this once the competition is over.

Any and all questions, comments, concerns, or criticisms would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Edited by TheBrickster, 30 August 2009 - 04:28 AM.

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#2 Captain Zuloo

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:17 PM

Firstly Mr. Hyphen, welcome to Eurobricks and Train Tech!
Now, to your entry. It is certainly inventive, and I doubt you'll have much competition with other similar MOCs. Very nice details with the (is it an exhaust pipe?) 1x1 cylinder on an angle. It looks like a cool concept and I think it would prove popular on an exhibition layout. Well done. :classic:

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#3 aawsum

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 02:26 PM

Also welcome.

Cool, I did not even know this existed  :sceptic:
And for the entry, I would say, a train is a train, so why not.

I am wondering btw how the engineer can look to the front   :tongue:

#4 Randamatrix

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 11:28 PM

I would never have thought that a train could be driven by a propeller. As for your moc, I really like it, especially the little headlight on the side.

#5 peterab

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:57 PM

Hi hyphen,

This is a nice idea, if the competition is judged on smiles per brick you stand a great chance. I cant help but feeling it need flames belching from somewhere though  :tongue:

#6 Commander Red Hat

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:35 PM

I only had seen some rail cars with propellers on the front to clear the snow off the track, until now...
This is a cool model you made, thanks for educating me about these machines!

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#7 -The Hyphen-

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:47 AM

Thanks for all the comments everyone.  :sweet:
To answer your questions:

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on Aug 30 2009, 09:17 AM, said:

Very nice details with the (is it an exhaust pipe?) 1x1 cylinder on an angle.
Yeah, something like that.

View Postaawsum, on Aug 30 2009, 10:26 AM, said:

I am wondering btw how the engineer can look to the front   :tongue:
I've been assuming he'd just lean over to the side a bit to look around the engine.
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